Village Hall Talks at Wootton-By-Woodstock

The project was conceived to raise funds to renovate the village hall in Wootton-by-Woodstock, which was built almost entirely from timber over eighty years ago. Few who have attended the talks would disagree that the evenings have been an engaging mixture of serious insight and comedic observation and we think we are catering for the current thirst for live events in smaller venues.

All proceeds to the Ukraine Humitarian Appeal

The Susie Dent Talk

7.30 pm Friday June 14th 2024

Susie is a writer and broadcaster on language. She recently celebrated 30 years as a co-presenter and the resident word expert on Channel 4's Countdown, and she also appears on the show's comedy sister 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown. Susie comments regularly on TV and radio about words featured in the news. She has contributed to discussions on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Word of Mouth, Saturday Live, More or Less, Today, and on Radio 5 Live's Breakfast and Drive programmes. She has made guest appearances on many TV programmes including BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, This Morning, Test the Nation, Ant & Decís Saturday Night Takeaway, Not Going Out, and The One Show.

Susie answers notes and queries about words and phrases in weekly columns in the Radio Times, The Week Junior, the I newspaper, and Why Now. She has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph, and the Times, and is the author of several books, including her latest, An Emotional Dictionary: Real Words for How You Feel, from Angst to Zwodder, published in 2022.

Susie is a spokesperson for Oxford University Press, and has been a judge on the Costa Book Awards and on the Academy Excellence Awards. She regularly delivers key-note speeches to both small companies and major corporations on language and communication.

Susie lives in Oxford, where she has developed a passion for cycling - Lycra or no, she is never without her little black book for jotting down any new words picked up in the wild.

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(Children over 16 welcome) Entry is £10 in cash and includes free food, featuring delicious sandwiches and sumptuous rocky-roads., with wine and soft drinks available for a modest donation


The Prof. Angela Gallop Talk

7.30 pm Friday October 11th 2024

Angela is one of the world's leading forensic scientists - with her findings helping solve notorious cases such as the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Rachel Nickell, Roberto Calvi, Lynette White, Damilola Taylor and Gareth Williams. She also took part in the investigation of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, finding no evidence to support theories of a conspiracy

Angela visited her first crime scene in February 1978, looking for clues about the murder in Huddersfield of Helen Rytka, later confirmed as a victim of Peter Sutcliffe, the so-called Yorkshire Ripper. She established her first company, Forensic Access, in 1986 - intended to provide services to criminal defence lawyers who could not rely on the Forensic Science Service at the time. Initially, she handled infidelity investigations alone but later moved into a well-equipped laboratory with staff - and soon began investigating murder, assault, and arson cases, as well as cold cases.

In 1991, when she was hired to re-examine the evidence on the apparent hanging-suicide at Blackfriars Bridge of Italian banker, Roberto Calvi. Angela had gained a reputation for unconventional methods and conducted experiments with her husband, who shared Calvi's proportions - proving that Calvi could not have hanged himself and that he was murdered.

Angela later founded Forensic Alliance and helped the Police on cases. In 1999, the company solved the 1988 murder of Cardiff teenager, Lynette White, after finding a microscopic flake of dried blood under two layers of new paint. It led to the release of five men who had been wrongly imprisoned for the killing. In 2021, Angela met John Actie, one of the five men - which was her first meeting with someone she had helped exonerate

The Police asked Angela to further review cold cases, including evidence in the 2000 killing of Damilola Taylor, aged ten. She used expensive techniques to find traces of Damilola's blood on the clothes of the two killers - an approach which also led to the conviction of serial killer, John Cooper, for the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Murders of a couple out walking. Angela considers this one of the most satisfying cases in her career, saying the case would not have been solved without fibre examination. The same method proved successful when she was commissioned to investigate the 1993 murder of the black teenager, Stephen Lawrence

In 2010, Angela helped found Axiom International, which provides forensic and related advice to law enforcement agencies worldwide - and she has since worked in Libya, Iraq, Somaliland and Kosovo.[Angela was portrayed by Anastasia Hille in a 2021 TV miniseries about the Pembrokeshire Murders and was also played by Nancy Carroll in the 2021 series, called Stephen, a drama following the fight for justice for Stephen Lawrence. She was a guest on Desert Island Discs in October 2022.

If you are interested in attending this talk or would like to reserve a ticket please Contact us

(Children over 16 welcome) Entry is £10 in cash and includes free food, featuring delicious sandwiches and sumptuous rocky-roads., with wine and soft drinks available for a modest donation


All Talks Start
At 7:30pm

Tickets Cost
£10 For

Max Capacity

OX20 1DZ

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Ashmolean Museum

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