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 UNICEF Ukraine UK


The Rana Mitter Talk

7.30 pm Friday June17th 2022

Rana is a historian working on the emergence of nationalism in modern China, both in the early 20th Century and in the present era. He believes China has always drawn on its past to draw lessons for the contemporary political scene - and that to help us understand the new China, we must look at its past.

Rana is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University and also Deutsche Bank Director of the Dickson Poon China Centre, and a Fellow and Vice-Master of St Cross College. He presents and contributes regularly to programmes on television and radio, commenting on contemporary Chinese politics and society.

His television documentary The Longest War: China’s World War II was broadcast on the History Channel Asia. He is also a regular contributor to In Our Time on Radio 4, as well as presenting Night Waves (now called Free Thinking) on Radio 3. His reviews and essays have appeared in the Financial Times, International New York Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Rana has published several acclaimed books, with the most recent, called China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival named a Book of the Year in both the Financial Times and The Economist. It also won the RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature.

Rana was educated at King's College, Cambridge, where he received both his MA and doctorate and he was also elected President of the Cambridge Union.




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(Children over 16 welcome)

Recent risk assessment has shown that the village hall meets all the current government safety standards for indoor community spaces - but we would encourage those attending to wear a face-covering.

 

The Rosamund Young Talk

7.30 pm Friday July 15th 2022

Rosamund is the author of the international best-seller, The Secret Life of Cows, which she wrote on the family's organic Kite's Nest Farm, near Broadway, in the Cotswolds. It was originally published by Farming Books and Videos’but lay relatively undiscovered for fifteen years until a perceptive editor at Faber & Faber noticed that Alan Bennett had praised the book in a diary entry. The book was re-published and became an instant classic, with over 100,000 copies sold in the UK and many more overseas, where it has been translated into 23 languages

Kite's Nest Farm is run by Rosamund, her brother Richard, and her partner Gareth. Nature is left to itself as much as possible and the animals receive exceptional kindness and consideration. The farm produces beef and lamb from 100 per-cent grass-fed animals which are butchered and sold in the farm shop.

Rosamund describes how cows can love, play games, bond and form strong, life-long friendships. They can sulk, hold grudges, and they have preferences and can be vain. All these characteristics and more have been observed, documented, interpreted and retold in The Secret Lives of Cows. On the farm, cows, sheep and hens all roam free, while there is no forced weaning, no separation of young from siblings or mother.

She says the animals are given help when they request it and supplement their own diets by browsing and nibbling leaves, shoots, flowers and herbs. Rosamund offers a fascinating insight into a secret world - secret because many modern farming practices leave no room for displays of natural behaviour and yet, ironically, she insists a happy herd produces better quality beef and milk.

Publication of The Secret Life of Cows prompted widespread praise:

Alan Bennett:

“Delightful book about the intelligence of cows. . . it alters the way one looks at the world.”

Adam Nicolson:

“Don’t smile when you read this, because the implications are serious enough, but what the Young family have discovered is this simple fact, cows love each other. The Youngs are one of the most remarkable farming families in the country.”

John Humphreys:

“On Kite's Nest Farm there is a real sense of nature in harmony with itself. The cows have names rather than numbers. They live in families and suckle their youngsters. The cows live longer and are healthier because they are under no stress. They have been treated with care and affection all their lives and have no fear of people ... This is a thoroughly old-fashioned farm ... it is well managed and it is beautiful.”

Jilly Cooper:

“One of the most charming and touching books I have ever read. In the Paradise of Kite’s Nest Farm in the Cotswolds, cows, sheep, hens roam freely. Cherished by the author Rosamund Young and her brother Richard, these sweet animals develop totally different characters ... Hilarious and intensely moving by turns.”

Clare Balding

“A tiny, extraordinary book about cows and how they live; they have family groups and they certainly have friends. Now I feel that I understand cows and when I see them in the fields I feel like saying 'hello' to them!”



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

(Children over 16 welcome)

Recent risk assessment has shown that the village hall meets all the current government safety standards for indoor community spaces - but we would encourage those attending to wear a face-covering.

 

The Chris Floyd Talk

7.30 pm Friday October 21st 2022

Chris Floyd's almost 30 year career as a photographer has produced work for some of the world’s most highly respected publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ and The Sunday Times Magazine.

Some of his many subjects include Paul McCartney, David Hockney, David Bowie, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Iggy Pop, Oasis, Marcus Rashford, Scarlett Johansson and Debbie Harry.

In April 2021 he was commissioned by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to photograph them at Kensington Palace in honour of their tenth wedding anniversary. The resulting photographs were published all over the world to much acclaim and attention.

In 2022 he will be publishing a book, ‘NOT JUST PICTURES’, of his favourite career moments. It will be accompanied by many of the stories, anecdotes and incidents that he often posts on his Instagram account, to the entertainment and amusement of those that follow him there.

To see a selection of Chris's wonderful portraits, and other work, go to his website:

The Chris Floyd Website

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

(Children over 16 welcome)

Recent risk assessment has shown that the village hall meets all the current government safety standards for indoor community spaces - but we would encourage those attending to wear a face-covering.

 
 


All Talks Start
At 7:30pm

Tickets Cost
£8 For
Everybody

Max Capacity
100

Postcode
OX20 1DZ


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