Tuesday 20th June 2017

Performance of Visa Versa at Swan Theatre, Stratford  1.30pm

Visa Versa is a comedy along the lines of a Plautus play. It is part of the RSC Roman season at Stratford. We will see the Understudy Rehearsal performance, which may not be fully polished but will undoubtedly be very funny.

Free to members. Guests £5. Meet in the foyer at 1.30pm. To book a place contact David Battin at

Friday 4th August 2017

Talk by Iqbal Khan at The Studio Theatre, The Other Place. Just up the road from Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. 5pm – 6pm approx.

Iqbal Khan is the Director of the current production of Anthony and Cleopatra. He will debate the issue of power dynamics of Rome as depicted by William Shakespeare, and as seen through the lens of modern society.

Why not  take the chance to use the rest of the day to discover the delights of Stratford: exhibitions at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Grave at Holy Trinity Church, or one of the Shakespeare’s Birth Place buildings etc.

Free to members. Guests £8. For further information and tickets please contact David Battin

Saturday 9th September 2017

Visit to St Michael and All Angels, Great Witley Parish Church 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

A guided tour of the church and the crypt offers an opportunity to learn the

fascinating story of how St Michael and All Angels became Britain’s finest Baroque church. 

‘Inside is a feast for the eyes: exquisite gilded decorations, paintings by

Antonio Bellucci (1654-1726), painted glass windows, fine carvings and a wonderful

organ with a history of its own.’ 

Delicious refreshments may be enjoyed at the nearby Garden Tea Rooms and the 

surrounding countryside has stunning views of the adjoining Witley Court ruins,

gardens and fountains.

Venue, time and booking:  Meet outside St Michael and All Angels Church, Great Witley, Worcestershire, WR6 6JT at around 12.45 pm. On site car parking is available. The tour is booked to start at 1.00 pm and takes about an hour. This event is free to members and £3 per person for guests. To book a place or request further information please contact Susie Jarvis email: or mobile 07931144900. For directions please access  

(Please ask if a lift from Worcester is required as public transport is scarce to and from Great Witley)

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Performance of Dido, Queen of Carthage at Swan Theatre, Stratford 1.30pm

Director, Kimberley Sykes delves into Christopher Marlowe’s darkly humorous politics of identity and happiness… and fate hangs by an unforgiving thread.

Ticket price for Members is £10; Guests £16. For further information and tickets please contact David Battin


An afternoon of informal poetry reading by members. Birmingham

Details to follow later


A visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. 

Some aspect of their Classical World collection.

Details to follow later

Saturday 18th November 2017

AGM at 1.30pm in Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham

Talk at 3pm by Dr Stefanie Sinclair entitled ‘Regina Jonas: The almost forgotten female rabbi’.

Full details to follow

Saturday 30th December 2017 at 7.30pm

Four Seasons by Candlelight at Symphony Hall, Birmingham B1 2EA

Mozart Festival Orchestra

‘Four Seasons by Candlelight’

at Symphony Hall, Birmingham B1 2EA

An exciting programme of popular 18th century classics performed

in full period costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. 


Mozart Festival Orchestra

David Juritz – Director/Violin

Rowan Pierce – Soprano

Crispian Steele Perkins – Trumpet


Stanley – Trumpet Voluntary

Mozart –  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Handel –   Rejoice Greatly from Messiah

Bach   –   Brandenburg Concerto No 3

Clarke –    Trumpet Suite

Handel –    Eternal Source of Light Divine

Tickets for members are £10.00 and for guests £17.00. Tickets are in the Choir seats, behind the stage. Early booking is recommended so that everyone wishing to participate may be accommodated.

For further information and tickets please contact Susie Jarvis

email or mobile 07931144900

(the date of this event avoids the central Birmingham Christmas

markets’ congestion which finishes on 24 December)