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 ninety years ago. Following a decade of successful events, much of the refurbishment has been completed. So, all proceeds will now be donated to the Wootton Conservation Trust, which bought and manages the extensive Jubilee Meadow - a Local Nature Reserve open to all and one of the most popular features in Wootton

The Dominic Sandbrook Talk

The Dominic Sandbrook Talk

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7.30pm Friday November 22nd

Dominic is a historian, author, broadcaster and journalist - he has written and presented many documentaries on the BBC, starting with the four-part documentary series, The 70s, for BBC Two. He has since made series about Britain in the Cold War (Strange Days), the history of science fiction (Tomorrow's World) and the history of Britain's modern popular culture (Let Us Entertain You), as well as the TV series, The 80s - and a programme about the German car industry, called Das Auto.

For BBC Radio 4, Dominic has written and presented a range of programmes, including documentaries on the early days of radio, our obsession with anniversaries and the history of Prime Ministerís Questions, as well as a 15-part radio history of the Post Office, which has since been released as an audiobook.


Dominic is well known for his series of books exploring British history since the 1950s - so far, he has published five volumes, with the most recent, called Who Dares Wins, just published.. The first volume, Never Had It So Good, covers the period from the Suez Crisis to The Beatles in the rly 1960s. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Anthony Howard described it as a "rich treasure chest of a book" who said he had "respect for the sweep and scope of the author's knowledge".

The second book, White Heat, covers 1964-70 and the rise and fall of the Harold Wilson's Labour government. Writing in The Times, Leo McKinstry said: "Sandbrook's book could hardly be more impressive in its scope. He writes with authority and an eye for telling detail".

The third and fourth books, State of Emergency and Seasons In the Sun explored British history in the 1970s, and were adapted for television. The fifth volume, Who Dares Wins, covers the first years of the 1980s, including such issues as the first Thatcher administration, the Falklands War, the New Romantics, the birth of home computers....and, as Dominic points out sadly, the tragic decline of Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he is a season ticket-holder..

Dominic, who lives in Chipping Norton, has written for almost all Britain's major newspapers, as well as some international papers, but he now writes exclusively for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times. He has written a monthly column for BBC History Magazine since 2006.--

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The Richard Norton-Taylor Talk

The Richard Norton-Taylor Talk

7.30pm Friday February 21st 2020

Richard has a highly distinguished track-record delving into the world of spies and their Whitehall masters - and, for his talk in Wootton, he will reveal the secrets of his forty-year career as a journalist, largely on The Guardian newspaper. Early in his career, Richard successfully campaigned against official secrecy, gaining a reputation inside the Whitehall establishment and the outside world alike for his relentless determination to expose wrong-doing and incompetence. His special targets have always been the security and intelligence agencies and the Ministry of Defence, institutions that often hide behind the cloak of national security, he says, to protect themselves from embarrassment and being held to account.

Encouraged by his trusted contacts in intelligence agencies and Whitehall departments, Richard was among the first of the few journalists consistently to attack the planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 - and he subsequently covered for The Guardian the devastating evidence of every witness to the Chilcot Inquiry. He also enjoyed unique access to a wide array of defence sources, giving him a rare insight into the disputes among top military commanders as they struggled to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with under-resourced and ill-equipped troops.

Described by a former senior Intelligence official as a "long-term thorn in the side of the intelligence establishment", and winner of numerous awards for his journalism, Richard is one of the most respected defence and security journalists of his generation. His new book, The State of Secrecy - Spies and the Media in Britain is both provocative, and rich in anecdotes - and is regarded as an illuminating and critical account of his experiences investigating the secret world.

Richard left The Guardian in 2016 during which time he was regularly asked to contribute to programmes on the BBC and other radio and television stations. He won the Freedom of Information Campaign Award in 1986 and again in 1994. He jointly received Liberty's Human Rights Campaign of the Year award in 2010 for investigating ďBritainís complicity in the use of tortureĒ. He is now vice chair of Liberty.

His books include: Whose Land Is It Anyway ?, an investigation into land ownership; In Defence of the Realm ? The case for Accountable Security and Intelligence Services; A Conflict of Loyalties, an account of GCHQ and the ban on trade union membership there; and Truth is A Difficult Concept, based on the evidence revealed by the Scott arms-to-Iraq inquiry; Sleaze, The Corruption of Parliament; The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken; The War We Could Not Stop; and The Hutton Inquiry and its Impact.

His award- winning plays, most of which have been broadcast by the BBC, include Half the Picture (based on evidence to the Scott inquiry and the first play to be performed in the House of Commons); Nuremberg; The Colour of Justice (taken from evidence to the Macpherson inquiry into the murder of the black teenager, Stephen Lawrence); Bloody Sunday (the winner of an Olivier award); Called to Account (a hearing on the Tony Blairís decision to invade Iraq); Tactical Questioning (on the killing by British troops of the Iraqi hotel worker, Baha Mousa; and Chilcot (based on the inquiry into Britainís role in the invasion of Iraq). ----

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(Children over 16 welcome)

Village Hall Talks - Wootton By Woodstock


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