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Speakers’ Corner

Speakers’ Corner stages illustrated evening talks for you to enjoy at here at Ravensthorpe Village Hall. We host high quality, entertaining speakers on a wide range of diverse subjects: Art & Culture, History & Industry, and Current Affairs & Technology. You can expect a sociable evening at Speakers’ Corner, which will begin with a friendly welcome and a complimentary tea, coffee or a soft drink. A well-chosen selection of wines and beers are available at the bar.

Take a look at our current programme of talks below and some of the most popular we have hosted in the past. Doors open at 7pm, talks begin 7.30pm and there is usually an interval. You will find details of how to book – along with a link – on each event page.

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April 2020

Speakers’ Corner: Lifeboats: The Desperate Rescue of SS Rohilla, 1914 – a talk by Mike Major

2 April: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

Mike Major - Lifeboats:  The Desperate Rescue of SS Rohilla, 1914 - History Mike Major is a life-long volunteer with RNLI and now Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group of Whitby Lifeboat Station. He will reach back over 100 years to the early hours of the morning of October 14th 1914. WW1 hospital ship, SS Rohilla, carrying medical staff to Dunkirk, is floundering in a violent storm off Whitby’s jagged rocks. Mike will tell the story of the desperate 3-day…

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June 2020

Speakers’ Corner: Transportation and Emigration to Australia 1780-1880, a talk by Malcolm Deacon

11 June: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

Malcolm Decaon - Transportation and Emigrtaion to Australia 1780-1880 - Social History Malcolm Deacon is Chair of Milton Malsor History Society and will talk to us about this one hundred year period of people movement to Australia from Great Britain. The contrasting stories of 18th century Mary Bryant and 19th century Caroline Chisolm, vividly illustrate the era when transportation gave way to emigration following the Irish potato famine and the discovery of gold in Australia.           …

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September 2020

Speakers’ Corner: ‘To the Manor Born’ – Our ‘Big Houses’ and Their Owners, an illustrated talk by Derek F. Blunt

24 September: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

Derek F. Blunt - 'To the Manor Born' - Our 'Big Houses' and Their Owners - Social History  A light-hearted and entertaining, illustrated talk by Northamptonshire author and artist Derek Blunt, based on research for his fourth book. A keen local historian and ‘explorer of our county of spires and squires’, he says ‘I have acquired much interesting and sometimes amusing information about the manors, the big houses and their fascinating owners’. Derek has some revealing local stories with facts,…

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Some of our previous talks

THE GHOSTS OF RORKE'S DRIFT by Charles Aikenhead

An illustrated account of the defence of Rorkes’s Drift by five Riflemen of the British Army. The encounter resulted in the award of twelve Victorian Crosses.


Mackintosh is best known for his iconic award-winning design for the Glasgow School of Arts. The property at 78 Derngate is the only commission that Mackintosh had in England.


Located at Pattishall near Towcester between the years 1914 to 1920, the camp held over 4,500 German and Austrian prisoners.


The rise, fall and rebirth of the famous Northampton Phipps Brewery. The story begins with its founding characters in 1801 through to the launch of Phipps legendary IPA 2014.


Do you know what to do if you are the victim of Cyber Crime? An informal IT presentation to understand and minimise the risks we all face in today’s online world.

The Village Hall has access and facilities for the disabled and an audio loop is available for hearing aid users. We offer a licensed bar with complimentary tea and coffee. Speakers’ Corner is run on behalf of the RVH by Di Hayes who is assisted by volunteers in guest selection, bar and events. Speakers’ Corner is a Ravensthorpe Village Hall Charity, No: 278283.

How to book

Advance booking and payment to reserve places is politely requested. Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the evening and £3.50 for students.

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