The Woodstock Society
The Woodstock Society

Meetings begin at 8.00 p.m.

in the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Woodstock.


Forthcoming Talks

2024-2025 Season yet to be announced.

Previous Talks

20 May 2024


Mr James Price


Partner, DVH Price & Son, Perdiswell Farm, Woodstock

Participant in Environmental Stewardship Scheme

Expert in modern arable farming practices


Farming on the Urban Fringe: Solar or Fields

15 April 2024


Mr Stephen Ware

Veterinary Surgeon

Past President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Past Vice-President, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe


A Veterinary Vocation

18 March 2024


Group Captain Claire O'Grady ADC MA RAF

Station Commander, RAF Brize Norton

Chair of RAF Gender Network Committee

Former Senior Air Staff Officer, 22 Group, RAF


Championing Female Empowerment in the RAF

19 February 2024


Professor Marion Turner

J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language, 

 Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Prize-winning Author


The Wife of Bath

15 January 2024


Professor Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith KB FRS

Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics

Hon. Fellow of St John's College, Oxford


Past Director of Energy Research, University of Oxford

Past Director, UKAEA Culham Division

Past Provost and President, University College, London

Past Director General, CERN


                                          Can Future Energy Needs Be Met Sustainably?

11 December 2023 Christmas Meeting

7.30 p.m. Mince Pies and Mulled Wine, followed by


Craig Ogden

International Classical Guitarist

Director of Guitar, Royal Northern College of Music


An Evening with Craig Ogden

20 November 2023


Mr Simon Randall


The Civil War in the Cotswolds

16 October 2023

7.30 p.m. AGM with wine, followed by


Mr Christopher Compston

Retired Judge

Past Circuit Judge, Oxford Combined Court

Past Senate Member, Inns of Court



                                       Life as a Circuit Judge

18 September 2023


Ms Julie Ann Godson

Local Historian and Author


Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire:

Selected Tales of Toffs in Trouble

22 May 2023


Mr Will Gompertz

Artistic Director, The Barbican Centre, London

Former Arts Editor, BBC

Supernumerary Fellow of Harris Mansfield College,

 University of Oxford


                                   See What You're Missing

17 April 2023


Mr Peter Hilton

Former Chief Superintendent, British Transport Police


Tales from Six Decades of Policing

20 March 2023


Mr Simon Heighes

Journalist, Critic and Broadcaster

Leading expert on Baroque music


The Great British Choral Tradition

                                 on Record, 1888-2022

20 February 2023


Professor Paul Newman

Director of Oxford Robotics Institute

BP Professor of Information


Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford

                                Co-Founder and CTO, Oxbotica


                                Robots Will Drive You and Everything

23 January 2023


Professor Adrian Hill KBE DM FRS

Director of the Jenner Institute, Oxford

Professor of Vaccinology

Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford


                               New Vaccines for Global Challenges

12 December 2022

7.30 p.m. Mince Pies and Mulled Wine, followed by


Mr Richard Ovenden OBE

Bodley's Librarian

Head of University Gardens, Libraries and Museums

Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford


                                Knowledge Under Attack - how libraries have

                                 fought back for 3000 years

21 November 2022


Mrs Alice Foster

Art Historian

Lecturer, Department of Continuing Education,

 University of Oxford

The Art of Partying

17 October 2022

7.30 p.m. A glass of wine on arrival and the Annual General Meeting of

The Woodstock Society, followed by:


Mr Nicholas Cleobury

International Operatic, Orchestral and Choral Conductor

Hon. Patron, Woodstock Music Society


                         From Choirstall to Rostrum, a Life in Music


26 September 2022 (postponed from 19 September)


Mr Stephen Barker

Heritage Advisor


Oxfordshire on the Home Front, 1914-18


16 May 2022


Dr Philippa Joseph

Tutor in Art History, Oxford University

  Department for Continuing Education

Senior Fellow, Institute of Historical Research,

                                  University of London


                                Understanding the Alhambra: a Tale of Survival, Revival

                                 and a Return to Splendour


25 April 2022


Mr Carney Bonner

Emergency Response Operations Manager (South & Channel Islands), British Red Cross

An Insight into the British Red Cross

                                Local Emergency Response

21 March 2022


The Very Reverend Jeremy Auld

Rector, Woodstock and Bladon Benefice


The Long Road to Woodstock



21 February 2022


Dr Elizabeth Gemmill

Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford

The Don on the Quad: My Year as Junior Proctor in the University of Oxford


17 January 2022


Admiral Sir Philip Jones GCB DL

Former First Sea Lord

The Role of the Modern Royal Navy



13 December 2021


7.30 p.m. Mince Pies and Mulled Wine in the Church

8.00 p.m. Mr Richard Wigmore

Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster


Handel's Oratorios




15 November 2021 - by Zoom only


Dr Wendy Morrison

'Beacons of the Past' Project Manager

Chilterns Conservation Board


Citizen Science and LiDAR: Shedding Light

                                  on the Chiltern Landscape


18 October 2021 - preceded by AGM at 7.40 p.m.


Professor William Whyte

Professor of Social and Architectural History

St John's College, University of Oxford


The Growth of Victorian Oxford


20 September 2021 - by Zoom


Dr Xa Sturgis

Director, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Not Just a Knickknackatory - the Ashmolean Museum



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