Our popular WHS Talks are held at the Balsam Centre, Balsam Park BA9 9HB (accessed from Memorial Hall Car Park), usually on the last Wednesday evening of the month.

Doors open 6.30pm with the talk starting at 7pm. Our 9 talks throughout the year range widely, covering local and national topics such as the Roman Villa at the Newt, life of a local vet in 20th century, restoration of Earl of Shaftesbury’s house, the Nuremburg Trials.

A brief round-up of previous talks are available if you click the “Previous Talks” button further down this page.

The programme is being constantly developed so do revisit this site, check out our Instagram or Facebook and look out for our eye-catching posters in various locations around the town advising forthcoming subjects.

Entry Charges (per person):
Members and under 18s: free
Non-members: £10.00

From time to time Special Talks are being booked. The venue for these is the Memorial Hall. Last year we heard from John Blashford-Snell, and enjoyed a live performance of Flamenco dancing. Charges for these talks differ from the standard Talks charge. Keep an eye on this site for details.

Special Talks (per person):
Members: free (donation welcomed)
Non-members: See listing for prices

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Flamenco is the quintessential art form of Andalusia, unique, passionate and emblematic. It exists thanks to a blending of different cultures and artistic styles in southern Spain over many centuries, ranging from Byzantine to Gypsy, and Berber to Jewish. At its heart lies the mysterious force known as ‘duende’, an experience produced by the very best performances which has almost no parallel in Western culture. Although born out of an oral tradition, something of the history of flamenco can be traced, not least, through its complex relationship with the rest of Spain and her former colonies, acting as a mirror through which Spain can view itself.

With a combination of words and movement, author Jason Webster and dancer Salud opened a window on the world of flamenco, revealing its essential identity as an artistic crossroads between East and West.

Jason Webster is the author of almost 20 books on Spain, including DuendeThe Book of Duende, and The Art of Flamenco. Salud Botella is a Spanish flamenco dancer of international renown who has trained with some of the greatest performers, including Javier la Torre and Belén Maya. They have two children and live in Dorset.



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