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Francis's father started his career in Horticulture as gardener's boy on a large estate just before the First World War. Hear about the fascinating life of the Victorian country estate, which has now entirely vanished. Learn the correct way of mowing a lawn with a horse-drawn mower, how to grow grapes, pineapples and cucumbers, and why and when William Robinson's butler had to serve his master with a pear on a silver tray. You will also discover why the Ministry of Defence issued thousands of stirrup pumps to the Home Guard in the Second World War.
A man of many parts – expert on the history of glass, travelling church organist, leading light in amateur dramatics, local historian, gardener, plant enthusiast … – Francis has many years experience as a public speaker. He is always complimented on the fact that he is clearly heard at the back of a large hall, even without a microphone, despite the audience's (appropriate) laughter!
|Fri 10 Mar 2017||11:00 to 12:00|
Free to U3A members; suggested donation of £2 for non members