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It’s good to talk at Chelmsford’s theatres

March has some interesting talks lined-up at Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio, and will also be staging a couple of Essex Book Festival events.


West Ham United stars Billy Bonds and Sir Trevor Brooking will be at The Civic Theatre on Thursday 8 March for ‘Hammers Heroes’ at 7.45pm. Billy and Sir Trevor are two of the greatest players to of ever put on the Hammer’s shirt and they will be reliving their past glories at the club. The Hammers record holder for the most number of appearances for the club (787), Billy was a leader whose tenaciousness was matched by great skill. Sir Trevor (635 appearances) was a genius player who could beat any opponent, with or without the ball. The whole delightful evening will be compared by another Hammers favourite, Tony Gale.  


The Essex Book Festival will be holding two special events at The Civic and Cramphorn Studio. Professor Robert Winston will be talking on how to improve your learning at the Civic Theatre on Tuesday 13 March at 7.30pm. Human’s learn fast when we are young, but how can we continue to effective learning when we are older? Through learning we are likely to become healthier, happier and have a longer life and Prof Winston will be highlighting recent research into the subject and how we can reap the rewards. There will also be a Q&A with him after the talk.


Andy Kirkpatrick is one of the top British mountaineers, big-wall climber and winter expedition specialist. In his show, Psychovertical: A Higher Education, Andy will be looking back on 40 amazing years of climbing  and adventures, from the Alps to Patagonia, Yosemite to Greenland, all in his unique brand of humorous and motivational story-telling. Andy will be at the Cramphorn Studio on Friday 16 March at 7.45pm.


The ‘Annual Museum Lecture’ will be given on Friday 9 March at 8pm, by Stephen Norris, and will be on the Chelmsford Poor Law Union, it’s workhouse and the early days of St John’s hospital. The workhouse opened in 1838, but what was it like inside? What happened to the first master of the workhouse? Find out the answers to these questions and much more when Stephen details the findings of his two years of research on the subject.


To book tickets to see any of these events, visit or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.

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