Supper Talks

We try and hold 3 or 4 talks a year. We have had 2 very successful and interesting evenings so far this year. Our next event will be a Supper Talk in November.

14th November 2019 – Thursday – Carole Petipher will give a talk around “Monet’s Paradise on Earth”. In it she looks at the Artist together with his creation at Giverny which is truly a Garden for all seasons.  He was to find both inspiration and sanctuary there and today it is one of the most visited gardens in the world.

Carole lives locally but has worked for the last twenty years as a guide in France often using as her base, converted barges or petrol tankers!  It all came about as a result of a sabbatical from her position in the French steel industry when she found herself a passage on a converted barge.  Falling in love with the lifestyle she decided to give up the “proper job” and retrain as a guide.  She now travels around the UK as a lecturer for The Arts Society in addition to guiding at Giverny.

  • Both evenings will begin at 7.30pm, arriving from 7:00pm. A two course meal followed by tea or coffee will be served as usual. If you could like to come as a group, tables of up to ten can be reserved. The cost per event is £25 per person. A £10 deposit per person is required in full at the time of booking.
  • Contact the office on 01494 881037 or by email at for more details and to book.


Previous events this year;

18th July 2019Jill Eyres gave a talk entitled ‘Life and Death in a Roman Villa – the Hambleden Story‘. There have been some amazing discoveries in the Hambleden Valley and Jill spoke about what was happening there in Roman Britain.

Jill is well known locally and has worked on archaeological sites in the UK as well as abroad.

4th April 2019Timothy Walker spoke on ‘The Healing Power of Plants‘. It was a wonderful evening all round. 80 people enjoyed some good food and a wonderful and informative talk from Timothy.

Timothy is an eloquent, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker, who came highly recommended.


Thank you for a wonderful afternoon tea.

Oasis, Christ Church - Jul 2018

Thank you for having us! Great stay, lovely garden and helpful staff. See you again next year.

Vacation Project, Lincoln College Oxford - Aug 2018

The success of the weekend was helped ... by the quality of the accommodation ... the generous provision of our food but perhaps most of all the staff

Bereaved dads' weekend Nov 2018

This has been a wonderful caring time. Thank you St Katharine's staff team.

NW & JT, Marlow - Oct 2018