Events in September–November 2021
Una storia breve di pasta (A short history of pasta) - Paul Ward - NOW ONLY BEING DELIVERED ON ZOOM
Una storia breve di pasta (A short history of pasta) - Paul Ward - NOW ONLY BEING DELIVERED ON ZOOMZoomA short text written in Italian by a member of the Tavy u3a Italian Improvers group about “strangozzi”, a particular pasta shape popular in Umbria, triggered an interest in this iconic foodstuff and sent the presenter down a rabbit hole of research to learn about the origins of pasta, the Arab occupation of Sicily, the difference between “hard” and “soft” wheat, the hatred of the clergy in the Papal States, the use of pasta as a murder weapon, the industrialisation of pasta production and the foundation of a new “religion”.
Paul Ward, a member and former chair of Tavy District u3a, leads the Italian Improvers Group. As a retired paediatrician, Paul’s only qualifications for speaking on this topic are an inquiring mind and a love of both food and Italy.
**DUE TO RISING COVID FIGURES IN WEST DEVON THIS TALK WILL NOW ONLY BE DELIVERED VIA ZOOM - UPDATED 31/08/2021**
The Bedford Estate and Workers' Housing in Tavistock in the 19th Century - Andrew Thompson
The Bedford Estate and Workers' Housing in Tavistock in the 19th Century - Andrew ThompsonTavistock Town Hall and via Zoom
When the Industrial Revolution transformed Tavistock from rural town to mining centre, a rapidly growing population was crammed into insanitary and overcrowded housing in the central streets. Ranging from the World Heritage Bedford cottages to the speaker's 'ordinary' terraced house, this illustrated talk explores the complex and conflicting cultural, economic, political, social factors which influenced how the Dukes of Bedford responded to the 19th century housing crisis.
Andrew Thompson is a historian and archaeologist based in West Devon who works as a self employed heritage consultant. His clients have included the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Plymouth's Mayflower 2020, Dartmoor National Park, the Tamar Valley AONB and the Museum of Policing in Devon and Cornwall. Andrew is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Plymouth and Vice Chair of the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries.
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How to Survive and Thrive in Business during a Global Pandemic - Martin Swarbrick
How to Survive and Thrive in Business during a Global Pandemic - Martin SwarbrickTavistock Town Hall and via Zoom
Martin Swarbrick owns the de la Torre’s delicatessen in Tavistock. He has over 40 years experience in the food sector moving from trained chef working in some of the best country house hotels in the UK to, following a degree and career change, 16 years at Riverford Organic Vegetables, where he was the driving force behind franchising Riverford. He has also worked as a freelance consultant helping to grow small organic food businesses.