David Haycock ‘Artists in The Great War’

On 13th June, during the 2016 Broadway Arts Festival, David Boyd Haycock will be giving a talk  on ‘Artists in The Great War’.

David Haycock is the author of ‘A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War’ which was nominated in the “Best Non-Fiction Book” category at the 2010 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards. Artists Sir Stanley Spencer  RA (1891-1959), Paul Nash (1889-1946), Mark Gertler (1891-1939), C. Richard W. Nevinson (1889-1946) and Dora de Houghton Carrington (1893-1932) were five of the most exciting, influential and innovative 20th century British artists. From diverse backgrounds, they met at the Slade School of Art, London, in the years before the outbreak of the First World War, where they formed part of  what their teacher Henry Tonks described as the school’s last ‘crisis of brilliance’.

David Haycock’s talk takes place in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms Hotel on 13th June 2016 starting at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and are available to book via www.broadwayartsfestival.com.






Talk: Edie Appleton OBE RRC, A Nurse at the Front – Saturday 18th April 2015, 3pm in Broadway United Reformed Church

At 3pm on Saturday 18th April 2015, in Broadway United Reformed Church, Dick Robinson, will be giving a talk about his great aunt, Edith ‘Edie’ Appleton OBE, RRC, a nurse from Deal, Kent, who joined the military nursing services and served with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve during the First World War.

Edie served behind the front lines in France and Flanders from October 1914 until her demobilisation on 22nd December 1919. She kept detailed dairies of her experiences, excerpts from which have been read on Radio 4’s Making History programme and have provided source information for the television drama The Crimson Field. Edie’s bravery and dedication won her the Military OBE, the Royal Red Cross and the Queen Elisabeth Medal.

The talk will be followed by First World War songs and tea and trench cake. Tickets are £3 and can be obtained from Michael Payne tel. 01386 854759.

Further information about Edie Appleton can be found at: http://anurseatthefront.org.uk.


Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers



Talk: Wednesday 4th February 2015, Childswickham, Worcestershire

Debbie Williamson will be giving a talk about her book ‘Broadway Remembers’ at the February meeting of the Childswickham WI, Wednesday 4th February 2015. The meeting will start at 7pm in Childswickham Memorial Hall, Atkinson Street, Childswickham near Broadway, Worcestershire. Visitors welcome (£4 on the door).