Travellers' Tales



We meet at the Kea Community Centre on the 4th Thursday in the month at 10am for a 10.30 start and talks are usually for an hour.  (We may in future have to adjust the start and finish time to fit with the bus schedules from both Truro and Falmouth.)  The group take a break from the monthly talks in August and December.
The dates of talks this year are 28th June, 26th July, 27th September, 25th October and the 22nd November.



Sorting lapis lazuli

Over 60 members attended John Carter’s talk in September. It is probably the best attended Travellers’ Tales talk I have been to. He was an excellent speaker and fascinated us all with anecdotes about his career as a gem dealer and his travels to remote and sometimes turbulent parts of the world in search of gems.  He also told us about the trade in gems and the risks of fakes.  By popular demand he has agreed to speak to us again in March about pearls.
On Thursday 25th of October Mark Breach will be talking about “A tent in Yemen”.  Yemen is not a place you’d visit now; it’s ravaged by war and one of the poorest countries in the world. But almost 40 years ago when Mark Breach was working there as a land surveyor, and travelling throughout the country, it was a less troubled place. The topography is spectacular and desolate with plenty of dirt and dust and very little tarmac to be seen. The countryside bristles with guns and drugs but in a curiously benign sort of way. The people are friendly if wary and hospitable by tradition; imagine backwoods Kentucky, strip away the vegetation and then put it into Arabia.

On Thursday 22nd of November Jon & Anne Skelton will be talking about “Sights of North Wales and Chester”.  A tour of places of interest from Barmouth to Chester taking in Portmeirion, Mt Snowdon, castles, towns and gardens. 

North Wales


Please note there will not be a meeting in December.

Please come and join us, new members to the group are always welcome.  We meet at the Kea Community Centre Playing Place. Talks start at 10.30am but come any time after the doors open at 9.30am and have a tea or coffee.
Jon Skelton Group Leader 123.skelton@talktalk.net  Phone 01872 865316 





Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator