• Thursday 23 May 2019 at 00:00
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  • Saturday 25 May 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to 'The Arnie Cottrell Tendency' tonight at The Silver Plough. Arnie Cottrell has been around for a very long time. He plays acoustic guitars, National Tricone guitar, mandolin,...
  • Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 19:30
    The Press and Public are invited to attend, and so prior to the start of the meeting there will be a short period of time set aside for public questions or comments about items on the...
  • Saturday 08 June 2019 at 14:30
    CREAM TEA AND MUSIC Avon Valley Choral Society is holding a 'Cream Tea and Music' event on Saturday 8th June at Amesbury Methodist Church. Starting from 2.30 pm, visitors will have an...
  • Saturday 08 June 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'Fellman' tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets free.
  • Sunday 09 June 2019 at 11:00
    Lockerley Estate is taking part in Open Farm Sunday on Sunday 9th June 2019. Come and join us at Queenwood Farm Yard, Broughton, Hampshire, SO20 8DF between 11am – 4pm. This is a national...
  • Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 19:00
    Riyad came to play for us some years ago, but we are delighted to welcome back this Syrian pianist whose individual style has just won him the coveted Liszt competition in Budapest. Not only will he play the Lizst Paganini Etude No.6, but also Beethoven’s Sonata in E flat major, Op.27, no.1, and some Russian music too, so it promises to be an exciting evening.
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. And you'd be most welcome to join us at the next one.
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 19:00
    Italian by birth, Francesca is in her first year of postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a promising pianist who will bring her passionate style to Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke and Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat major, Op.110.
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 19:30
    The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better. It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us.Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery.
  • Thursday 20 June 2019 at 18:30
    Help Support the work of the Lifeboats and have a great evening. Salisbury, Wilton & District Branch of the RNLI invites you to a Midsummer Garden Party at Wilton House on Thursday 20th June...
  • Thursday 20 June 2019 at 19:00
    Viktor is an old friend of Farley, having played at one of the first festivals. This Serbian pianist is a musician of exceptional charm and technical brilliance. His return visit offers a chance to see just how much this artist has matured recently in a programme that includes Chopin’s magnificent Ballades and Liszt’s Stunning 6th Hungarian Rhapsody.
  • Friday 21 June 2019 at 19:00
    The International Young Soloists Trio is one of the projects of the inventive Hungarian pianist Alexandra Balog. The group is a versatile ensemble which can be expanded, but in this concert, Alexandra is joined by the Korean Violinist Jane Kim and the Hungarian Cellist Réka Adorjáni in an attractive programme comprising Beethoven’s magnificent Appassionata Sonata, Chopin’s Polonaise for Cello and Piano and Brahms’s beautiful first piano trio.
  • Saturday 22 June 2019 at 00:00
    Another of our favourite events!  Our annual pilgrimage around the food halls of Pitton! Bring your husband/partner/friend/neighbour for an excellent evening of wine, food and convivial...
  • Saturday 22 June 2019 at 19:00
    Multi-instrumentalist Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub are returning to Farley via the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Palladium, Abbey Road and the BAFTAS. Discovered by Mark Ronson and now signed to Decca Records, their first album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart.
  • Saturday 29 June 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'Sunflower' tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets free.  
  • Saturday 29 June 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'Sunflower' tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets free.  
  • Saturday 06 July 2019 at 00:00

Men of Pitton – Talk on ‘The Raid on St Nazaire’

Thursday 17 January 2019 at 20:00

The next Men of Pitton event will take place at the Silver Plough on the 17th Jan 2019 starting at 8.00 pm.
John Inman will be giving a talk on “The Raid on St. Nazaire”.
Please note that no arrangements for food have been made but of course you are free to make your own arrangements with the Pub.
Please let Roy Forder (712455) know by the 11th Jan 2019 if you would like to come along.

On the night of 27th March 1942, a single, elderly destroyer accompanied by an unlikely flotilla of small wooden boats sailed up the mouth of the Loire to the heavily defended port of Saint Nazaire.  The vessels were crammed with over 600 sailors and commandos, as well as improbable quantities of high explosive.  The port contained new U boat pens which the Germans were very keen to protect.  That day, Admiral Doenitz himself had just finished an inspection of the facilities and had been assured that nothing could threaten his submarines.  After all, the base was heavily defended by artillery shore batteries with dozens of light, medium and heavy guns, along with searchlights and radars, all there to protect the port against raids by sea or air.  Moreover, the town and adjacent area were strongly garrisoned by thousands of military personnel and there were German warships stationed in the harbour or patrolling nearby.  You would have to be mad to try.

Mad or not, the British were not deterred; nor were they were interested in the U boat pens.  They had something else in mind: the biggest drydock in the world.  The ‘Normandie’ dock (pictured) lay in the heart of the port, barely 200 metres from the pens.  They were determined to put it out of commission for the rest of the war – one way or another.

The raid has been described as audacious by some, foolhardy by others.  It may well have been both; it was certainly very well planned and executed with enormous courage, flair and determination.   Many of the port facilities and shore batteries are still as they were, including the great drydock itself and the massive U boat pens, so join me as the boats sail up the Loire estuary.  We shall follow the path of the commandos and the sailors who carried them there and you can make up your own minds.

For more about the Men of Pitton, click here.

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