Sunday 23rd April 2017 at Motcombe Memorial Hall    

Lunch with Colonel John Blashford-Snell   

Ploughman’s lunch and dessert

followed by a talk covering the history of the Scientific Exploration Society

12.30 pm for 1.00 pm £15.00 per person  

Teas/coffees will be included but there will also be a cash bar offering wines and soft drinks.

Tickets limited to 80 and will only be available in advance. Ample free parking and disabled access available.

All proceeds will go to the Scientific Exploration Society (charity no. 267410)


Tickets are available from Motcombe Community Shop or from the Society Office. Please contact Gail Lloyd via our contact page.


John Blashford-Snell, David Langlois, Ruth Le Cocq and Jennifer Ellenger will be speaking on the “Mongolian Quest”, about the 2016 Mongolian Altai Expedition for the Jersey Scientific Exploration Society at St Lawrence Parish Hall, Jersey, CI at 18.30 hrs on Friday 28th October.  Details from Kate Davis, email  kate.davis@rbc.com



 On Thursday 28 March 2013, The Scientific Exploration Society welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and over 700 members and guests to the Royal Geographical Society in London.  HRH has been a member of The SES for many years.  Colonel John Blashford-Snell gave a fascinating and entertaining lecture to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone.  John recounted Livingstone’s travels, challenges, achievements and family life in remarkable detail, with wonderful illustrations and images to capture the hardships encountered.

The evening ended with Garry Batt auctioning lots ranging from an elephant to a fabulous holiday donated by Mantis group, who kindly supported the evening.  Over £10000 was raised, and a contribution from these funds will be used towards the restoration of the Livingstone Memorial at Chitambo, Zambia. 

So many people worked so hard to ensure a successful and thoroughly enjoyable evening, and it is dangerous to name any at the risk of missing others.  But we must of course mention John and Judith Blashford-Snell, Alan Campbell, Lucy Thompson, Dave and Val Smith, Jim Masters and Mel Hyatt-Steel from The SES, Paul and Ian Gardiner from Mantis, Garry Batt from Dukes Fine Art in Dorchester and Charlie Morison and her Campbell-Bell team, the staff of the RGS and the army of volunteers who worked so hard behind the scenes.

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