ANVIL 2016

ANVIL 2016

Anvil is a structured discussion group.  “Associates” are simply those who send in  name, email and phone number for our circulation list.  You are not expected to attend sessions that do not interest you.  There are 16 places open for each session.  To book a place at a session send an email to   Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. To cover our expenses bring £3. (Refreshments, room hire, non-local speakers – travel) John Baxter  Chair and Secretary. Tel: 01963 34537

To see how our discussion format works and to read ANVIL papers for future and past meetings visit  or Google ANVIL Wincanton.


We have 6 meetings for the year at two monthly intervals, on Tuesdays or Wednesdays 7.15 – 10-00pm. In the Quaker Barn, Wincanton High St., The dates have been chosen not to overlap with school holidays or half terms and to give those with regular bookings on Tuesday or Wednesday the chance to come to some sessions.

January Wednesday 20th Susan Maltin (Moore) Why Study History?

Susan Moore works as a freelance professional historical researcher after graduating from the University of St. Andrew in 1974. Interest in Chancery Proceedings and other legal records soon followed, although Susan has worked on a wide range of historical subjects over the years


March Tuesday 15th .  Jennifer Armstrong. Is the Criminal Justice System fit for purpose? Jennifer is a magistrate and works extensively in various parts of the criminal justice system.
May Wednesday 18th. Christopher Maltin: Climate Change in the light of recent negotiationsChristopher is chairman of Biomethane Ltd and has extensive and ongoing experience of national and international efforts to deal with climate change.
July Tuesday 12th. Dr Derek Hudson.  Population Growth.  The next 40-50 years.  Derek with his background in Maths and Statistics has been exploring how the complex picture of population growth has been moving.
September Tuesday 13th.  Julie Arliss.  Big Data and the Death of Individualism. As lecturer, teacher and founder of the Academy Conferences Julie has become increasingly concerned about what the collection of big data is doing to us.
November Tuesday 15th.  Jonathan Pearce.   Islam and Liberal Democracy How Compatible Are They? Teacher, writer and speaker on Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, Jonathan has made a careful study of the teaching and practice of Islam.