The Talks programme for the current season is listed below, after some basic information.
Note that for the foreseeable future, our talks will be given at:
St Andrew's Church Centre
There is a car park here and so parking should not be a problem. The Chapel has its entrance facing Roger's Lane.
Day & Time
2nd Friday of the month Sep - Jun, 7.30pm.
(except for our Christmas event in December, and where the 2nd Friday clashes with Good Friday).
Talks are free to members and £2 to visitors.
To get an idea of the range of talks we hear, Click here to see our previous talks.
Talks programme for the 2019/20 season are listed below.
Fri 13 Sep 2019, 7:30pm: Spymaster Helen Fry
The Secret Life of Colonel Thomas Kendrick.
Fri 11 Oct 2019, 7:30pm: The Great British Poster Artist Graham Twemlow
The Golden age of British Poster art during the 1920s and 1930s was a thriving industry enabled by enlightened clients such as Shell-mex and London underground.
Fri 8 Nov 2019, 7:30pm: The Slums of Victorian London Colin Oakes
Old Nichol, Dorset Street, and Seven Dials.
Note: Change of venue: for this talk only, we will be in the Hastings Room at St. Andrews Centre - behind the Coffee Shop between the Main Hall and New Hall.
Saturday 7 Dec 2019, 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Christmas Social event, Hastings Room, St. Andrew's Church Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges SL2 4LN.
Food, Quizzes, and Raffles.
Fri 10 Jan 2020, 7:30pm: Nancy Astor and the Cliveden Set Nigel Smales
When Nancy married Waldorf Astor, they acquired Cliveden as a wedding present from his father. In the 1930s she invited many politically influential figures to Cliveden including the editor of The Times and Lord Halifax. It remains controversial to what extent this Cliveden Set were pro-German and influenced appeasement.
Fri 14 Feb 2020, 7:30pm: History and Humour, the wit of Winston - Part 1 Jeff Rozelaar
This is a biographical account of the great man’s life from birth until the early 1930’s. It covers his early military career and the beginning of his life as journalist and writer.
Fri 13 Mar 2020, 7:30pm: History and Humour, the wit of Winston - Part 2 Jeff Rozelaar
This covers the dramatic period leading up to and through the Second World War, the election of 1945 and his warning about “The Cold War”. It deals with his second and last period as Prime Minister in the early 1950’s, and his life during retirement.
Fri 17 Apr 2020, 7:30pm: Gothic Colin Lomas CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus.
This talk traces the connection between the 5th century Gothic warriors, Gothic Cathedrals, and the Gothic novels.
Fri 8 May 2020, 7:30pm: The Anniversary of VE Day Colin Oakes CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus.
A timely talk on the VE day bank holiday itself.
Fri 12 Jun 2020, 7:30pm: AGM followed by a talk: Cholesterol: Not as bad as you think Geoff Gibbons CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus.
Geoff will give a brief history of cholesterol.