Talks

The Talks programme for the current season is listed below, after some basic information.


Venue
These talks will be given at:

The Hastings Room
St Andrew's Church Centre
Roger's Lane
Stoke Poges,
SL2 4LN

There is a car park here and so parking should not be a problem.  The Hastings Room is best accessed via the outer door by the sign "The Coffee Shop".

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).

Cost
Talks are free to members and £2 to visitors.

Previous talks
To get an idea of the range of talks we hear,  Click here to see our previous talks.


Talks programme for the 2021/22 season are listed below.

Fri 10 Sep 2021, 7:30pm:   Forgotten Stories of WWII      Simone Balani
How many animals were awarded medals for gallantry and devotion to duty during the Second World War? Which wartime leader had a penchant for collecting porcelain pigs? What inspired the Royal Navy to name some of its formidable warships HMS Buttercup, Coriander and Tulip? The history of WWII is woven into the fabric of our national identity, but this talk aims to demonstrate that there are always more WWII stories - sometimes uplifting, sometimes uncomfortable - to unravel!
Some of these tales are taken from Simone's podcast - The Timely Historian.

Fri 8 Oct 2021, 7:30pm:   AGM 2021   followed by a talk:  The History of Seer Green     Alan Kell
 
Fri 12 Nov 2021, 7:30pm:   The History of the Kennet and Avon Canal     Graham Horn
 The origins and restoration of John Rennie’s engineering legacy.

Saturday 04 Dec 2021, 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Christmas Social event, - CANCELLED - SORRY.
 It was thought unwise to have a sharing buffet while the coronavirus is still quite widespread.

Fri 14 Jan 2022, 7:30pm:   Gothic      Colin Lomas
 This talk traces the connection between the 5th century Gothic warriors, Gothic Cathedrals, and the Gothic novels.

Fri 11 Feb 2022, 7:30pm:   Chiltern Thrills: Making Crime Pay     Dave Sivers
 This talk covers his 'writing journey' and how the digital revolution helped turn a lifelong scribbler into a minor best seller; the ever-changing publishing landscape; and the challenges of setting gritty crime fiction in a pleasant rural area (the Chilterns).

Fri 11 Mar 2022, 7:30pm:   The Anniversary of VE Day    Colin Oakes
 Last year, it gave us a bank holiday, but this talk had to be postponed till now.

Fri 8 Apr 2022, 7:30pm:   The Gerrards Cross Cowboy      Denise Beddows
 This talk is about a real cowboy adventurer and writer who achieved enormous fame and wealth in his day, but who is unheard of today.

Fri 13 May 2022, 7:30pm:   Operation Hillside    Fritha Irwin
 The Secret Life of Hughenden in WW2.

Fri 10 Jun 2022, 7:30pm:  AGM 2022   followed by a talk:  Cholesterol: Not as bad as you think   Geoff Gibbons
 Geoff will give a brief history of cholesterol.