Programme for 2018-19

March 24th (Saturday)

Special Interest Morning: The Shakers of the US

We welcomed back Richard Cupidi to explore the history, traditions and community life of this intriguing Christian sect

Life of the diligent Shaker sect

March 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Foreigners in London; 1520 -1677: artists who changed the course of British art

Leslie Primo

How the art from different cultures in the 16th & 17th Centuries added to the future richness of British art.

Van Dyck portrait

April 18th (Wednesday)

Outing: The People's Post

Report and Photos
Royal Mail vans and cycles

April 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Art & Culture of Fin-de-Siecle Vienna

Gavin Plumley

At the turn of the 19th Century Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and the centre for some of the most exciting artists, musicians and scientists.  Among these luminaries were Klimt, Schiele, Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud.

Vienna café scene

May 6th (Sunday) to 8th (Tuesday)

Tour:  Suffolk Coast & Countryside

Photo and holiday details
Suffolk beach

May 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Mille Miglia: cars and culture

Dr Libby Horner

This lecture was about the Italian race, the Mille Miglia and the route taken, having appeal for members with interest in cars, speed and Italy.

Racing car

May 24th (Thursday)

Outing:  The Blue Idol & Warminghurst Church

Blue Idol Quaker meeting house

June 14th (Thursday)

Outing:  Mottisfont Abbey

Report and Photos
Mottisfont Abbey

June 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Arts of Zen: Aesthetics of Simplicity

Dr Meri Arichi

In this talk we discovered the links in Japanese art with one of their main religions.


July 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Art in the Shadow of St Pauls

Ian Swankie

Ian took us to the immediate environs of St Pauls and surprised us by the rich vein of street art from the early 1700s to the present day.  We discovered monuments, unusual structures, hidden gardens, modern art & the little know ‘coffin entrance’ by Sir Christopher Wren.

marble head

September 18th (Tuesday) to 25th (Tuesday)

Tour:  Discover Malta

Report and Photos
Valletta harbour

September 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Paint Brushes at Dawn: great artworld feuds, disputes and rows

Barry Venning

Periods of art have usually had disputes between artists and these and the reasons for them are always a popular topic.

artists in conflict

October 3rd (Wednesday)

Outing:  Women’s Suffrage 1918-2018

suffragette badge

October 20th (Saturday)

Outing:  Choral Tour of Westminster Abbey

Report and Photos
Westminster Abbey

October 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Thomas Heatherwick

Anthea Streeter

The architect, Thomas Heatherwick, is famous for the London Olympic ‘flames’ and much more.  Terence Conran called Heatherwick ‘The Leonardo da Vinci of our Times’.


November 24th (Saturday)

Special Interest Day: Inspired by Stonehenge

Known by some as ‘Mr Stonehenge’, Julian Richards is an authority on this national treasure.


November 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Votes for Women: Art and the Suffragettes

Caroline Shenton

A welcome return by Caroline, this time in the centenary year of ‘Votes for Women’.  This was a talk for all, to celebrate the lives of the Suffragettes, brave and forward thinking women.

suffragette badge

November 30th (Friday)

Outing:  Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

Waddesdon Manor

December 8th (Saturday)

Special Guest Event:  Magic for Christmas

Friends were invited to be amazed and entertained by that delightful Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle Bertie Pearce

Bertie Pearce


January 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Music and Life of JS Bach

Peter Medhurst

This was a talk on the amazing JS Bach illustrated by art, singing and recitals.

Bach family

February 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Magnificent Maya – Fact & Fantasy

Dr Diane Davies

This ancient civilisation created exquisite art, ancient pyramids, a complex writing form, an intricate calendar and most importantly chocolate.


The AGM preceded the afternoon talk

Mayan temples