Kirtles, Corsets and…..Curtains!

For our very first face to face meeting Sarah Slater from Hampton Court visited us to talk to us about..... Kirtles, Corsets and Curtains. It was just great to really see Sarah & to see all our friends after so long, Sarah talked about her journey into historical...

August Book Club

In August, we read A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry. Set in the 1870s, this is the story of Winona, a Native American orphaned in the American Civil War and adopted by two soldiers.  Growing up with them on a farm in Tennessee, she is educated and loved and...

July Book Club

This month a full turnout discussed Capital by John Lanchester. The story focuses on Pepys Road, an imaginary street in South London of late Victorian houses built for the lower middle classes but now only affordable by the very rich. By including residents and those...

Pimms by the Pond!

Our first face to face get together of this year was just fabulous. We had a social on Barnes Green, near Barnes Pond.  There was so much news to catch up on and, best of all, was just seeing people for real - not on a Zoom. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who...

Mother’s Ruin

What a fascinating talk this was! Mildred Freeman, aka The Lady Historian and dressed in full Victorian costume walked us through the history of gin. Starting in the early 1100s and traveling through to our modern gin revolution she regaled us with tales of bravery,...

June Book Club

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is set in 1980’s Glasgow. The background of poverty, unemployment, run down housing estates and life on benefits, as mines and shipyards close, is brilliantly drawn and the group appreciated the writing style. This is the story of...

Ocean Life

Places are like people…they have a history that shapes their character and every one is different. That's what makes travel so interesting. It was this passion that led Hazel Griffiths to change direction in her life. It was fascinating to hear about Hazel's new...

May Book Club

In overview, Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell, is the tale of Shakespeare’s son, who died of the plague, aged 11. However, the book is so much more than that. The story is told from the perspective of his mother, Agnes (or Anne) Hathaway, a healer and herbalist who has...

Kew Gardens

The history behind Kew Gardens Sarah Oldridge, Adult Education Co-ordinator at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for over 20 years, talked to us about the history and the secrets of Kew Gardens. It's on our doorstep ... we've all probably been there at least once if not more...

Palaces and Parks

Alan Blower's talk on the history of the Royal parks, gardens, palaces and houses close by the Thames between Kew and Hampton Court was fascinating. It certainly whetted our appetites for the Spring and Summer when we might be...
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