Meetings are held weekly, on Thursday mornings in Ealing Green Church (almost opposite Ealing Film Studios).

You should aim to arrive at about 10.00am.
Meetings begin with announcements and in-house business. There are then two short 2-minute presentations given by interest group conveners. This is followed by the speaker's presentation during which there is usually a break of approx. 15mins. The proceedings finish at 11.45-12.00.




From March 2017 Rosemary Richardson has retired as organiser of the Thursday morning talks. We thank her for the excellence with which she has managed the highly important, demanding task over several years.

She will be replaced by Yvonne Hughes who will be glad to receive your suggestions. See CONTACT



Jan 5, David Evans: Living through Religious Revolution – English Church Life 1534 – 1559. (How ordinary English men and women coped with some of the massive religious changes that took place during this 25-year period.)
Jan 12, Robert Dyer: Helping Children with Reading. (Beanstalk helps children to grow and succeed by finding pleasure in reading.)
Jan 19, Nicholas Henderson: Whatever Happened after Henry VIII?( The Tudor saga didn’t stop after the death of Henry VIII. Two more Kings and three Queens add to the history.)
Jan 26, Philip Woods: Reporting Defeats: War Correspondents in Burma 1942-3 (War correspondents who covered the first 5 months of 1942 in Burma, the first Wingate Expedition and the role of newsreel and still cameramen.)

Feb 2, Alan Wise: Achieve the Happiness and Good Health YOU Deserve (Understanding stress disorder, depression, anxiety, panic attacks. An educational, informative light hearted talk.)
Feb 9, Anne Harvey: Darwin’s Granddaughters (Poet Frances Cornford and artist Gwen Raverat were granddaughters of Charles Darwin, both noted for their achievements in Art and Literature.)
Feb16, Martin Eady: The History of London Transport (Charting the changing fortunes of bus, rail and tram staff over the last 100 years.)
Feb 23, Ann McLoughlin: Samaritans – can I help? (History of the organisation and how this charity has evolved into the 21st century.)

Mar 2, Joy Hynes: The Aging Eye (Conditions that affect the eyes as we age: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration.)
Mar 9, Sue Elliott: Adoption: 20th century phenomenon and its legacy (Half a million women gave up their children for adoption from 1950s to 1980s. Sue traces the fascinating history of adoption using her own experience as an adoptee.)
Mar 16, AGM: Reports, Committee Elections. Followed by Questors Theatre Presentation
Mar 23, Tony Millier: Women Composers, their Challenges and Successes (Women’s progress through the centuries to the present day in a variety of genres.)
Mar 30, Jo Livingston: How to write your life story (NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL START AT 10.05am.)

Apr 6, Howard Tloosty: My Life in Show Business (Sharing some of the mainly funny but true stories of the well-known and loved artistes & entertainers he has worked with over the years.)

(The programme will be displayed on this website on April 10)

Photos of some of our recent speakers are displayed on this page


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