GENERAL MEETINGS are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month (except August & December) at 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00 am) at BECKENHAM METHODIST CHURCH, Bromley Road, Beckenham, BR3 5JE. A talk by a visiting speaker is given, followed by an opportunity for members to socialise (coffee/tea and biscuit).
If you are thinking of joining us, you are welcome to attend a General Meeting 'taster' as a visitor before deciding to join.
Member's entrance fee: £1.50 per meeting; Visitor's entrance fee: £2.50 per meeting.
General Meeting talks are shown in our annual Programme and quarterly Newsletters.
NOTE THAT OUR MEETINGS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE AT PRESENT BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
NEWCOMERS MEETINGS: We hold a Newcomers Meeting twice a year to introduce new members to each other, to the Committee and to the Interest Group Leaders.
SOCIALS: We hold two Socials a year: a Summer Social in August and a Christmas Social in December; both are 'ticket-only' events open to members only. OUR SOCIALS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2020.
HISTORY MEETINGS: Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00 am) at BECKENHAM METHODIST CHURCH (Wesley Room), Bromley Road, Beckenham. Speakers are invited to talk on topics of historical interest and visits are sometimes arranged. Annual subscription: £15.00. Visitors entrance fee: £3.00 per meeting. NOTE THAT OUR MEETINGS ARE NOT TAKING PLACE AT PRESENT BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC EXCEPT POSSIBLY ONLINE.
LOCAL HISTORY MEETINGS: Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00 am) at BECKENHAM METHODIST CHURCH (Wesley Room), Bromley Road, Beckenham. Speakers are invited to talk on all aspects of Beckenham and surrounding areas. Visits are sometimes arranged. Annual subscription: £15.00. Visitors entrance fee: £3.00 per meeting. NOTE THAT OUR MEETINGS ARE NOT TAKING PLACE AT PRESENT BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
OPEN ACTIVITIES - WE REGRET THAT THESE ARE NOT TAKING PLACE AT PRESENT BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:
Visits are arranged to places of interest, museums, art galleries, etc within easy reach of Beckenham, using public transport or by private coach.
Visits to local restaurants in Beckenham and surrounding area twice monthly on Thursdays and Sundays.
Visits to local pubs in Beckenham and surrounding area once a month.
Group visits are arranged to West End and local theatres.
WALKING FOR FITNESS
Twice-weekly walks through Beckenham Place Park. There are also London Walks groups and a local Brisk Walking Group.
See GROUPS for more information on activities. Details of activities are given in our Newsletters.
HERE ARE SOME FREE ONLINE THINGS TO DO OR SEE
as shown in our June 2020 Newsletter
(Note that some of these may no longer be available as the Coronavirus pandemic situation changes)
Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries online:
British Museum virtual tours:
Houses of Parliament:
BBC Radio 4: world history podcasts:
Museums worldwide online tours:
Google arts and culture:
Globe Theatre (go to YouTube Premieres):
"The Guardian" (plays, ballet and opera):
The National Theatre:
Open Culture: films, courses, languages:
Chatterpack: various things to watch:
50,000 free ebooks:
Royal Institute: public lectures on science:
50 things that made the modern economy:
Seterra world geography quizzes:
Kent Wildlife Association:
https://kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/actions (ideas for helping garden wildlife)
Jigsaw puzzles (Museum's objects) to do online:
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra:
London Symphony Orchestra:
Quilting competition (enter by 3 July 2020):