The Events listed here are in Date order.


Continuing our exciting programme of Speaker Talks
There will be a Speaker Talk at our General Member Meetings at 2pm on the last Tuesday of every month.

Understandably some of you will be nervous about meeting again in a large group. Following the Richmond Hall Guidelines, we can have no more than 120 in the hall. This is the reason we restrict our SIMs members to two monthly meetings and the AGM. You will also know it is difficult to move the chairs further apart.

The Government relaxation of Covid rules allow us to meet again now while exercising precautions where possible. We will be following Richmond Hall Guidelines for Covid 19. So, we will:

  • keep the hall well ventilated
  • ask you, preferably, to wear masks when seated or moving around.
  • position chairs to ensure the maximum social distancing possible
  • ask you to provide your own refreshments (for the time being)
  • provide hand sanitisers and ask you to use them
  • ask you to Self-Assess for Covid Symptoms

It is your decision whether you wish to attend but I would ask that if you are feeling unwell then please do not attend on this occasion. I anticipate most of us will have had two doses of the vaccination by now but members will understandably be wary of picking up or passing on infections.

Please note (see above) we will NOT be providing refreshments until further notice. Richmond Hall believes the kitchen to be too small to allow safe provision.

On behalf of your Committee, I welcome the return of regular monthly meetings.

Marion Coleman, Chair


Continuing Zoom Meetings
Our programme of ZOOM Speaker Talks . We will be having one Zoom Speaker Talk on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month.

If you have not already contacted Marion and asked to take part in the Zoom talk You need to email me at Chairperson so that I can send you the meeting details. We now have 98 people on the Zoom list so there is plenty of room for more of you, as not everyone attends every time. Remember the Zoom talks are All open to All members (Full and SIMs)


Member Meetings to look forward to:

Tony Harris.Andy Thomas.Mark Lewis
The life of Churchill.Unexplained Mysteries and Cover-Ups.The World of Art Deco
2pm 25 January 2022.2pm 8 February 2022.2pm 22 February 2022
Tony Harris IS Winston Churchill . Andy Thomas . Mark Lewis The World of Art Deco


Dates for your Diary
Tue Feb 8th ZOOM: 2pm Tuesday 8 February 2022

Speaker: Andy Thomas
Subject: Unexplained Mysteries and Cover-Ups

Andy Thomas explores some of the most famous enigmas of recent history, looking at the linking threads between them- UFO’s, ghosts, strange creatures, religious apparitions, psychic phenomena. Ancient symbolism, prophecies and beyond…..

Andy is a leading researcher into unexplained mysteries and author of many books, including “The Truth Agenda” and “Conspiracies” described by many as the best available overview of paranormal and global cover-ups. Andy writes widely and lectures and has made many radio and TV appearances.

Registered to attend? if you have NOT attended previously please contact Marion at Chairperson.
If you have attended previously you will automatically receive the meeting invitation.
Tue Feb 22nd RICHMOND HALL: 2pm Tuesday 22 February 2022

Speaker: Mark Lewis
Subject: The World of Art Deco

A celebration of this highly influential and design style that first appeared in France after World War 1 and flourished internationally from the 1920s to the 1940s. Characterised by bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation, Art Deco came to represent luxury and glamour in a technologically progressive world.

Mark is a designer-maker, specialising in silversmithing and jewellery, and is also a landscape artist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Horners.
Tue Mar 8th ZOOM: 2pm Tuesday 8 March 2022

Speaker: Peter Padwick
Subject: All things banned and censored

A colourful, humorous, informative talk that covers radio, film, TV, literature and sport giving a light-hearted survey of banning and censorship over the past 100 years or so.

With pictures, songs and anecdotes touching on George Formby, Reith and the BBC, cricket Marilyn Monroe, Sooty, GB Shaw, Donald McGill, the Crazy Gang, Dr Crippen, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra, adverts, George Gershwin and much more along the way.
Tue Mar 29th RICHMOND HALL: 2pm Tuesday 29 March 2022

Subject: Georghi Markov and the Poison Umbrella Murder.
Speaker: Paul Barwick

The poison umbrella murder highlights the events of September 1978 when Bulgarian journalist Georghi Markov was injected in the leg with a deadly toxin called Ricin, fired from a modified umbrella as he walked to work along London’s Waterloo Bridge. He died 4 days later.

This episode of international espionage shocked the whole world 44 years ago and will be remembered by a mature audience. We examine the reasons why his Countries Government wanted him silenced and who was responsible for this tragic act of assassination. We look at the poison used to kill him and we name the official suspect. Finally, we ask if it is too late for justice to prevail.

Paul Barwick spent a career in the police service. His last role was in counter terrorism. In 2019 he retired to start a walking tour company focused on real life espionage incidents in the Capital.
Tue Apr 19th ZOOM: 2pm Tuesday 19 April 2022 NOTE: date is one week later than usual

Speaker: Steve Dimmer
Subject: Walt Disney Part 2

Following a very entertaining and informative zoom session on the Life of Walt Disney, this talk looks at his legacy and its development from Walt's death in 1966 up to now.
Tue Apr 26th RICHMOND HALL: 2pm Tuesday 26 April 2022

Speaker: Charlie Haylock
Subject: The History of Spoken English

Charlie Haylock is an historian of spoken English, a dialect specialist, an authority on his native Suffolk and a bestselling author. He has a regular spot on BBC Radio Suffolk, is the creator of weekly cartoons in the 'East Anglian Daily Times', and is a popular speaker on the history of spoken English. He was dialect coach for actors including Ralph Fiennes on the Netflix film 'The Dig'.

Charlie will show us how the seed of spoken English started in Suffolk. He will also show us how each invading force affected the English language, and the different sounds they brought. He will demonstrate how and why Suffolk helped shape a whole continent’s dialect, and explain why so many Suffolk people are taken as Australian.
Tue May 10th ZOOM: 2pm Tuesday 10 May2022

Details to be advised.
Tue May 31st RICHMOND HALL: 2pm Tuesday 31 May 2022

Speaker: Freya Levy
Subject: To be advised

Active Essex Sports Personality of the year and I currently play Para Ice Hockey With the Great Britain Women’s Team, I’m on the Great Britain Women’s U25 Wheelchair basketball team and Academy Programme, and currently the only female player in the England Wheelchair Rugby 7s Squad. I’m also supported by Michael Johnson on his Young Leaders program as a mentor for new leaders.

I’ve not always been disabled, diagnosed suddenly with FSH Muscular Dystrophy at 14, I had to quickly change from an early career in rugby and football, to a new adventure in disability sports.
Tue Jun 14th ZOOM: 2pm Tuesday 14 June 2022

Details to be advised.
Tue Jun 28th RICHMOND HALL: 2pm Tuesday 28 June 2022

Speaker: Peter Guide
Subject: Band of sisters- amazing women of WW1

Details to be advised.