Our General meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at St James Hall (Except August and December). The hall is accessible for wheelchair users.
The doors open at 9.30 am to enable people to catch up with friends, check availability of groups and sign up for outings. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served. Each group takes it in turns to provide the tea and coffee - click Tea to see the rota. The minutes of the most recent committee meeting will be available on the notice board, usually situated to the left of the screen, and the talk begins around 10:20am.
The programme of talks for the next few months is described in the table below.
Some outings are being arranged and will be listed below when details are finalised.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Fri Feb 21st||No Talk : AGM|
|Fri Mar 20th||Lizzie Gilks: A Policemen's Lot |
Tony and Lizzie Gilks of Timespan70 will entertain us with a history of, and stories from, the early days of the police force.
|Fri Apr 17th||Colin van Geffen: The Story of the Schnider Air Races|
Colin van Geffen covers the history of the Schneider Trophy from its inception in 1912, to the last race in 1931 and beyond. A time when Britain led the world in aviation design and technology, and took pride in its achievements.
|Fri May 15th||Malcolm Wells MBE: So Far So Good|
Covering topics of army life (the Gulf War),behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace investitures and how to train a guide dog to use a washing machine.
|Fri Jun 19th||Deborah Brady A Female in Fleet Street|
The working life of a female reporter
|Fri Jul 17th||Steve Herra: Cunards History and Glamorous Stars|
Steve Herra is a third generation former Cunard employee having had both his father and grandmother sail before him. Discover the history of the prestigious Cunard Line from 1840 until the present day, including some of the more famous liners with their even more famous passengers. Which actress brought her own chickens on board the Queen
Mary because she wanted fresh eggs every day? Or what did Charles Dickens think about the furnishings aboard Britannia?
|Fri Aug 21st||No Meeting|
|Fri Sep 18th||Andrew Negus: Southampton - Water Slaughter and Trade Pt 1|
Andrew returns to regale us with the story of Southampton from its earliest Roman days to the middle of the 19th century.
|Fri Oct 16th||A Grandmother's Legacy|
A delight of a book that effortlessly throws light on the life and times of
Anglo-Indians during the prime days of the Raj. Spanning the 19th and the
20th centuries, the story covers the lives of five generations of women of
a family, beginning with Jennyâ€™s great-great-great grandma Wilhelmina
down to her mother Cynthia who immigrated to Britain in 1952.
The narrative revolves around Wilhelminaâ€™s handwritten recipe book
|Fri Nov 20th||Secrets of the Solent|
A talk on marine life found in the Solent
|Fri Dec 18th||No meeting|