Open Meetings

Meetings are held at 2:30-4:00 on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Kenilworth Methodist Church, Priory Rd, Kenilworth CV8 1LQ. Members free. Visitors £1. Refreshments 20p. (No meetings August or December)

From September we will be offering tea in the hall before the meetings at 1:30 rather than afterwards as in the past.

The open meetings comprise an approximately 45 minutes presentation by an accomplished speaker. A wide range of topics are covered, some informative, some entertaining, but always interesting and often humorous.

We are always keen to receive suggestions about speakers or topics you would like to include. so click here to send a message to our Speakers’ Secretary.

Thursday 19th September September Open MeetingFrench conversation
John Berkeley“Pens to Particle Physics”

Two stories in one, this examines one of the countless Birmingham trades that once flourished but is now largely unrecognised, whilst focussing on the remarkable history of Brandauer, one of the city’s leading penmakers, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012. Still a wholly family-owned business, its contribution to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN illustrates a great contrast with its Victorian products whilst demonstrating a continuity of skills. Also highlights Birmingham’s unique Pen Museum.

Thursday 17th OctoberOctober Open Meeting Italian conversation
Dr Gillian Whitefeaturing Robert Dudley,
.Queen Elizabeth I and
.Kenilworth Entertainment 1575
Thursday 21st November November Open MeetingFrench conversation 2
A Merrie NoyseA trio of musicians who will perform music
.of Medieval, Tudor and 17 Century origin.


PLEASE Don’t forget to pass the tea things on to the next group before you leave the kitchen.
Also pass on the takings if the supplies are running low so they can restock.
Group contacts : any problems, please phone or email a Groups Coordinator

How to organise the Tea Rota.
2 or 3 People from the allocated groups are requested to make and serve refreshments at the monthly open meetings. The previous group should pass on any remaining tea/ sugar/coffee. Please buy milk and biscuits as needed and reimburse yourselves out of the days takings. Pass the rest of the money to the treasurer. The cost of a drink and biscuit is 20p. Dishwasher instructions are on the wall and if in difficulties ask a member to help you. Groups can exchange dates but please let the committee know.