Richmond upon Thames


MONTHLY MEETINGS are being held on ZOOM for the meantime, and will be at the normal time of 2.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month, although it is a good idea to log on from around 2.15pm

We now have a ZOOM licence that allows 500 people to join our meetings so there is no need to make a reservation. The invitation link will be emailed to all of our members a few days before the talk.

Dates for your Diary
October 2021
Wed Oct 27thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING at 2.30 on ZOOM

Recognising Unpaid Carers and the Work of Carers by Tony Gibney of Carers UK)

Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. That is one in eight adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends. Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds.

Carers UK is here to make life better for carers by providing expert advice, connecting carers and campaigning to increase recognition of unpaid carers.

Speaker: Tony Gibney is Senior Membership & Volunteering Officer at Carers UK, the national voice and membership organisation for unpaid carers in the UK.
Fri Oct 29thArt - A Taste of British ArtA Taste of British Art

Tate Britain Meet 1.30 pm at the upstairs bookshop meeting point

We hope to browse around some of the works of eminent British artists.

If you would liKe to join in, please contact Pramila for more details
Mobile: 07758 355 357.
November 2021
Wed Nov 24thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING at 2.30 on ZOOM

The History of York House by Paul Leonard and Yvonne Hewett

Yvonne Hewett was born in Canada and came to live beside the Thames in Twickenham in 1978. After a career in television production, she became a freelance documentary writer/ producer/ director, and finished her working life in emergency planning in central government.

For a long time she has been involved in planning matters in Twickenham, particularly relating to the riverside and the town centre. She has been the Hon Secretary for the Twickenham Society and Chairman of the York House Society.

Paul Leonard is the current Chairman of the York House Society and in 2021 was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by Richmond Council for services to the community. Besides taking an active role in promoting the history and use of York House, Paul has been instrumental in working with a range of stakeholders to provide a Community Garden that celebrates the importance of well- being in green spaces. On -going work, includes the refurbishment and maintenance of the cascade and statues 'Naked Ladies' as well as the updating of the York House Gardens Management Plan.

Today’s talk will cover a brief history of York House and its fascinating owners. 2022 will be the centenary of the formation of the York House Society, whose members were instrumental in saving York House by encouraging the Borough Council to purchase the building and gardens for the benefit of local residents.
December 2021
Wed Dec 15thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING at 2.30 on ZOOM

Peter Paul Rubens and Van Dyck in London by Patricia Gentry

Baroque masters of the turbulent English Stuart times. Learn why the two most famous 17th century Flemish baroque masters came to England to work for the British royal family, and what political climate they encountered not long before the outbreak of the civil war. Learn what their perceptions were of the English aristocracy from archived correspondence. See some of their most important works such as the famous Whitehall Palace ceiling paintings by Rubens, the propaganda paintings of King Charles I by Van Dyck and some significant paintings from the National Gallery.

Patricia Gentry has been a professional Blue Badge Guide and lecturer for more than 20 years now. She has a MA degree in Japanese and Japanese history and works as a guide in many of London’s historic sites and museums in 5 languages.