South Lakes


Many indoor meetings are held at Abbot Hall or Castle Street Centre

Monthly Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday in the month, 10.00-1200 at Castle Street Centre

Due to Covid19, many events are currently being held on-line using Zoom.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Jan 19th Monthly Meeting - Cancelled, due to the very high case numbers of Covid at the moment
Wed Feb 16th Monthly Meeting - Castle Street Centre. Doors open 10.00 a.m., start 10.30 a.m.
Colin Aldred: Aerial Artwork (drone photography and film-making)
Sat Mar 5th Co-ordinarors' Coffee Morning
This annual event will take place at Abbott Hall Social Centre
Wed Mar 16th Monthly Meeting - Castle Street Centre. Doors open 10.00 a.m., start 10.30 a.m.
Peter Van Zeller on the La'al Ratty (Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway)
Architecture Appreciation
Tue Feb 1st Terry Johnson: The Classical Orders of Architecture’
Tue Mar 1st TBA
Tue Apr 5th Mark Miller: ‘Introduction to the Landmark Trust’
Tue May 3rd Pat Crellin: ‘The Cathedral that Never Was’
Tue Jun 7th Richard Pealing: 'A guided walk around the north of Kendal'
Books on Tuesday
Tue Jan 18th Members’ recommendations for next year
Books available as a book box from Carlisle library can be found at
Tue Feb 15th Where The Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens led by Marion
An exquisite ode to the natural world, it is a heart-breaking coming of age story with a possible murder mystery. A richly imagined story of innocence undone and a small town torn and reshaped by crisis.
Tue Mar 15th Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout led by Suzanne
Although now older Olive Kitteridge remains blunt and contradictory yet deeply loveable. She now has to come to terms with the changes in her own existence and in those around her.
Tue Apr 19th Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo led by Catherine
Joint winner of the Booker prize, 2019, the book follows the life stories of twelve very different characters, mostly black and British.
Tue May 17th Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell led by Stella
The short life of Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son is told in a profoundly moving account of grief, family and genius at a time when all life was precarious.
Tue Jun 21st East West Street by Philippe Sands led by Margaret
Winner of the Baillie Gifford prize, 2016, the book charts the birth of international human rights legislation after WW2. Sands also reveals his quest to uncover the history of his own Jewish family.
Tue Jul 19th Aftermath by Rhidian Brook led by Pauline
Set in 1946 Hamburg, Colonel Lewis Morgan is charged with the duty of overseeing the rebuilding of the ruined city. His insistence on allowing the previous occupants to remain living with them in their requisitioned home leads to changing attitudes and #passions.
Tue Aug 16th We do not meet in August
Tue Sep 20th Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Balwin led by Wendy
This semi-autobiographical book tells the story of John Grimes, a black teenager growing up in Harlem. It focuses on the influential role of the Pentecostal church in the life of the community.
Tue Oct 18th The Testaments by Margaret Attwood led by Bob
This sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale was the joint winner of the Booker prize, 2019. Gilead’s world and future are viewed by three women - a girl raised in its confines, another on the run and one at the heart of the regime.
Tue Nov 15th History Of Wolves by Emily Fridlund led by Marion
Young Madeline lives with her parents in northern Minnesota. An outsider, she is drawn to enigmatic Lily and her teacher Mr. Grierson. When she becomes the babysitter for a family who has recently moved in she finds that the choices she makes over a few days will reverberate throughout her life.
Tue Dec 20th We do not meet in December
Classic Films
Thu Feb 3rd I Was a Fireman (1943) - Depicts the Fire Service at work in the Blitz.
Thu Mar 3rd Il Postino - A Heart-warming Italian film; English subtitles.
Come Dine with Us
Thu Jan 27th Lunch at the Michelin starred Old Stamp House restaurant in Ambleside - 12.00 for 12:30 p.m.
The cost will be £55 for the Tasting Menu (with no menu choices). Please see the current menu on the Stamp House website.
Wed Mar 9th Kysty, in Ambleside, which is fully booked.
Thu Mar 17th Kysty, in Ambleside. This is an additional date for this venue. Cost £29.50.
Family History
Thu Feb 10th Military History – your services ancestors
Thu Mar 10th Wills, Probate and other Death records
Thu Apr 14th DNA testing
Thu May 12th Writing up your Research
Fri Jan 28th Attachment - Carole Sutton
Fri Feb 25th Positive Psychology - Mike Hardy
Fri Mar 25th Physical Intelligence - Margaret Sutherland
Fri Apr 22nd Kindness - Margaret Buckley.
Fri May 20th Wisdom - John Kincey
Science and Technology
Fri Jan 28th Quantum Mechanics - David Shaw
Fri Feb 25th Childhood Leukaemia and Sellafield: the Legal Cases - Jan Tawn
Fri Mar 25th The psychology of human survival - or, why we do daft things under threat - John Leach (University of Portsmouth)
Fri Apr 29th Climate change - Giles Archibald (SLDC)
Fri May 27th How to make salt - Charles Brecknell
Fri Jun 24th Ice Ages - Brian Kettle