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January Newsletter
Monday 31 December 2018

Hello Everyone

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Our society certainly had the best Christmas present, with Ann Simons becoming our new Chairman (this will be formally approved at our July AGM). So I hope that as many of you as possible will be coming to our January lecture to meet her. And also hope that you are looking forward to coming because we have a topic slightly different to our normal offer. It’s on Christopher Wren’s churches, and our lecturer Tony Tucker will also tell us about Wren’s life and his career as a scientist, astronomer and architect, including original research into the work of architects in Rome and Paris, who provided much of Wren’s inspiration. Tony’s talk will feature Wren’s buildings in London, Oxford and Cambridge, focusing particularly on his City of London churches, and of course including the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral. 

I revisited St Paul’s just before Christmas - even climbing right to the top - the views made it worth the effort! I can thoroughly recommend (re)-visiting this beautiful church, especially as there is an exhibition in the crypt about its building and history. And if you pick up a copy of the latest SW trains 241 entry brochure at the station when buying your train ticket to London, and complete one of the small forms at the back of this, two of you can get entry for £18. But always best to check opening hours for the cathedral before travelling, as they occasionally vary because of other events going on.

Well perhaps I should move on and tell you something about Tony, our January lecturer - he has an MA in Modern History from Oriel College, Oxford, and is a Qualified City Guide, as well as a Trustee of the Friends of the City Churches.  

So I now just need to tell you about a couple of things. The first is the Area Special Interest morning on March 8th at The Menuhin Hall, Stoke D’Abernon, when lecturer Karin Fernando will give two talks on Hans Christian Anderson. The morning begins at 10am, with coffee/tea and biscuits served prior to the first talk (which starts at 10:30am), and then again before the second talk. The morning should finish around 1pm. If interested, please get in touch with Jo Edna Corbyn , Area Coordinator for Education, by email on, or by telephone on: 01737 761521 or 07758 097003.Ticket price is £19.

Also, I have 6 tickets left for our March 28th outing to the van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain, followed by an amazing RPO concert of Vaughan Williams, Mozart and Beethoven at the Royal Festival Hall. I’ll be selling these tickets at the January lecture, but if you’d like to reserve any beforehand, just let me know by replying to this email.

Finally, Rhona Elliott has two tickets for Peter Medhurst’s Twelfth Night Concert at the Menuhin Hall on 6th January (3-5pm), price £30 each, which she can no longer use. So if you are interested, please reply to this email and I’ll pass your message on to Rhona.

Well, I look forward to seeing you at the lecture on 9th January, as well as at the rest of the wonderful range of lectures awaiting us in 2019.

Happy new year to everyone

Best wishes