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Members’ monthly meetings are held at the Parkview Community Centre, Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater, GU21 5NZ (click for directions) at 2.30pm on the second Monday of the month.  

The charge for attending these meetings is £1.00. After the meeting, join us for tea or coffee - your chance to meet and make friends and speak to Committee Members.

Dates for Executive Committee, and Group Leader's meetings can be found on the Who's Who tab.

Date Speaker Title Subject
11 Sept Janet Diamond Experiencing Egypt Three Years in Cairo

Janet lived in Cairo in the early 1980s and her talk gives an insight into living there dealing with shortages, breakdowns and restrictions and the assassination of the president. She will include some Egyptology: a little about the Great Pyramid at Giza, and the ancient Royal Necropolis of Saqqara, an unusual tour of the Valley of the Kings and her tour of the oldest boat in the World.

10 Oct Ashley Smith Hawk Conservancy Trust The aim of the Hawk Conservancy Trust is the conservation of birds of prey and it has for many years worked in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and the research of such birds.  It has over 150 birds of prey on view, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive Steller's Sea Eagles and has a bird of prey hospital that treats approximately 200 birds.  It also works on the conservation of vultures which are severely threatened in many parts of the world.
14 Nov  AGM at 2.00pm followed by  
  Pat Lock Three Graces A little known and fascinating story of the world famous sculpture, (now in the Hermitage Museum, (St.Petersburg) which the Empress of Russia commissioned from the celebrated sculptor, Canova in 1811.  The then Duke of Bedford also ordered a copy, which was sold in the 1980s for £7.6m to the V&A Museum. Another copy ended up in the grounds of the NT house, Clandon Park - but eventually began to deteriorate. We learn of the techniques needed to restore the statue and why it was 17 years before it finally arrived back at Clandon.
12 Dec Len Rawle

Wurlitzer: Every Home Should Have One

With a family name that is synonymous with the very heart of the organ scene here and overseas, Len Rawle has the benefit of a family steeped in the tradition of theatre organ preservation.  More than 40 Theatre organs have passed through the 'saving' hands of the Rawle's!  Following his rebuilding of the Granada Harrow Wurlitzer, he recently completed the transplant of a mighty Wurlitzer in the Isle of Man.   For many years he has maintained the large Wurlitzers at Kilburn and Woking and successfully headed up a £40,000 project to raise the long entombed Granada Tooting Wurlitzer in South London, one of the most significant restoration projects in the UK. It is one of the most famous of broadcasting Wurlitzers still in its original home.


9 Jan

amended Oct 2016

David Keates The Diamond – A Miracle of Nature David Keates has spent 40 years working in the diamond business for De Beers.  His talk will cover what they are, how they were formed, how old they are, where they come from, how they are mined, there physical properties and emotional values, how they are cut, the world’s most valuable diamonds, how the diamond engagement ring tradition started and when, and what they mean to people these days.  (Sorry, no samples!)

13 Feb

Diana Gwilliam Dean of Guildford

Refurbishing Guildford Cathedral

Building work on Guildford Cathedral was started in 1936, to a design by Sir Edward Maufe but was not completed until after the Second World War.  Work began again in 1954 with the help of the Buy a Brick fundraising campaign, when more than 200,000 ordinary people became brick-givers. Their generosity helped ensure the completion the Cathedral. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1961 in the presence of HM The Queen.  Diana Gwillian, Dean of Guildford, will talk about the current plans to refurbish the cathedral.

13 Mar  Judy Hill Julia Margaret Cameron – 19th Century Photographer

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer. She became known for her portraits of celebrities of the time, and for photographs with Arthurian and other legendary or heroic themes. Cameron's photographic career was short, spanning eleven years of her life (1864–1875). She found more acceptance among pre-Raphaelite artists than among photographers.  Her decision to use a soft focus and to treat photography as an art caused her works to be viewed as "slovenly", and bad photography. Her work has had an impact on modern photographers, especially her closely cropped portraits.

10 April 

Charlie Yianoullou

Humanism Generally humanism refers to a perspective that affirms some notion of human freedom and progress. In modern times, humanist movements are typically aligned with secularism, and today humanism typically refers to a non-theistic life stance   centred on human agency and looking to science rather than revelation from a supernatural source to understand the world.  Charlie Yianoullou will talk about humanism and about his own journey towards embracing humanism.

8 May 

Peter Lovett

The Exotic Spices, Nuts, Fruits, Vegetables, Plants and Insects of St. Lucia

Nutmegs, mace, cashews, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, yams, coconuts, bananas, plantains, cassava, breadfruit, grapefruit, almonds, cocoa, vanilla, papaya, orchids, insects and more thrive in this tropical paradise.  They are all illustrated and explained, including the food additive E100.  This is a talk for both nature lovers and those interested in how tropical fruits, vegetables and spices are grown.  A brief history of the island of St Lucia is given; it was considered by King George to be as or more important economically than the 13 colonies in the US: diverting troops from America to St Lucia during the American Revolutionary war was a factor in the final outcome.    

12 June

James Simister

Anglo-Saxon Storytelling Anglo-Saxons liked to gather to listen to songs and stories. They loved tales about brave warriors and their adventures. A favourite story told how Beowulf, a heroic prince, kills the fierce man-eating monster Grendel, and Grendel's equally horrid mother. The story of Beowulf was first written down in the 8th-9th centuries, but long before that the story was told around the fire. The storyteller played music to accompany the songs and poems, on a small harp or on another stringed instrument called a lyre.


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