Talks / Lectures take place at St John Fisher Hall, Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm

Entrance Fees for all Talks / Lectures are:  Members £2.50,   Visitors £3.00

WEDNESDAY 11th April                            PATRICK, FATHER OF THE BRONTES – COLIN PINNEY. 

Colin will present his live One Man Show, about Patrick Bronte, a former priest from Northern Ireland. He outlived his children and his wife of 40 years. Described as “strange” and a “half mad” man who was not naturally fond of children, he has been regarded as a cold and unfeeling man who terrorised his family with sudden outbursts of temper. This show includes a verse of Bramwell and Emily Bronte – with Charlotte’s comments. This promises to be a very different type lecture evening.


TUESDAY 8th May 7.45pm.                                              AGM (Note earlier time) 

The AGM will be followed by a talk from Bernadette Gillow. Bernadette is the house manager at Ightham Mote.  Tonight Bernadette will be telling us about the Robinson family and how the fund is going to keep the painting ‘A Game of Bowls’ at Ightham forever.


WEDNESDAY, 6th June                                                    DON’T SNEEZE INTO THE MICROPHONE – WILF LOWER. 

This evening sees a return visit by this popular speaker.  A hundred years ago, popular entertainment meant a night out at the music hall, but then came radio and later, television and popular entertainment changed forever. For some performers it was the road to fortune…for others, it was a disaster. This light hearted romp through entertainments journey from stage to television screen will bring the audience many nostalgic and fond memories. 


TUESDAY 10th July                                                              THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE – ALAN PAYNE 

Alan has proved to be a very popular speaker with our group and tonight puts his take on the story behind our favourite painting according to a recent national poll. This talk covers Turner himself, the background of the ship, where she was broken up and of course, the picture itself and where it now hangs.


WEDNESDAY 8th August                                                     BANKSY – ANDREW ASHTON. 

This talk by Andrew tonight is about the work of the mysterious Street Artist Banksy.  Is he a National Treasure or Common Criminal? Banksy’s work can be seen all over the world, from New York and Timbuktu, to London and San Fransisco. Come along and be amused, intrigued and surprised by the work of this curiously endearing artist.

Further dates for your diary - 2018 Lecture Programme:

                              11th September                      10th October

                              13th November                       12th December


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