Meetings are currently being held in the hall of St Paul’s Church, Long Lane (junction with Dukes Avenue) Finchley, N3 2PU. It is a short distance from Finchley Central tube station. Free car parking is available nearby. View Map
They take place usually on the second Monday of the month. They start with an informal gathering over tea and coffee, served from 10.00 am. The main meeting, a talk by a distinguished expert in their area, starts at 10:45 and finishes around midday.
Please note that at all future members’ meetings you might find yourself locked out of the meeting if you do not arrive by 10.40, out of courtesy to the speaker and to abide by the fire regulations.
Some recent speakers are shown here.
Meetings are organised by John Hajdu
Future and Recent Meetings:
Mon 12th November 2018
Lives Remembered: discovering the stories behind the names on the 1st War World memorials in St Paul’s Finchley
As part of the church’s commemoration of the World War One centenary, the Vicar of St Paul’s Finchley has been researching the stories of the lives of the 95 people listed on the St Paul’s 1st World War memorial and the 64 people listed on the St Luke’s Finchley roll of honour, which was moved to St Paul’s in 1985. This talk will share the stories of men from Finchley and its environs, who died during the 1914-18 conflict, highlighting, in particular, some of the most moving stories, explain how the research was conducted and the surprises involved, and the way in which, after the war, the St Paul’s memorial and memorial window and the St Luke’s roll of honour came into being. Our speaker is the Revd Nicholas Pye who has been Vicar of St Paul’s Finchley since 2003.
Mon 8th October 2018
The Customs and Traditions of the City of London
This talk explores the colourful pageantry, customs and ceremonies in the City of Londons ‘Square Mile’ including Church traditions the ‘Freedom of the City’, the Worshipful Companies and Civic customs, including the popular annual Lord Mayors Show. Many of these ancient customs are quaint and eccentric but all are part of a rich and vibrant culture that has lasted for centuries. Our speaker is Mark Lewis, a freelance artist, designer-silversmith and semi-retired university lecturer. He is also a folklorist with a particular interest in unusual local customs and rituals and in 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church.
Mon 11th June 2018
Developers and the City
When it comes to the names associated with prestigious City buildings, architects are in the front line. But what about the developers, the orchestrators of schemes? In this talk, professional qualified tour guide and former commercial property lawyer Colin Davey will talk about some of the buildings that, from the 1980s onwards, have defined the City landscape, and about the characters, many of them larger than life, behind those buildings. Our speaker, was a solicitor in practice and managing partner of the City law firm Nabarrro, now part of CMS. Today he combines delivering training to lawyers with being a professional tour guide and lecturer.