Games Group (Triominoes, Qwirkle & Rummikub – and many more!)


We meet on alternate Wednesdays to play Triominoes, Qwirkle, Backgammon, Rummikub, or any other game our members want to introduce us to. If you have never played, or maybe not even heard of these games, come and give them a try; we will give you some coaching! Contact Mary as shown above.

Chess Club


We meet twice monthly, normally on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during term time, in the afternoon at the Blue Beetle in N3. We are happy to welcome new members who will normally  be familiar with the rules of the game, but we are willing to teach complete beginners who are keen to learn. As well as playing friendly games with those of similar ability, you can also receive guidance from stronger players. Our players range in playing strength from beginner/novice through hobby player up to club team player. For more information please contact the coordinator, David Lewis, as shown above.


History Without Borders*


*Formerly A Sideways Look at History II
An eclectic approach to history, exploring its byways rather than highways

Topics are chosen by group members depending on their personal interests. These may stray to far-flung parts of the world; subjects as diverse as clothing, food, marriage practices, women’s rights or sign language; interesting people (not just the rich and famous); broad topics like trade, industrial change,  money and banking, travel and exploration. Presentations can be full or half-session or split across two sessions, always with time for discussion.

A study period for the year is chosen by the group. In 2023-24 we’re looking at the 1st – 5th centuries CE. This year’s topics include Britain under – and after – the Romans, also Roman homes and food; the Anglo-Saxon ‘invasion’ (it wasn’t really); Barbarians beyond the imperial frontier; Ostrogoth king Theodoric the Great; Christian persecution of pagans; the Han dynasty of China, controversial emperor Wang Mang, and Chinese inventions; the Hopewell culture of North America; Ethiopia; the Nabateans; the qanat system around Ctesiphon under the Sassanids.

Its up to individuals whether they produce a typed text, but if they do, it is circulated by email after the session. Presentations are also recorded and available on Google Drive.

Zoom has proved a very sociable medium and excellent for visual materials, which is why we continue online. Technical help is available if required. We also meet up at least once a term for afternoon tea or lunch. New members are assured a friendly welcome.

Drawing and Painting with an iPad

This is a friendly and informal group, hosted by 2 amateur enthusiasts.  We explore various painting/drawing apps  on our iPads, using our own choice of subject matter, such as vegetables/fruit/flowers, photographs, pictures, domestic objects etc. resulting in an absorbing and relaxing activity.

Joint co-ordinator is Anita Nielsen,

Bridge – Improvers (Wednesday)


Our class has returned to the Highgate Society premises and welcomes current and new members alike.  We aim to have separate tables for beginners and the more experienced and to learn through open hand discussion and supervised play.