History – A Sideways Look 2


So successful had the long-running Sideways Look at History been, that in 2016 a second group was formed, looking at every aspect of history all over the globe c 1500 AD.  A particular feature of its first year was a term looking at various forms of international trade and its surprisingly powerful impact on politics and alliances between nations, the papacy and city states.  In 2021-22  we will cover the 12th and 13th centuries CE.  Think you know little about it?  Come along and find out how much there is to discover. Zoom has proved a very sociable medium and excellent for visual materials, therefore the group has voted to continue online.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Christine Barnard.

Technology and Changing Times


How are rapidly evolving technologies affecting our lives, what are the latest developments, and what changes lie ahead?  We keep a communal watch for significant news in areas such as AI, robotics, genomics and Internet/social media and likely impacts on healthcare, the environment, trade, transport, jobs etc.

Additionally, there is a small group which meets face to face on a Friday morning, but this is currently at capacity due to the necessity to follow Covid advice.




Life Drawing and Painting Studio

Suitable for those with some experience to very advanced. It is tutored by Michael, a very experienced teacher. A termly fee is payable for the model. We combine serious study with fun!

New Members: there are occasional spaces – contact Michael as above.

Film in the Cinema


We meet on the 3rd Friday of each month, exclusively on zoom and at present are a small group of 6 people. Our discussions last approximately an hour, sometimes a little longer.

We try to select one or two suitable films to discuss each month, one of which preferably should be on a streaming platform or terrestrial TV as not all our members are currently going to the cinema.

Some of us have been in the group a long time but new members with a passion for film are always welcome. Please contact Marta Brown as shown above if you would like more information, or would like to join.

History – A Sideways Look

This group looks ‘Sideways’ at history. We choose a particular period and examine what was happening at that period worldwide. We are currently covering the period 1850-1914 which will give us the opportunity of looking at European colonialism in Africa and Asia, the American civil war and its aftermath, industrialism, the rise of socialism and much besides. Although none of us are experts, we do expect all group members to participate in discussions and researching/presenting topics of their choice. Michael Johns leads the group. Access to the internet and email essential.


If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Michael Johns