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Calendar of Past Events






 Alpha Chapter

Christmas Visit to The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6AN.

This year The Charterhouse opened its doors to the public - the first time since its foundation in 1348. It has served as a monastery, private mansion, school and almshouse.

Followed by lunch at the Fox and Anchor. 



Gamma Chapter


Anna Aston will talk prior to the Christmas Party.



Gamma Chapter

The Remarkable Story of C W Steel:  Japanese POW 

Charles Steel had the misfortune to take part in two great military disasters of the Second World War - the retreat of the BEF culminating in the Dunkirk evacuation, and the Fall of Singapore.   Shortly before the latter, he married my mother, Louise.   Within days of being captured by the Japanese, he began writing a weekly letter to his new bride as a means of keeping in touch with her, in his mind. 

I have inherited these diaries.   Part love letters, part diary, they describe the horrors of working as a slave on the infamous Burma-Siam railway and in particular the construction of the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.   My illustrated talk brings to life an uplifting story of a London Stockbroker who recorded both beauty and reality and shows how people can maintain their morale under even the most extreme adversity.

 Margaret Sargent

Speaking in aid of West Kent Mind.




Alpha Chapter

Last minute change of speaker as Lindsay McHale is travelling due to business.

Mental Health - an insight on the role of psychiatric health workers today

Anne Ross, Mental Health Worker

Holy Trinity Church Hall. 3 Bryan Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5HF





Alpha Chapter

Tour of Dulwich Hamlet Junior School. 

14th October, 2.00pm. Claire Purcell will guide us on a tour of Dulwich Hamlet Junior School - an outstanding and technically very up-to-date school. 

This was cancelled due to illness. 

Alternate programme:  Coffee in Dulwich Village followed by a meeting and visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery.  




Tallinn, Estonia

26th - 29th JULY, 2017


This promises to be as interesting as usual.
Information will be updated on the Estonian website.  and European website.  



13th JULY

Gamma Chapter

  Visit to the Jerwood Gallery, Hasting

Exhibition of Quentin Blake,
`The only way to travel` and others.

 Followed by fish and chips



15th JUNE

 Gamma Chapter  

Visit to Norman's Bay

Hosted by Bettina Kulsdom



10th JUNE

 Alpha Chapter

Visit to the Newly Developed Area of the Wetlands
E. London


Gamma Chapter

Amanda-Jane Doran

Amanda-Jane Doran worked as Publishing Manager and Curator for Punch magazine for fifteen years. At present, she is cataloguing Victorian illustrated books in the Royal Academy Library and is a freelance writer and lecturer


The State Conference is to be held in Historic Greenwich. Nearby is the River Thames, the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum.

Speakers include:

·         Louise Fahey is returning to update us on her work with young Afghani refugees; those of you who were not able to join us in Eastbourne will enjoy – if that is the word – listening to Louise’s account of her work, and the difficulties her clients face in settling into a new and alien life. Those who came and enjoyed the sunshine of Eastbourne will appreciate hearing again from an excellent speaker who moved us all.

·         Anne Hardy and Jessica Maddocks work for an organisation called KRAN – Kent Refugee Action Network. This is an independent charity supporting young, unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees; Anne and Jessica will talk about the projects that KRAN operates and their work within the organisation.

Haymanot Tesfa is an Ethiopian artist and singer who came to Britain as an asylum seeker, finally being granted permission to stay. She sings in the Amharic language. You can listen to her on YouTube to find out more about her singing style

SATURDAY   17th MARCH Alpha Chapter

Visit to Art Exhibition 
“Sussex Modernism”

2 Temple Place






Gamma Chapter

Living through Change 

Dame Helena Shovelton 

Helena was manager of TW Citizens Advice Bureau and the chief executive for the whole country amongst other notable jobs.

Beechwood School,






 Gamma Chapter

 Home Schooling

Jane Hobden

Jane took her thirteen year old son out of school in September and will talk about her experience of home schooling




 Alpha Chapter

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

Music Therapy, its value and its techniques

Lindsay McHale will give a presentation on Music therapy and its benefits, with a demonstration of some of the techniques used. 

Having read music at Oxford Lindsay spent eight years in the music industry in a range of marketing roles before following her passion for music and people by undertaking a Masters course to train as a music therapist with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity. 

Since qualifying she has worked with client groups from babies to the elderly across a range of mental health, physical, emotional, learning and social difficulties in both NHS and Nordoff Robbins settings.   Lindsay was Head of Music Services at Nordoff Robbins for 7 years and has now joined Music as Therapy International as their U.K. and International Programme Manager.

She remains passionate about the range of benefits that music therapy and music making can bring to improve health and wellbeing

Dulwich Hamlet Junior School

Gamma Chapter

Adjusting to Education in England


The deputy head. Helen at Beechwood has agreed to provide four sixth form students who have come from abroad to study here. We should like to enter into conversation with them about how they find living and being educated here and about their culture and education in their home countries. So please come with lots of questions and ideas to keep the connections flowing. We can also tell them about us!

Alpha Chapter

My Little Paddle
for the Charity In-Vision

  Naomi Riches and Dorcas/ Ray Rogers

For more details of this 165mile challenge, which took place 17-19 September, visit the website    

SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER Alpha Chapter

Fire Fire Exhibition

Visit to Museum of London
This marks the 350th Anniversary of
The Great Fire of London. 1666
Meet at Museum entrance. 10:30



Gamma Chapter

Christmas Meeting

'Jolly Hockey Sticks'

Anna Astin

To be followed by a shared lunch at Sandra Blacker's home



Gamma Chapter

Helping Subsistence Farming Families in Indonesia
 Ann McCue MBE

Ann spoke on her experiences running a small local charity helping very poor rural families on the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia.  She recently returned to the UK after 9 years on Sumba and is still very involved, going back every year to work with the 20 local people now running the charity.
At there is plenty of information about Ann and her project. Lots more if you google her name and Sumba.



Gamma Chapter

Psychotherapy: Magic or Commonsense?

Dr Hilary Brown

Parallels with teaching and the culture of schools and organisations




Alpha Chapter

Visit to Historic Richmond

Included will be a visit to the 'Capability' Brown exhibition and The Riverside Art Gallery. ) and a “behind the scenes” tour at Richmond Theatre (starts 10.30.a.m.).  





 Beta Chapter

The State President, Kathy Hodgson will be at this meeting to give an up-date on recent Society News 



Gamma Chapter


 We are delighted to welcome Emma Williams as our first speaker for the coming academic year. She will be talking about the work of PTA UK and issues around the home school relationship.
Emma has been Executive Director of PTA UK since October 2013.In that time she has delivered a new and ambitious strategy for the organisation.

Beechwood School, 
12 Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3QD
10:00 for 10:30


Emma Williams. 

Executive Director

24th AUGUST Gamma Chapter


For our summer outing this year Anne Cattoor has kindly invited us to visit her home town of Whitstable
We shall start to day with coffee in the grounds of a care home where Anne is connected and then drive into town. There we can visit the small town museum, walk on the “Saxon Way” to the harbour, going through a couple of smugglers alleys and if the tide is kind walk on The Street without getting our feet wet! At some point in this exciting exploration we will stop for a lunch that Anne has kindly arranged in a restaurant.
Anne suggests that we end up at the Castle (a folly) for a cup of tea before we leave for home. It sound like a perfectly balanced day and we hope the sun will shine

 16 and 17th
Alpha Chapter

 A weekend visit to historic Harwich.
Arranged by Dorcas Rogers

Visiting the Old Town with guided tours to the historic lighthouse (1818) and to the Electric Palace Cinema (1911), one of the oldest operational cinemas in the U.K.  Most of this will take place on Saturday.  On Sunday there is a visit to the Napoleonic Redoubt Fort of 1810.

 Guests are very welcome too.  



Alpha Chapter

Annual visit to the Royal Society’s Summer Science exhibition. 

The Exhibition showcases leading-edge science experiments from educational institutions



23rd JUNE

Alpha Chapter  

Down on the Farm

Debby Brand

Holy Trinity Church Hall (small hall)
SE16 5HG

Seven days in the life of a group of primary school city children.”  Our speaker, Debby Brand, a year 6 HLTA, is involved in residential school journeys to Devon, at a farm which is part of a rural holiday scheme for urban children set up by author Michael Morpurgo. 




21st MAY

 Alpha Chapter  

Visit to Bletchley Park
The base for the World War 2 code breakers.

meet at 11.30.a.m. at the entrance on Sherwood Drive, MK3 6EB.

Once Britain's Best-Kept secret, today Bletchley Park is a unique heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction.  Visitors can explore, experience and enjoy the top-secret world of iconic WW2 codebreaking Huts and Blocks set within its atmospheric Victorian estate.
 Best to wear comfortable shoes, as you will be trekking round to the various buildings and huts.



17th MAY

Gamma Chapter

The Islamic Caliphates

Harry Roberts

As well as covering the overall history, Harry will compare/contrast the present ISIS ideology with the more benevolent and tolerant ideologies which have characterised many historical caliphates. He will also present a short video from a TED talk on the outlook of many present day Muslims.# 

Morvan House, Shoreham Lane, St Michaels, Tenterden.   TN30 6EG 

10.30 am  Arrival and coffee
11.30 am  Presentation on Islamic Caliphates
 1.00 pm   Hot buffet lunch
    PM     Swim or chat or both 



16th APRIL

Gamma Chapter 

Janet Naim

Not many people know it ... 

but Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salaam, a peace village where Jews, Moslems and Christians live, work and play together was established in Israel half way between Tel Aviv and the capital, Jerusalem, over 40 years ago.
     Janet Naim and her partner Paul went to visit the village some years ago and stayed there for a few days talking to the villagers and visiting their institutions including their inspiring School for Peace.   Ever since, Janet has been motivated to support the village and give talks about her impressions of the important practical contribution the villagers make and the village’s achievements.  “It is living proof that people of different faiths in the tumultuous Middle East can coexist peacefully.”


 A very interesting link.






The  Hydro  Hotel.  Eastbourne,  BA20  7HZ

Conference Comments and Photos



19th MARCH

Alpha Chapter

DHJS Symposium

Teaching Today

Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, Dulwich Village

Education Question Time – A question and discussion afternoon examining current priority issues and concerns in education in the U.K. today led by a panel from a range of educational experience and expertise.  .  Following concerns raised at the recent Executive Committee meeting about teaching conditions and attitudes in schools (see Diana’s item on the GB website), this will be a joint meeting with non-member visitors welcome