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London Group : Diary of Events 2020

The London Group of the Jane Austen Society meets on several Saturdays at St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, SW1. (See exceptions below). These meetings, of which one is free to members of the Group, feature either speakers or speaker-led discussions, sometimes with visual presentations. Tea and biscuits are included. Afternoon meetings start at 2.30pm, and full-day, three-speaker, meetings start at 10.30am with coffee. Members pay £7 for each of the talks/discussions they attend, non-members pay £10. In addition, there are Group Outings in the summer and a Birthday Lunch on a Saturday early in December.

The Group has a stall at the main Jane Austen Society's AGM held each July at Chawton. On behalf of the Jane Austen Society the Group also looks after the grave of Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen's cousin, wife to her brother Henry and supposedly model for Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park. The grave is in the churchyard of Hampstead Parish Church. To find it, turn immediately left inside the gates on a little path along the wall, to a large horse-chestnut tree. The slab is on the right.

Membership of the London Group is around 130 and is not confined to residents of London districts. New members are always welcome. The annual subscription is £10 and runs from 1 April. This includes two Newsletters a year in spring and autumn. If you would like to join the London Group, please complete and return the application form via the 'How to Join' link in the left-hand column. Membership of the Group does not confer membership of the main/national Jane Austen Society, but it does give entitlement to a reduced subscription to it.

While priority at all events is given to members and their guests, non-members, including those from the national Jane Austen Society, are warmly welcomed and charged as guests.

Points of Contact:

Membership/Events

Anthony Finney, Oak Cottage, 17 Greenhurst Lane, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0LD. Telephone : 01883 717723.
E-mail : anthony.finney@ntlworld.com

Secretary

Hellen Blackwell. Telephone : 07885 794753
E-mail : london@jasoc.org.uk

Newsletter

Barbara Calderbank and Katharine Chasey Turton. Telephone : 020 7281 5074.
E-mail : london@jasoc.org.uk

Other enquiries

Katharine Chasey Turton. Telephone : 020 7281 5074.
E-mail : london@jasoc.org.uk

The events listed below are those specifically arranged by the London Group of the Society. For details of other events related to Jane Austen (theatre productions, musical events, lectures, literary festivals etc), some of which may also be located in this area of the country, please refer to the Events UK page.


Events 2020

Saturday 11 January
2.30 pm

'Re-imaging Jane's Quilt'

This is the story of the quilt produced at JAHM to mark the bi-centerary of Jane's death. It was made by many people from around the world, and is on display at the museum.

Venue: St Columba's Church of Scotland, Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0BD.

Speaker: Sue Dell.

Morning talk: 7 for members, 10 for non-members. Tea and cake included.


Saturday 15 Febuary
2.30 pm

Talk by Fiona Stafford, Southampton University

Title: 'Tall, Straight and Flourishing'. Sense and Sensibility in the context of the contemporary interest in trees and the picturesque.

Venue: St Columba's Church of Scotland, Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0BD.

Tickets: 7 for members, 10 for non-members. Tea and cake included.


Saturday 18 April

AGM and Lectures : All Day Event

***This event has now been cancelled as a consequence of the Coronavirus issue.

Late April

A trip to Lyme Regis is being planned. Sarah Hebblewaithe, our Blue Badge Guide and London Group member, is the contact for this event.

Saturday 17 October

All Day Event

10.30 am

Coffee and biscuits

11.00 am

Talk by London Group member, Lettice Buxton. Always a pleasure to listen to the personal views and research of a Group member.
Title to be confirmed in due course.

12.00 am

Talk by Dr Barbara White, author of Queen of the Courtesans: Fanny Murray, speaks on this highly successful and resourceful woman. Fanny's rise from her early seduction in Bath and her succssful later life is an extraordinary story.

Lunch by own arrangement.

2.30 pm

The Patricia Clarke Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Gillian Dow. Title to be confirmed in due course.

Venue: St Columba's Church of Scotland, Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0BD.

Tickets: Each talk is 7 for members, 10 for non-members.

Saturday 5 December

Birthday Lunch

Venue: University Women's Club.

Time: 12.00 for 12.30 pm
Further details in due course.

To reserve a place at any of the above events, please use the booking form in the Group Newsletter, or contact Anthony Finney (see below).

Anthony Finney, Oak Cottage, 17 Greenhurst Lane, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0LD.
Telephone : 01883 717723.   E-mail : anthony.finney@ntlworld.com


The Jane Austen London Group can take no responsibility whatsoever for any personal loss or injury incurred on or during any of their events.