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London Group : Events

The London Group of the Jane Austen Society meets on several Saturdays at St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, SW1. 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 £5 for each of the talks/discussions they attend, non-members pay £8. 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



Diary of Events : 2017

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.


Saturday 14 January
at 2.30 pm

Talk by Stephen Smith, former Head Gardener at Grosvenor Estates.

"The neighbourhood of Brunswick Square is very different to almost all the rest. We are so very airy." (Emma)

Title: 'London Garden Squares - their origins, function, plantings and future - with a focus on Austen's time.'

Venue: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD.

Cost: £5 for members, £8 for non-members. Price includes tea and cake.


Saturday 18 February
at 2.30 pm

Talk by Dr Katharine Halsey, University of Stirling.

Title: 'A fine pair of eyes - sight and insight in Jane Austen's novels'.

Venue: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD.

Cost: £5 for members, £8 for non-members. Price includes tea and cake.


Saturday 1 April

AGM and All-Day Event.

10.30 am

Coffee and biscuits.

10.45 am

AGM.

11.15 am

'Jane Austen's London': Presentation and readings by London Branch members, Sara Hebblethwaite and Margaret Chittick.

Lunch by own arrangement.

2.30 pm

Talk by Angela Barlow: 'Jane Austen's Actors: Siddons, Kean - and Henry Crawford'.

Venue: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD.

Cost: Morning talk free to London members; afternoon talk £5. Both talks £8 for non-members. Price includes tea and cake.


April 25-28

Residential Trip to Lyme Regis

For further information on this event, please contact Sara Hebblethwaite via the London Group email address.


Thursday 8 June
from 6.30 - 9.00 pm

Jane Austen Bicentenary Evening Soiree

The central feature of the evening will be music by The Jane Austen Trio, accompanied by readings. Refreshments and drinks will be provided.
This event is now fully-booked.

Venue: Notre Dame International University, 1-4 Suffolk Street, London SW1 (just off Trafalgar Square).


Saturday 28 October
10.30 am to 4.00 pm

All Day Event

10.30 am

Coffee and biscuits

11.00 am

'Jane Austen's Quilt': Talk by Susan Dell

12.00 am

'Landscape and Character in Jane Austen's Novels': Talk by Marion Davies.
  "No, no; stay where you are - you are charmingly group'd and    appear to uncommon advantage. The picturesque would be    spoilt by admitting a fourth. Goodbye."

1.30 - 2.30 pm

Lunch by own arrangement.

2.30 pm

The Patricia Clarke Lecture by Professor John Mullan.
Title: 'Weather in Jane Austen's Novels'.

3.30

Tea and cakes.

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


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.