Weekly Talks

Fellowship’s Weekly Talks have become a Suburb institution over the last 13 years. These are at 2.30pm every Tuesday except for the Fellowship House close down periods in August and at New Year. All Suburb residents are most welcome. Admission is £1 for members and £3 for non members and includes tea and biscuits after the talk, an opportunity for a chat with friends and fellow residents.

During the past thirteen years there have been literally hundreds of talks on as many different subjects from a myriad of speakers from North London and way beyond. A randomly selected list shown below under ‘Previous Talks’ gives some indication of the range of subjects.

February 4th
‘Origins of the Play and Pageant Union’
Colin Gregory

February 11th
‘Martin Luther and the Jews’
Dr Henry Cohn

February 18th
‘Sharpshooter’
Andrew Glendinning gives an account of his father’s life in World War II

February 25th
‘Beatrice Offor : Tottenham Artist’
Reverend Alan Walker

March 3rd
‘Wellbeing in Older Age’
Dr Pam Schickler

March 10th
‘How did we get to Mr Putin?’
Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former UK ambassador in Moscow

March 17th
‘The Making of Mr Gray’s Anatomy : Bodies, Books, Fortune, Fame’
Dr Ruth Richardson

March 24th
‘A History of Nursing and Nurses’
Dr Susan Cohen

March 31st
‘Who Persists, Achieves’
The Welsh School in London. Elinor Delaney

April 7th
‘Doctors Do Dynorod : Of Blood Vessels, Blockages and Leaks’
Dr Aubrey Waddy

April 14th
‘Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming. Query.’
Maurice Raphael

April 21st
‘The Academies’
Lord Harris

April 28th
‘Proust and Dreyfus’
Professor Howard Jacobs

May 5th
‘HM Yacht Britannia’
Vice Admiral John McAnally

May 12th
‘Artist TBA’
Lucrezia Walker, Art Historian and National Gallery Lecturer

May 19th
‘Working in Mrs Thatcher’s Policy Unit 1983-85’
Nick Owen

May 26th
‘Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata’
Talk followed by a performance by Angela Zanders, pianist, accompanist and lecturer

June 2nd
‘Oranges and Lemons’
Lester Hillman revisits the nursery rhyme exploring all things bells in the City

June 9th
‘Women’s Wartime Leadership’
Kathleen Sherit (who has had a 22 year career in the Royal Navy)

June 16th
‘Antibodies, Genes and Cells : The Modern Medicines’
Dr Barbara Bannister

June 23rd
‘How do we record history in an age of Fake News and Post Truth?’
Alistair Niven

June 30th
‘Eric Coates, his son Austin and the Hong Kong connection’
June Armstrong Wright

July7th
‘The Things My Dog Taught Me : About Being a Better Human’
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

July 14th
‘The Life of Moses – as seen and heard through the visual arts and music’
Alan Cohen

July 21st
‘Rats, Raspberries and Surgeons’
Dr David Shanson

July 28th
‘Do As You Are Told : Drafting Legislation’
Roger Rose

The Great Fire of London – Lester Hillman

Orchids for Everyone – Professor Michael de Swiet

The Silk Road – Dr Frances Wood (former curator at the British Library)

Gender Indentity – Kirsten & Co from the Tavistock Centre

Hairdresser to the Stars – Barry Davis

A Blackbird Sang – David Matthews (Composer)

‘Les Annees Folles’: Music, Art, Style, and Glamour in Paris between the wars – Deborah Calland

Judaism and Business Ethics – Rabbi Mark Goldsmith

Emma Hamilton : A Woman of Many Talents – Tamara Rabin

Art and Photography – Professor Michael Baum

Jocelyn Bostock : Inside Bletchley Park – Martin Knight

Viennese Operetten – Derek Scott

No School Tie – Peter Phillips (Poet)

Life in South Africa – Joy Barratt

Vegetarianism – Lisa Shend’ge

Elizabeth Louise Vigee le Brun – Lucrezia Walker (Art Historian)

Bridges – Klaus Falbe Hansen (Former Director Ove Arup)

An Orchestral Tour of India – Professor Rodney Slatford

A History of John Lewis – Amanda Timothy

Chinese Attitudes to Europe

Light in Medicine – Dr Peter Herbert

A Walk to Santiago de Compostela – Christine Battaye

A Potpourri of Poetry – Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen

The Road to Dunkirk and Where it has Led – John Rimington

Life as an Organist & Choirmaster – Jonathan Gregory (Free Church organist)

Medicine in Shakespeare – Professor Howard Jacobs

Russia: A Journey of Discovery – Helen Leiser

The Social Function of Humour – Martin Aaron

A Museum under a Mountain, The National Gallery’s Wartime Home – Suzanne Bosman

The Anne Frank Trust – Gillian Walmer (Co-founder)

Life on a Scottish Island – Richard Rowland

Hollywood and Interfaith Dialogue – Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet

A Beginner’s Guide to Brass Instruments – Bob Winter

Lost London : Philip Davies

Both Sides of the Bench : Judge Barrington Black

The Story of Russian Chamber Music – Robert Max

John Betjeman – Terence Atkins (Organist and Choirmaster)

Royal Operations – Professor Harold Ellis

Hampstead Garden Suburb in the Great War – John Atkin

The Berlin Wall – Andrew Botterill

Not Yet The Dodo : The Verses of Noel Coward – Robert Gardiner

Call the Midwife – Dr Susan Cohen

Allenby’s Other Battle, Malaria – Anton Alexander

Blood – Phyllis Teasdale (formerly NHS Blood Service)

Musical Boxes – Dr John Reid

Wagner – Barry Millington (Wagner expert and music critic)

Britain in Bloom – Jim Buttress

The Soldier in Art – David Cohen

‘Epic Engineering’ Great Canals and Barrages of Victorian India – Jeremy Berkoff

Autism – Lisa Dresner

Pilgrimage from Sienna to Rome – Ruth & Michael Jacobs

Field Marshall Montgomery – Angus Walker

Medecins Sans Frontieres – MSF staff

Chirality – Professor Laurence Barron

Birds, Music & Literature – Roger Rose

Octavia Hill – Pam Wright

Memories of Life under the Raj – Alison Newton

Life at Henrietta Barnett School – Oliver Blond (former Head Teacher)

Inflation in Tudor Times – Ken Carter

Evelyn Waugh & Basil Bouchier – The Rev Alan Walker

An Indian Portia – Kusoom Vadgama

Masorti Judaism – Rabbi J Wittenberg

A Week in North Korea – Tim Botterill and Elke Karskens

The Chinese Gooseberry Man – Geoff Hales & His Travelling Theatre