News and Events

Open to everyone

Anyone may join in. The "Club" is an open group and all are welcome. To keep things simple, there is no membership fee, and no other formalities, other than a small entrance fee to cover costs. However, you may be included on our email distribution list if you care to provide an email address.
Please come along and enjoy one of our talks. 

The group meets once a month on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm. Meetings are conducted in English, and are held at the Downley Community Centre, School Close, High Wycombe, HP13 5TR.  

For more information, and how to find us, see the Maps page.

Review some of our previous presentations

19th September - Imperial Images: Photography in Victorian London and Pre-Revolutionary Russia

‘Photography is a young art, but from its present aspect we can judge what power it will have in its maturity’ (Household Words 9 March, 1853). 
In this illustrated talk Past President of The International Dickens Fellowship, Dr Tony Williams will explore the way this new nineteenth-century art form enables us to make contact with a now vanished world from our vantage point onward in time.

2:00 pm, Thursday 19th September 2019
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us)

17th October - Music, Mahler and Russia

The world famous composer Gustav Mahler, his connections with Russia and his influence on an equally famous Russian!
The talk is illustrated by video recordings.

a presentation by Catherine Alderson

2:00 pm, Thursday 17th October 2019
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us)

21st November -  Three Remarkable Women

Three more women with 3 very different fates, which in a way reflect the times of the great upheaval in Russia.
  Maria Bochkarevaa soldier during WWI and then organised a women's battalion,
  Larisa Reissner took part in the civil war on the side of the Reds,
  Sofia Nosovich - emigrated to France, and was in the French Resistance.

An illustrated talk by Dr Ruth Sobel

2:00 pm, Thursday. 21st November 2019
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre.
 (Map, and how to find us)

Russian Film Week  24th Nov - 1st Dec
Russian Film Week is an annual film festival held in the UK featuring the best films produced in the preceding 18 months in Russia or Russia-themed films produced elsewhere in the world.
Films are being shown in London and in Oxford. Among the Oxford ones is a film about the founding of the Perm ballet from Leningrad, on 27th November.   Click below for a full programme (PDF format):

December 2019 - No meeting

  ... enjoy the holidays.

16th January 2020 - My Cossack Family and other Remarkable People

Caroline Walton talks about her new book, which describes her personal experiences, the people she has met and the Ukrainian-Russian family she married into. She has discovered in them a spiritual strength that has enabled survival of famine, war and nuclear disaster. The talk will include discussion.

Caroline Walton is the author of several books on Russia and the former USSR, including The Besieged (about the siege of Leningrad). A Russian to English literary translator and editor, she helps Russian-language authors achieve publication in English (see Her new book My Cossack Family - And Other Remarkable People in Russia and Ukraine has recently been published and will be available to look at in the meeting.

Future meetings:  We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas for future activities. Tell us what you like, and don't like, and perhaps offer your experiences or expertise. Your input is an important part of our work to draw up a programme for the year ahead.