Events Diary

 The Club meets at

      OASIS House, Baker Street / George St
      High Wycombe HP11 2RZ  

 More information and a map - see the Maps page.


19th January 2016
A Visit to Belarus

A visit to Belorussia (Belarus) - This landlocked country is known for its Stalinist architecture, grand fortifications and primeval forests. In the modern capital, Minsk, the monumental KGB Headquarters loom over Independence Square, while the Museum of the Great Patriotic War commemorates the country’s role in WWII. The capital is also home to many churches, including the neo-Romanesque Church of Saints Simon and Helena.

Presented by Nelly Dudley.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

16th February 2016
Digging up Jerusalem

Digging up Jerusalem and some links with the Orthodox Church.

By Nick Slope, historian, archaeologist and long time friend of the Club.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

15th March 2016
Svetlana - an extraordinary and tumultuous life

Our Chairman will discuss a book about the surprising life of Stalin's daughter. You may like to see your own copy of the book "Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva"

Presented by Nadia Ainsworth.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

19th April 2016
Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky 1940-96  ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and settled in America. He later taught at universities including Yale, Columbia, Cambridge and Michigan.

Brodsky was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity". He was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1991.

Peggy Verrall returns to tell us about his life and work. 

The presentation will be preceded, at NB 7:25 pm by the Club's Annual General Meeting, to which all members are invited.

7:30pm at the Oasis House, High Wycombe.

17th May 2016
What's going on in Russia today
A special feature for the Wycombe Arts Festival

The views and values of ordinary Russians.

Presented by Karen Hewitt MBE, Honorary professor of Perm University.

For this meeting, there is an entrance charge of £5

21st June 2016
Circumlocution and the Drying Closet: Dickens and the Crimean War

2016 marks the 160th anniversary of the end of The Crimean War (1854-56). It had been the first international conflict to be recorded in photographs, and much direct reporting appeared in the British Press, notably in The Times. Charles Dickens's response to the war, as recorded in his letters, journalism and the novel Little Dorrit (1855-7), will be explored in this talk by Dr Tony Williams, a frequent speaker to Russian Club audiences and currently the President of the International Dickens Fellowship.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

19th July 2016
Travels in Russia

Themes and musings from travels in Russia - landscape, arts, poetry, palaces and trains.

A return visit by Imogen Bright.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

August 2016


20th September 2016
Three more notable Russian women

Following on from last year's presentation, Ruth introduces us to three more notable Russian women from the 19th century.

Presented by Ruth Sobel.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

18th October 2016
Russian Ballet

Until 1689, ballet in Russia was nonexistent. Graham Willis will give an illustrated talk on ballet throughout the various political regimes to today’s world-famous Mariinsky and Bolshoi ballet companies.

presented by Graham Willis.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

15th November 2016
Georgy Zhukov

The life and times of Marshall Georgy Zhukov 1896 - 1974.
He was a key player on many fronts in the Second World War.

Presented by Elsa Woodward.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

6th December 2016
Christmas Party

Music, light snacks, wine, raffle, quiz

The cost is £5 per person. Members and casual visitors - please come along.

If you are planning to come it would be helpful if you could let us know to assist with catering plans.
Phone Nadia on 01494 525073.

7:30pm at Oasis House, High Wycombe.

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Visitors are welcome at any time. Meetings are conducted in English - please come along and join in.

A small charge is made to cover meeting costs, and membership is available for those wishing to attend regularly.
Admission charge to cover costs:  £2.50  (applicable to Members and Visitors)

For further information please ring 01494 525073