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

21st June - Hello Dnipro... life today in Ukraine
Situated between Russia and the west, Ukraine is today one of the most important countries in Europe but it's also one with the most problems.  It is a country torn apart by two opposing ideologies, by corruption, poverty, political uncertainty and extremism. It has little foreign investment, a government that is almost bankrupt and it fights a never-ending war against forces backed by the largest country in the world.

This talk will give a brief outline of the history of Ukraine and in particular about the people's revolution of 2013/14 and the changes since then and the country's relationship with Russia. 
During the last 18 months the speaker has lived and worked in Ukraine for more than 6 months as an English teacher and charity volunteer. He will discuss his own experiences of travelling around the country and meeting people, and will discuss what life is really like for ordinary Ukrainian people.

An illustrated talk by Alan Taylor
2:00 pm, Thursday 21st June
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us)

19th July - When Tolstoy came to London in 1861 - and what he didn't hear

As part of his European tour the 32-year-old Russian aristocrat Count Leo Tolstoy visited London in March 1861.
In this illustrated talk, Dr Tony Williams will explore Tolstoy’s reactions to and impressions of the metropolis in the nineteenth century.

Dr Tony Williams 
Past President of The Dickens Fellowship, 2015-2017
Associate Editor of The Dickensian
Honorary Academic Advisor to the Charles Dickens Museum, London
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Buckingham
Honorary Life Member and Former Joint General Secretary of The Dickens Fellowship

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

   August - No meeting

20th September - Who Lost Russia?

Based on the book by Peter Conradi - the foreign editor of the Sunday Times: during his seven years as a foreign correspondent in Moscow, he witnessed the USSR’s collapse first hand. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was hailed as the beginning of a new era of peace and cooperation between east and west, so what went wrong?

 an illustrated talk by Nadia Ainsworth.

2:00 pm, Thursday 20th September
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us)

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.