We hold our  Tuesday morning talks in the beautiful Ladies' Drawing room at the Army & Navy Club. Our talks cover a wide range of topics and are always a great opportunity to regularly see friends  and meet new people.                                                Please refer to the programme below for the dates.

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TUESDAYS AT The Rag

         In the Ladies' Drawing Room, The Army & Navy Club , 36 – 39 Pall Mall , London SW1Y 5JN

10.30 am for a 11.00 am start

Members £8 - Non Members £15

         In the Ladies' Drawing Room, The Army & Navy Club , 36 – 39 Pall Mall , London SW1Y 5JN                                                                 

Bookings for talks must be received the Friday before the talk at the very latest .                                                                                    Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served before the talk, which starts at 11.00 a.m. and lasts about one hour.

 The London Ladies Club does not endorse the views of the speakers. Tickets are not sent out for the talks unless specifically requested and only if a s.a.e is enclosed . Tuesday Talks are transferable to another person or date but non refundable.

               AUTUMN 2018 PROGRAMME

Member’s spouses and partners are always very welcome to join us. Members can bring one guest at member’s price to any Tuesday Talk  provided they register their guest’s name and pay for them at the time of booking.  Later bookings for guests will be charged at non members price.

 

Tuesday 11th September  In the Drawing Room                                                                                                                                        BIG SCAMS

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Sergeant Les Jackson of the Problem Solving/Crime Prevention Team of The Metropolitan Police started his campaign some three years ago when he had to speak with an elderly female victim who was duped into giving up her bank details and all her life savings were taken. The culture now by callous criminals is to contact anyone, however the elderly and vulnerable are being targeted more so than others, with a view of taking as much of their money as they can. Sergeant Jackson will talk about the most common scams practiced by criminals and explain how to protect yourself as much as possible.


Tuesday 25th September  In the Drawing Room

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Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Mother: Clementina Sobieska, Poland-Lithuania and the Jacobite Cause. Robert Frost, FBA,  holds the Burnett Fletcher Chair in History at the University of Aberdeen.   His expertise is in the history of Poland; his most recent book, the Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania, vol. 1, 1385–1569, was awarded the 2017 Pro Historia Polonorum prize. Professor Frost’s talk will cover not only the story of the marriage of James III (the Old Pretender)  to Clementina Sobieska in 1719, a most romantic tale, but the fascinating appeal of Jacobism with parallels between Polish and Scottish history.    He will also look at the disputed portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie as a boy in Polish dress.


Tuesday 9th October   In the Drawing Room

Becoming a Yeoman Warder

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Moira Cameron became the first ever female Yeoman Warder in July 2007 and is one of 37 Yeoman Warders based in the Tower of London a position which dates back to 1485. She is now one of two women who hold the post.  She joined the Women's Royal Army Corps in 1985 and trained with the Royal Corps of Signals before transferring to the Royal Army Pay Corps in 1988 to train as a Military Accountant.  In 1992 the Adjutant General's Corps was formed and Moira worked her way through the ranks in its Staff and Personnel Support Branch completing 22 years service in the Army in June 2007.  In 2000 Moira was awarded her Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Moira’s talk will include details of her Army career and her journey to becoming a Yeoman Warder along with some little known tales of the Tower of London.


Tuesday 23rd October      In the Drawing Room

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10 Fad-Free Principles of Eating Well

Fiona Lawson is a registered nutritionist (BA (Hons), DipCNM, mBANT, CNHC). In her talk, 10 Fad-Free Principles of Eating Well, she combines the latest evidence-based research with sensible, realistic advice that everyone can implement. From what you should eat for breakfast, to why calories aren’t always important, she helps cut through the confusion surrounding food and diets. She’ll reveal how everyone can rediscover the joy of food—and harness its nourishing power.

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Tuesday 6th November In the Library

In the footsteps of St Thomas. 

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Serena Fass is renowned for her research and study of the spread of early Christianity, having written three books on the subject, including the journeys of St. Thomas throughout the Middle East and beyond.   Following her extensive travels in these areas Serena will explore with us St. Thomas's voyage to Pakistan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, as well how St Thomas was brought to his final resting place in Italy.   As Professor Michael Wood wrote "this is a literally amazing story".  Her book "In the Footsteps of St. Thomas" will be available to purchase. Book signing.


Tuesday 20th November .  In the Drawing Room

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An inside look at commissioning portraits and other Art.                              Annabel Elton has over 30 years of working with portrait commissions with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. She has handled commissions for people all over the world from Royalty to ordinary people who would just like something special.  Anna Bromwich is the Art Consultant for Mall Galleries. She has handled commissions from yachts and houses to penguins and racehorses and has many years' experience in building collections.  Annabel and Anna will use their experience to give you an inside look into the commissioning process and guidance on how to choose an artist and how to collaborate with artists successfully. Members who have paid for the talk in March and not transferred to another talk will be automatically re-booked.

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TUESDAY TALKS SPRING 2019 PREVIEW


Tuesday 15th January -    Tyler Butterworth

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Tyler Butterworth followed his parents into the theatre and spent twenty five years as an actor appearing in many television programmes including The Darling Buds of May, Rumpole, Bergerac, Last of the Summer Wine and Casualty. He is now an audio producer, creating audio guides to cities round the world for private clients. He is married to the actress Janet Dibley and they live in the South Downs National Park in East Sussex.  With classic clips and rare family photographs, Tyler Butterworth relates the extraordinary true story of his father's war years and early theatrical experiences which directly led to his success as a Carry On star. Tyler talks too about his parent's marriage, as his mother, the impressionist Janet Brown, became famous for her uncanny portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.


Tuesday  22nd January -   Stoll   (The Stoll Foundation for veterans)

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Stoll is a Veteran’s charity which has been housing and helping disabled and vulnerable Veterans for over 100 years. Sir Oswald Stoll was a theatre impresario and philanthropist. After some tough early years, he joined with Moss and Thornton to create Moss Empires in 1900, eventually opening 28 “Empires”, including the iconic London Hippodrome and Coliseum, which staged the first Royal Variety Shows in 1912. When British troops returned home from WWI with physical and mental injury, Sir Oswald was at the forefront of the debate of how best to support returning wounded Veterans.  Today,  Stoll is the leading provider of supported housing to vulnerable and disabled Veterans.  Stoll's  work enables Veterans to lead fulfilling, independent lives.

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Tuesday   5th February -   ‘What price imprisonment?’, 

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General David John Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham GCB, CBE is a retired British Army officer, who served as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. He was awarded a life peerage in 2005, and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.  

His talk will encompass his life in the Army and the surprise he felt when invited to become Chief Inspector of Prisons.   Lord Ramsbotham has advised every Secretary of State and Prison Ministers of the need for proper management of the different types of prisons and for the Prison Service to be responsible and accountable for what happens inside!  He believes in building self-esteem as part of the rehabilitation of offenders and has criticised various governments for ignoring recent reviews. Lord Ramsbotham will discuss the social as well as the financial cost of not getting it right.

Tuesday  5th March - The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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Gill Perkins has been an enthusiastic conservationist from a young age, starting as a volunteer, an ecologist for the Lake District Special Planning Board with the highlight of her early career, counting puffins for the Icelandic National Park (there were about a quarter of a million).  After a career in business and a sabbatical in Borneo,  Gill is now CEO for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and as such has found the perfect channel through which to promote her passion for bumblebees and their protection. Gill will give an inspiring and entertaining talk on these special insects  and explain why their numbers have so sharply declined in recent years with two species becoming extinct and what can be done to help reverse their decline.

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Tuesday  19th March -  ‘Fake or Fortune: case studies of my own.’

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The Art world is full of intrigue.  The excitement on discovering a treasure is indescribable.  However, the excitement can be cut short, when there is insufficient evidence or documentation to prove title, provenance and authenticity. Kristina Sanne shares with us a few of her experiences, the delights of proving an artwork is right and the frustrations experienced when an artwork is deemed unsaleable. Kristina Sanne worked in the Islamic department at Christie’s for a year where she carried out research on the Vincent Bulent Collection of Iznik Pottery before moving on to join the Islamic and Indian Art department at Bonhams Auctioneers where she became Head of Department. In 2011 Kristina Kristina left in order to set up her own art advisory services providing clients with a more transparent view on the Iznik art market.

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Tuesday  2nd April -   Alison Van Der Lande

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English designer, Alison Van der Lande launched her label when she couldn’t find the dream weekend bag she was looking for. With a background in PR and marketing, Alison spent time researching and developing the concept. The first collection was launched in 2004 and her award winning first handbag collection launched in 2006. A luxury sports collection followed, with a range of brightly coloured tennis and golf bags, for both men and women.  Her celebrity fans span Hollywood, New York and London – and bespoke commissions include a 007 Casino Royal special. Alison first came to speak to the London Ladies Club in 2011 and will keep us updated with all her news and the progression of her handbags journey.