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PROGRAMME FOR   January - December 2018

Wednesday 3rd January  2018  - Bill Cunningham - Scams - One  word that embraces  a vast range of  attempted  frauds  such as identity theft, false internet purchase, spoof emails or bank transfers

Wednesday 10th January  2018  - Steve Dobson- Life Less Ordinary - The story of GoUnusual, an organisation presenting a myriad of unusual travel ideas

Wednesday 17th January  2018  - Sheila Willis - Beside the Seaside - We go back in time to the pleasures of a  holiday at the British seaside.

Wednesday 24th January  2018  - Tea at Squires - Shepperton -  Holocaust Memorial programme at the Synagogue so we meet at Squires Garden Centre, Haliford Road, Upper  Haliford, Shepperton, TW17 8SG, at 3.00pm.

Wednesday 31st January  2018  - Rabbi Kath Vardi  - History of the Kibbutz Movement - ‘From each according to his ability to each according to his needs’ – the Israeli communal settlements founded early in the last century and flourishing today.

Wednesday 7th February  2018  - Colin Parrish  - Peter the Great - Ruler of Russia, from the age of 10, for 43 years – father of 14 children only three of whom survived to adulthood.

Wednesday 14th February  2018  - Ian Bevan  - Victorian Leisure and Pleasure - The years  between 1937 and 1901 saw  the greatest  upsurge in leisure pursuits, but very much subject to class consciousness.

Wednesday 21st February  2018  - Alan Gallop  - 'Subsmash' - The mysterious disappearance of submarine HMS Affray in April 1951.

Wednesday 28th February  2018  - Lorimer Burn - Incredible Flying Boats - From the first seaplanes at the end of the 19th century to the giant Spruce Goose of the 40’s and today’s developments.

Wednesday 7th March  2018  - FILM - ‘A Courageous Heart’ - The story of Irena Sendler who saved around 2500 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto.

Wednesday 14th March  2018  - Julie Beavan - Living and Working in the Middle East - Julie has first hand experience as a teacher in a number of countries.

Wednesday 21st March  2018  - Annual Meeting and Birthday Lunch - This will be our 31st Birthdday !! (Meeting commences at 12:30pm)

Wednesday 28th March  2018  - CLOSED for PESACH


Wednesday 11th April  2018  - Film - 'Partners in this Great Enterprise' (Part 1) - Film of the live events held at the Royal Albert Hall last November, Commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The event was organised by Christian leaders and attended by 3,500 people including the Israeli Ambassador.

Wednesday 18th April  2018  - Film - 'Partners in this Great Enterprise' (Part2) Second half of an evening of entertainment, and the recounting of events that led up to the Balfour Declaration. Israeli Ambassador speaks.

Wednesday 25th April  2018  - David Walters - The Partnership of Rodgers and Hammerstein - Their lives, and how they came to write their musicals - plus excerpts from many of their songs.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018  - Rabbi Henry Goldstein - Gardens Do You Good - How experiencing gardens can have a positive effect upon human character.

Wednesday 9th May 2018  - Jonathan Jones - The Writer Laurie Lee - Poet, novelist and screen writer, most famous for his autobiographical trilogy, the first book of which was Cider with Rosie.

Wednesday 16th May 2018  - David Chave - Notorious British Female Murderers - Over the last two centuries there have been numerous women murderers - apart from the notorious Myra Hindley.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018  - Lorimer Burn - Incredible Flying Boats - From the first seaplanes at the end of the 19th century to the giant Spruce Goose of the 40s and today's developments. (Meeting postponed from 28th February).

Wednesday 30th May 2018  - Tony Zendle - Bad Mazel, Jews and Superstition - The remnants of the past are still with us - who needs Halloween when we have the Evil Eye!

Wednesday 6th June 2018  - Lynette Nusbacher - Travelling through Israel with the Armed Forces - Lynette is a military historian and strategist. She is a senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Wednesday 13th June 2018  - Geoff Beer - A History of Lord Cardigan - The man who led the charge of the Light Brigade into 'The Valley of Death'.

Wednesday 20th June 2018  - Outing - Chaim Stephenson Memorial Gallery, Shepperton - Sculptor and husband of Lynne Reid Banks. The visit will be followed by tea at Squires Garden Centre.

Wednesday 27th June 2018  - Lunch Meeting -  Good food to be followed by film or discussion. (We meet for lunch at 1.00pm)

Wednesday 4th July 2018  - Film  - Joyce Grenfell: Queen of Monologues The much loved late actress and comedienne performs songs and monologues from the 60's and 70's.

Wednesday 11th July 2018  - Dr Helen Fry - The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens - The German Jewish refugees who fought for Britain in World War 2.

Wednesday 18th July 2018  - Cristine Jarvis - Guildhall: Treason, Chopin and Mr Pickwick - London's Guildhall has had many fascinating uses in its centuries old history.

Wednesday 25th July 2018  - Anne Samson - Smuts versus Mandela -  South African leaders from two different eras who achieved so much for their country.

Wednesday 1st August 2018  - Eddie Summers - Early American Humorists - They achieved international fame for their wit and versatility.

Wednesday 8th August 2018  - Lynda Chalcraft - The 25 Jobs and 1 Career of an 11+ Failure - And we don't know what that career was. You will have to come along to find out!

Wednesday 15th August 2018  - David Chave - Notorious British Female Murderers - Over the last two centuries there have been numerous women murderers - apart from the notorious Myra Hindley (Talk postponed from the 16th May).

Wednesday 22nd August 2018  - Nicholas Henderson - 'Square the Bermuda Triangle' -  Unravelling some of the world's great mysteries within this strange area of the Atlantic Ocean.

Wednesday 29th August 2018  - Dr Richard Barnett - Good Health! - The very welcome annual visit of our medical expert, updating us on NHS developments.

Wednesday 5th September 2018  - Les Spitz - More Travels with my Camera - Return visit of our expert cameraman, with memories of interesting places visited, including New York, South Africa and Thailand.


Wednesday 26th September 2018  - Glenda Law - Wildlife of Eastern Australia - A myriad of wildlife - not just kangaroos, wallabies and koalas, but wombats, anteaters, dingos, snakes and many more.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018  - Dan Fox - A Modern Jewish Experience of the British Military After army service in the Intelligence Corps Dan is now an instructor training intelligence reserve recruits.

Wednesday 10th October 2018  - Ann Kaye - Radio Times - Ann's life and work at the BBC and other appointments.

Wednesday 17th October 2018  - Terence Johnson - The Sheperds Bush Tragedy - When three police officers were shot in a London street in August 1966.

Wednesday 24th October 2018  - Film - Bombshell - The Hedy Lamarr Story -  A vivid portrait of one of the most remarkable pioneering women of Hollywood's golden age.

Wednesday 31st October 2018  - Ian Currie - Storms, Tempests and Hurricanes - An appropriate month for our returning weather expert to give this talk!

Wednesday 7th November 2018  - Brad Ashton - Scams, and How to Avoid Them - A serious, but light hearted, look at the many ways used to try to part you from your money.

Wednesday 14th November 2018  - James Morton - The Kray Twins - A study of these notorious twin brothers by a former criminal defence lawyer and writer.

Wednesday 21st November 2018  - Warren Ashton - The Marx Brothers - Five Brothers, arguably the greatest and most influential comedians of the 20th Century.

Wednesday 28th November 2018  - Laurence Smith - A Ride in the Contry(ies) -  Is it possible to cycle 160 miles through 4 countries with a profoundly disabled son? Come along to JACS to find out!

Wednesday 5th December 2018  - Chanukah Party - Musical Extravaganza, with Ann Chance - A mix of music, chat and humor, to be followed by lighting the candles and a festive tea.

Wednesday 12th December 2018  - David Harris - A Four Sites Saga: A Short History of JFS, the UK's Oldest Jewish School - The Jewish Free School was founded in 1732.

Wednesday 19th December 2018  - Ted Newton - Seasonal Fun Quiz - It's not University Challenge - nothing to hard and some fabulous prizes (well something!)

Wednesday 26th December 2018  - Closed -  Enjoy the holiday.


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