Thai textiles and the Titanic among talks at literary society

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Shaw’s Corner Literary Society has a varied programme of talks for 2018/19, covering a wide range of topics.

A summary of the programme is below – more information on each presentation can be found via the society’s website.


  • 15 October – 60th Anniversary of the Surrey Hills AONB (by Ken Bare, Vice Chairman of the Surrey Hills Society)
  • 29 October – Around the world in a double decker bus (Richard King will talk about his travels on a double-decker around the world)
  • 12 November – Traditional Textiles of Thailand (by Jennifer Hughes, with examples of work to show)
  • 26 November – The Foundling Museum (by Jane King, on the Foundling hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery)
  • 10 December – A Very Sweet Villa (Nigel Arch, former director of Kensington Palace, will give a presentation about the palace)


  • 7 January – Confessions of a Guide Book writer (by Kev Reynolds)
  • 21 January – Wildlife Hospital – Leatherhead (by Dr Mike Berwick from the Wildlife Aid Foundation)
  • 4 February – The Titanic, the ship and the wreck (by Rob Goldsmith, one of the few people to have dived down on the wreck)
  • 18 February – Fanny Burney, Surrey and the French (Sir Brian Urwin will give a presentation about the novelist)
  • 4 March – The Story of the National Garden Scheme (by Margaret Arnott, including how you can get involved)
  • 18 March – Magic fit for a king (an evening of light entertainment with John Derris who will talk about the Magic Circle)

The group meets at the United Reformed Church, Shaw’s Corner, Hatchlands Road, Redhill RH1 5AU, on alternate Monday evenings at 7.45pm, October to March.

Membership for the 12-presentation season is £18, or visitors can pay a fee of £3 per lecture.   Coffee, tea and biscuits are free.

The society is over a hundred years old: originally members met to read and discuss books and poetry, and to act as a library for bright but poor children.

Now the society holds lectures coverng a wide variety of subjects, with over a hundred members plus visitors who come along to hear particular topics.

More information is available via the society’s website.


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