About the Society: Society meetings

Our meetings and how to get there

Talks -  2019

Our public meetings are held on the second Wednesday of most months (10 a year) at Herne Hill United Church Hall, Herne Hill (junction with Red Post Hill), London SE24 9PW.

For venue (unless otherwise stated), see the map at the bottom of this page. Our guest will normally speak for 45-60 minutes, followed by around 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Then we take a refreshment break, a raffle and announcements.

All talks are free and open to non-members, so bring your friends along. But as no tickets are issued, we cannot guarantee a seat. We start promptly at 7:45pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Please arrive before the speaker is introduced to avoid disturbing others.

Wed 16 January, 7:45pm
“Vesta Tilley and Her World”
by Keith Fawkes and Richard Norman

Matilda Alice Powles adopted the stage name “Vesta Tilley” and became a famous male impersonator. Among her characters was “Burlington Bertie”. She lived for some years at 56 Tulse Hill. Vesta was known as “Britain’s best recruiting sergeant” during the First World War, because young men were persuaded to join up during the show.

Wed 13 February, 7:45pm
“Stories from Remembering Herne Hill”
by Dan Hill

Dan Hill looks at some of the surprising stories we’ve uncovered during the course of our First World War project. Dan is a freelance military historian who works as a battlefield guide across Europe and as a historical consultant and researcher.

Wed 13 March, 7:45pm
Annual General Meeting

followed by
“Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses”

A representative of BPCG will talk about this innovative scheme.

The venue, and how to get there

Herne Hill United Church Hall is the smaller building next to the Church. It is on the 68/468 and P4 bus routes, and a 15-min walk from the following stations: Herne Hill, Denmark Hill, Loughborough Junction and North Dulwich.

The hall is accessible to wheelchair users.

Meetings you may have missed

To get an idea of the sort of events we put on, go to our Facebook page. Talks are reviewed in our quarterly Herne Hill magazine.