Bensington Society Talks​​​

The Society meets in the Benson Parish Hall on the last Friday of each month (7.00 for 7.30 p.m.)


Guest speakers are invited to talk on topics of local and wider interests. Where appropriate, our outings are  linked with the speaker's topic.  Each talk lasts on average for 45 minutes. After the talk we serve an excellent buffet supper. Wine and soft drinks may be purchased from our bar throughout the event.




Please note - we take a Summer break and do not meet in JUNE, JULY or AUGUST. We also do not meet in November due to the early December meeting.

25 January - Early start at 6.30 for 7pm

AGM followed by

“Britain’s Airborne Early Warning System”

Britain’s AEW system from the 70’s through the present to the future

David Greenway


22 February

"The Sky at Night with a Laugh"

Local astronomer charts the night sky with a light touch

Gordon Rogers


29 March

“Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: The Master Servant”

The man who took Henry VIII to the political summit

Prof Glenn Richardson 


26 April

“The Loddon Brewery: A Tale of Fine Ale”

There will be ale and perhaps some cakes as well

Chris Hearn


31 May

"The Medieval Housewife"

Take a step back into a very different kitchen experience  

Toni Mount


27 September

"Thames Valley Recusants and the English Convents in Exile 1600-1800"

The families who sent their daughters to be educated in Europe

Dr Caroline Bowden



25 October

"William Morris and the Arts and Craft Movement"

An impression of the man behind the fine hand block prints

Mark Lewis


13 December - Christmas Party

“Flanagan and Alan Tribute“

Their songs and banter

James Mitchell and Oliver Williams

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