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.




We regret that we have had to suspend our Talks Programme for the foreseeable future due to the Corona Virus

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.


27 March

"William III” - The Making of the Modern World”

William III as a crucial factor in Britain's emergence as a world power

Professor Tony Claydon

24 April

“Harcourt Arboretum and Oxford Botanic Gardens”

An illustrated talk on their history and development

Timothy Walker


29 May

“Interactive Slang, Euphemisms & Acronyms”

Exploring amusing and intriguing examples  

Hugh Granger


25 September


A light-hearted and fun quiz on Benson and the local area

Malcolm Allitt-Fenella Galpin


30 October

“London and its Markets”

The lifeblood of the capital, their history and importance

Colin Oakes


4 December - Christmas Party

“Cribs, Cards and Christingles “

The origins of Christmas traditions and customs

Mark Lewis

Following on from our February talk by Nick Brazil on Literary & Artistic Footprints Of The Thames Valley, many of our members requested a reference guide to the places and characters in the talk.  A Guide has now been provided by Nick and may be read at:

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