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.

31 January - Early start at 6.30 for 7pm

"Misadventures in Movie Locations”

A look at the world of film and travel, based on real life adventures

Karl Bird


28 February

AGM followed by

“Literary and Artistic Footprints of the Thames Valley"

A journey up the Thames visiting places frequented by famous artists and authors

Nicholas Brazil


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


27 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


13 December - Christmas Party

“Cribs, Cards and Christingles “

The origins of Christmas traditions and customs

Mark Lewis

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