Greenwich Society Events
Coffee & Chat
Our regular monthly free event has moved: We now gather in the upstairs area of the Parkside Cafe at the National Maritime Museum with its lovely view of the Park. These sessions, on the first Wednesday of the month from 11am, have been proving popular so join us for a warm welcome and a ten-minute talk of local interest. Perhaps bring a friend and encourage them to join the Society and get to know your fellow members!
2024 Coffee & Chat dates:
Wednesday 6th March
Wednesday 3rd April
Wednesday 1st May
Wednesday 5th June
Wednesday 3rd July
Wednesday 7th August
Wednesday 4th September
Wednesday 2nd October
Wednesday 6th November
Wednesday 4th December
Coming soon - Dates for your diary:
A Walk with Ana Sutherland
Saturday 20th April
Due to the popularity of the walk led by Ana in October 2023, we are delighted that she has agreed to repeat the walk.
May - date to be confirmed
A Walk in Greenwich Park with John Causer
Sunday 16th June
Summer Picnic at Morden College
Saturday 17th February 2024
St Alfege Church Hall
Greenwich Church Street, SE10 8NA
New Year Supper at Davy's
Friday 19th January 2024
Following our very successful supper in January 2023 we went to Davy's Wine Vaults again to celebrate the beginning of the new year and the opportunity to meet new members.
The event began at 6.30pm when guests gathered for a glass of wine or soft drink, followed by a two course meal.
Guests could choose from the following options:
Annual Lecture 2023
Sunday 5th November 11am
Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum
2023 marks the 150th anniversary of the Royal Naval College moving to Greenwich.
Dr Emma Hanna, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Kent, will talk about the Greenwich Night Pageant of 1933 celebrations and the story of those who organised them.
A Talk and a Walk - by Ana Sutherland
Saturday 28th October 10am
Starting at the corner of Point Hill with Westgrove Lane, ending at Vanbrugh Castle, Ana will lead a walk of about 2 hours looking at the buildings of some notable architects.
Thursday 19th October 7pm at West Greenwich Library
Ana, a prominent local architect in Blackheath, will be talking about her forthcoming book, Modern Buildings in Blackheath and Greenwich, describing the work of some modern architects and their work in Greenwich. A glass of wine or a soft drink will be provided.
Riverside Party 2023
Riverside view Bar area
Tickets at £25 are now available for our Riverside Party on Sunday 24th September. We will be gathering at the Trafalgar Rowing Centre on Crane Street between 12.30 and 3.00pm where you can sip your drinks from the bar on the balcony if the sun shines.
West Greenwich Library Tuesday 27th June 7pm - 8.30pm.
Refreshments will be provided.
Pop along to the library to view the winning entries! Prints of the photographs will be available for purchase. The exhibition runs until 28th July.
Annual Cricket Match
This annual fixture against the Blackheath Society for the Golden Elephant trophy was rescheduled to take place in Greenwich Park on Wednesday September 6th from 5pm. And the result - we're delighted to report that Greenwich won this year!
Visit to the Fan Museum
The Fan Museum is offering members an opportunity for a private visit and tour of the current exhibition in the company of an expert guide.
3pm - 5pm on 18th July 2023
£12 per person (instead of the usual £22)
A cream tea included in the price.
The King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery
Wednesday 19th April
Professor Stephen Challacombe
Tuesday 17th January 2023 in West Greenwich Library
Professor Challacombe, one of our local members, talked about the extraordinary work of the medical students flown out from London in April 1945 to help the survivors of the camp at Belsen.
Watch a recoding of a previous presentation of this talk HERE
New Year Supper
13th January at Davy's
Photo by Trudi Lawrence
Thursday 8th December on-line via ZOOM
Mick Delap on the History of Deptford Creek
Watch the recorded talk HERE
Sunday 6th November 2022
Greenwich Society Annual Lecture
Rachel Morley on her Top Ten Churches
Watch the recorded talk HERE
Tuesday 8th March ON-line via ZOOM
Greenwich Society Lecture
The Slave Owners of Greenwich
Watch the recorded lecture HERE
New Year Supper - 20 January 2022
A highly enjoyable supper club evening at the Sail Loft
Supper Club 20 January 2022
Thanks to Trudi Lawrence for the slideshow
Annual Lecture - 7th November 2021
Ray Barron Woolford is from Deptford and has written a book about Kath Duncan. Kath was born in Argyllshire in 1888 and was arguably one of the first most important civil rights leaders in the UK. She laid the groundwork for the National Council of Civil Liberties (now Liberty) and was a pioneering LGBTQ activist. She lived in Deptford and stood, unsuccessfully, for the parliamentary seat of Greenwich at the 1931 general election. She was a truly amazing woman the talk by Mr Woolford was informative and entertaining as well.
Mr Woolford himself is a political activist being involved in one of Britain’s biggest food banks in Deptford and in LGBTQ rights. He is the author of a play called Liberty about Kath Duncan which was performed in London and which will soon be made into a film. Copies of his book were available and sold like 'hot cakes'.
Members' Post-lockdown Get Together
The West Greenwich Library - a popular venue and delightful building - played host to Society members on the evening of Thursday 16th September.
Tim Barnes, Acting Chairman, welcomed members - new and old - and, in his role as trustee of the Philip Harris Trust, congratulated the winners of the photography competition, whose images were on display, and presented them with their prizes
Calendars and postcards of favourite images from the competition were on sale and they are now available to buy from this website.
Annual Cricket Match
Greenwich Society v Blackheath Society
Played on 20th July 2021
Played under threatening skies
- and the result was a tie (95 runs each)!
Friday 6 May 2022 Local Walks
Tuesday 8 March 2022 The Slave-owners of Greenwich Watch the video of Dr Nick Draper's talk
Sunday 7 November 2021 Annual Lecture 2021 Ray Barron Woolford tells the remarkable story of Kath Duncan
Tuesday 3 August 2021 Members' Post-lockdown Get-together
Thursday 1 July 2021 Bandstand Concerts in Greenwich Park Friends of Greenwich Park present an assortment of bands at the Greenwich Park bandstand to brighten up your summer.
Tuesday 11 August 2020 Open Gardens Weekend Tim Barnes reports that the Open Gardens event over the weekend of 8/9 August raised £4,800 for the Hospice Emergency Appeal - with one garden which still to deliver its money - meaning it will, in all likelihood, bring the total up to a round £5000.
Wednesday 24 June 2020 Officers' and Executive Committee Meetings