All events below are held at St Augustine’s Church and Community Centre in Richmond Road and are open to all. Entry is normally free, although a small charge or retiring collection may be held where fees are requested by speakers or performers. A complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice and nibbles are served at most events.
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 6- 7 pm LOOKING FOR THE GOSHAWK: THE LOST RAPTOR
Hear about the natural
history of this enigmatic bird of prey, how and where it lives, and why it
might be missing from our lives. Conor
Jameson, who works for the RSPB, explains how his search for the Goshawk
took him to some unexpected places at home and abroad, from city centres to
dense forests – and how this adventure turned into a prize winning book.
FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER 6 – 7 pm 100 000 MILLION STARS AND SILENCE: ARE WE ALONE?
We live in a universe
perfectly suited to our existence, in a galaxy of 100 000 million stars and
possible as many planets, containing giant molecular clouds full of the
building blocks of life, and yet it is silent out there. Dr Robin Catchpole of the Institute of Astronomy will consider the
question as to whether there is life – and in particular intelligent life – beyond
our planet, and if not perhaps why not.
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 7 – 10.30 pm QUIZ NIGHT
Hosted by Richmond Road Residents’ Association,
this popular annual quiz is open to teams from the local area who compete across
a range of subjects for the magnificent Challenge Cup awarded to the winner on
the night. Teams of 6 pay £12 pp to take part and the price includes a buffet
meal and drinks. Book a place now (01223 364929).
FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 6 -7 pm
A PIANIST DOWN UNDER – DOUGLAS
ZANDERS AND THE AUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINMENT UNIT IN WW II
Douglas Zanders was a
New Zealander who joined the Australian Army at the outbreak of WW II in the
Pacific, firstly as an infantryman and then as part of a concert party
providing entertainment to fighting units in Australia and New Guinea. This
talk by his son, Ed Zanders, will provide
the background to the unit and describe some of their experiences as they
performed in various shows, often under arduous conditions in the jungle or
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER 6 – 7 pm THE ART HISTORIAN GOES TO BETHLEHEM AND SINAI
Robin Cormack, Emeritus Professor at the Courtauld Institute, shows Byzantine mosaics, icons and books in places now difficult to reach but built in the Sixth Century AD as pilgrimage destinations for Christians. He uncovers new questions in old art.
SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 6- 7pm A EUROPEAN EVENING OF MUSIC AND FOOD
Come and enjoy a choral concert of Brahms’ German
Requiem with the St Augustine’s Singers
conducted by Paul Jackson. Soloists
include Alanya Reynolds (soprano), Alistair Bamford (baritone) – with Philip
To be followed by an Italian Buffet Supper at 7.30pm prepared by Antonio and Celeste
SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER 7 – 9.30 pm DRAWING EXHIBITION
An exhibition of the
latest collection of work by artists from St
Augustine’s Drawing Group in a
variety of styles and medium. Wine and nibbles available throughout.
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 6-7 pm FRAGMENTS BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS:THE AZORES AND ATLANTIS
Nine small islands in
the middle of the Atlantic have enchanted sailors and adventurers from the 15th
century to the present day, and fuelled speculation as to whether they once formed
the lost land of Atlantis mentioned by Plato in c400BC. Richard Footitt explains his own life-long fascination with the
Azores – and with the myth of Atlantis.
SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 6 – 7 pm PIANO CONCERT
A tribute concert celebrating the Bicentenary of the birth of Clara Schumann, with compositions by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and of course Clara Schumann. Neil Colledge on the piano.
SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 4 – 5.30 PM COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE
Come and enjoy the real
thing – a local Community Carol Service, with traditional lessons and carols
followed by mulled wine and mince pies, and much more!
TUESDAY 1 JANUARY 10 AM – 12 PM VIENNESE COFFEE HOUSE
A welcome return of
the New Year Coffee House with drinks, cakes, and live music reminiscent of
Vienna in the early 20th century. Relax after the holidays in good
company and with beguiling music played by Chihiro
Ono (violin) accompanied by Philip Mead on the piano.
And why not enjoy a coffee and cake at Café@99? Open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 12pm at St Augustine’s – run by and for the local community.
… and don’t forget on the 1st SUNDAY of each month (1 SEPTEMBER, 6 OCTOBER, 3 NOVEMBER, 1 DECEMBER
and 5 JANUARY) come and share a COMMUNITY
LUNCH starting at 1 pm: two courses with wine and fruit juice for only £4.50
Separate publicity will appear for each event and on the St Augustine’s Calendar