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Phoenix Retirement Association Meeting Programme 2022

The Phoenix Retirement Association offers high quality talks, social meetings, congenial company and tea and biscuits! New members over fifty or retired are welcome.

2022 Programme

14th Mar - Edwardian London - an illustrated talk by Ian Bevan
We are welcomed back at our first talk for two years by an old friend, as we have enjoyed many of Ian’s wide repertoire of excellent talks in recent years. This is the last talk in Ian’s popular History of London series.

11th Apr - Vincent Van Gogh  - an illustrated talk by John Hughes
The Van Gogh Immersive Experience is in London, and experienced speaker John has a new talk about the artist’s all too short life.  We will hear of his many adventures and disappointments, many of which were vividly described in letters to his brother, and see how they are reflected in dramatic changes in his styles of painting and in the choice of subject for some of his most memorable works.

9th May - Social meeting

13th Jun - Robert Fitzroy - an illustrated talk by Nigel Platts
Fitzroy not only commanded the Beagle upon the voyage around the world in which his friend Charles Darwin gathered the evidence for his theory of evolution, but also became a pioneer in the science of meteorology.  Since retirement, Nigel has devoted much of his time to history and the life of this man who spent his last years in Upper Norwood.

11th Jul - Alice in Wonderland and Her Lost Boys - an illustrated talk
Marietta Crichton Stuart tells the story of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Liddell and the sons she lost in the First World War in this talk, subtitled From Oxford and the Rabbit Hole to the Somme and Beyond.

8th Aug - Spitfire Women of World War II - an illustrated talk
Clare Walker was a celebrated journalist and editor in London and New York.  She qualified as a pilot at the age of 50 and founded and chaired the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee. She is passionate about keeping alive the story of the 164 women who flew as Air Transport Auxiliary pilots in World War II.

12th Sep - Pascall’s Sweets  - an illustrated talk by Sarah Gould
In Mitcham, the heady sweet smell emanating from the huge Pascall’s factory is still remembered to this day.  Merton Borough archivist Sarah has access to a great collection of nostalgic images with which she will tell the story of the company. 

10th Oct - Social meeting

14th Nov - Christmas: a  Festive  History - an illustrated talk
As the festive season approaches, Andy  Thomas, the author of Christmas – From Solstice to Santa, explains its fascinating, surprising and colourful origins.

12th Dec - Christmas Party, with entertainment (TBC)

About The Phoenix Retirement Association 

The Phoenix Retirement Association (PRA) meets at 2 for 2.30pm on the second Monday of each month at the Phoenix Community Centre (next to Sainsburys), 66 Westow Street, Upper Norwood, London, SE19 3AF

The subscription is £15 per year and the visitor’s fee for attending a single meeting is £2.

To find out more about Phoenix Retirement Association, please contact Bernard Winchester.