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Social Events 2020

Our planned events for 2020 are listed below.  Please put the dates in your diary.  Invitations with full details will be sent to members approximately six weeks before each event.

Pictures of events will be added to the gallery shortly after each event has taken place.



AGM & Virtual Christmas Party

(see below for full details)


NED Talks 2020

Next NED Talk:  To be announced.

The new series of Network Evening Drinks (NED Talks) is our response to the COVID crisis and enforced cancellation of our Spring Lunch and Summer Party. These are early evening Zoom meetings, lasting about an hour and a half, with a speaker talking about a topic of general interest for 20–30 minutes, followed by discussion and a general chat.

The NED Talks are free to attend and non-members can join as your guests if Gill is notified in advance.  More information on the content of the Talks will be provided in the invitations that will be sent out nearer the time. 

The NED Talks organised to date are as follows:

NED Talk 1: Wednesday 17 June at 17:30. Nigel Spackman, ‘Climbing the Munros’.

NED Talk 2: Wednesday 15 July at 17:30. Jackie Dickens, ‘Life is too short to drink bad wine - 10 tips on how to get good wine’.

NED Talk 3: Wednesday 19 August at 17:30. Nick Tanner, ‘What happens to Jamie Oliver in translation?’

NED Talk 4: Wednesday 14th October at 17:30. Jane Bain, 'The Owls’ Story – a glimpse into the life of a family of tawnies'.

NED Talk 5: Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 17:30. Penny Mesure, ‘From 'La Triviata' to Shakespeare and Sullivan ... ‘


Spring Lunch 2020

Venue:  Ev Restaurant

Location: The Arches, 97-99 Isabella Street, SE1 8DA

Date: Tuesday 28th April 2020

Ev website


We last visited Ev in 2018 and are delighted to be returning there for our 2020 Spring Lunch. Isabella Street is a leafy pedestrian street, very close to Southwark Tube station.  Ev is part of the Tas group of Turkish restaurants. The premises occupies three large arches and our three-course lunch will be held in the spacious bar arch.  There is a sunny terrace with palm trees outside and plenty of room inside where guests can gather and chat before the lunch.


Summer Party 2020

Venue: Doggett's Coat and Badge

Location: 1 Blackfriars Bridge Road, London SE1 9UD

Date:  Wednesday 8th July 2020

Doggett's website...



Our Summer Party is scheduled to be held at Doggetts Coat and Badge. The sunny terrace of this friendly riverside pub has a stunning view of the river and the venue provides a magnificent buffet lunch. In recent years we have enjoyed wonderful sunshine and there is plenty of space indoors if we are unlucky with the weather.

As always, this is an informal event, giving members ample opportunity to mingle with old friends and meet new ones. 


Autumn Lunch 2020

Venue:  The Savile Club

Location: 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4ER

Date:  Thursday 15th October 2020

The Savile Club website



Our Autumn Lunch at the Savile Club is very kindly being sponsored by Bryan Bates, who is a club member. We last visited the club to celebrate our 10th Anniversary and our Autumn Lunch promises to be a very special occasion.

The Savile Club is situated in a beautiful 18th Century house in the heart of Mayfair, a short walk from Bond Street tube station. We will have drinks in the Drawing Room, followed by a three-course lunch in the stunningly beautiful Ballroom, which is reached by an elegant curved staircase. Level access is available if required.


AGM & Virtual Christmas Party 2020

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2020


In view of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the AGM will take place via Zoom this year. More details including an agenda, login information etc. will be provided in due course. The official business is expected to take about 40 minutes, after which we will continue for up to an hour with a festive virtual get-together. Participants will, though, have to provide their own drinks and canapés!