Our visits and events are open to all unless specified and we hope non-members will enjoy our programme and consider joining the Society.  To book please go to our Eventbrite page   CLICK HERE.

If you do not wish to book online, please contact us and we will be happy to make your booking (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to 10 Old Pye Street, London SW1P 2DG) 

 

2019

Tuesday 10th December, 6.30pm             Christmas Party, Raffle Draw and carols by the South Westminster Community Choir - Grange Rochester Hotel, Vincent Square (entrance in Vane Street) London SW1P 2PA - £14pp

 

2020

Thursday 23rd January 2020, 6.30pm     ‘Christchurch Gardens’ - Short talk by David Beamont.  MEMBERS ONLY.  TTIS Archives, 10 Old Pye Steet, SW1P 2DG - SOLD OUT/WAITING LIST

 

Placemaking Project Manager, David Beamont of Victoria BID, will explain how the gardens and history have inspired the design to transform one of Westminster's key green spaces. Christchurch Gardens is a small area of grass and plane trees beside Victoria Street and is the site of the former burial ground for St Margaret's Westminster dating from 1625.

 

Tuesday 4th February 2020, 6.30pm        ‘Ignatius Sancho’ - Short talk by Victor Keegan.  MEMBERS ONLY.  TTIS Archives, 10 Old Pye Street, SW1P 2DG - SOLD OUT/WAITING LIST

 

Victor Keegan, author, London historian and member of The Thorney Island Society’s Executive Committee, will tell the fascinating story of Ignatius Sancho who is buried in Christchurch Gardens. Born on a slave ship, Ignatius Sancho became a noted writer, playwright and composer in 18th century London and one of Thorney Island’s most distinguished residents.

 

Monday 9th March 2020, 2pm                  Talk and workshop by Master Florist, Jens Jakobsen.  MEMBERS ONLY.  The Blewcoat School, 23 Caxton Street, SW1H 0PY – £20-£25pp

Danish-born Jens is world renowned for his unique floral constructions and has more than 20 years of floristry experience in dressing offices, storefronts, luxury hotels and large scale events. After a description of how he works and what inspires him, Jens will guide us through the process of making a small personal arrangement to take away – To be held in the schoolroom of this much loved building. Materials & refreshments included.

 

Saturday 4th April 2020, 2pm                  Visit to St Stephen’s Church, Rochester Row, SW1P 1LE - £15-20pp

 

St.Stephen's church, Rochester Row, was built in the mid-19th century to reclaim and improve the Devil's Acre. Member John Turpin, who attends St.Stephen’s, will describe the Baroness Burdett-Coutts connection and later developments to the church. Refreshments included.

 

Wednesday 6th May 2020, 12.30pm         Westminster/Kingsway College, Vincent Square, SW1P 2PD

Lunch in The Vincent Rooms Restaurant and tour - £20-£25pp

 

We have pleasure in supporting the students studying on the Professional Chefs Diploma and enjoy a 2 course lunch (wine extra) prepared and served by them in their brasserie restaurant. We will have the opportunity to learn about the college, its courses and see behind the scenes in the kitchens and preparation areas.

 

Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 3pm                  Visit to RUSI (Royal United Services Institute), 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET £15-£20pp

Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI has throughout its almost 190 years remained faithful to its heritage and founding principles to generate rational and free-thinking debate on issues of security and defence. Their historic headquarters are steeped in history, being the old Whitehall Palace. Our tour will include the RUSI Library of Military History, a unique collection of historical and cultural importance. Refreshments available.


June 2020, Date to be confirmed                       T@35 Celebrations – Summer Party

A special party is being planned to celebrate the Society’s 35 years. Venue and further details to follow.


Saturday 4th July 2020, 2pm                   ‘Caring for the Poor & Vulnerable on Thorney Island’ - A local walk by Michael Marriott. Meet at Broad Sanctuary, SW1P 3EE - £15-£20pp

Inspired by Lucy Peck’s Newsletter articles on the history of schools in the area, Westminster Guide and member Michael Marriott will lead us through the back streets of Thorney Island, describing the social situation of the past and the establishment of the charity schools, hospitals, almshouses, social housing and children’s homes.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Tuesday 14th July 2020, 2pm                  The IncrEDIBLE RHS Collections Tour, Lindley Library, 80 Vincent Square, SW1P 2PE - £15-£20pp

 

Specialising in garden history and botanical art, explore how the Society aimed to support and enrich the commercial growth of food in the UK through defining fruit varieties, funding plant collecting expeditions, collecting horticultural knowledge from both the past and the present, and sharing that knowledge with the nation. Items on display will include volume 1 of William Hooker’s fruit portraits (1815), A New Orchard and Garden by William Lawson (1635), Robert Hogg’s The Fruit Manual (1860), and the seminal Dig for Victory publication The Vegetable Garden Display’d (1941). 

 

Tuesday 8th September 2020, 10.15am    Tour of Shepherd’s Bindery and Talk on Antiquarian Books by Anthony Davis, 76 Rochester Row, SW1P 1JU - £15 MEMBERS ONLY

Shepherds Sangorski & Sutcliffe dates back to 1901 and is one of the few large bookbinding companies left in England specialising in fine binding, restoration and conservation.  As well as being given rare access to view their workshop, we have pleasure in hearing a talk from Anthony Davis, member, bibliographer and book collector about the pleasures of forty-five years collecting historic and modern fine bindings.  Anthony will bring along a selection of books for us to see including books with Royal ownership connections, bound and used in Westminster from the seventeenth century onwards and some contemporary designer bindings. The talk will be held at the Blue Orchid Rochester Hotel across the road from Shepherds. Refreshments available.

 

Saturday 19th September 2020, 2pm       T@35 ‘In Celebration of Thorney Island’ - A new local walk by Victor Keegan. Meet at our Archives, 10 Old Pye Street, SW1P 2DG –
£15-£20pp

Victor Keegan will lead a walk around the wider outposts of Thorney Island to where the subterranean Tyburn river meets the Thames near Vauxhall Bridge. On the way we will see the site of the biggest piano manufacturing company in the world, the place where Oliver Cromwell built a fort to keep out Charles I’s army during the civil war and lots more.

 

Tuesday 29th September 2020, 12noon   The Guards Museum and Guards Band Recital in Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ - £15-£20pp

The Guards Museum has given access to a wealth of information and artefacts from the long history of the five regiments of the Foot Guards. This curated tour will include items from the English Civil War, through Waterloo and two World Wars to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Followed by a lunchtime concert featuring one or a combination of the Guards Regimental bands in the Chapel at the Wellington Barracks.


Monday 5th October 2020, 7.30pm                      T@35 Celebrations - Cocktails and Canapés at The Cinnamon Club, Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU – Further details to follow.

 

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 6.30pm     The Society’s 34th AGM and Talk, Blue Orchid Rochester Hotel, Vincent Square (entrance in Vane Street) SW1P 2PA – Free of charge.

 

Monday 7th December 2020, 6.30pm       T@35 Celebrations - Christmas Party, Carols & Raffle Draw, Blue Orchid Wellington Hotel, (entrance on Vincent Square) SW1P 2PA - £14pp

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • All bookings must be paid for in advance, either via Eventbrite, cheque or BACS
  • Visits & events are non-refundable unless cancelled by TTIS
  • The Society reserves the right to cancel a visit or event due to unforeseen circumstances
  • The Society and its officers cannot be held responsible for death or injury to members or their guests, or loss or damage to property at any time and however caused
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  • Children are welcome at Society events but must, for safeguarding reasons, be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult