All are welcome to all our events.

18.30  October 25th. Railway Heritage

Anthony Coulis, Senior Curator at the National Railway Museum will give the Friends Of Leamington Station’s annual talk. His subject will be Railway Heritage, and he is sure to have lots to say based upon his long and wide experience. Dormer Place Conference Centre. £5.00 pay on the day.

Tuesday November 13th. Philip Larkin. 19.30

Sheila Woolf, author and authority on his works. Philip Larkin attended King Henry Vlll school in Coventry where he claimed to be miserable as well as hating the town. Sheila Woolf was previously head of English there. Joint meeting with the Leamington Literary Society. Dormer Place Conference Centre. No charge.

December 6th. Bookbinding and Conservation 19.30

John Richards, local bookbinder and dealer. Dormer Place Conference Centre. £2.00

January 10th. Fashion in the time of Jane Austen. 19.30

Sarah Jane Dowling, Author. Dormer Place Conference Centre. £2.00

February 7th. Perspectives on Afghanistan. 19.30

Heidi Meyer, Master of Lord Leicester Hospital. Dormer Place Conference Centre. £2.00

March 7th. Design Centre and Awards 1950-90. 19.30

Lily Crowther, Curator Leamington Art Gallery and Museum. Dormer Place Conference Centre. £2.00

April 11th Vitsoe architecture and the Braun Collection. 14.00-16.00

The power of good design. Mark Adams, Managing Director. At the Vitsoe Factory, Old Warwick Road; please wear flat shoes.  No charge.

Annual General Meeting May 9th. 19.00

Christchurch, Priory Terrace. AGM, plus speaker to be announced. No Charge.

Past events

October 11th. Hill Close Gardens Tour and Tea 14.00 to 16.00

These gardens are early allotments, and rare survivals of Victorian gardens once used by Warwick townsfolk living above their businesses, to escape from the crowded town. Our visit will coincide with apple harvesting time. £6.00 to be paid on the day.

September 11th. Warwickshire Records Office 19.30

“Skeletons in and out of the Closet.” Sam Collenette, Director of Collections. 19.30 at the Lord Leycester Hospital, This is a joint meeting with the Warwick Society. No Charge.

On Thursday, July 12th, 2018, 7.15 for 7.30, the Leamington Society Awards were presented by the Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa. Details here

LEAMINGTON SOCIETY AGM 2018

The 2108 AGM of the Leamington Society took place in Christchurch Hall on Thursday 10th April. This was a very successful event with good attendance and the involvement of several new members.

The formal business before the interval ended with the meeting approving proposals to offer Life Membership to Robin and Shirley Adams, in recognition of all that they have done over many years to support the Society, and to Richard and Gitta Ashworth. This meeting marked the end of Richard’s time as Chairman and it was felt that to acknowledge his hard work and success in the role, an offer of Life Membership was appropriate. Sidney Syson has now taken over from Richard.

After the interval a presentation was given by Dominic Liptrot, leader of Lost Art, the company which will be restoring the bandstand in the Pump Room Gardens . He gave a detailed and fascinating explanation of the complex processes  which must be undertaken in such historic park and urban restoration  projects, with  illustrations taken not only from bandstands but also fountains, including a very grand fountain in Scotland. The goal of Lost Art is to “ provide for the future from the lessons of the past “. Residents of Leamington look forward to seeing this realised in the completed restoration of our bandstand.

The catering for the occasion was undertaken by Ruth Bennion, with support from Robin and Shirley Adams.

April 12th at Dormer Place, Heidi Meyer. Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital, spoke about that ancient institution in a joint meeting with the Warwick Society.

March 8th; Robin Russell, RHS judge, will talk about Garden Judging

2018 February 8th; Alan Heap of Purple Monster, on “Creative Industries”

2018 January 11th; David Gardner of the Royal Agricultural Society of England spoke on “Food, Energy and the Environment, Future Challenges” A summary is available here; DGardner01:18

The 2017-2018 season; Thursdays at 19.30 at the Dormer Place Conference Centre unless otherwise stated. All £2.00 at the door unless otherwise stated.

David Gardner with Society committee member Jef Tuyn.

December 7th;  Simon Topman of Acme Whistles

November 7th; Chris Pickford, author of “Warwickshire, the new Pevsner Guide“. This is a joint meeting with the Leamington Literary Society. (Free)

October 26th, at 18.30; Chris Gibb “The best railway in the world”(£5.00) Organised by the Friends of Leamington Station.

Chris Gibb answering some very specific questions

October 12th; Above: Penny Hefferan and Carrie Terry of Guide Dogs charity, led a fascinating evening. You can find out more and donate here. Guide Dogs

Other recent subjects have included hand-made Windsor Chairs, the landscape gardens of Compton Verney, the business of the Ricardo Engineering Group and the bridges of Leamington and the surrounding area. If you would like to suggest a speaker, do let us know.

April 12th at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, Heidi Meyer will speak about that ancient institution in a joint meeting with the Warwick Society. (Free)

Annual General Meeting, Thursday May 10th, 19.00 at Christchurch, Priory Terrace CV31 1BA. Click Leam Soc AGM agenda Feb 2018 for the pdf

Click Programme-2017-18 for more details.

Click here for former years 2016/17,  2015/16,  2014/15,  2013/14