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London Branch meetings since the 2015 AGM, including future meetings

Meetings are held at the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9EB, about seven minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station. Meetings start at 6.30 p.m. and finish by 8.30 p.m. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Anyone, including guests, is welcome to attend; just turn up on the night.

2015

November 26th, Bernard Lamb gave a talk on ‘The joys of rhyme and humour’.

 

2016

February 4th, Professor Greg Brooks spoke on ‘How consistent is English spelling? Notes from a thorough analysis’.

April 21st, Enjoyable English. Members read pieces of prose or poetry for others to enjoy.

June 30th, Ruth Hazeldine spoke on ‘The lure and the lore of the limerick’. The results of the limerick competition which she sponsored were announced. The winner was Jeremy Lawrence of Cape Town, South Africa.

September 8th, Diana Nicol will talk about graphology and will welcome questions about it.

October 13th, Michael George Gibson will talk about ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’: a telling of this remarkable 14th century Arthurian romance, in translation, but with some of the original language, with a teasing out of some of what it means...

 

2017

February 2nd, Enjoyable English. On these occasions members, if they wish, bring something to read – prose or poetry – which others may enjoy. We always have a very interesting and varied selection of pieces.

April 6th, Bernard Lamb will talk on ‘Humour, the lighter side of English’. There will be time for members to contribute some of their favourite jokes. This will be in the library, not the Council Chamber.

Bernard Lamb (020 8876 1548; bernardlamb@btinternet.com)

The Queen's English Society issued a press release following publication of the coalition government's white paper, which is a start on the work to improve standards of education in England. You can read the statement here.

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Gareth Hardwick


Gareth, our Hon. Secretary who was strongly instrumental in preventing our closure in 2012, has had to stand down from his post because of ill-health.  We wish him well at this difficult time.

Because of this, the QES urgently needs a new Hon. Secretary.  Please contact the chairman, Peter Barker, on 0781 0791757 if you can help.