We have a wide programme of interesting and varied talks. We meet at Pinner Village Hall and all our meetings start at 8pm except for November, February, March and April when we begin at 2pm.

Our Programme for 2020

January - No meeting

Monday 3rd February at 2pm - '30 Years as a TV Quizzer'

James Higgs has appeared on six different television quiz shows - ‘Tell the Truth’, ‘One to Win’, ‘No Win, No Fee’, ‘Fifteen to One’, ‘The Weakest Link’ and ‘Eggheads’. In his talk, he details his verbal sparring with such varied luminaries as Gyles Brandreth, ‘Kid’ Jensen, Paul Ross (Jonathan’s brother), Graeme Garden (ex-‘Goodies’), Sylvia Anderson, William G. Stewart, Dermot Murnaghan, and the formidable Ann Robinson! James will tell us all about the ‘highs’, the ‘lows’, the fun, the buzz and the excitement!

Tuesday 10th March at 2pm - 'The Secret Life of William Morris & Co at Hampton Court Palace'

Graham Goode returns after only a year because members were enthralled with his talk about the Palace of Westminster where he worked for many years. Today, he will talk about Tapestry Conservation at Hampton Court Palace which William Morris became involved in around 1880 and the developments of techniques to the present day will be covered. Graham’s presentation demonstrates the problem of tapestries’ condition from the 1660s and recent techniques of handling them.

Monday 20th April at 2pm - 'Footsteps in Summer'

Russell George will give an illustrated talk about his 950-mile solo charity walk from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. This is an enlightening tale of an arduous, but rewarding, journey on foot through rural Britain during a glorious long, hot summer.  Russell took early retirement after a long career in Finance within the Energy industry. He is now a volunteer fundraising ambassador for Cancer Research UK.

Tuesday 5th May at 8pm - 'The Art of Underground Travel'

A few years ago, David Burnell he gave us a great talk on ‘London Architecture – From the Festival to Shard’ and now we are going to hear his current and very popular talk. He will explain the origins of the collection in the early 1900s and describes their hey-day in the interwar period leading up to their decline in the 1970s and the resurrection of ‘Art on the Underground’ from the late 80s onwards. Other aspects of art and design on the Underground are briefly touched on. David is a volunteer guide at the London Transport Museum where he conducts tours of the poster and art collection as well as devising and leading award-winning architectural tours of the Underground station architecture.

Wednesday 24th June at 8pm - To Be Confirmed

Thursday 16th July at 8pm - 'Africa at the Paris Peace Talks 1919'

Few people consider the impact of the Versailles or Paris Peace talks of 1919 on the Africa continent and what is commonly regarded as 'the last scramble for Africa'.  The decisions concerning Africa were amongst the first to be taken at the talks thereby providing a platform for understanding the wider discussions of the main powers which determined the peace.  Anne Samson is a professional historian, a specialist of World War 1 and she is widely published on the topic of Africa.   Her talk will challenge current thinking on Africa.

August - No meeting

Tuesday 15th September at 8pm - 'Forty Years Catching Smugglers'

For 40 years, Malcolm Nelson worked for HM Customs and Excise and on every aspect of catching smugglers. He was mainly based at Heathrow, but he also spent time at London Port, Dover, St Petersburg, Malta, and at most major airports throughout the EU.  As a senior manager, he led the first Customs and Excise Division to attain the Cabinet Office Charter Mark accreditation for service delivery - very difficult in a law enforcement working environment.  This talk introduces the audience to the mysteries of just how Customs Officers catch smugglers going through the Green Channel. Interesting, bizarre, often hilarious, and sometimes sad, but never, never dull.

Wednesday 21st October at 8pm - 'Annual General Meeting and Social'

We have a number of items to discuss during the Annual General Meeting.  Thereafter, we will enjoy an extended social period with refreshments.  Visitors are welcome to join us to learn about the National Trust and in particular the Harrow National Trust Association.  Please note there will not be a speaker at this event. 

Tuesday 10th November at 2pm - 'Nelson Mandela'

Andrew Baker is another speaker returning to entertain us. Last year, he spoke about the Lady Chatterley Trial. This year, he will discuss “Nelson Mandela: the triumph of warmth, humanity and generosity”. Following the centenary of his birth, and drawing on his writings, his years in prison and his leadership, this is a portrait of one of the most remarkable men of our times who, after 27 years of incarceration, emerged without bitterness to lead South Africa to a multiracial future. Andrew gives his audiences insights into the times through which they have lived. His incisive character portraits of many very different men and women at home and abroad whose extra ordinary lives have shaped today’s world, are vivid and compelling. He looks, as well, at the huge social, cultural and attitudinal changes which have forged today’s world.

December  - No meeting

Everyone is welcome. Talks are free for HaNTA members on production of their current HaNTA pink card and £2 for Visitors for each talk. Doors open half an hour prior to the start of the talk.

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