Lunch Diary

Member’s Lunches are held at Banstead Downs Golf Club (except May & December) from 12 noon.



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Our 2 Ladies Lunches are held at the Kingswood Golf & Country Club, Kingswood in May & December.


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Details of forthcoming speakers are listed below. Information on previous speakers can be found under Member’s lunches on the Recent Activities page.


Next meeting:-

Wednesday 1st April 2020


Wednesday 6th May 2020

Ladies Lunch at Kingswood Golf and Country Club – No Speaker.


Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Andrew Warde – The Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster: From grandeur at the State Openings of Parliament to the gritty reality of political debate, Britain’s history has been formed within this astonishing building. The illustrated talk shows the many splendid public rooms including the debating chambers for the House of Lords and for the House of Commons, rebuilt after destruction in the Blitz. Hear about the State Opening of Parliament, and see something of the life for members of the houses. Andrew Warde has recently retired from full-time work as a surveyor and property professional based in London and as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has besides been a qualified London Blue Badge guide for over 40 years and is a City of London guide as well as a Windsor & Eton guide. Along with conducting guided walks around places of interest in central London he also provides illustrated talks about people and places in London’s history.

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Rev. Martin Wright – More Tea Vicar

Martin Wright is an honours graduate in Education having trained as a teacher at King Alfred’s College in Winchester and singing as a Lay Clerk in Winchester Cathedral choir after winning a choral scholarship. He trained with John Carol Case of the Royal Academy of Music and gained his Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Academy in singing performing. Developing his teaching career Martin taught in schools in London, Kent, Essex and ended up as Headteacher of a large primary school in Hertfordshire. As Director of the local Schools’ Music Festival, Martin conducted the massed choirs over many years, including concerts in the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Martin was also an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music. As a soloist he became involved in oratorio and opera all over the South East singing roles in both grand and light opera. In 1995 Martin entered training for the Priesthood and was ordained in 1998. Following posts in St Albans and Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, he moved to Southwark Diocese and eventually retired as Vicar from St Mark’s Church, Reigate in 2013 and now lives in the village of Fairlands, Guildford. He is a member of the Guildford Cathedral Singers Choir which covers all the services when the main Cathedral Choir is on holiday or away on tour. Having been given ‘Permission to Officiate’ in the Guildford Diocese by the Bishop, he assists as a volunteer priest in his home parish of Worplesdon and in the parish of St Mark’s Wyke as well as taking occasional services at the Cathedral.

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Private Secretary to Mrs Thatcher, former Prime Minister – Tim Flesher CB

Tim was a former senior civil servant with a wide range of experience at the heart of government and in posts leading major change programmes and in large scale delivery roles.  Now experienced nonexecutive director and consultant and accomplished coach and public speaker. Tim  was a private secretary to Mrs Margaret Thatcher from 1982 to 1986. Tim holds these current positions. 2019-date           Chair, Prison Service Pay Review Body.   Chair of independent body making recommendations to Prime Minister on prison service pay.

2018-present       Trustee, Armed Forces Education Trust.   Member of Trust making grants to service personnel for educational purposes,

2015 – present     Chairman, Crown Hosting Data Centres Ltd

Chair of a joint Venture between the Cabinet Office and Ark Data Centres aimed at organising the data holdings of government on to a single platform.

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

The History of the Tea Trade by Dananjaya Silva.

This illustrated talk is about the history of tea and looks at teas early origins in China, the East India company’s trade in tea and Opium. The growing of tea in the jungles of Assam and foothills of Darjeeling to Tea in Ceylon to the modern day trade in tea. Dananjaya Silva is the Managing Director P.M.David Silva & Sons.  His family company  has been working with tea plantations in Ceylon since the days of the Raj.  

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