Christmas Meeting

7.30pm, Monday 21 December 2015, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

Our usual annual get-together for members and their guests. Small contributions of seasonal food to share are always welcome – somehow the table always ends up loaded with good things to eat! – and drinks are on sale in the bar.

Buy last-minute gifts from our bookstall and join in our group quiz with a local history theme.

Licensed to Sell: the Brentford Magistrates Court pub watercolours

six bells JT Wilson7.30pm, Monday 16 November 2015, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4

An illustrated talk by James & Mary Marshall. When the Magistrates Court in Brentford closed in 2011, the 19th-century water-colours which hung there were transferred to the Hounslow Libraries Local Studies collection. These were the work of J T Wilson and depicted local pubs. Our speakers have researched the artist, the gift of the pictures to the Court and the histories of the local pubs in the images.

An American President in Ealing

John Quincy Adams7.30pm, Monday 19 October 2015, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4

Paul Fitzmaurice, of the Little Ealing History Group, will describe the evolution of a fascinating book which will be on sale at the meeting. During 1815 to 1817 John Quincy Adams and his family lived in Little Ealing. In his diaries he recorded their life in Brentford, Gunnersbury and Ealing. The research has enabled the Group to describe the people and places he mentioned, providing a glimpse of local social life at that time.