Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture – Friday 18th October

The 2013 Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture will be held on Friday 18th October 2013 at the National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00 for 6.45pm. The National Liberal Club is located on the corner of Whitehall Place and the Victoria Embankment, not far from Embankment Underground Station, and also conveniently placed for Charing Cross main line station. It is usually possible to find a parking space in the vicinity at this time in the evening – although you may have to pay the congestion charge.

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at £9.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £37.00 per head. This includes VAT and service but not drinks, which must be paid for on the day. For those who choose to dine, the meal will comprise Steak, Kidney and Mushroom Pie, Amaretto & Irish Whiskey Syllabub followed by Coffee and Mints. A vegetarian or fish alternative main course may be ordered in advance – please specify if you want this on the application form. A cash bar will be open in the Smoking Room on the first floor of the building from 6.00pm. After the meeting, members may use the National Liberal Club bar. Dinner will be served promptly at 6.45pm in the David Lloyd George Room, also on the first floor and will be followed by the meeting itself from around 8pm.

The evening will focus on the Society’s Archives, housed with Westminster Libraries’ Sherlock Holmes Collection in Westminster Reference Library. Much work has been going on since we started bringing material together to form the Archives. This will be your first opportunity to hear about that work and plans going forward from those who have been dealing with it, see some of the archives (necessarily a very small selection) and discuss the project. In something of a break with tradition, we will have three (count ‘em, three) presenters tonight. Our first is Nick Utechin who joined the Society in 1966 and edited the Journal from 1976-2006, becoming an Honorary Member the following year. He is also a Baker Street Irregular. In real life, he is a (rarely-called upon!) freelance journalist and enjoys being a grandfather in Oxford. Catherine Cooke joined in 1980, is a long-standing Council member and is also a Baker Street Irregular. As part of her work for Westminster Libraries she administers the Sherlock Holmes Collection and has been overseeing the work on the Society’s Archives. Our final presenter is Bee Smyth, also a member of the Society and a qualified museums and archives professional who has been working hard as a volunteer on the Archives and, frankly, done most of the work.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Friday 11th October.

Dress is smart casual and gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie. As in most London clubs, tee-shirts and trainers are not acceptable. This is not our rule and we must comply with the club’s. Anyone attending a Society function for the first time should bring along and display their yellow cards of introduction, so that we can identify them and introduce them to our members. They should also note that applications are not normally acknowledged nor are tickets sent. We look forward to seeing everyone on the night. If an acknowledgement is required, please provide an e-mail address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your application.

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Film Evening – Thursday 7th November

The Society’s 2013 Film Evening will be held on Thursday 7th November 2013 at Baden-Powell House, 65-67 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5JS, on the corner with the Cromwell Road. The nearest Underground stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road on the District and Circle Lines. There is plenty of parking in Queen’s Gate, which is metered to 6.30pm. Don’t forget you may have to pay the congestion charge.

Members and their guests may opt to attend the film presentation only at £10.00, or to join us for buffet refreshments from 6.15pm in the Assembly Hall on the ground floor at a cost of £25.00 per head. There will be a cash bar. We will start the film presentation at 7.15pm.

Our host Matthew J. Elliott makes a welcome return. He is a scriptwriter well known for the US radio series “The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”. Matthew provided the adaptations of The Yellow Face and The Three Students for the Society.

This year’s film evening is entitled “Short Sharp Sherlock”, a bumper selection of films intended to give you, the discerning viewer, as much Holmes as possible. We begin with the great detective’s very very first appearance on film, Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900). In My Dear Watson (1989), the good doctor is kidnapped by the Professor Moriarty, and it’s up to Holmes and Inspector Lestrade to rescue him. Star Trek’s Mr Spock, alias Leonard Nimoy is Holmes in The Interior Motive (1976). A globe is delivered to 221b Baker Street along with a note challenging Holmes to deduce its contents without looking inside. The 1951 film The Man Who Disappeared features John Longden as Holmes, and is a loose adaptation of Conan Doyle’s The Man With the Twisted Lip. We return to the silent era for The Copper Beeches (1912) starring French actor Georges Treville. The evening concludes with a Swiss film (!), the 2010 subtitled short Sherlock Holmes’ Last Investigation.

The day after the film evening, Matthew hopes you’ll join him at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel on Baker Street for the launch of his new book, The Immortals: A Guide to Sherlock and Elementary. The event begins at 7pm, and admission is free. Matthew will be signing copies and conducting a Q&A session.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Thursday 31st October.

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