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The Candlelight Club:
An English Country Garden

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May
7pm–12am
A secret central London location
Admission: £25 in advance
Dress: Prohibition dandies, swells, gangsters and molls, degenerate aristos and decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know

London's award-winning immersive 1920s-themed speakeasy party, with live jazz, cabaret and cocktails in a secret London venue filled with candles.

Since the bank holiday weather will doubtless be glorious and the Chelsea Flower Show will be in full swing, we're giving our May event a Jazz Age garden party theme. Think country house weekends and "Anyone for tennis?"

There will be bunting and deck chairs, Pimm's and cucumber sandwiches, live music from those boater-toting funsters the Swing'It Dixieband, and hosting from Champagne Charlie—always up for an assignation in the summer house. When the band aren't playing there'll be vintage vinylism from DJs the Bee’s Knees.

If in doubt, ask yourself: What would Bertie Wooster do?

Ticket-holders receive an email two days before revealing the secret location.

“The closest you’ll find to an authentic Jazz Age experience in central London. Its unique ambience, fuelled by hundreds of candles, is truly a scene to behold.” —Time Out

More at www.thecandlelightclub.com.

Afternoon Tea Cruise
Monday 27th May
2.30–4.30pm
Whittington's Tea Barge, River Thames, Hill's Meadows, George Street, Reading RG4 8DH

Frances Mitchell is organising this river jaunt on a boat that serves cream tea while you travel. She writes: "After showing the owners pictures of the NSC, and emphasising the publicity potential, I have managed to arrange for us to have exclusive use of the boat. While we eat the boat will cruise, river conditions permitting, upstream to Mapledurham (Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows). The food is more country cottage than 5 star hotel tea. The produce is locally sourced and all dietry requirements can be catered for (advance notice required). We can bring our own alcohol and there will be a pay bar on board too (limited selction). The barge owner is a descendent of Dick Whittington and I am hoping to persuade him to give us a talk on the connection. 

"The boat is moored about 5 minutes walk from Reading Station. There is an expensive car park right next to the mooring site (Hill's Meadow) on Reading Bridge. There is free parking at Caversham Bridge (Thameside Promenade), a very pleasant 15 minute walk along the river bank. Alternatively people can leave their cars at our house (a 20 minute walk). Let us know if you plan to do this so we can give you a permit.

"The cost of the trip is £27 per person. Normally full payment upfront is required but I have negotiated special arrangements so non-refundable deposit of £10 per person is all that is need. Places are limit so payment is required to secure one. Payments should be made to me via Paypal, bank transfer, cash or cheque." You can contact Frances at francesmycroft@googlemail.com.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th June
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

George Tudor-Hart will deliver How and Why to Enjoy DIY Cruise Sailing, a talk about cruising sailing on boats between 27 feet and forty five feet that one sails oneself. "I will talk about why to do it, how to do it, a brief explanation how a boat works and how it can magically sail against the wind—and the recent history of this innovation which happened only around 1850—how much it costs to crew or charter a boat for yourself, sleeping and washing  and cooking arrangements on board, how to arrange one's first trip to suit different individuals' needs and allay their fears, and how many would-be yachties who have too much money to spend get it all wrong. I have been sailing for about 25 years (with interruptions when I was living in China and Vietnam). I have captained a boat five times, and have been crew on about 40 or 50 voyages around the Solent, Devon and Cornwall, Scotland, France, Greece, Croatia, Thailand, the Canary Islands and Turkey."

The Chap 20th Anniversary Party
Saturday 8th June
8pm–2am
The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Admission: £10 including a complimentary cocktail in advance

The Chap magazine, which arguably started it all, celebrates 20th years in print with a party. It will take place in a side room in Bourne & Hollingsworth's Blitz Party (B&H have a long association with The Chap, having hosted the Chap Olympics for many years plus the Chap Balls back when they happened). You ticket gets you access to the whole of the B&H event, plus a wristband yielding ingress to the Chap room with is own roster of entertainment. Your ticket includes a complimentary Chap cocktail. See https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-space/waterloo/the-vaults/the-chap-magazine-birthday-party

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 3rd July
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Dorian Loveday will thrill us on the subject of Marine Monsters of the Mesozoic.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 7th August
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Samuel Marde Mehdiabad will enlighten us regarding Art of the Ancient Silk Road. "Although the ancient architectural monuments of Palmyra and Petra adorn about as many travel journals as the contemporary efforts of Egypt, Greece, or Rome, the statuary and crafts of the region seem somewhat overlooked" he elaborates. "This is not surprising: defying categorization, the artistic styles of these border regions of the Roman and Parthian (Persian) empires often appear a riotous mishmash of Greco-Roman and Oriental techniques. Iis this hybrid art merely a symptom of geopolitics, or is there something more interesting afoot? Why can we observe motifs that look suspiciously like elephants and Hindu goddesses on pieces found as far from India as Antioch and Pompeii? Does anyone actually care? How in the name of the prize llama of a small Incan village near the Machu Picchu did I manage to make a specialization out of this rubbish? Would anyone but a complete lunatic even try? Allow the gin-sodden brain of SS Marde Mehdiabad FSCO BA (Hons) to take you on a ravishing journey along obscure ancient trade routes as you examine a small collection of grave markers and old pots, and he proves how it is categorically impossible to fail a degree at a modern university—all without once, even once, mentioning anything even vaguely related to anything at all to do with the Nazis. Ever."


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 10th August
Beginners' class from 2.30, main dance from 7.30pm
Colliers Wood Community
Admission: Earlybird £10/regular £15 in advance, or £20 on the door; daytime dance class £25
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Ballroom dancing to vintage records and the strict-tempo Ewan Bleach Quintet, playing slow and Viennese waltz, quickstep, slow foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and some cha cha and Charleston numbers. Hot Indian snack food is included in the ticket price. There will be candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, some in a recess of the main hall, so one can easily chat and drink without having to raise one’s voice. There will be a bar offering gin Martinis at £5, a bottle of Prosecco with an ice bucket for £15, bottle of wine for £10 or beer at £3. During the day there will be a "Learn to dance in a day" class for would-be or rusty dancers. This will start at 10 am and end at 3.30pm, with two breaks. The teacher is former world champion Raymond Root, who will teach slow waltz. The hall is large, and we will be rotating partners (to avoid human crutches). The price is £25 and you may avoid disappointment by buying  a ticket in advance as the class is limited to 20 students, to ensure each student can get some individual attention. During the evening event there will be a lesson for improvers in slow waltz from 7.30pm to 8pm, during which we will change partners, so this is an easy way for guests to meet other dancers. During the social dancing that follows activities will include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. This event will see the return of the "ten most glamorous looking women able to dance a slow waltz" competition with prizes. There is a video of a previous event at this venue on YouTube and a Facebook page with more details. For more info call George 020 8542 1490.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th September
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Stewart Lister Vickers will have us rubbing our hands with glee over A Brief Introduction to Fintech and How One Could Now Build a Fortune More Easily Than Gatsby.


Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 8th September
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

Some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 2nd October
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

James Rigby will get Chappist hearts aflutter with a talk on The Dandy History of (Royal) Tunbridge Wells.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 20th October
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

Some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 6th November
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Our glorious Chairman Torquil Arbuthnot will give a talk entitled Sundry Musings on the James Bond Novels.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 24th November
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

Some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th December
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Adrian Prooth will talk nonsense to us. Literally, apparently.