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Chris RandChris Rand's Gathering
Saturday 23rd September
12–5pm
Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RW
Admission: £15

Jazz saxophonist Chris Rand—habitué of the Candlelight Club and part of Champagne Charlie's band the Bubbly Boys—presenting his own band, featuring Tony Remy on guitar.

Swing Street BalSwing Street Ball
Sunday 23rd September
7.50pm–12am
Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
Admission: £16 in advance from www.swingstreet.co.uk

Annual swing ball featuring live music from the noble King Candy and the Sugar Push, plus DJ Baroness Jo Jo and a dance class at the beginning of the evening.


On the Home FrontOn the Home Front: 1940s Weekend
Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October
10.30am–4.30pm
Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DF (01623 821338)
Admission: Free, but there is a parking charge of £10 per day
Dress: 1940s

Rufford Abbey hosts a weekend of wartime nostalgia, offering the sights and sounds of the 1940s as historical re-enactors bring the past to life in the picturesque parkland setting. There is no admission fee, but parking is charged at £10 per car all day, so bring the whole family and make a day of it.


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

Roy Engoron will thrill us with a talk on Art Deco Broadway: The Golden Age of Theatre. "The era between the two World Wars was an amazing time for many different reasons," Roy explains. "It was an age when science, literature, social mores, fashion, architecture, economy, and innovations ebbed and flowed. After World War I, the United States emerged as a world power. Like many societies of the past, the country was able to concentrate more on the arts. It was able to take influences from its European and British heritage, make them truly American, and share the results with the rest of the world."

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 6th October
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

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

Harrison Goldman will address us on a subject that is currently shrouded in mystery.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 3rd November
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

1917 revolutionNSC Christmas Party
Saturday 2nd December
7pm–12am
The Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall, London SE11 5HL
Addmission: Free for Members, £5 for guests (refundable if they join the Club on the night)
Dress: Revolution!

A date for the diary. We will be theming it around the Russian Revolution, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in October this year.

There will be silly games to play—doubtless a return our Shoot the Romanov Family in a Basment game form 2012, and I'm determined to build something involving bouncing a pram down the Odessa steps in honour of Battleship Potemkim.

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

Professor Philip Hancock will deliver a festive frisson with Bad Santas? A Naughty History of the Man With the Bag. "There are few characters believed to possess decency, propriety, generosity and general chap-like credentials in greater abudance than good old Santa Claus," Prof. Hancock explains. "He remains a beacon of light in a dark, cynical and parsimonious world. In this talk, however, an alternative Santa will be considered; wild man, punisher, military propagandist, drunk driver and even occasional purveyor of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. So just be careful who you let down your chimney this Christmas."

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 15th December
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

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

Our guest speaker will be Kathryn Best, who will give us some in-the-field insight into ancient Thebes, now Luxor, the 3000 Egyptologists and archaeologists digging here, former residents Agatha Christie and Florence Nightingale and the importance of Thebes as part of any respectable gentleman or gentlewoman's classical education and Grand Tour.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 5th January
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.


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

Craig "Craigoh" Young will talk to us about Wing Commander FFE Yeo Thomas, GC, MC & Bar—better known as "The White Rabbit", an Anglo-French couturier turned British WWII spy.

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

Stuart Mitchell will fill us in on Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography.

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

Frances Mitchell will be following up her husband's talk from March with a discourse on vanished Victorian trades, inspired by a photo in the Museum of London featuring one of her ancestors.


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

The Earl of Essex will intrigue us with a lecture entitled Lisbon: City of spies (1939-45).

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

TBA

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

TBA

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

TBA

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

TBA

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

Dr Michael Wetherburn, a history lecturer at Imperial College, will open our eyes to Forgery, the Nazis and the British Royals: The Most Spectacular 1930s Story You’ve Never Heard Of, presenting the case that Charles E. Bedaux, flamboyant explorer, big game hunter and millionaire pioneer of labour measurement in business, who was friend to both the Windsors and members of the Nazi party, was in fact a spy.