Autumn Meeting: A meeting will be held at 2 PM at the Victory Services Club, 26 October 2019, doors opening at 1 PM.
Venue: Victory Services Club, Seymour St, London W2 2HF. The meeting will be held in the El-Alamein Room.
Timing: Doors open at 1:00 PM, meeting begins at 2:00 PM.
The speaker will be Times journalist Michael Binyon. He has had a distinguished career as a journalist and eminent foreign correspondent, known for serving as the Times's Moscow Correspondent as well as reporting from Berlin, Washington and all over the Middle East. He is currently a leader writer and occasion arts and books critic.
Members will recall Michael's talk at the Victory Club in 2013 when he described his links with the island going back twenty years and discussed issues concerning the island's press supported by some amusing stories about his visits to St. Helena.
Michael's talk will be called "An island for our Times". He will explain how he accompanied two readers trips organized by the Times at the beginning of 2019 and why there is continued interest in St. Helena. He will also look at the prospects for tourism with the new airport and why the island's history still has a fascination for anyone interested in the history of the British Empire.
Members may wish to have lunch in the restaurant or bring a snack in the Trafalgar Room from 13.00. Refreshments will be served during the meeting. It would be helpful if members could confirm their attendance before Friday 11 October 2019 so that the correct amount of refreshments can be ordered.
Victory Services Club
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Telephone: 0207 723 4474 extension 6
Getting There: The local roadmap can be viewed here
By Tube: The nearest underground station is Marble Arch on the Central Line - download London Tube Map.
By Bus: Many bus routes pass through the area - download map of bus stops and routes in the locality of the Victory Services Club
By Train: The nearest rail station is Paddington, although VSC is easily accessible from all the other ones such as Marylebone, Charing Cross, Victoria, Waterloo, Euston, Farringdon, Moorgate and King’s Cross St Pancras
From Heathrow Airport:
By Tube: The quickest tube route is to take the Piccadilly Line to Earls Court, then change and take the District Line to Notting Hill where you can change and take the Central Line to Marble Arch. A route with fewer changes is to take the Piccadilly Line to Holborn, then change and take the Central Line to Marble Arch.
By Train: Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington which is quicker but more expensive than the Tube. The Club is then a short taxi ride from here.
By Road: Follow signs onto the M4. Travel eastbound on the M4 to Junction 1 where it becomes the A4. Continue on the A4 until you turn left onto Edgware Road (A5) and then turn left onto Seymour Street.
From Gatwick Airport:
By Train: The quickest route is using the Gatwick Express to Victoria, which is then a short taxi ride to the Club. A cheaper route is on the Southern trains to Victoria.
By Road: Follow signs onto the M23 at Junction 9. Travel northbound on the M23 to Junction 8 where you join the M25. Travel clockwise on the M25 to Junction 4b where you join the M4. Travel eastbound on the M4 to Junction 1 where it becomes the A4. Continue on the A4 until you turn left onto Edgware Road (A5) and then turn left onto Seymour Street.
AGM Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled to be held at the Quaker Meeting House, Oxford, on 9 May 2020.