Lunch, Talks and Events 2019

Lunch Meetings  are held on the 3rd Monday of the month

unless  otherwise advised. 

Venue – The Christ Church Centre 46 Reading Road, Henley RG9 1AG
Talk 11.30 (please be seated by 11.20) - Lunch 12 for 12.30




Please book for lunch by the Thursday before by email toHelen Walsh on or phone 01491 638885




17 June - Branch 90th Anniversary Celebration


15 July  Henley RBL member Chris Thompson, a former Royal Air Force Unit Commander in the Falklands in 1988 and 1997/8, 


19 August - Brig Malcolm Page - Captain A. Gibb, DSO DSM, circa 1906-1922 in Somaliland, in the campaign against Sayid Mohamed Abdillahi Hassan (the Mad Mullah in British press parlance)


16 September - Malcolm Lewis - 'The Fighting Temeraire'  Turner's 'My Darling'  the name the illustrous painter gave to his most famous painting which he refused ever to sell.  Malcolm Lewis, who is a member of the Society for Nautical Research, will talk about the ship which fought at Trafalgar and Turner’s favourite painting.”


12 October - An evening spent with The Jolly Gurkhas - Samantha Thirby-Smith heads a group known as The Happy Gurkhas, all retired servicemen, who will provide a sumptuous meal of varied Nepalese curries, assisted by their wives in Nepalese national dress. £25 per person, to book phone 01491 578238


21 October - Lt Col (Retd) John Balding GM  OBE ' Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator' John joined the Army as a Junior soldier in the 'Ammunition Technician' trade. He held various appointments over his 40+ distinguished career rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel ,mainly in the world of  Explosive Ordnance Disposal and was awarded the George Medal and OBE in recognition for his service.


10 November - Remembrance Sunday


16 December - Christmas Lunch - Christ Church Centre


 Previous Talks 2019

21 January  Malcolm Page  The 1914-18 War did NOT end on 11 Nov ’18’

18 February  David Lees  ‘D Day - A New Perspective’

18 March  Rebecca Stephens MBE  ‘Everest’ Rebecca Stephens MBE is a British mountaineer, writer, motivational speaker and leadership coach. 

15 April - Robert Treharne-Jones -The voice of rowing  'The Best Seat in the House'

20  May - Mr Christopher Trelawny Trinity House - The safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers have been the prime concerns of Trinity House since being incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514.

Previous Talks 2018

       15 January  -  Peter Blaker   'The Role of 1st Green Jackets

       19 February -John Green - A report from the County Conference

       19 March - Dr Noel Snell - ' A brief history of Biowarfare & Bioterroism'

       16 April David Lees - 'Resistance in the French Alps'

        21 May  _   Katie Reynolds -  'Community Fundraising  for Sue Ryder

        18 June  _   Michaela Clark - Editor of the Henley Herald

        16 July - Dr Jack Ogden FSA FGA - 'All the glitters is not old

        20 Aug - Major (Retd) Carlo Sisi   'Junior soldier to Regimental Quartermaster 

        17 Sep - Capt Kamran Irani - SERVE OBN - Service by Emergency Rider                                                   Volunteers - Oxon, Buck, Berks and Northhamptonshire

        15 Oct - John Green - Rounding off his father's letters from the front

        10 Nov - Poppy Appeal Concert by Aliquando 

Previous Talks 2017

16 January - Cynthia Morey -  actress and professional soprano

20 February - Malcolm Lewis t -  Nelson's  'Victory'

20 March - Ian Wheeler "The Fairmile - A Victorian Asylum'

24 April - David Lees -  ‘The Fall of Singapore’

15 May - Milton Gordon - Military Service a force for social engineering           

19  June - David MacLeod  ‘The Toastmaster’  

17  July - Tony Boffin from the National Trust   ‘William Morris (Lord Nuffield).

21 August - Alex Manning  ‘Gallipoli - Could it have Worked’

18 September - Helen Barnett   'Henley Town Manager - A Varied Role’

16 October - John Green ‘Further letters from the Front’