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The Society’s Spring Meeting – “His Last Bow”

March 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

His Last Bow

The Society’s Spring Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at The National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00pm 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 Charing Cross main line station.  It is usually possible to find a nearby parking space at this time – though you may have to pay the congestion charge.  http://www.savageclub.com/  

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at £10.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £46.00 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 Beef, Mushroom and Ale Pie, Pistachio Panna Cotta with Homemade Baklava 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.

What do: a lewd and bloodthirsty tyrant, an insomniac steward, a giant red to the elbow in murder, the leading international agent, a planter from Sumatra, a missionary from South America, a great African explorer and a potentially dangling Prussian have in common?

The John Murray collection of stories His Last Bow was first published in 1917.  It seems appropriate, therefore, that in 2017 we should celebrate this centenary at our March meeting. 

Do you prefer spending time with Lady Frances Carfax or The Tiger of San Pedro?  Do you enjoy opening The Cardboard Box or The Bruce-Partington Plans?  Eight of our members have volunteered to present short talks arguing that each story in the collection His Last Bow is the best.  After their talks further contributions from the floor and questions will be welcome. We will finish with a show of hands to select the favourite story for the evening.  Please join us for what promises to be lively evening!

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Thursday 16th March.

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.  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.


Members wishing to book electronically should e-mail a copy of the form (see below to download)  – or the details requested on it – to c.cooke@dsl.pipex.com

Payment can be made using PayPal, in sterling for overseas members if preferred.  Please do not send the payment to me, but to the Treasurer, as follows:

  • Log on to the PayPal Home Page (www.paypal.com)
  • Type in your email address (if not already there)
  • Type in your Password
  • Press ‘Log in’

You should now access a page showing your Personal Account Overview

  • Select the tab ‘Send Money’
  • Insert the following information – To:  ashley.mayo@outlook.com
  • Type in the amount you want to pay and the currency
  • This is a purchase of:   Goods (other)
  • Press ‘Continue’
  • Check the details are correct.

At the bottom of the page –

  • Email subject:              Payment for [whatever]
  • Message:                     Payment from [your name]
  • When you are happy with the details, click ‘Send Money’ to complete the transaction.

Depending on your account you may be asked to insert the three digit code from the back of your credit card – a relatively new security measure introduced by PayPal.

Download full details and application form



March 23, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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National Liberal Club at 1
Whitehall Place
London, SW1A 2HE United Kingdom
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