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Three Minute Problems

March 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The National Liberal Club

Our Spring Meeting, “Three-Minute Problems” which was to be held on Friday evening at The National Liberal Club has been cancelled.

We have been carefully monitoring the developments concerning the spread of the coronavirus and feel that it is wise not to proceed with our meeting on Friday. Members who have booked will not be charged.

We were looking forward to hearing members develop their ideas and we are looking to rearrange the event as soon as circumstances allow us to do so. We are sorry to disappoint speakers but, please, keep your notes to hand!

We are giving our full attention to the May Festival Weekend also and will keep members updated about this event.

Thank you for your understanding and patience, all good wishes, David Jones

The Society’s Spring Meeting will be held on Friday 20th March 2020 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 £14.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £45.00 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 Steak, Kidney and Mushroom Pudding, Iced Nougat Parfait with Chocolate Sauce and Meringue Drops 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.

For this meeting we are reviving a meeting which we have not held for a number of years – Three Minute Problems.  Members are invited to come prepared to speak for up to 3 minutes on any topic relating to the Sherlock Holmes stories.  Your talk can be as serious or as tongue in cheek as you like.  The Chairman will keep speakers strictly to the three minutes allotted.  The order of speaking will be decided by names drawn from a hat.  This is the ideal opportunity to propound a pet theory, start a new controversy, or simply raise a point that’s always intrigued you.  The floor will be yours – for no more than three minutes.

If you would like to contribute to the meeting please contact Catherine Cooke, either by email or post ( c.cooke@dsl.pipex.com; 15, Copperfield Court, 146, Worple Road, Wimbledon, London, SW20 8QA) and let her know your name, email address and the title and topic of your talk.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Wednesday 11th 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.

The Society, as part of its archiving project, maintains a photographic record of Society events and meetings which may be published either in the Society’s Journal, or on the Society’s website. If you or your guest(s) do not want to appear in a Society photograph from this event/meeting please avoid being in any posed photographs and advise one of the meeting organisers.

Download full details and application form.


March 20, 2020
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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National Liberal Club
Whitehall Place
London, SW1 United Kingdom
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