Thursday 9 May 2019 7.30 Unveiling of our new Ada Lovelace plaque, by the Earl of Lytton, a direct descendant of Ada Lovelace. The John Delafons lecture by Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE, co-author (with Christopher Hollings and Adrian Rice) of Ada Lovelace: the making of a computer scientist, 2018. Liz Cantell Room, Ealing Town Hall, Uxbridge Road, W5 2BY
Saturday 22 June 2019 Civic Day In the Footsteps of Soane. A repeat of our walk from Pitzhanger Manor to the Soane Museum. Meet outside Pitzhanger Manor at 9.45 for a 10AM departure.
21-22 September 2019 Open House Weekend
Thursday 24 October 7.30 Annual Award Ceremony. Awards will be presented by our President Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles. University of West London, St Mary’s Road, W5 5RF (note new venue)
The Society holds a number of regular events during the year. Most events are held in the Town Hall. The web site will be updated as soon as the dates and details are known.
The main events of the year are:
The Annual General Meeting (normally held in April) at which the committee is elected and the annual accounts approved. We also usually have an invited speaker to talk on a topical subject.
The John Delafons Lecture* (normally held in June) at which eminent speakers talk about local environmental issues of concern.
Open House days (end of September) at which many buildings in the borough are open to the public and walks are arranged.
The Annual Award Ceremony (normally held in October /November). The winners of the Annual Award are presented with certificates by an invited guest.
You are very welcome to attend the Executive Committee meeting (normally on the first Thursday of even numbered months), or one of the sub-committees on Communications or Environment. You will be able to participate, bring up any concerns or ideas, or just observe if you prefer. Find out more at the AGM, or email us for more information.
*We decided that given that our former vice-chairman John Delafons came up with the idea of annual public lectures and for many years chaired them, it would be very appropriate if we named them after him. He served on the committee until his death in 2007 having spent his working life in the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, later the Department of the Environment, and was much involved under different governments in the development of planning policy and its legislation and the parallel emergence of conservation policies. John was as interested in architecture, design and conservation as he was in trying to ensure the promotion of intelligent planning policies which could help to produce good quality, well-placed development. He remained an enthusiast for these subjects and after his retirement in 1990 he served on the Town and Country Planning Association’s Policy Council, was a visiting Professor at Reading University, served with the Civic Society and the Haven Green Conservation Advisory Panel.