Events for next CAGS Newsletter

The following list shows events to be included in the current or forthcoming CAGS Newsletter and may exclude current month events.

Thu 18th Jan 12:00 pm CAGS Lunch Club

Informal lunch club for CAGS members and their friends

The Spread Eagle, Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX
Thu 18th Jan 7:15 pm 3F (OneBodyOneFaith) meeting

7.00 for 7.30pm Jean Genet: Do we really understand him? SLG member John Carter reviews the life and work of this gay French social outcast and thief turned novelist and playwright. 3F is the central London group of OneBodyOneFaith (the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement).

St Botolph’s Church, very near Aldgate tube.
Fri 19th Jan 7:30 pm CAGS Cheese and wine party

Francis invites you to a cheese and wine party (bring bottle/juice and £3 towards food) in Coulsdon (South Croydon ).Start 7.30.

Sat 20th Jan 7:00 pm SLG Burn's Night Meal

Join SLG members for a Wetherspoons special event from 7pm Streatham Hill.Try something new (haggis, neeps and tatties, with a Scottish ale) or just choose from the usual comprehensive menu, at the Crown and Sceptre (Wetherspoons), 2A Streatham Hill, SW2 4AH (junction with South Circular). Preferably contact Basil or Tony (020 8543 0898) in advance so that we can bag enough tables together.

Thu 25th Jan 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Fri 26th Jan 7:30 pm CAGS Classical Music evening

Friday 26 January at Tony's in Shirley. Programme selected by Tony & Peter. 7.30 for 8.

Sat 27th Jan 2:00 pm CHE meeting

The main speaker will be Glenys Parry, long-term campaigner and former Chair of CHE. All welcome, no charge, refreshments provided.

At the London Friend office, 86 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DN
Wed 31st Jan 7:45 pm Screen 25 Presents QueerBee Film Festival: Faith

QueerBee brings authentic queer stories, by queer filmmakers, directly to audiences. Get ready to launch into LGBT History Month with this programme of shorts exploring issues around faith. Throughout our lives we discover there are special religious paradoxes reserved for LGBTIQ people with impacts as varied as the individuals who carry their faith and those who encounter them. Tickets are £8.50 (Concessions £7.00) pay on the door early. Opens at 7:15 pm, for 7;45 start.

Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue, London, SE25 6AE
Thu 1st Feb (All day) to Wed 28th Feb (All day) Croydon LGBT Groups Exhibition

Throughout February, an exhibition detailing the work of Croydon's various LGBT groups will be on display on the first floor of Croydon Central Library. The library will also be staging an exhibition of the work of LGBT Photographer Tom Dingley, either in the library itself, or in the foyer.

Croydon Central Library, Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX
Thu 1st Feb 5:00 pm LGBT History Month Civic Launch Event 2018

in the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts, and featuring performances from local singer Katie Rose, Croydon jazz diva Gill Manly, LGBT cabaret artist Mark Bunyan, and the Rainbows Across Borders Chorus. There may be others yet to be confirmed. So come and celebrate LGBT History in style! To book your place, send an email to peter.blackburn7@talktalk.net or call me on 020 8777 1898.

The Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET
Wed 7th Feb 12:00 pm Silver Rainbow Lunch

Two-course lunch for LGBT people over 50. £7. Meals provided by UNACC (Upper Norwood Association for Community Care). Booking required: note....PHONE UNACC on 020 8771 6886 by 12 noon of the day before, saying whether you'd like the vegetarian option. Don't forget to mention you're with Silver Rainbow.

The Waterside Centre 26 Avenue Road London SE25 4DX
Fri 9th Feb 12:30 pm SLG LUNCH :Portuguese Restaurant

Join SLG members for lunch at 12.30pm Vauxhall, Estrela Bar and Restaurant, (Upstairs dining room), 111 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1UZ. [corner Meadow Place] (Vauxhall train and tube). Portuguese cuisine at reasonable prices.

Sat 10th Feb 2:00 pm TALK: Merrick Badger - The Troubled Life of Peter Wells.

Sanderstead's gay rights campaigner Peter Wells was 26, his partner was 18. Because this was 1974 when the gay age of consent was 21, he was sentenced to two and a half years in jail. Scandal engulfed his partner, too. From his cell, Wells launched the first European Court of Human Rights challenge to the discrimination in the different ages of consent. The case was pioneering stuff, needing several more cases building on his work to finally get success in the late 1990s..He played a key role in creating a path to legal equality for LGBT people, yet his story is almost unknown. Born in Bristol but adopted as a baby, Wells lived his whole life in Sanderstead. To book your place call Library on 020 3700 1034.

Croydon Central Library, Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX
Mon 12th Feb 12:30 pm CAGS Committee Meeting

All CAGS members welcome to attend to listen and contribute to the group's future plans. Please advise Ross if you would like to attend. Prompt start please.

Mon 12th Feb 8:00 pm SLG Monthly meeting Lord Alfred Douglas

“Alfred Bruce Douglas, you are charged that between 1891 and 1900 you did wilfully cause the physical, artistic and psychological murder of Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, author and gay liberation pioneer; and further, that you did conspire to contrive the death of his first and greatest lover, Robert Baldwin Ross, critic and gay liberation pioneer, between 1905 and 1918.” For the prosecution: Peter Scott-Presland; for the defence: Andrew Lumsden, QC. You are the jury.

The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, a turning off Clapham High Street. (nearest tubes: Clapham North and Clapham Common).
Tue 13th Feb 6:30 pm Commemoration of Rex Batten

A reading event at Dulwich Library to to celebrate LGBT History Month and forty years of GAW, and in memory of GAW member Rex Batten on his 90th birthday. To include an introduction to Gay Authors Workshop and Paradise Press and Rex’s contribution to them, readings from Rex’s work, and short readings by other GAW members. It is hoped to provide refreshments.

Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8NB
Thu 15th Feb 7:15 pm 3F (OneBodyOneFaith) meeting

7.00 for 7.30pm Talk by a representative of Inclusive Church. 3F is the central London group of OneBodyOneFaith (the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement).

St Botolph’s Church, very near Aldgate tube.
Fri 16th Feb 6:15 pm SLG Cinema visit at South Bank.

FILM: "Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean" 6.10pm Waterloo. In a barren Texas backwater, old friends and members of a James Dean fan club reunite 20 years after his death, They swap their emotional poverty for dreams –exposed as delusions with bitter disappointments. British Film Institute, Southbank, SE1 8XT. Meet by Box Office by 6pm. Tickets £7.20 (concs).

Sun 18th Feb 11:00 am LGBT History Month Celebration Brunch

Merton LGBT Forum presents a celebration brunch for LGBT History Month.To book your place, email info@mertonlgbtforum.org.uk by 8th February. Event is scheduled to end at 2.00 pm.

All Bar One, 37 - 39 Wimbledon Hill Road, London SW19 7NA
Sun 18th Feb 12:00 pm Naturist Swim

Join James and SLG members for a naturist swim at the University of London Union,12 noon to 2pm. Admission £10 (or £15 for two sessions). Go down the stairs opposite the entrance and ask for a locker key at the desk, for which you have to show some identification. The pool is in the basement. You go to the pool with your money. Strictly naturist. Nearest station is Goodge Street.

Malet Street Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HY.
Wed 21st Feb 7:45 pm Putney Play "Rumours"

Neil Simon's madcap comedy in which 4 couples are invited to their friends' country house for a 10th wedding anniversary party. Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, Putney, SW15 6AW. £14, concs £10.

Thu 22nd Feb 11:00 am Art Exhibition, Centrale

A series of Indian Ink drawings by locally based LGBT artist Ruhul Abdin, exploring the reclined nude on scrolls of 20 metre paper. The subjects were drawn in late 2017 and early 2018, and comprise friends and lovers at the artist's home in Croydon. The exhibition is due to close at 5.00 pm.

TURF Loft Space, 4th Floor, Centrale Shopping Centre, North End, Croydon CR0 1TY
Thu 22nd Feb 12:00 pm CAGS Lunch Club

Informal lunch club for CAGS members and their friends

The Pear Tree, Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN
Thu 22nd Feb 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Over the Rainbow: Money Class & Homophobia by Nicola Field (our offering for LGBT History Month).

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Thu 22nd Feb 6:00 pm Queer(in)g Croydon

A collaborative workshop will be led by Ruhul Abdin, an artist and urban development planner on the potential to create a new queer place for Croydon’s diverse LGBTQI community.

The Art Store, 1st Floor, Centrale Shopping Centre, North End, Croydon CR0 1TY
Tue 27th Feb 8:00 pm CAGS Monthly Meeting Jarman in Pieces

Filmmaker, painter, gay rights activist, author, gardener – Derek Jarman packed many roles into a short life. Jarman In Pieces is a performance collage comprising original songs, film, interviews from people who knew Jarman and his work. Created and performed by Project Adorno.

Spread Eagle pub 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. Next to the Town Hall.
Sat 3rd Mar 8:00 pm CAGS Party at David's

All members welcome to attend another one of David's Saturday night parties.£3 towards the food and bring some drink.Near East Croydon station.Ring him two or three days in advance please to book.

Tue 6th Mar 8:00 pm SLAGO Pub evening Balham

Inter-group pub evening in Balham Wetherspoons, (opposite Balham tube and rail stations). Food available until 10pm.

the Moon Under Water, 194 Balham High Road,SW12 0BP
Wed 7th Mar 12:00 pm Silver Rainbow Lunch

Two-course lunch for LGBT people over 50. £7. Meals provided by UNACC (Upper Norwood Association for Community Care). Booking required: note....PHONE UNACC on 020 8771 6886 by 12 noon of the day before, saying whether you'd like the vegetarian option. Don't forget to mention you're with Silver Rainbow.

The Waterside Centre 26 Avenue Road London SE25 4DX
Fri 9th Mar 7:45 pm An Evening of Contemporary Song

Peter will present a selection of wonderful Youtube performances featuring singers (and one pianist) performing songs written between the 1950s and the present day. Some are performing their own songs, and some are interpreting songs written by other people. At Ross's house in Purley. £2.00 to cover the cost of snack food, soft drinks and tea and coffee. If you want alcohol, please bring it with you. 7.45 for a prompt 8.00 pm start.

Mon 12th Mar 12:30 pm CAGS Committee Meeting

All CAGS members welcome to attend to listen and contribute to the group's future plans. Please advise David if you would like to attend. Prompt start please.

Tue 13th Mar 7:00 pm Aurora meeting

Croydon's LGBT police consultation group (provisional date). All local LGBT people welcome.

Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET (Room to be confirmed).
Tue 13th Mar 8:00 pm SLG Monthly meeting SLAGO Quiz

A contest towards the 2018 SLAGO Cup competition.

The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, a turning off Clapham High Street. (nearest tubes: Clapham North and Clapham Common).
Fri 16th Mar (All day) to Sun 18th Mar (All day) LGBT History Month conference "Outing the Past"

The theme for Outing the Past 2018 is ‘Exploring the Intersections of History and Activism’.

Liverpool John Moores University
Tue 20th Mar 8:00 pm CAGS Monthly Meeting Opening Doors

A talk by Daniel West of Opening Doors.

Spread Eagle pub 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. Next to the Town Hall.
Thu 22nd Mar 12:00 pm CAGS Lunch Club

Informal lunch club for CAGS members and their friends

White Lion, 3 Farleigh Road, Warlingham CR6 9EG
Thu 29th Mar 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Lord Cucumber & the Boy Hairdresser by Joe Orton.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Tue 10th Apr 8:00 pm SLG Monthly meeting Dementia support

Maaike Palmier-Claus from the Alzheimer's Society describes the symtoms of dementia and talks about the support available for those affected and their family and friends.

The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, a turning off Clapham High Street. (nearest tubes: Clapham North and Clapham Common).
Tue 17th Apr 8:00 pm CAGS Monthly meeting Michael Shrimpton

Michael has had an interesting life, as barrister, immigration judge, and politician. He once shared a gaol cell with a serial killer. He's an experienced speaker and should give us an entertaining evening.

Spread Eagle pub 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. Next to the Town Hall.
Thu 26th Apr 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Gluck by Diana Souhami.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Sat 28th Apr 11:15 am SLAGO Away Day trip to Brighton

Our annual trip to Brighton for members of all SLAGO groups. More details later.

Tue 1st May 8:00 pm SLAGO Pub evening Balham

Inter-group pub evening in Balham Wetherspoons, (opposite Balham tube and rail stations). Food available until 10pm.

the Moon Under Water, 194 Balham High Road,SW12 0BP
Tue 8th May 8:00 pm SLG Monthly meeting Gay Liberation Front

Stuart Feather describes his personal experience of this pioneering group in London 1970-74.

The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, a turning off Clapham High Street. (nearest tubes: Clapham North and Clapham Common).
Tue 15th May 8:00 pm CAGS Monthly meeting AGM

CAGS Annual General Meeting. Come and discuss the group's activities over the last year and its plans for the future, vote on a constitutional amendment, and elect the officers and committee for the coming year.

Spread Eagle (upstairs), 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX
Thu 31st May 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Mr Foote's Other Leg by Ian Kelly.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Tue 12th Jun 8:00 pm SLG Monthly meeting

Subject to be announced.

The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, a turning off Clapham High Street. (nearest tubes: Clapham North and Clapham Common).
Sat 16th Jun (All day) to Sat 23rd Jun (All day) Festival of Peace Croydon

Croydon's Annual Peace Festival. Details yet to be announced. For further information contact festivalofpeacecroydon@gmail.com.

Tue 19th Jun 8:00 pm CAGS Monthly Meeting gay folklore

Tony Porter provides a brief look at gay folklore. Provisional date, depending on the availability of the venue.

Spread Eagle pub 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. Next to the Town Hall.
Sun 24th Jun 2:00 pm CHE Conference and AGM

All welcome, no charge, refreshments provided. More details later.

At the London Friend office, 86 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DN
Thu 28th Jun 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Gay Berlin-Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachey.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Sat 7th Jul 12:00 pm LONDON PRIDE

Details later

Tue 17th Jul 8:00 pm CAGS Monthly Meeting SLAGO Quiz

The second in the series of quizzes for this year's SLAGO Cup. (DATE TO BE CONFIRMED).

Spread Eagle pub 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. Next to the Town Hall.
Thu 26th Jul 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall by Neil Barlett.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Thu 30th Aug 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing A Boxful of Ideas: Poetry & Prose by LGBT Writers edited by John Dixon and Jeffrey Doorn.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Thu 27th Sep 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing In A Hidden Room by Stella Duffy.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Fri 28th Sep 7:30 pm SLAGO Party

Come along and relax with members of the other SLAGO groups. £5 entrance to include food.

The Calthorpe Arms, (upstairs room), 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR
Thu 25th Oct 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Lies we tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Wed 14th Nov (All day) LGBT History Month 2019 pre-launch

The 2019 theme is once again Geography.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Thu 15th Nov 7:15 pm 3F (OneBodyOneFaith) meeting SLAGO Quiz

7.00 for 7.30pm The third of the series of SLAGO quizzes for the 2018 SLAGO Cup. 3F is the central London group of OneBodyOneFaith (the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement).

St Botolph’s Church, very near Aldgate tube.
Thu 29th Nov 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Myra Breckenridge by Gore Vidal.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Thu 13th Dec 2:30 pm Rainbow Reading Group

We'll be discussing Days without End by Sebastian Barry.

Level One, Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET