Posted on 14/11/2023

Members may be interested to know that, following the death of our Treasurer Neil Harris, the BelSoc Committee donated the collection of his books to the Oxfam Bookshop in Hampstead.  Oxfam has expressed its deep gratitude at receiving books of such quality.  New readers will benefit from Neil’s outstanding collection.

We are looking forward to Martin Sheppard’s talk at Belsize Community Library on the subject of Belsize Park, England’s Lane and Primrose Hill in the Second World War.  When and where did the bombs, and the V1s and V2s, fall in Belsize Park, England’s Lane and Primrose Hill? Who was killed and what was destroyed or damaged? Where were the bomb shelters and what happened to local men, women and children? What guns were on Primrose Hill? What happened to the Zoo? Martin is a leading historian of the area.  He will describe the experience of living in the area between 1939 and 1945.

Martin’s talk is on Thursday, 7.30pm 18 January 2024 at Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove NW3 4XN. This is a joint event brought to you by Belsize Society and the Friends of the Library.

Also, the Library is the venue for the book launch of Pat Holden’s debut novel, Paradise and Pink Plastic Shoes (Set in Uganda in 1972). The launch will be on Wednesday, December 6th at 5.30 to 7. All welcome.