Our programme of winter public talks runs from September to March. 

If you’d like to be, or recommend, a Guest Speaker, or would like to introduce your group, project or charity to our members in one of our ten-minute SPOTLIGHT sessions, please get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you!


Our Beeston – Our Future
We invite you to take part in a Society supported open event that will encourage an interactive conversation about the future of Beeston that could lead to real action. 

Speakers include Cllr Helen Skinner, and Dr Lucelia Rodrigues
Chaired by longstanding Beeston resident Sir Martyn Poliakoff

When: Wednesday 27 April 2022, 6pm (doors) 6.45pm (start)
Where: Royal British Legion Social Club, 16 Hall Croft, NG9 1EL
Entry: Free. All are welcome. Booking* is essential. 

Our earlier Civic Society Vision for Beeston meeting held in April 2017, and chaired by Stan Heptinstall, led in part to the #Beeston2020Vision consultation – seeking ideas about the future of our town. We have now around 90 responses set out in the Beeston Vision corner of the CP Walker website and on the Vision Facebook page

*Reserve your place now!


What Makes Good Design?
Gavin Richards, Head of Architecture, NTU School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, talks us through what makes ‘good’ building design, and what today’s design and placemaking may be noted for
in the future.

SPOTLIGHT: Beeston Film, by John Currie.

When: 11 March, Doors 7pm, SPOTLIGHT session + Talk 7:30pm
Where: The Pearson Centre, Nuart Road, Beeston
Entry: FREE for members and a non-member guest (non-members £2)

This will be our last SOCIETY TALK on a Friday night, and the last one hosted at The Pearson Centre. We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Pearson Centre for Young People, and its staff – especially Wendy and Calvin – for their excellent service and assistance over the years they have accommodated us. We hope it won’t be the last time we hold an event there, and wish it all the best in its excellent work in the Community.


NO HS2: What Next for Us?
David Lovett and Richard Hutchinson from the Chetwynd: The Toton + Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum (CtTC) talk about the consequences for our area of the scrappage of Toton’s HS2 Hub.

SPOTLIGHT: The Adam Cullen Skate Project, by Patricia Cullen.

When: 11 February, Doors 7pm, SPOTLIGHT session + Talk 7:30pm
Where: The Pearson Centre, Nuart Road, Beeston
Entry: FREE for members and a non-member guest (non-members £2)

This will be a ‘Covid aware’ event: mask wearing will be in accordance with Government guidelines. Please be kind and respectful of others.


Are our Homes Chocolate Teapots?
Nottingham-based architect and Architectural Technology lecturer, Matt Turner, joins us to discuss his fascinating work in sustainable architecture: specialising in low energy design principles, and creating inspiring spaces to live and work whilst lowering our carbon footprint. Matt will also share some of his new build designs, and his practical actions for lowering energy requirements in our own homes.

When: 14 January, Doors 7pm, Talk 7:30pm, ‘Spotlight’ session (TBA)
Where: The Pearson Centre, Nuart Road, Beeston
Entry: FREE for members (non-members £2)

This will be a ‘Covid aware’ event: mask wearing will be in accordance with Government guidelines. Please be kind and respectful of others.






Secrets + Treasures of the Trent Valley
Mike Spencer (Nottingham Wildlife Trust) and Stewart Craven (Canalside Heritage Centre) talk about the archaeology and history of our part of the Trent valley, including the TrentARCH (Attenborough, Rylands and Clifton Heritage) project – putting our local community on the Bronze Age map!

When: 10 December, 7:30pm
Where: The Pearson Centre, Nuart Road, Beeston
Entry: FREE for members (non-members £2)

This will be a ‘Covid aware’ event: mask wearing will be welcome. Please be kind, and respectful of others.

There will be festive refreshments available at this event.







Nottingham Castle Project
A talk by Dr Richard Gaunt
How the Nottingham Castle Project came about, and why Rebellion is at the heart of it…

(A joint event with Beeston + District Local History Society as part of Heritage Open Days).

When: 8 September, 7:30pm
Where: Chilwell Road Methodist Church

This venue was selected for its size. This will be a ‘Covid aware’ event: mask wearing will be welcome. Please be kind, and respectful of others.