• The Caledonian Lecture
    The Caledonian Lecture
    Wednesday 7th October 2020

The Caledonian Lecture

St Columba’s plays host to the Caledonian Lecture 2020. In 2018, ten of London’s, Scottish organisations – collaborated extensively to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. From those Scots in Great War London events, has grown the fledgling Scots in London association – an expanded collaboration of charities, clubs, congregations and businesses, who seek to enhance and promote the contribution that Scots continue to make in this most diverse and fast-paced capital city. Under the patronage of The Princess Royal, Wednesday evening’s Caledonian Lecture, held at St Columba’s, is the first event under the Scots in London banner. We hope, the first of many.


The subject of the lecture is Jane Haining, the Church of Scotland missionary, who died in Auschwitz, as a result of her loyalty and devotion to the Jewish schoolgirls in her care. It is an incredibly moving story of an ordinary woman, making an extraordinary contribution. To be reminded about faith and courage in time of prejudice and fear, is timely and inspiring. Mary Miller, author of Jane Haining: A Life of Love & Courage and our speaker does it full justice. The evening is scheduled to include Scottish and Hungarian music and words from both Hungary’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the British Ambassador to Hungary.

In response to this evening's event any donations to the Robert Burns International Foundation would be most welcome. You can donate here http://www.rbif.hu/fundraising/. A message from the Honorary President of RBIF, Sir Alex Fergusson can be found in the official programme.

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St Columba’s is located on Pont Street in Knightsbridge in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Church is within easy reach of three London Underground stations – Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line), South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines).

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Getting here by tube

Knightsbridge Station

Take the Harrods exit if open (front car if coming from the East, rear car if coming from the West). Come up the stairs to street level, carry on keeping Harrods on your right. Turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on into Walton Place with St Saviour’s Church on your left. At the traffic lights, St Columba’s is to your left across the street. If the Harrods exit is closed, take the Sloane Street exit, turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on past Harrods with the shop on your right, into Walton Place as before.

South Kensington Station

Come up the stairs out of the station and turn left into the shopping arcade. Turn left again into Pelham Street. At the traffic lights at the end of Pelham Street cross Brompton Road, turn left then immediately right into the narrow street of Draycott Avenue. After just a few yards turn left into Walton Street. Carry on walking up Walton Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn right and after a few steps you will be at St Columba’s!

Sloane Square Station

Cross over the square into Sloane Street. Walk along Sloane Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn left into Pont Street. St Columba’s will then be in sight.

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