It benefitted by a donation of £250 from Sainsbury's as part of their 'Good Neighbour' scheme. Local Manager Nigel Bacon is shown handing their cheque to John Bradbury, RSS President at the time.
In December 1988, Prof Charles Taylor, assisted by Bill Coates who had also assisted in many Royal Institution Christmas televised lectures, gave talks on Science in Our Lives in the Jodrell Lecture Theatre.
In 1989 the talks had to be arranged for January. Prof Maunder of Newcastle University talked on Motion - the constant challenge, but the attendances were extremely disappointing, owing to State school pupils having to return early from Christmas holidays.
RSS decided to abandon further holiday lectures as the schools would not grant concessions. Instead, in 1990, RSS held an event in Orleans Park School, a performance by the Kinetic Theatre of Where there's smoke there's a fire in October, and a lecture by Dr Peter Musgrove, MD of The Wind Energy Group entitled Wind Power: Britain's best renewable energy option in November at The Tertiary College.
The lectures were given under the banner 'Young Science Events in Richmond' (YSER). These were also poorly attended despite extensive advertising, so RSS passed their surplus monies to the Royal Institution, ending our sponsorship of YSER.
However in 1998 RSS received a legacy from former member Dr Grace Waterhouse, and from this fund made donations to YSER until 2005.
More recently, RSS has received legacies from former members Cecil Gittins and John Millbank, and is now in an even better position to donate to school projects. Beneficiaries to date are Teddington School, Richmond Maker Labs, and Holy Trinity CE Primary School. Tiffin School has on loan a solar telescope bought and owned by RSS.
Membership remains fairly constant at about 50, and lecture attendance is typically 30.
Compiled in 2020 by John Bradbury, ex-President, and Dave Williams, Secretary.