Smalley Lectures

Throughout the year we offer a series of fun, thought provoking, informative and inspiring free lectures to the LVS Ascot and wider community. 

Our next Smalley Lecture, "From Silk to Schools: Repairing the Fabric of Cambodian Society"

Will take place on the 25th September in the Britvic Theatre, LVS Ascot from 7pm. Please feel free to come and join us.

Cambodia has had a long history of despair and poverty caused by Vietnam War-related bombing, the years of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and then the international community’s subsequent policy of isolation. Janne Ritskes was born in Holland and emigrated to Canada in 1951 and now lives in Phnom Penh.  She founded Tabitha Cambodia and devoted the past 24 years helping the people of Cambodia take control of their lives, increasing self-worth and creating a positive future.

A renowned speaker, Janne tells stories of having to be home before dark to avoid indiscriminate shootings by the Khmer Rouge.  She shares stories of Tabitha staff, survivors of the genocide, and their struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.  But most importantly, she shares the success stories of the Cambodian people.

Please do come and enjoy the first “Smalley Lecture” of the year at LVS Ascot.  There will be refreshments afterwards and a chance to talk to Janne.  Please email to reserve your place.

Reserve your place at the lecture by emailing
or by calling 
Mr Clark on 01344 882770 to find out more information. 

The History of the Smalley Lectures

Mr Smalley was a past General Secretary for the Licensed Trade Charity between 1834 and 1880.  As a result of his good work, he set the charity on a good solid foundation as it moved into the future.  He was also an ex-pupil of the school.

In his Will he bequeathed a small sum of money for a Sixth Form bursary, which is still awarded each year.  When the series of lectures was started, the school decided to honour Mr Smalley by naming them after him.

The Smalley Lectures are arranged and managed by Mr Andy Clark.

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To find the LVS Ascot Theatre

To find the LVS Ascot Theatre you can enter the school from either the London Road or Fernbank Road entrances.

From the London Road entrance follow the drive around the school until you reach the car park with the large flag and pole.  From Fernbank Road drive over the bridge and you will be at the same large flag and pole. This is the main reception area.

Once parked walk into Reception, you will be greeted and directed to the theatre. 

If reception is not staffed then go through the double doors to the left of the reception desk, then through the next set of glass double doors.  The theatre will be a few steps directly in front of you.