First Aid Essentials

What talented members we have! Hilary gave us a much needed update on CPR last night. She did it in a very amusing and memorable way too. I always understood normal humans retain this knowledge for six weeks so perhaps we need her back more often. CPR compressions to...

April Book Club

This month we read Exit West by the Pakistani author, Mohsin Hamid. The novel follows two students, Nadia and Saeed, in an unnamed third world city. Saeed is more conservative, living at home, as is generally customary and praying regularly. Nadia is more independent...

Eel Pie Island visit

A great time was has by the ladies who got together for the visit to Eel Pie Island Museum.  11 of us got together to visit this fascinating little local museum along with a very interesting guided tour of the riverbank.  As ever, it ended up in the local pub for...

Highclere! At last!

Due to Covid it took 2 years to get there but it was so worthwhile when we did. 13 of us braved the cold spring weather, setting off in a FISH minibus last Friday to visit the home of Downton Abbey aka Highclere Castle. Although the outside of the Castle is huge, (we...

March Book Club

This month we read Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey. Wentworth was the largest Georgian house in Britain, with a room for every day of the year and home to generations of the Fitzwilliams. It was surrounded by the South Yorkshire coalmines, the source of the...

Wine Club

We sipped and slurped through six wines and some fizz at our first tasting of 2022.  It was a great opportunity to try out wines that we wouldn't normally buy - from an orange wine from Austria,  to a Slovenian Sauv Blanc, Romanian Pinot Noir and Portuguese...

Murder they wrote!

We were absolutely delighted to welcome Anja de Jager and Victoria Dowd to our March meeting where they talked about their lives as crime writers. They are both successful authors of crime fiction books and they both live in Barnes! Anja is well known for her Lotte...

February Book Club

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri is a sweeping novel, following some 50 years in the life of an Indian family. Growing up in Calcutta, brothers Subhash and Udayan were inseparable, but their lives diverged as they moved on to university. Udayan joined the radical,...

January Book Club

At our January meeting we discussed The Final Round by Bernard O’Keeffe. Six Oxford university friends, whose lives have since diverged, still meet once a year at a charity quiz. Shortly after their latest meeting, one of their number is found murdered, by the Leg O...

Ladies who lunched!

Thirteen of us had a very enjoyable lunch at The Red Lion in Barnes on Monday 17th. It was lovely to be able to actually see and be with each other - and to have a proper chat and catch up. We cannot sing the praises of The Red Lion enough! We were what we imagine...
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