Instead of knit and natter……gin and chatter!

Instead of knit and natter……gin and chatter!

The gin and talk flowed when eight of us got together at Sue B’s to try out some gins – old and new.  We covered from Japan to India (well, the branding was overseas, the distilleries more local), and even more local with Kew Gardens, Chiswick House and...
October Book Club

October Book Club

This month we discussed A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory. This differs from Gregory’s Tudor and earlier novels, as it is set in a booming Bristol of 1787 and describes the immense human suffering caused by the triangular slave trade and the greed of merchants....
Archers star joins Barnes WI!

Archers star joins Barnes WI!

Buffy, a celebrated actress with many film and TV performances to her name, probably best known as Jolene in The Archers (who remembers the shower scene!!) came to talk to us for the evening. What a great speaker she is. We heard all about her life in Canada, where...
September Book Club

September Book Club

Book Club September 2021 This month we read Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. Set in post-war America, this is the true story of the Galvin family and their twelve children (ten boys and two girls), six of whom develop schizophrenia. From diaries and extensive...
Kirtles, Corsets and…..Curtains!

Kirtles, Corsets and…..Curtains!

For our very first face to face meeting Sarah Slater from Hampton Court visited us to talk to us about….. Kirtles, Corsets and Curtains. It was just great to really see Sarah & to see all our friends after so long, Sarah talked about her journey into...
August Book Club

August Book Club

In August, we read A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry. Set in the 1870s, this is the story of Winona, a Native American orphaned in the American Civil War and adopted by two soldiers.  Growing up with them on a farm in Tennessee, she is educated and loved and...
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