PAST EVENTS

Pimms by the Pond!

Pimms by the Pond!

Our first face to face get together of this year was just fabulous. We had a social on Barnes Green, near Barnes Pond.  There was so much news to catch up on and, best of all, was just seeing people for real - not on a Zoom. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who...

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Mother’s Ruin

Mother’s Ruin

What a fascinating talk this was! Mildred Freeman, aka The Lady Historian and dressed in full Victorian costume walked us through the history of gin. Starting in the early 1100s and traveling through to our modern gin revolution she regaled us with tales of bravery,...

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June Book Club

June Book Club

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is set in 1980’s Glasgow. The background of poverty, unemployment, run down housing estates and life on benefits, as mines and shipyards close, is brilliantly drawn and the group appreciated the writing style. This is the story of...

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Ocean Life

Ocean Life

Places are like people…they have a history that shapes their character and every one is different. That's what makes travel so interesting. It was this passion that led Hazel Griffiths to change direction in her life. It was fascinating to hear about Hazel's new...

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May Book Club

May Book Club

In overview, Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell, is the tale of Shakespeare’s son, who died of the plague, aged 11. However, the book is so much more than that. The story is told from the perspective of his mother, Agnes (or Anne) Hathaway, a healer and herbalist who has...

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

The history behind Kew Gardens Sarah Oldridge, Adult Education Co-ordinator at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for over 20 years, talked to us about the history and the secrets of Kew Gardens. It's on our doorstep ... we've all probably been there at least once if not more...

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Palaces and Parks

Palaces and Parks

Alan Blower's talk on the history of the Royal parks, gardens, palaces and houses close by the Thames between Kew and Hampton Court was fascinating. It certainly whetted our appetites for the Spring and Summer when we might be...

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Burlesque, me and the WI

Burlesque, me and the WI

WI President Lindsey Barrel gave her fabulously funny and heartwarming talk covering how she discovered burlesque, and then the WI, and brought the two worlds together.       

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March Book Club meeting

March Book Club meeting

In March, we discussed The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower. In late 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock discovers that one of his ships’ captains has sold his ship for a dead mermaid. Although ugly, this curiosity from afar arouses great interest and opens...

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