Local news

Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - January 2014

The meeting on 21st November featured Mr David Illingworth who entertained us with a variety of well known songs.  Accompanying himself on guitar, he soon had us joining in with the choruses of the popular old-time favourites!  Miss Janet Meekings expressed the Guild’s thanks for our afternoon trip down memory lane. 

Continuing the entertainment theme, a small group thoroughly enjoyed a matinee performance of West Side Story at Wimbledon Theatre, and agreed that this production was first class. 

Then in early December a group of 22 went in the evening to the Lovekyn Chapel, London Road, Kingston, where Loki Music had arranged a Christmas Concert of Medieval Music.  A trio of 3 multi-talented individuals (two ladies, one man) entertained us playing a number of medieval instruments including a harp, a small hand held lyre and a violin; medieval bagpipes and a wide variety of wood wind instruments; and a traditional instrument like a cross between a guitar and a mandolin.  Their programme included well known melodies like the Coventry and Sussex Carols and Ding Dong Merrily on High as well as a wassailing song, a masked moral playlet, a Chaucer tale, and lively (and surprising loud) medieval songs and dance music.  With old style home-made refreshments available, this was a very pleasant evening and it was a privilege to view the inside of this historic building.  Outside, I was struck how good it was to see the Chapel in use and lit up, with the light spilling out through the diamond shaped stained glass segments of the windows. 

On 5th December twenty- five members met at The Morden Brook for a leisurely Christmas Lunch.  Good food was provided for us in the Function Room.  Then on our monthly meeting day, Thursday, 19th, we enjoyed a friendly Christmas Party together at St Saviour’s Church Hall, arranged by the Committee. 

On Thursday, 16th January, Hilary Osborne will give a talk about her career in broadcasting.  The meeting in St Saviour’s Church Hall starts at 1.30 pm.  In January, visits are planned to the Pantomime (9th) and Old Time Music Hall (15th), both at Wimbledon Theatre, as well as the lunchtime Jazz at The Rose Culture Café (7th), and lunch at  The Watchman, New Malden (14th). 

Please do not hesitate to telephone for more information about any of our activities.  Visitors always welcome. 

Best wishes for the New Year. 

Dorothy Raymond

020 8395 9489



Join us on:


Share this page: