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Association Social Activities - June & July 2014


The RP&WBRA is looking to beef up its social section in the coming months. 

The Pavilion Club 

These get-togethers for people with time on their hands have gone from strength to strength since the Pavilion Club started at the end of March.    We now have some 40 signed up members, with around 15 to 20 attending regularly each week. 

We have been learning as we go along, but the last two months has seen us visit and talk to the Chelsea Pensioners; take lunch together at the Olive Branch and enjoy speakers such as Andrea Hipwood from St. John’s Ambulance, Don Miller of Wimbledon National Trust; Jim Sinclair on his life as a vet, and Christine and Eric Matthews who gave a very interesting talk on their days as Games Makers for the 2012 Paralympics; as well as the memories and experiences of our very own members. 

We have held an 80th birthday party for long-term Association Committee member Pamela Robinson, with a special cake and Asti Spumanti (and better than usual biscuits to go with our tea, coffee and soft drinks). 

We have enjoyed two debates, started a book lending scheme (free) and bent our brains on a quiz each week:  and with great amusement, we have even played Bingo! 

We are now looking forward to a trip to Ham House; a Great War Tea Party; a trip to Worthing with the Townswomens Guild and a Summer Barbecue in conjunction with the Motspur Park Tuesday Rendezvous Group.  In September we are organizing a visit to the Tower of London to see the magnificent display of porcelain poppies that will be filling the moat in celebration of the centenary of the outbreak of WWI as well as all the other attractions: and in the New Year, we hope to arrange a tour of the House of Commons, courtesy of Stephen Hammond M.P.  We all also hope to enjoy visits to the cinema, theatre and restaurants together too. 

Other Social Activities 

You will have read in the July Guide that the Association has re-instated its annual outing to Wisley Gardens on September 5th thanks to the efforts of Margaret Barratt, and she and I are hoping to sit down in January and arrange about four outings to favourite places in 2015.  With a view to offering some additional ‘attractions’ we are happy for Association members family and friends as to join in the fun with Pavilion Club members on 7th and 28th August. 


Jill Truman

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