Local news

Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - April 2015

In April, our meeting on Thursday, 16th at 1.30 pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, will be a talk by Janet Bacon entitled ‘Spring Gardens’.  Appropriately, the sales table features plants.  All interested residents are invited to attend and will be made very welcome. 

The lunch club will visit The Lloyds Bar at Fulham Broadway on Thursday, 2nd April and the visit on Tuesday, 14th April will be to the Imperial War Museum.  There is free entry to the main museum but for the special Exhibition ‘Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style’, which is of interest to some of our members, there is a £7 concession ticket price. 

Finally at the end of the month on Thursday 30th April at the church hall a belated St George’s Day bangers and mash celebration (£5) is being organised by the committee. 

All are welcome to our events.  For further details, please telephone Mrs. D Raymond (020 8395 9489) or Mrs. E Brewer (020 8542 6491). 

Early March activities included a leisurely and friendly lunch enjoyed at The Woodman, South Wimbledon by a group of 8 on the 4th 

Then on Tuesday, 10th a group of 15, 13 ladies accompanied by 2 husbands, journeyed by train, underground train and bus to the magnificent Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the Hindu Temple at Neasden, currently celebrating 20 years since it was opened.  We were shown a video about how it was built on a big screen in part of the prayer hall in the adjacent Haveli Cultural Complex before being whisked up to the Mandir where an eight minute service had just begun.  This temple is a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design with exquisite Indian workmanship throughout.  Made from Italian and Indian Marble and Bulgarian Limestone, the dome, the pillars and every available surface is smothered in beautiful, intricate carvings as are the seven ornate and colourful shrines housing murtis (sacred images) of the Deities.  Returning to the ground floor we took in the Understanding Hinduism Exhibition before making our way back to the Haveli to admire the equally amazing carvings on every surface here too, this time in Burmese wood. 

To complete our cultural experience, the whole group took lunch at the Shayona Restaurant, a delightful vegetarian restaurant with traditional Indian décor and serving mouth watering authentic tastes.  We all agreed such an architectural gem and interesting cultural experience fully justified the travelling time to Neasden. 

Coach trip to HASTINGS – Thursday, 20th August 2015.  £15 per seat including driver’s tip. 

Because of the interest being expressed in this trip I have now booked a larger coach (49 seater) and will be discussing a Motspur Park pick up with the coach company.  Husbands, family members, residents and friends in local organisations are all booking.  Please contact Mrs. D Raymond or Mrs. E Brewer (see above) to reserve your place.  

Join us on:


Share this page: