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Raynes Park Townswomen's (Afternoon) Guild - June 2015

A gardening theme to our April meeting, when Garden Designer Janet Brown gave us a talk entitled ‘Spring Gardens’.  Our sales table also featured plants.  Cuttings of ‘background’ shrubs or framework plants with interesting foliage were passed round for us to examine before Mrs. Brown talked about the various types of spring plants for sunny and ‘woodland’ conditions.  We were also given tips on colour combinations and how to achieve a harmonious or contrasting planting scheme.  Finally she touched on how pots could be designed to be altered from a spring to a summer display with the change of one plant.  Miss Margaret Wright gave the vote of thanks for this enjoyable, colourful talk which matched the spring sunshine outside.

On a very blustery 5th May a small group enjoyed a leisurely lunch, coffee and friendly chat at The Haywain, Epsom before planning another trip out to the riverside in Putney for  lunch in June.

The trip on 12th May to the BBC for a tour of Broadcasting House was thoroughly enjoyed by a group of 15, which included two husbands.  It was fascinating to look down on the newsroom, to look into The One Show studio, and hear about the history of the BBC and buildings and the internal playhouse theatre.  Then some fun in two other studios.  Congratulations to Janina Craske for her skill in reading the news from the autocue!  Congratulations, too, to Mr. Patrick Browne for his competent handling of a number of sound effects (champagne cork, gong, running footsteps etc) for the group’s radio play recording, and Janina again for her contribution as a member of the cast.  Lunch was taken in the Media Café in new Broadcasting House following which a small group took the opportunity for a brief look inside All Souls Church before returning home.

The next visit is a tour of the House of Commons (Monday, 29th June) and The Jewel Tower in St Margaret Street (fully booked).

Not quite fully booked, the Hastings Coach Trip on Thursday, 20th August - £15 a seat.  Leaving Raynes Park Station (Approach Road side) at 9.45 am.  £5 deposit now payable, balances due in July.  All welcome to join us.

The monthly meeting in June is on Thursday, 18th June, 1.30 for 1.45 at St Saviour’s Church Hall, when we will be celebrating our 82nd birthday.  As ever, visitors are welcome to join us at this social event.


All are welcome to our events.  For further information about activities or the Raynes Park Townswomen’s Guild, please telephone Mrs. D Raymond (020 8395 9489).

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