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Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - November 2015

In September, at our first monthly meeting after the summer break, the annual Open Social Meeting under the Celebration of Age Programme was well received.  We were pleased to welcome six visitors who joined Guild Members for a friendly, relaxed social afternoon which included quizzes and afternoon tea.

More food was consumed at St Saviour’s Church Hall on 1st October when the Committee provided a Harvest Lunch.  The Committee’s efforts were appreciated by the group of 16 members who attended.  This was closely followed on 7th October by the lunch club monthly meet which this time took 10 members to The Woodman in South Wimbledon, where a lively discussion took place about what we should arrange for the Guild Christmas Dinner.  I think it can be concluded the Raynes Park TWG enjoy socialising together over a meal! 

We do have other interests.  At the end of September a small group went to Wimbledon Theatre for a production of the intense musical Jesus Christ Superstar.  Then, on 6th October another mixed and matched group of 10 members visited The Geffrye Museum of the Home in Shoreditch.  We took a very worthwhile stop-start 35 minute bus journey from Waterloo to reach the front entrance to this Museum for a most enjoyable day.  Members liked this museum with its interesting series of rooms giving a broad view of the changing decorative trends in urban middle-class homes in London from 1600 to the present day.  The light and airy café overlooks the garden which similarly features a series of ‘rooms’ showing typical gardens for different periods.  Despite the lateness of the season these gardens were still in good shape and colourful.  To reach them visitors pass through an extremely interesting herb garden, with areas dedicated to medicinal, cosmetic, and culinary plants.  On examination this walled garden proved to have a very wide range of fascinating herbs all extremely well labelled.

Looking to November, the monthly meeting will be on Thursday, 19th at 1.45 pm in St Saviour’s Church Hall when the speaker will be Christopher Bishop who will give a talk entitled ‘Moving is Fun’. 

On November 5th the Committee is arranging another meal, appropriately entitled ‘Bonfire Night Luncheon’, (£5) also at St Saviour's Church Hall, 12.45 for 1.00 pm.  (Numbers required in advance, please)  

Other activities include a trip to Wimbledon Theatre (12th)  for the production of Annie, a trip to Elmcroft Hall, Cheam for a Comedy Afternoon arranged by the North Surrey Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds (18th), and a trip to Chessington Garden Centre (to check on Father Christmas!) on 24th. 

Please telephone if you would like further information about any of our activities. 


Mrs. Dorothy Raymond (020 8395 9489)

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