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Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - April 2017

A small group enjoyed their visit to Chiswick at the end of February.  Chiswick House Park is a delight at any time of year but even in daylight seems magical when, all around the grounds, there are large, imaginative and extremely well-made soldiers, Disney characters, and fairy tale tableaux, as well as representations of well known world-wide landscapes.   After a restorative lunch-time snack the group examined and admired the camellias in the conservatory, before walking round to Hogarth House.  Partly closed for restoration, there are nevertheless computers in the dining room which give an overview of the house and historic information.  The kitchen area currently holds an exhibition of items not normally on view, including interesting satirical etchings with full explanations.  Incidentally, one of these is acknowledged (and recognisable) as the inspiration for one of the exhibits at the current Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain.

Lunch Club members found themselves in a Lloyds Bar full of musicians and miscellaneous large musical instruments.  Pushed out of their favourite spot! They nevertheless found a table and enjoyed their lunch. 

At our meeting on April 20th (at 1.30 at St Saviour’s Church Hall) Jonathan Jones’ talk is entitled ‘Town Crier’.  The next visit is to Charterhouse (Tour on Wed 12th April) and the lunch club will visit The Watchman at New Malden Fountain (Thurs, 6th). 

Visitors are always welcome to our meetings and other activities.  For more information please telephone. 

Dorothy Raymond  020 8395 9489


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