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Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - August 2017

August is a month with no formal meeting when members concentrate on social activities and the annual coach outing. 

On the social scene Margaret’s Picnic Lunch was a resounding relaxed and very tasty success.  Her garden is always full of flowers which we all viewed and admired from the outside table and the conservatory chairs.  The selection of food was amazing and quite delicious.  Thank you, Margaret, and able helper Jenny, for working so hard to make this friendly get-together also a culinary triumph. 

A coach without a single spare seat set out on 17th August to Eastbourne.  The summer outing is always open to friends in the Rendezvous Club, Pavilion Club and Residents Association as well our Townswomen’s Guild Members.  Accordingly, we picked up at Motspur Park, Raynes Park and Grand Drive Greenway, promptly, as everyone was on time, getting away by 9.30 am.  The traffic was heavy both ways, the journey taking about two- and-a-half hours, but overall the day proved a great success, the weather improving as we arrived.   

Eastbourne was full of surprises.   The first was reports of power cuts at various locations, affecting lighting (and the tills!) not to mention their ability to make tea in many of the shops and cafes.  Mercifully they seemed to be intermittent and not too long lasting.  The bonus was on the sea front. We found that by accident we had arranged our outing on the first day of Eastbourne’s air show.  To be able to sit in the sun watching the aircraft manoeuvres and/or wander along the lower deck looking at all the colourful stalls set up there for the occasion, was very pleasant and a distinct bonus.   The various aircraft were amazing with formation flying and aerobatics included in several set pieces.  Early on there was also a wing walker.  Everyone enjoyed watching parts of these displays.  Our driver was first class and after a smooth return we arrived back in Raynes Park at about 7.00 pm.  Many thanks to all the friends who joined us making this trip a success. 

In October, on Thursday, 19th at 1.30 for 1.45 in St Saviours Church Hall.  Gillian Harry’s talk is entitled ’40 years of Quilting’.  Please join us if you are interested. 

Dorothy Raymond  020 8395 9489




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