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Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - May 2017

Resplendent is his Farnham Town Crier’s uniform, Jonathan Jones visited our meeting to tell us about his duties.  The uniform is colourful and magnificent consisting of a green coat, decorated with red and gold braid and gold buttons worn over a scarlet thigh length waistcoat similarly decorated with braid. Completing the effect Johnathan wore white stockings and black breeches and of course his bell, in this instance, made by the well-l known bell makers at Whitechapel.  

The chief requirement for the job of Town Crier is a stentorian voice.  With a naturally loud speaking voice, Jonathan made us jump in our seats when he finished his talk with an example final ‘shout’.  With a naturally echoing hall at St Saviour’s, he set all the rafters reverberating.  Unbelievable! 

In May, the lunch club enjoyed another successful lunch, this time overlooking the river at Putney.  

For the visit, a group travelled via The Bank and DLR to West India Quay to visit The London Museum DOCKLANDS.   A long journey with plenty of walking, plus a rather extensive museum, meant that we all ran out of energy before we had investigated all the interesting and well displayed exhibits!  We felt there was enough on the top floor alone to last several hours. 

The Glen Miller Orchestra provided a pleasant afternoon concert at the Royal Festival Hall which a group enjoyed, (although we were left wondering if the Royal Festival Hall should warn people about the access difficulties to level 6, not to mention the steep stairs and lack of hand rails once there). 

Our monthly meeting at 1.30 pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall on Thursday, 15th June will feature our 84th birthday party.  The Lunch Club will travel to The Haywain in Epsom and the visit will be to Strawberry Hill House.  There are a few places still available on the Eastbourne Trip on 17th August, £14.  Visitors and friends are welcome to any of our meetings, social events and outings.  Please telephone for more information. 

Dorothy Raymond

020 8395 9489




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