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Friends from Chiltern Dis­trict Welsh So­ci­ety gath­ered for a day of golf on Fri­day, Au­gust 29. Here is the club’s re­port.

What a fab­u­lous sum­mer and for­tu­nately the weather on our golf day was once again kind to us. We had 18 golfers sign up, so it worked per­fectly with­out draft­ing in any of our stal­wart ex­tras. Mike Stythe was due to join us but sadly suf­fered some cracked ribs at the last minute and had to with­draw. We had an ad­di­tional six mem­bers come for lunch which was great. Our pres­i­dent was un­for­tu­nately called away to Amer­ica and was un­able to join us.

Mar­i­lyn had a bril­liant round, scor­ing top marks, 44 sta­ble­ford points. Jasper Garn­ham had the high­est score for the men of 34. Colin and Pam Brit­ton won near­est the pin and the long­est drives were won by Mar­garet and Gwyn Owen. Ann Lawrence, who was un­able to play due to in­jury this year, kindly pre­sented the prizes.

The win­ning team were Colin Thomas, Mar­garet Broomby and Mar­i­lyn Evans.

Robert Brit­ton ad­dressed ev­ery­one, sug­gest­ing that maybe another year we


As chair­man for the Oc­to­ber meet­ing it was Pauline Baxter’s pleas­ant duty to open the pro­ceed­ings with con­grat­u­la­tions on be­half of guild mem­bers to Cecily White and her hus­band Ron who are cel­e­brat­ing their Di­a­mond Wed­ding an­niver­sary.

After giv­ing her fi­nan­cial re­port, Greta Thorne went on to re­mind mem­bers to put their names on the list if they wished to at­tend the fed­er­a­tion Ap­ple Day in Oc­to­ber, and also to re­mem­ber the fed­er­a­tion Carol Ser­vice in Amer­sham in De­cem­ber.

There is also a Games Af­ter­noon pro­posed for Fe­bru­ary of next year - al­ways a popular event. Greta said that if any­one had a sug­ges­tion for a game they par­tic­u­larly en­joyed this would be wel­come for con­sid­er­a­tion, but of course this is all a long way ahead.

Re­port­ing on the Art & Craft group Greta said she had re­ceived a let­ter of thanks for the baby clothes the group had knit­ted.

It was then time to in­tro­duce Kay Webb from Swan Life­line. Kay ex­plained that this is a char­ity es­tab­lished in the 1980’s, and it was set up to care for the wel­fare of swans on the River Thames and to res­cue and give med­i­cal at­ten­tion to those birds who had been in­jured whether by ac­ci­dent or sadly by de­sign and keep them un­til they were fit to be re­leased back into which ever part of the river where they had been picked up. Some of her slides showed hor­rific in­juries from gun­shot wounds and even a cross­bow. Some also get cov­ered in oil which has to be re­moved by us­ing Fairy Liq­uid.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is based at Cuckoo Weir just off the Thames and is well equipped, with pens where the birds are safely kept and th­ese are spe­cially de­signed with the swans wel­fare and should go to pas­tures new with fresh or­gan­is­ers and a new for­mat. No-one vol­un­teered to take over the helm, and the con­sen­sus seemed to be ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’! So we have booked the same Fri­day next year at Oak­land Park.

Colin gave a vote of thanks to Pam and Rob for or­gan­is­ing the event. needs in mind. Kay also gave mem­bers some in­ter­est­ing facts about the habits of swans and how they mate, in­cu­bate their eggs and look after the cygnets. It seems they very ter­ri­to­rial and fierce fights can break out with “tres­passers”

It was ob­vi­ous that Swan Life­line is very nec­es­sary to look after th­ese beau­ti­ful birds,.

The next meet­ing will be on the 5th Novem­ber in the Lown­des Room of the Town Hall at 2.30 p.m. The speaker is Jenny Thorne whose sub­ject is the Amish com­mu­nity. Vis­i­tors are most wel­come.


After our sum­mer break dur­ing Au­gust, we are now back at our monthly meet­ings which are held in the Church Hall ev­ery sec­ond Wed­nes­day of the month 2pm to 4pm.

Once a month a group of mem­bers meet up for cof­fee and a chat in dif­fer­ent venues.

In Septem­ber this was in Bud­gens in Mar­ket Place and in Oc­to­ber it will be at Crumbs cafe.

At our Septem­ber meet­ing we were en­ter­tained by a lo­cal lady, Ruth Butcher, who played and talked about the his­tory of her Paraguayan harp and how she was taught to play it in spite of not be­ing able to read mu­sic. She had our feet tap­ping to the mu­sic, mainly Span­ish tunes. It was re­ally sooth­ing and pleas­ant.

To end the af­ter­noon we had a cup of tea and a de­li­cious slice of cake made by one of our mem­bers.

We all thor­oughly en­joyed our out­ing to Mile­stones in Au­gust.

We look for­ward to the au­tumn group meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 14 in the com­mu­nity cen­tre and to our trip to John Lewis in High Wy­combe in Novem­ber.

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