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With mulled wine on ar­rival and fes­tive mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground, mem­bers soon got into the spirit of Christ­mas, so business was kept to a min­i­mum.

Though there was time for a re­minder of the Christ­mas craft morn­ing and the Christ­mas lunch on De­cem­ber 17, and of course the Christ­mas farm­ers’ mar­ket where we would be serv­ing re­fresh­ments as usual.

There is much to look for­ward to in 2015, with a visit to ‘Any­thing Goes’ in Ayles­bury, a games night, more progress on the lat­est story sack for St George’s School and cel­e­bra­tions for the WI Cen­te­nary.

After last month’s demon­stra­tion of how to make a Christ­mas ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion given by Lind­say Wyper, we all set to mak­ing our own ver­sion with green­ery, baubles, rib­bon and can­dles.

Ev­ery­one ended up with their own very at­trac­tive ver­sion to take home and the ‘hands on’ ap­proach was gen­er­ally agreed to be a great suc­cess.

Vis­i­tors are very wel­come to come to our next meet­ing at 7.45pm on Tues­day, Jan­uary 13 at the Vil­lage Hall, Cokes Lane, when lo­cal au­thor Denise Kelly will be re­turn­ing, this time to talk on the Spies and Sub­ver­sives of Buck­ing­hamshire.

AMER­SHAM EVENING TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD

Our meet­ing this month con­tin­ued in keep­ing with the spirit of Re­mem­brance and we heard about our lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, cul­mi­nat­ing in a pre­sen­ta­tion by The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

Anne Barnard our chair­man wel­comed ev­ery one and we heard that the “Out and About” group had been up to London to view the Pop­pies at the Tower and found it a very poignant ex­pe­ri­ence. Sev­eral mem­bers at­tended the Armistice Day ser­vice at Stony Dean School which they found very mov­ing .It is in­ter­est­ing to take part in the ac­tiv­i­ties of the school as our Guild have raised funds to help them with the build­ing of a sen­sory gar­den.

So­cial Stud­ies had a talk on Deaf Aware­ness by Nikki Ma­grath and Molly Berry when we were re­minded of the phys­i­ol­ogy of hear­ing and also had a ses­sion on lip read­ing which was fun. It was an in­ter­est­ing and thought pro­vok­ing evening.

Bad­minton and Mah Jong con­tinue to thrive and would wel­come new mem­bers.

Choir are re­hears­ing their car­ols which they will sing at the Fed­er­a­tion Ser­vice at St. Michael’s church Amer­sham on De­cem­ber 13. They will also be carol singing with the Hard of hear­ing on De­cem­ber 9 at their club meet­ing.

Anne re­minded mem­bers that our Christ­mas meet­ing will be held at Oak­land Park Golf club.

Our speak­ers this month were Bob Hig­gins and Clive Doyle who gave a talk with slides about The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion. It was started in 1921with the amal­ga­ma­tion of 4 ex-ser­vice char­i­ties rais­ing funds to help those af­fected by war. To­day they of­fer as­sis­tance not only to ser­vice per­son­nel but to their fam­i­lies as well. It was as­tound­ing to hear how wide rang­ing the support can be from phys­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to psy­cho­log­i­cal help whilst of­fer­ing short and long term care in their Nurs­ing Homes. They will ar­range ad­vice on pen­sions and ben­e­fits, support be­reaved fam­i­lies and ar­range hol­i­day breaks. They are also the ma­jor voice for the armed forces com­mu­nity through­out the year and are fund­ing re­search into blast in­jury stud­ies at Im­pe­rial Col­lege London. Clive and Bob ex­plained how the do­na­tions are spent and how vi­tal the work of the Le­gion is. Fi­nan­cial help is needed all year round as cur­rently 9 mil­lion peo­ple are el­i­gi­ble for their support. Their talk gave us a most in­for­ma­tive con­clu­sion to our month of re­mem­brance ac­tiv­i­ties.

Vis­i­tors are wel­come at our meet­ing on Tues­day, Jan­uary 20.

CHE­SHAM TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD

A good num­ber of mem­bers ar­rived for the De­cem­ber meet­ing of Che­sham Townswom­ens Guild and Pat Boothy was in the chair to greet them and to wel­come two vis­i­tors. She also wel­comed the speaker for the af­ter­noon, Ron White, who is an old friend of the guild and has en­ter­tained us in the past. He is of course the hus­band of one of our mem­bers, Ci­cely White.

Pat Se­mon re­minded mem­bers for the last time of the Fed­er­a­tion Carol Ser­vice on De­cem­ber 13.

A Christ­mas card to the guild had also been re­ceived from the fed­er­a­tion.

Ci­cely White also wanted to dis­cuss the Lun­cheon Club Christ­mas menu with those in­ter­ested.

It was then time for Ron White to give his talk on the sub­ject of the Rail­ways of Switzer­land. Many of th­ese ac­tu­ally go up the moun­tains, mak­ing life much more con­ve­nient for those who do not wish to at­tempt the stren­u­ous climb,and there is al­ways a restau­rant in some shape or form at the top. Trains come in many va­ri­eties, with some hav­ing the driver in his cab on top of the lead­ing coach, and there is sep­a­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion for skis.

Ron il­lus­trated his talk with slides show­ing beau­ti­ful views of moun­tains in­clud­ing the Mat­ter­horn and the Jungfrau. There were beau­ti­ful sun­sets and snow scenes and also shots of wa­ter­falls, one of which fell 900 feet. Th­ese, Ron told us, are bet­ter providers of power than wind tur­bines es­pe­cially as they don’t de­pend on the weather. One of the rail­ways trav­els over a viaduct straight into a tun­nel through a moun­tain, which must be quite an ex­pe­ri­ence. The pho­to­graphic shot of this was cer­tainly dra­matic. As far as snow is con­cerned although they have a great deal more than we do in this coun­try, it does not present the prob­lems that we ex­pe­ri­ence. The Swiss rail­ways just get on with it and run as usual – even apol­o­gis­ing on one oc­ca­sion for be­ing eight mi­nu­ites late!

Pat Se­mon thanked Ron for a very in­ter­est­ing talk.

After tea and mince pies the win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion for the most at­trac­tive Christ­mas card was won by Pat El­lis; and Enid Wright, Pat Gro­gan, Ann Masters and Pat Boothby were the lucky raf­fle prize win­ners.

Pat Se­mon put mem­bers in a Christ­mas mood by hand­ing out small gifts in the shape of pack­ets of tis­sues dec­o­rated with dif­fer­ent fes­tive de­signs.

Just a bit of Christ­mas fun.

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