Amer­sham Evening TG

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ON a typ­i­cal show­ery April evening, our chair­man, Anne Barnard wel­comed us to our monthly meet­ing.

She re­minded us of the guild birth­day party to be held on June 21, and re­quested we all make an ef­fort to wear some­thing red, white & blue in hon­our of the Queen’s 90th birth­day. Tick­ets for the party will be on sale at the May meet­ing.

Ear­lier in the month, four mem­bers had at­tended the Fed­er­a­tion lunch in Maiden­head, where the speaker, Colin Oakes had given us an in­sight into the life and death of Edith Cavell, one of our most fa­mous nurses, who worked in Brus­sels dur­ing the war and man­aged to smug­gle out wounded Al­lied sol­diers dur­ing her work at the hospi­tal. When the Ger­man au­thor­i­ties found out, she was tried and then shot on Oc­to­ber 12 1916.

Elaine Batho re­turned to our So­cial Stud­ies group to speak about her new life as a coach for Well­ness, Heal­ing and Nutri­tion.

She gave us many point­ers to im­prove our qual­ity of life, by eat­ing whole­some food and ex­er­cis­ing to keep our­selves fit­ter as we get older.

The Out & About group had a fab­u­lous day out this month, visiting Kens­ing­ton Palace Or­angery for cof­fee, a sur­prise visit to Derry & Toms roof gar­dens which were amaz­ing es­pe­cially see­ing the four live flamin­gos up there, on to see the lovely flowers in Hol­land Park and lunch, then to a small Vic­to­rian house which was owned by Edward Lin­ley Sam­bourne the main il­lus­tra­tor for Punch mag­a­zine.

Alan Copeland re­turned to speak to us on ‘Ec­cen­tric Lon­don’. As usual his talk was funny and in­for­ma­tive about the un­usual things and places in our city.

Alan showed us slides of the small­est house and po­lice sta­tion as well as a memo­rial to the Women of the War and the Al­bert Memo­rial.

There were signs show­ing Public Shel­ters and the Im­pe­rial Length Stan­dard that was in Trafal­gar Square which also housed the fourth plinth with it’s chang­ing items, cur­rently ‘the Gift Horse’.

At Hays Wharf there is a large sculp­ture which has many re­volv­ing parts as well as spray­ing wa­ter at in­ter­vals and at Burling­ton Ar­cade we saw the im­pres­sive war­dens who keep the area free from any prob­lems. Al­to­gether it was a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into some of the more un­usual things around Lon­don, which Alan drew our at­ten­tion to, and as it was also his birth­day we sang Happy Birth­day to him.

Mem­bers were re­minded to keep grow­ing plants and mak­ing cakes for our plant sale on May 14 at the Free Church, Amer­sham.

The next main meet­ing will be will be on Tues­day May 17, at 8pm in the Royal Bri­tish Legion Hall, Amer­sham, when the speaker will be Peter Hague telling us about West Wy­combe Park and the Dash­woods.

New mem­bers are wel­come to come along and join us.

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