Amersham Evening TG
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.