Amersham Evening Townswomen’s Guild

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OUR mem­bers met on the hottest day of the year so far, and our last be­fore the sum­mer break.

Every­one was en­cour­aged to come up with sug­ges­tions for speak­ers for the next year’s pro­gramme as a plan­ning meet­ing would be held some­time in Au­gust.

The So­cial Stud­ies group had en­joyed a very in­for­ma­tive visit about the Chiltern So­ci­ety with speaker Jane Peel and her as­so­ci­ate telling us the his­tory of how the So­ci­ety started 50 years ago, and now had 7,000 mem­bers and 500 vol­un­teers.

The group was re­spon­si­ble for over 650 square miles from Ox­ford through Bucks, Herts and up to Bed­ford­shire in the north.

They main­tain a huge area of foot­paths and cy­cle­ways as well as car­ing for many her­itage sites and na­ture re­serves. After watch­ing the beau­ti­ful slides of the lovely area we live in, some of us who aren’t al­ready mem­bers felt we should join to help with the ex­cel­lent work they do.

The Out & About group had lunch at Mer­lin’s Cave in Chal­font St Giles be­fore vis­it­ing a very peace­ful gar­den at Beech House in Jor­dans.

We were made very wel­come by the own­ers and it was an­other lovely day for our visit.

Our speaker for the evening was Lynne Bradley, a very charis­matic lady, who told us some of her very var­ied life style as well as tales from be­hind the scenes of some great films.

Lynne’s talk was in­ter­spersed with lots of songs and some po­etry, in­clud­ing songs like “My Favourite Things (with dif­fer­ent words!)” and “I could have danced all night” after telling us some not al­ways nice sto­ries about the mak­ing of My Fair Lady and it’s star Rex Har­ri­son.

Lynne started her ca­reer as a bal­let dancer, and con­tin­ued up to the age of 36 when her Swedish part­ner Sven, dropped her and she dis­lo­cated both knees. She then had a ca­reer as a model and taught danc­ing, fit­ting it round her life as a mother of two chil­dren.

She now not only gives dif­fer­ent talks on as­pects of her life, but has writ­ten and had pub­lished a cou­ple of po­etry books. A multi tal­ented lady who seems to lead an ex­cit­ing life. The next main guild meet­ing will be on Tues­day Septem­ber 29, when our speaker will be Colin Par­rish whose sub­ject will be Il­le­git­i­mate Roy­als.

We meet at the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Hall at 8pm new mem­bers al­ways wel­come.

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