Holmer Green Evening WI

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

OUR July speaker holds the hon­our of hav­ing been men­tioned on the TV pro­gramme Have I Got News For You.

This came about be­cause of his col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs of band­stands! Paul Rab­bitt was talk­ing to us about the his­tory of Bri­tish parks, and we will never view our lo­cal parks in the same light again.

Many of our parks be­gan life as Royal hunt­ing grounds, but even­tu­ally be­came freely open to the pub­lic, en­joy­ing their hey­day in Vic­to­rian times as plea­sure gar­dens and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas – hence the band­stands.

They were very or­nate, hav­ing sun­di­als, bridges, foun­tains, glass win­ter gar­dens and stat­ues.

A grad­ual de­cline over the fol­low­ing decades was halted by the lottery fund, which en­abled parks to be re­ju­ve­nated into health and fit­ness ar­eas with bed­ding plants, toi­lets and re­fresh­ment ar­eas.

In Au­gust we will be hav­ing our usual foot­path walk, se­ca­teurs in hand ready to trim the path­ways.

This is fol­lowed as al­ways by a fish and chip sup­per, at­tended by mem­bers and their guests. We would like to send our warm­est con­grat­u­la­tions to Madeleine and Don Want, who are cel­e­brat­ing their Di­a­mond Wed­ding An­niver­sary in July.

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