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Mem­bers of Che­sham Townwomen’s Guild were taken on a tour of City of Lon­don Gar­dens at their Oc­to­ber meet­ing with­out leav­ing their seats.

The il­lus­trated talk by Blue Badge Guide, Sally Botwirght, took mem­bers to many hid­den ar­eas of Lon­don still ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic and left mem­bers ea­ger to visit the gar­dens per­son­ally.

The meet­ing con­tin­ued after the tea break, with con­grat­u­la­tions on her Golden Wed­ding an­niver­sary to mem­ber Pat Boothby and re­minders to all mem­bers of the Craft and Hobby Day later in Oc­to­ber, the Carol ser­vice in De­cem­ber, the monthly pub lunch and also the recom­mence­ment of the Scrab­ble meet­ings.

A light hearted quiz and the raf­fle brought the meet­ing to a close.

Main meet­ings are held at Che­sham Town Hall on the first Wed­nes­day each month, ex­cept Jan­uary, at 2.30pm, and vis­i­tors and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.


The meet­ing be­gan with the Chair­man in­form­ing the mem­bers that two more peo­ple were pre­pared to come on to the com­mit­tee, but as no-one had of­fered to take up the role of trea­surer, we were still not in a po­si­tion to con­tinue run­ning the guild next year.

Tick­ets were on sale for the Christ­mas din­ner and the Mulled wine event, as well as a se­lec­tion of Christ­mas cards from the Sue Ry­der shop.

So­cial stud­ies group speaker this month was Linda Car­roll man­ager for the group called S.P.A.C.E (Sup­port for par­ents with Autis­tic Chil­dren). Next month the speaker will be Caro­line Stroud from the Cin­na­mon Trust.

The choir meets reg­u­larly, and the Carol Ser­vice in the Amer­sham Free church is on De­cem­ber 10. The out & about group had vis­ited Dul­wich Pic­ture gallery and en­joyed lunch in Dul­wich Vil­lage.

The speaker for the evening was Gra­ham Goode, whose talk was en­ti­tled ‘The Chan­cel­lors Wall­pa­per’. Gra­ham who orig­i­nally came from Grimsby and started his ca­reer mak­ing wooden fish boxes, soon moved to Wy­combe where he learnt to be a first class cabi­net maker. His ca­reer led him to spend some time work­ing abroad in Bri­tish Em­bassies over­seas where he took charge of re­fur­bish­ment of many of them.

He be­came Clerk of Works to the Palace of West­min­ster and was re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the build­ing in­clud­ing the Lord Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice, which in 1980 was dec­o­rated with hugely ex­pen­sive silk wall­pa­per, which caused a mas­sive pub­lic out­cry. He used an orig­i­nal Pu­gin mir­ror and copied a Pu­gin bed and chan­de­lier.

Over the years Gra­ham re­searched and found many of the miss­ing pieces of fur­ni­ture in­clud­ing most of those in the two Houses of Par­lia­ment to­day. Gra­ham was a most fas­ci­nat­ing speaker who kept the mem­bers en­thralled about his amaz­ing works in such a fa­mous build­ing.

The next main guild meet­ing will be on Tues­day Novem­ber 15 2016, when our speaker will be Vicki Bates, who will be telling us about “Med­i­cal De­tec­tion Dogs”.

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

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