CLUBS & SOCIETIES
CHESHAM TOWNWOMEN’S GUILD
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.
AMERSHAM EVENING TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD
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.