Walk Around Clerkenwell

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Tuesday 26th September – 32nd meeting of 2017

On a bright cheerful morning all  our ladies met on the ultra modern refurbished London Bridge station and made our way to Northern Underground to take a train to Angel. Quite some time since we had all been together so lots of chatting and catching up to do.

A very busy train. When we arrived at Angel we went into The Angel pub for a tea/coffee and toast refreshment to set us up for our walk!

The walk planned was from The London Walk Book that one of our ladies has and we have completely it before but a while ago so to repeat it was good as this is an interesting part of London. It is a two and half mile walk although I feel sure we covered three miles or more with a few diversions.

This is a delightful walk in an interesting and historic part of London. The architecture is beautiful with all old buildings very well maintained and all new builds fitting in very well and it was quite difficult to distinguish one from another.

We passed The Sadler’s Wells Ballet Theatre.

In Clerkenwell Green, The Old Sessions House had an exhibition by Burberry which celebrated London Fashion Week. We went in to have a look. The building itself is amazing with a beautiful staircase. Alongside the many clothes on display were lots of photographs, items and a short film showing Britain over the last 100 years. A very interesting mix of the British way of life.

 

 

 

 

 

We walked through Smithfield meat market which was well and truly closed. Just a few traders still milling around. So different to the night and early hours of the morning when all meat products are sold.

From here we walked through St John’s Gateway which is the area where St John’s Ambulance Brigade started and there is a Museum and office here.

The weather was still bright and sunny so a walk back to Angel underground station and our trains home after a very pleasant morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Main A.G.M!

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Tuesday 12th September – 31st meeting of 2017

With all the children back at school it meant that our little group could get back-to-business! So our annual breakfast meeting for the main A.G.M. of the year got underway today.

Our usual haunt The Greyhound in Bromley, breakfast orders in and eaten, then down to business we went. Not all our ladies could make it today but even so lots of ideas for our Tuesday were given.

 

 

 

 

 

As usual walks were planned. As we were originally a walking group we must still do as many walks as we can. Museums, exhibitions etc were put into the schedule. All weeks filled in with a couple of things for some of our ladies to pre-book.

Christmas lunch was organised so all reminded about a Secret Santa present!

A pleasant morning with lots of good ideas of things to do in the weeks before Christmas. Although we have been organising ourselves for many years now we never seem to be short of things to do! Which is brilliant!

 

Summer Catch-up No 2

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Tuesday 15th August – 30th meeting of 2017

Today was our second planned meeting during the Summer break. A Mystery Tour with Lunch which was being run by our local coach company Jay and Kay was our choice for today.

All bright and early seven of us meet for the 9.15 pick up. Coach arrived on time and was almost full. Two pick ups and then we were on our way, to where no-one knew but it was a lovely sunny day so all was good.

 

 

 

 

 

The driver gave us a rough plan for the day but no mention of area. We headed to M25 and Dartford crossing. Traffic was very heavy so slowed us down but once over the Thames we made our way into Essex. We were guessing our destination, Southend, Clacton were the favourites but we were all wrong. We arrived just after one o’clock at the charming little Essex village of Finchingfield. Straight into The Fox Inn where a delicious lunch was waiting for us. This lovely old pub gave us a lovely welcome and food. A nice relaxed atmosphere. After lunch we had an enjoyable short walk around this pretty well kept village looking at the river, beautiful flowers, cottages and church.

 

 

 

 

 

Once back in the coach we enjoyed a lovely drive to another unknown destination which was Lavenham. This charming old village is Suffolk and is regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of a medieval town with a splendid church and fine timber-framed houses. The weather was still lovely and sunny so we all enjoyed a walk around the town popping into some of the antique and gift shops. We stopped for a drink in a very nice pub and were glad for a sit in the sunshine.

On the walk back to the coach we enjoyed a very tasty ice cream! That made me really feel that I was on holiday!

The journey back home was much quicker than the outward one with traffic being much easier. We went through some lovely countryside and we all enjoyed the views but I must say a few of us had 40 winks myself included!

A fabulous day which we all enjoyed, the good weather making it even better. This was the first time we had ventured on a day like this but we all really enjoyed it so I feel we will repeat it at some stage!

An Extra Meeting

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Friday 11th August – 29 meeting of 2017

One of our ladies had been trying to book us to go on an Afternoon Tea and Tour of Churchill Theatre Bromley and a quick surprise date was offered. Although not all of us could make it, I for one was in Scotland, we decided to take the opportunity.

I am told that they all had a fabulous and enjoyable time. It commenced with a tour of the Theatre back stage, dressing rooms, front of house, auditorium everywhere! The guide was an actor and gave the tour a great theatrical flare. There were rehearsals going on for ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ production which will open in September. The director is Craig Revel Horwood of Strictly Come Dancing Fame and the ladies were lucky enough to see him working on a dance routine. Another celebrity spot to add to our list!

After the tour they enjoyed an afternoon tea, sandwiches, cakes and scones which I am told was very good.

I am hoping we can repeat this experience as I would like to do it along with some of the other ladies that couldn’t make it that day.

Summer Catch-up No 1

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Tuesday 1st August – 28th meeting of 2017

Today six of us meet at Coolings for a catch-up. Weather was good and nice to meet up for a chat.

We had a coffee and chat and then ordered and eat our lunch. The food here at Coolings is very good with a nice selection which means there is something for everyone.

Lots of chat about holidays and our comings and goings over the past weeks after which we had a pleasant walk around the garden centre and then home.