Garden Group Visit
On the 21st May, fifteen members of the garden group visited a private garden in Tadworth. They were made very welcome by the owner who has created a beautiful garden that has something in bloom for all seasons. The afternoon finished with coffee and cake kindly provided by the owner.
Ashtead Village Day
We had our usual stall with cakes, jams and a fruit basket raffle at Village Day on 9th June. It was a lovely sunny day and all but a few jars of jam were sold. The winner of the raffle was Joyce Brook with ticket 296. She was absolutely thrilled with the prize. We have also received some emails from people who brought cakes saying how delicious they were. Here's to next year!!
On the 14th June we had a great day in Portsmouth. Although the weather wasn't that great to start with, the afternoon turned out really nice. We started off with a visit to Fort Nelson to see some of the poppies that had been on display at the Tower of London in 2014. After lunch we went on into Portsmouth and took a boat trip around the harbour. There was also a walk around "Old Portsmouth". Some of our ladies even managed to include a little "retail therapy" at Gun Wharf Quays!"
SFWI Centenary Celebration
On 28th June an evening event was held at Wisley to mark the centenary of the Surrey Federation. The weather was perfect and as the sun went down on a very warm day we were able to sit in small groups enjoying a picnic or BBQ and listen to the band playing. Our Craft Group rose to the challenge of making a “Perfect Pollinator” and produced a beautiful butterfly called the “Ashtead Blue” that was displayed along with other butterflies, beetles, bees and wasps in the Pinetum.
On August 16th some of our members along with partners and friends boarded a coach to visit Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. We had a good journey despite the incessant rain and occasional jam on the M25 and arrived in good time for our guided tour. There was a great deal to see in the house and the guides were enthusiastic and very informative about the history of the Rothschild family ( who owned it for many years) and the many works of art / artefacts on display. The house was given to the National Trust in the 1950s and opened to the public in 1959.
After our tour we had a delicious pre-ordered lunch and were free to go back and look at more of the House or enjoy the gardens and extensive grounds until four o'clock when our coach would be leaving. Luckily the weather had improved and the afternoon was very sunny so it was a pleasure to wander around and see the Aviary, the Rose Garden and the distant views of the Chiltern Hills. The coach left on time and we had a good journey for an hour when suddenly the coach lost power. Unfortunately the driver was unable to get the coach started again and we had to wait for a couple of hours for another coach to arrive. A bit disappointing after a very enjoyable day but people passed the time chatting, laughing and eating the supply of sweets we always carry on outings.
A group of 34 of us went to the Music Museum in Kew for our Christmas outing on the 28th November. It is quite an amazing place and we were able to listen to tunes played on piano organs which were made at the beginning of the twentieth century.
After a lovely lunch, including a glass of Prosecco, we were entertained with music played on a Wurliter Organ, which occasionally was accompanied by two wonderful lady singers. There was a truly festive feel to the show which culminated in a jolly "sing song."
Leaving the Museum, we continued into London to see the Christmas Lights and then on to a restaurant in Clerkenwell where we had a delicious fish and chip supper.
It was a really lovely day and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Monday 10th December 2018
Zia Vitalia, The Street, Ashtead