Welcome back to meeting in public. It’s been lovely to see so many of you recently in our social meet ups. We hosted a very successful pub evening in June – 17 members enjoyed very lively discussions, drinks, and desserts at the Feathers. A regular few continue to meet at the hub for breakfast on Tuesday mornings and craft socials on Saturday mornings, also at the hub. We also enjoyed a picnic and social at Crossways Gardens in early July. A small select group also picked fruit on the bund in August. Sadly, the weather didn’t favour us for this event which probably put a few off attending.
Looking forward we have a lot of interesting events for you to join in. On Monday 23rd August, do join us at the Feathers for a social. On 5th September we’ll be hosting the Make, Bake and Take stall at All Saints Fair between 11am and 2pm – come and join us. Bake cakes to put Bake off in the shade. Tell your friends, bring your family and lots of spare change. It will be a lot of fun. (And look out for Liz who’s decamped to the Reigate beekeepers stall -traitor!) The fair is a great opportunity show case our group to the public and to recruit new members to join us.
Our meeting in Canada Hall takes place on 13th September and of course involves FOOD. NICE FOOD! A popular recipe swap – bring along a plate of petit fours and little savouries with the recipe to share. Much time to share, eat and chat. (Just leave room after your dinner! Diets suspended on 13th!)
Next up is another Willow Weaving workshop with Lorraine from Hedges and Hurdles. This event takes place at Birtley Art Space near Guildford on 18th September. £45 for a half day workshop. Early booking essential. Check the website for booking details. The last few have been very much enjoyed by our members.
Later in September we have a rescheduled GHOST walk – Friday 24th September - 7.45 for prompt leaving at 8pm at Tunnel Road, Reigate. Cost £6. All welcome, including friends, family, children, husbands. If you’ve already paid, your space is assured. If you can’t make that date, I’ll refund your money. Comfy shoes, torches and warm clothes recommended. It will be a lot of fun and slightly terrifying!
Looking forward to the rest of the year, April Lewis will be delivering an interesting talk on Hallowe‘en traditions in October. We also have a talk on the history of Fr Christmas in November. In December we are (hopefully) hosting a festive Christmas quiz and soup buffet at Canada Hall in place of our usual visit to the Toby Carvery. There will also be a walk around Merstham to see some of the amazing Christmas lights – I think this will deserve to end at the Feathers.
Look out for other events that will be advertised on Facebook and on the website. I’ll be organising more walks and a few of us regularly outdoor swim at the Shac in Buckland. Currently the water is warm enough to not need wetsuits. There are also still a few open-air concerts at the end of August at Flower Farm – lookout on the Flower Farm website for these eventshttps://flower-farm.co.uk/saturdays/
As always, all welcome. We look forward to welcoming you.