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Schools out for Summer

Hello Ladies - I hope you’re all bearing up in this unseasonably hot weather. It is a little uncomfortable so do take care and keep hydrated - stay in the shade as much as possible too. Stay safe.

We had a lovely and rather unexpected meeting on 11th July - sadly one of the sea shanty singers caught covid, so we were unable to enjoy their singing - However we throughly enjoyed our fish and chip supper and ice creams and watched the Fisherman’s friends movie - highly entertaining. Big thanks to Jenny and Wayne for sorting the tech and food and Catherine for the ice creams and ketchup (that was for the chips - honest! Ketchup and ice cream not recommend unless you’re Heston Blumenthal!) It was a lovely entertaining evening.

We’re considering inviting them back to a family friendly event later in the year that would be open to all on a Friday or a Saturday at Canada Hall or Merstham Village hall - Similar to our folk dance we held pre lockdown. Would you be interested in that? Please do tell in the comments below or speak to us when you see us.

Sadly we had no entries to our logo competition but Fiona will unveil her rather splendid design at the Big community day -I think you’ll like it. It’s epically awesome!

As mentioned above, on Saturday 23rd we’ll be present and Merstham’s Big community day at Merstham Football club on Saturday 23rd between 12 am until everyone goes home in the football club -We’ll be selling homemade traybake, cupcakes, jams and there’ll be children’s games. Alice will be bringing her craft group on tour, so bring along your knitting needles and crochet and join in. Loads of stalls to see - a great raffle and entertainment from Rock Choir and Unison Choir and more live music in the bar at venue. Do come and join us with your families and friends - help out for half an hour if you can or bring a cake or jam for sale. We’ll be there until about 3/4 ish. There will be a quiet hour at 11am for children and adults who struggle with crowds and sensory overload, so please do come then if crowds are rather overwhelming for you. The charities the even are supporting are Stripy Stork (a favourite of the group) SASH and Renewed Hope Trust - all local and worthy charities.

Our August meeting will be Pimm’s and picnic at Joan Hodge house on Radstock Way - plenty of free parking and about 2 minutes from 435/430 bus stop - please book online to request house number. Bring food and soft drinks to share. Pimms provided - Joan’s garden is lovely so do come along for a social and a chat. If you’ve never ventured to a group event - come to this one.

September brings a return to school (no really! They’ve not even broke up yet!) and our meeting is food related again - bring your favourite cakes and bakes with the recipe - diets suspended for 2nd Monday in September - however we make up for that with a very easy pilates for all class in October - no equipment needed - just a chat from the lovely Sara Gordon - a former NHS trained physiotherapist who runs her own physio clinic in Nutfield and hold regular Pilates classes for all levels - there’ll be no floor work - just a chair and/or standing exercise - suitable for all levels, it won't be difficult - Sara is a lovely lady and a great pilates teacher

Social events to look out for - I’m still assisting with the Passion play at Gatton Park until 23rd July - it’s a very good production performed by locals (including a couple of our members) about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The play takes place around the grounds of Gatton Park over the space of about a mile and quite hilly - it’s about 2 hours long and costs £12 - tickets available on the door and starts at 7.30 on 17th July and 20th- 23rd July - buggy available for the less mobile - bring a portable chair, sensible shoes, possibly a torch and food. I would offer to organise a trip myself, but alas I am behind the scenes - so please come if you can and see if you can spot me behind a tree! The walk to different scenes is not a fast one so no need to be super fit.

Films I am hoping to see include the railway children and Fishermen’s friends return - either in Everyman Reigate/Oxted or the Harlequin Redhill. Look out for details on social media and/or the website. Tell your mates whoa aren’t on social media. I can do an At Home film event as I have Netflix and Amazon Prime if anyone fancies watching something you missed at the cinema. If there's anything else you fancy do tell us.

Also lookout for pub nights (usually the last Monday of the month) or the occasional Tuesday night visit to Merstham Station to see the Mayflower sunset express at 20.53 (could be a few minutes earlier or later depending on signals)

I’m still running walks and open water swimming events if anyone fancies joining me. - yesterday the Shac was a tropical 25 degrees in the water. Come August I can put on a sunrise or sunset walk on request (the later will involve a pub or pizza project visit!)

For families, there’s a trip to Littlehampton by coach on Thursday 6th August from 8.30 am, £5 for adults or £2.50 for children - coach leaves at 8.30am from outside the Merstham Mix on Portland Drive. Hurry, places are filling up fast! Pop into the hub to pick up a booking form.

Usual weekly and monthly events still continue - Breakfast at the Mix on Tuesdays, crafting at the mix on Fridays and Saturdays (Alice will be taking a break from 24th but I am sure you can coordinate something between you) and monthly pub evenings.

As a personal postscript, in anyone is interested in learning to become a beekeeper or assistng with a local beekeeping project, please do message me as we are hoping to revive the beekeeping project at the Allotments on Weldon way - a meeting will take place at the hub on 20th August time to be confirmed. I know one or two members with children were interested.

If you’re going away with your family over the summer holidays, have a wonderful time and we look forward to hearing of your adventures - if you're staying home over July and August - we’ll be here for you for drinks, food and social events - Oh and don’t forget we’ll be at the Quality street fair on 4th September - time to be confirmed. Remember this is your group - let us know what interests you and we’ll do our best to make it happen - or volunteer to run it and we’ll support you,

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