First the good news - your pension will be in your bank account by 15th July. Any problems give me a ring after that date.
The charity has also created a new website. I realise that many of you don’t have computers but nearly all of you have family or friends who do. Take a look at www.stgeorgethemartyrcharity.com and let us know what you think. We will be putting up lots of interesting information, dates for trips, contact details etc. and it’s an easy way of keeping up-to-date with the charity’s activities. As well as continuing to post the newsletter, we plan to put them on-line along with lots of photos from our outings and holidays. If you do not want your photo on the website please let us know and avoid being in photos!! We only choose the best photos with you all looking great. So there’s nothing to worry about.
One of the reasons for the new website is to spread word about the Charity more widely. You can help too - don’t keep the Charity a secret! Please tell your friends and neighbours about us and if they are eligible they can probably join.
Now for something more serious - can I remind you that all of you should have a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm in your house or flat? Nearly all of you rent and your landlord should provide this by law. If you have not got these alarms it’s important that you sort this out immediately by contacting your landlord. If they do nothing please give us a ring and we may be able to help with the purchase. They are not expensive.
In March we attended a weekend performance of Fawlty Towers dining Experience and I think I am able to say that we met the next best thing to the original Manuel, Basil Fawlty and Sybil!
The Mystery Trip was to Guildford and we were blessed with good weather being particularly lucky as it was the only good day for what seemed like months! And I think we made it there and back in record time.
Kinky Boots was a lot of fun and I know that several of the members thought it was the best show that they had seen. It was certainly unforgettable!
Lastly we went on the Windsor boat trip. It turned out to be a glorious day and lovely to meander down the river at a leisurely pace seeing the sights along the way.
We have a 2 door, 2 draw wood wardrobe which needs a home. The measurements are H 70 inches (1790mm) W 36 inches (900mm) D 21 inches (535mm). If you are in need of one and are interested please contact Philippa.
Summer has come around again after a dry and mild Spring. The terror attacks in Westminster and the Borough are worrying, but the rapid response of the emergency services has prevented these attacks being worse than they could have been.
The advice that is being given by the police about what to do if you get caught up in such an incident is to move away, hide and tell someone what is happening.
Londoners have always been calm and resilient in the face of such terrible events, which is one of the reasons why I love this city and this part of it so much.
I do hope that those of you going on one of the holidays or on an outing enjoy good weather.
We can organise everything else apart from that.
We are organising a regular private screening of films for our charity members and hope that you will all come along to enjoy a film on the big screen. I know from speaking to a number of you that you haven’t been to the pictures for many years and hope that you will give this a go. We can request any film we want as long as it’s not a new release so I hope that you will give me some ideas of what you would like to watch. The films can be new or the ‘oldies’ and although initially I have given you a choice of four films for you to give a preference, any suggestions would be appreciated.
The Ritzy Brixton- Directions
The Ritzy in Brixton is extremely easy to get to on either the 133 bus from London Bridge or the 135 from Walworth Road. Both take you to Brixton Station where you would alight and the cinema is a one or 2 minute walk. From London Bridge the bus journey is approximately 30 minutes and from Walworth Road 20 minutes. Alternatively you could go by the underground.
This would be great fun, an opportunity for all to watch a film together and have the cinema to ourselves. I hope that you come along and share some popcorn!
Happy Bus Pass Outings June 2017
This is a friendly informal group of older people not a formal organisation. People come at their own risk and must be able to look after themselves. New people welcome.
To attend an outing all you need to do is be at Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Rd, SE1 7AA by 11am on a Wedsnesday. All places visited are free so there should be no cost for any outing, provided you bring your Freedom Pass. It is suggested you bring sandwiches as the group find somewhere to eat them together.
Hogarth House and Chiswick House Gardens and Conservatory. Extensive collection of prints and engravings by the artist William Hogarth.
Crystal Palace Park See where the large glass Crystal Palace exhibition stood between 1854 and 1935.
Visit to Camden Lock and surrounding area.
Kelsey Park Beckenham. Public Park which formed the landscaped park of the Kelsey Manor Estate
York House Gardens Twickenham. York House dating back to the 17th Century forms part of the present day offices of the London Borough of Richmond. Includes sunken lawn, the sea nymph statuary and restored Japanese garden.
Visit to Amersham
Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park. 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation planted inthe 1830’s.
Visit to Blackheath Village
Stephens House and Gardens, Finchley
Grade II listed house with extensive landscaped gardens. The House is usually closed but the gardens are free to visit.
Hall Place Gardens Bexley. Stately home built in 1537 surrounded by a 65-hectare award winning garden. Admission charge to the house but gardens, café and glasshouses are free.
Teddington Lock and surrounding area.
Visit to Chesham
Kenwood House. Former stately home. English Heritage
If you cannot come on these outings but would like to be involved in the future please leave your contact details for Jenny at WAC. Tel no 0207 261 1404 or email@example.com
Dates for Diaries
Saturday 1st July
International Brigade Annual Commemoration at Jubilee Gardens. Remembering Brits who fought in the Spanish Civil War
5Th July to 8th October 2017 FREE
Frieze Sculpture 2017 at Regents Park. Wander through a stunning outdoor exhibition featuring works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors.
23rd June to 8th July FREE
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
One of London’s largest free outdoor Arts Festival with Open Air Theatre, dance, art and music.
Friday 7th July, Friday 4th August and Friday 1st September
Lambeth Palace Garden Open Day.SE1’s largest Private Garden.
Saturday 15th July FREE
Mint Street Music Festival at Mint Street Park. Family friendly music festival
Saturday 16th September FREE
Bermondsey Street Festival 11am -6pm. 11th Annual Street Festival.
Sunday 24th September FREE
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival at Guildhall Yard. Front of the Guildhall from 1pm before parading through the Streets to St Mary Le Bow Church for a free service of Thanksgiving. Morris dancing, Maypole dancing, Marching bands and drummers at this 140 year old traditional event which raises money for charity.
Sunday 5th November
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run at Westminster Bridge. See 500+ veteran cars-up to 120 years old cross Westminster Bridge.