From time to time we hold meetings which are open to Club Members
and their guests and if you are thinking of joining us then these
informal meetings are the ideal introduction. It's up to you how long
you stay and you can discover just how friends and former
colleagues are involved with our club. Just keep an eye out for
Coffee Mornings and Afternoon Teas
Salute to the 40’s at Chatham Dockyard Sunday 10 September
The Historic Royal Navy warships and shipbuilding heritage in an 18th-century dockyard museum is pulling out all the stops to ensure you have a great nostalgic visit at Chatham.
Bring your spam sandwiches and pop (or a packed lunch as I cannot pre-order food) Alternately you can visit the restaurant by the dockside, the Wagon Station. Be advised we all will need to wear a wrist band handed out on the day.
Britain’s best 1940’s vintage festival takes place here annually. Be transported back in time for an afternoon of vintage delight. There will be hip hop dancing, stalls, Marching Bands , music and singing, all the while we are there. Plus lots of street food.
We all loved Vera Lynn so to make it more fun why not dress up in 40’s clothes and have fun, surely we cannot miss out on this unique period of time. Most of us will remember this period be it from films and TV or from pictures from our parents. Do look up their website for info at -https://thedockyard.co.uk/
The Ropery will be open for you to visit at no extra cost although it cannot be pre-booked
Autumn Lunch at the Cranleigh Friday 6th October
Hornchurch RM12 6LX
Parking is limited here so come early as the ambiance is more than worth the visit. There is local street parking. The nearest tube station is called Hornchurch and it’s on the District Line. The venue is only one Bus stop away (a 5-minute walk for some) this is highly recommended.
We will be having our Raffle in support of Air Ambulance for which I hope you will be generous as all their kit needs to be replaced.
The service here is a Silver Service and we hope to eat at 12.30 so please arrive by
12 midday in plenty of time to get your drinks at the bar and to be sitting next to friends of your choice. The meal includes a glass of wine or a soft drink at the table. You will also need to collect from me or Carol a voucher to display your food choices.
Food choices as per response slip.
A London Bridge to Rotherhithe walk with Elaine Tuesday 17th October
We will meet at London Bridge Station using - St. Thomas Exit. Meet outside station
The walk starts at Guys Hospital with a look around the courtyard & historic points of interest including the old operating theatre. Overall you will be walking just under 3 miles.
There are also toilets at the entrance to Guys in the Science Gallery if needed.
We make our way to the Thames Path via Tooley Street where we will see HMS Belfast & City Hall.
We continue under Tower Bridge & make our way to Butlers Wharf where we stop for a coffee & toilet break at ‘All Bar One’.
As we walk along the Thames Path to Rotherhithe Street we will find a collection of historical landmarks including ‘The Mayflower’ and the ‘Brunel Museum’ which is in the heart of Rotherhithe Village.
We will continue along the Thames to the ‘Salt Quay’ pub which has a spectacular waterside position & offers views across the Thames. We could stop here for lunch.
We then make our way back to Canada Water underground station on the Jubilee line.
Theatre Trip - Crazy for you Matinee performance Wednesday 1st November
Gilliam Lynne Theatre, Covent Garden, Drury Lane, Holborn WC2B 5PW
This summer’s biggest and most joyful musical comedy is lighting up the West End.
‘Banishing the cares of the world with sublime songs and tap routines’ (Evening Standard)
This large-scale production offers 16 orchestra members and an incredible 34 strong cast led by the electrifying Charlie Stemp alongside Carly Anderson and outrageously comic Tom Edden. The show overflows with glorious Gershwin melodies, including ‘Someone to watch over me’ and ‘I got rhythm’ and ‘They can’t take that away from me’. The seats are in the stalls, rows N and O.
This is a make your own way trip and no meal are provided.
Seats are limited so please respond asap and include SAE
Xmas Dixieland Jazz Lunch Show Wednesday 29th November
Tereza Joanne Barge E16 2QY
This former Crane Barge has been on the water as an event venue since 1997. It is a
pity that our May trip had to be cancelled due to problems.
This lunch time show will be great fun please join Paul Higgs (trumpet) and his Dixie Jazz Band for a joyous afternoon of song and dance with added Christmas flavours. A great band with a wonderful vocalist captures that Dixieland vibe and the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Jelly Roll Morton. So do wear your dance shoes as your feet will be tapping and hopefully your hips a-swinging.
A coach has been provided, but you can make your own way if you wish.
The two course lunch is traditional Christmas turkey with all the trimmings and a white chocolate Cheesecake with tea and coffee to follow. A veggie option can be offered please advise if required.
There is a fully licensed, reasonable bar where you may purchase wines and beers if preferred. Please advise if you have different dietary needs
Top Meadow Country House & Golf Club Friday 8th December Function Suite RM14 3PR
This year I am delighted to invite you to join us for a truly delightful afternoon at this picturesque setting in the heart of Essex.
A coach will be arranged to ensure as many of you as possible can enjoy this occasion. But, if you prefer to drive yourselves there is ample parking here.
As before there will be a welcome drink upon arrival with wine on the tables. We also have a cabaret singer for our enjoyment and very welcoming staff too.
Eddie will also try to tempt you to buy raffle tickets in aid of the Air Ambulance service, at this, our very last function of the year. We should all arrive by 12 midday as we eat at 12.30pm and should be on our way home at 4pm
If you should have special dietary needs please let us know, thank you.
Meal Choices as per response slip