Friendship Club

Photographs: Abi and friends entertaining us with their wonderful singing; enjoying a good meal and a lovely evening; ’60’, a beautiful birthday cake and sherry, plus a 60th birthday card to sign; Dorothy Critchlow cutting the birthday cake.

WE ARE 60 THIS YEAR! 

TO CELEBRATE THIS VERY SPECIALYEAR, WE ARE CELEBRATING THE NATURAL, BUILT AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE SOUTH WEST PEAK LANDSCAPE AREA, FOR WHICH WE HAVE BEEN OFFERED A GRANT BY THE SOUTH WEST PEAK LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP. 

MANY OF OUR SPEAKERS AND OUTINGS WILL BE ABOUT THE AREA, AND WHILE NON-MEMBERS ARE WELCOME ON ANY OCCASION, THESE PARTICULAR EVENTS MAY BE OF SPECIAL INTEREST – DO COME AND JOIN US! 

The highlight of the year was our 60th birthday party, held at Alstonefield Village Hall on 25th July, with food prepared and served by Pam Naden and gang, and entertainment by Abi Cotton and friends.  Pam always produces delicious food and Abi and friends always sing beautifully, as well as performing some hilarious monologues and just generally being lovely people who seem to enjoy coming as much as we enjoy having them.

To make our 60th birthday party a little different from usual, the room was decorated with a variety of balloons and a banner, with ’60’ confetti  and ’60’ paper napkins on the tables as well as little vases of flowers arranged by Dorothy Critchlow, with a little help from Irene and Audrey.  There was a 60th birthday card for everyone to sign, and, as well as the usual birthday cake and sherry to drink the Club’s health, we had a choice of rosé wine or rosé Schloer with the meal and chocolates afterwards.  Altogether a really wonderful evening.

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Everyone is welcome to join the Club, which, contrary to some people’s ideas, is definitely not just for old people!  We also welcome non-members at any of our meetings or outings, so why not come along a give us a try?  We have a very varied programme each year.  From late March until early December, we meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, either at Alstonefield Village Hall or to go on an outing.  A coach collects people from many surrounding villages for the outings, and members collect those without transport to bring them to meetings in their cars.  Every time we meet there is good food on offer, as well as plenty of laughter, plenty to make us think and to entertain us, and wonderful friendship.

Membership costs £4 per year, afternoon tea at meetings costs £5, the coach for outings costs £6, transport to meetings in a car costs £1.  We bring items for a grocery raffle to each meeting and have a ‘bring and buy’ table at each meeting, and also hold a raffle on each outing.

For more information, please ring Lorraine on 01335 310353 or Ann on 01298 84394.

OUR PROGRAMME FOR 2018

(outings are in red)

28th March       2.30pm  First meeting, including AGM and cream tea

11th April           Lunch at The Boar’s Head, Sudbury, visit to Byrkley Park

25th April           2.30pm ‘Cheese factories in the South West Park’ – Alan Salt B&B

9th May            Lunch at The Fickle Mermaid, drive into South West Peak Landscape Area

23rd May            6.30pm ‘The Mist Covered Mountains of Home’ – Byron Machin B&B

13th June            6.30pm ‘Products that Changed our Lives’ – Brian & Lorraine Hawkins B&B

27th June            6.30pm ‘Walking in the South West Peak’ – Sally Mosley B&B

11th July              Lunch at The China Garden, Festival Park, visit to Freeport, Talke

25th July               6.00pm 60th Birthday Party at Alstonefield Village Hall8

8th August           Visit to The Trentham Estate

22nd August         6.30pm ‘Heritage of the South West Peak’ – Sheila Hine B&B

12th September  Lunch at The Winking Man, drive with Sheila Hine round South West Peak

26th September   6.00pm Harvest Supper

10th October       2.30pm ‘Magic, Myth and Memory of the Moorlands’ – Doug Pickford B&B

24th October       2.30pm ‘Life and Work in Nepal’ – Richard & Joyce Odell14B&B

14th November     Christmas shopping at Burton-upon-Trent

5th December     Christmas Lunch at The Bentley Brook, Fenny Bentley

B&B = bring and buy table

 

 

 

 

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