The Friends

Thursday, 17th March

This was our first meeting at The Cowshed at which we followed the usual Friends format of a meal followed by a talk or, as in the case of this meeting, the AGM. Everything seemed to go well , if a little frantic for the committee at times. No longer did we have the lovely staff at Langrish House to prepare the dining area, cook and serve the food, clear the tables and wash up. However, with the good will of the members of the Friends committee and the positivity and cooperation of all who attended we were able to fulfil the requirements of the AGM and enjoy a meal together.

Thursday, April 21st

The format for our April meeting was quite traditional, a meal followed by a talk, except this time ready prepared, frozen food, purchased from “Cook” was served.

The meal was followed by a talk given by Ian Wesley on the history of The Squeaker. I guess I may be biased but everyone appeared to enjoy the presentation very much indeed. There was a lot of audience participation from those who were able to add depth and personal knowledge of many of the topics that Ian had extracted from the 158 editions  Squeakers that have been published. Evelyn Hickox was responsible for starting The Squeaker and it was wonderful that her son was able to join us for the evening and contribute to the talk.

Saturday, 30 April

Twenty of us enjoyed a wonderful sunny, warm afternoon together, up the Avenue to Froxfield, through Froxfield to Floud Wood, along Ridgetop Lane & back down to the bottom of The Avenue. The bluebells were lovely and the wild garlic was just starting to flower. Our efforts were rewarded with tea, scones and cakes at The Old Hop Kiln where Marjorie was kindly waiting for us with the kettle on.

Future events

Sunday 5th June

The event of the year is, of course, the Platinum Jubilee Lunch which  we hope will  be a memorable occasion. The lunch starts at 12 noon, straight after the service at our village church, St John’s. The service starts at 10.30 and will be conducted by Terry Loudon who was our vicar from 1996 until he retired in 2013  .

As, I hope you will know already, there is no charge for this event as you are required to bring your own food for the main course. The Jubilee Dessert, tea and coffee will be served free and there will be a bar selling beer, lager and wine. 

A variety of activities are planned for children and adults.

Although entry is free, we do need to know who is coming so that we know how many tables, chairs etc to set up as well as ensuring there is enough dessert for everyone. We hope and pray that the weather will be fine but we have to make sure we have enough gazebos for everyone to be under cover if the weather is very hot or wet, please not the latter!

Finally, we will need as much help with setting things up on Saturday 4th in the morning as possible. Please watch for emails for further details.

N.B. we will not be having a village lunch in September this year!

Litter Picking

A reminder that the litter pickers are available for to use from Pitts Farm in Langrish and The Old Chapel in Ramsdean.

Betty Wesley

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