The Friends

The February meeting of the Friends on Thursday 7th February held a considerable significance of which none of us was aware at our very enjoyable and successful Christmas meeting on 13th December.

Robert Mocatta gave us an absolutely fascinating talk on Victorian Langrish and Ramsdean based on his extensive and detailed analysis of the census returns, tithe maps, church records and trade directories of the area. Rob’s talk was preceded by another excellent but alas, final meal prepared and served by the outstanding Langrish House kitchen brigade and waiting staff.

After 21 years of running Langrish House as a hotel offering accommodation and a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Nigel and Robina have decided to change to a business model that does not demand a large permanent staff and a very high percentage of their own time and energy. The restaurant that provided us with outstanding food with full table service for our meetings has closed. In future, only breakfast will be served for those staying at the hotel.

Nigel and Robina have very kindly offered us continued use of the room where we have been meeting. We have arranged for a meal to be available for our March and April meetings using a combination of the skills of the breakfast chef at Langrish House and the culinary expertise of “Cook” who have a shop in Petersfield which some of you have used and recommended.

Programme of Events

Thursday 14th February AGM and meal at Langrish House

If you are on the village email list, you will have received details about this meeting. It is at Langrish House starting at 7.30pm. The first part of the meeting is our AGM. This is an opportunity for you to come and tell us your ideas for Friends meetings and activities in the future. Please do think about what you want from the group and, even more importantly, what you can offer. The AGM will be followed by the meal.

If you have not already done so, please email me asap to tell me whether you will be at the meeting and what you would like to eat, if you are having the meal.

Thursday 11th April meal and talk at Langrish House

I am delighted to tell you that our speaker is George Atkinson who will be talking about the “Cumbrian Migration”. This started in the late 19th century and continued until after the First World War when farmers from Cumbria moved down to this area to help revive local farms which had been become unproductive due to intensive arable cultivation. This really is not to be missed.

Provisional future events

Saturday 13th April

The annual bluebell walk, followed by tea at 5 The Close.

Saturday 8th June

Village litter pick followed by tea.

Betty Wesley February 2019