An Apology: Owing to unforeseen circumstances, the event planned for June 17 did not take place. Our sincere apologies to  all those who turned up on that extremely hot day. It has been rescheduled for September, details in the programme..

Summer Outing, June 2022

Members enjoyed a sunny afternoon in the hotel and grounds of the Oatlands Park Hotel, the original site of the Oatlands Palace, once the home of the Tudors and Stuarts. The present building was built at the turn of the 18th Century and became a hotel in 1856. The building has been home to the Kings and Queens of England, played hosts to Emperors and Earls and been immortalised in both prose and paint throughout the centuries.

After a light snack at the Bar, the party went for a stroll in the gardens, where they viewed the famous Duchess of York ‘Dogs graveyard’. This was followed by a visit to the Tea-room for a lavish  High Tea with the traditional cucumber sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and miniature pastries. Even doggy bags were available to deal with the surplus.

See the slide show (scroll down) to see more pictures.

From the moment I start a new novel, life’s just one endless torture. The first few chapters may go fairly well and I may feel there’s still a chance to prove my worth, but that feeling soon disappears and every day I feel less and less satisfied……… Then, when it’s finished, what a relief! Not the blissful delight of the gentleman who goes into ecstasies over his own production, but the resentful relief of a porter dropping a burden that’s nearly broken his back.

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