September 2004

THE BEST INVENTION EVER A specious claim, but I stand by my decision that electricity in the home warrants the description. Here I am, at late in the evening, seeing, typing and wann after a cool day, instead of having to creep upstairs to bed in the dusk which arrives earlier every evening. All because […]

Denies Wine Estate

Nestling in the beautiful Mole Valley on Surrey’s North Downs is Denbies, the largest wine estate in England. It is also the first wine estate in the world to give visitors a unique and fascinating inside into all aspects of the wine producing process. In 2004 alone Denbies wines have won more than twenty national […]

August 2004

WILDLIFE IN COULSDON We have been enabled to watch wildlife on TV recently in various places across the world. Wild it truly is, and often weird both in appearance and habits, but suited to the Australian outback or African jungles. By comparison, Coulsdon and lesser parts of England seem tame, but the wildlife is there, […]

July 2004

IT TAKES ALL SORTS… We’re surrounded by people in our lives, not just folk we know well, but people whose lives touch us to a greater or lesser extent as we go about the business of living our day-to-day existence. That’s not a profound statement – from me? – but something that occurred to me […]

Arundel Corps Christi Festival

On June 10th 2004 we enjoyed a coach trip to Arundel Cathedral to see the festival of flowers. This is an ancient custom whereby the floor of the cathedral is carpeted with flowers, and every nook and cranny contains beautiful floral displays. The custom is very popular in Italy where the streets around cathedrals are […]

June 2004

VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN That was the cynical saying in Northern Ireland when I was a lad at school there before and during WWII, brought about by the enthusiasm of the electorate to ensure that their candidate won the election, be it a local or national hustings. Cynics said it was possible to record more […]

Guide Dogs For The Blind

At our meeting on the first of April 2004 Audrey Butler and her guide dog ‘Goldie’, representing the charity ‘Guide Dogs For The Blind’ attended our meeting. Audrey gave an interesting talk describing the training a dog such as Goldie must go through before being assigned to a blind person. Guide Dogs For The Blind […]

April 2004

THIS CORRESPONDENCE MUST NOW CEASE No, not the Newsletter, or at least not yet. Something much more important, at least for my lifestyle. When just out of my teenages, around 1947, at home during a Friday evening for a change and not out making hay in the hay or the like, I was tuning in […]

March 2004

CARS If there was ever one single invention and development that has changed our world, it has to be the car. Do you recall a recent speaker to our luncheons who showed pictures of London a hundred years ago and later versions of the same scene fifty years ago? The difference in traffic was the […]

Chairams Charity

At our March meeting our outgoing chairman for 2004, Bill Brinkley presented a cheque of £600 to his charity for last year. Bill’s charity was the Disabled Artists Group of the Garwood Foundation. Receiving the cheque from Bill is Philip Aling, a lively twenty year old quadraplegic. Philip displayed his pictures and gave a short […]