June 2021

Tennis continued with a fifth member joining us so we can keep playing when one of us is not available. Coffee afterwards is being enhanced by specially baked treats to help us replace the calories we have lost playing.  For our monthly meeting we had a tour of Piccadilly and St James called “Putting on the Ritz”, given by Tina, a blue badge guide. We heard about various characters from the worlds of high society and finance as well as quacks and dandies who lived in the area over the last couple of centuries.  Everyone enjoyed the tour and some of us went on for a drink before heading home.   We had two adventures outside of London in June, one to the Chilterns where a great time was had by all and another to the seaside at Margate where we walked around the coast to Broadstairs where we all enjoyed scrumptious ice-creams.  Craft and book clubs continued, with members joining in for a chat even if they hadn’t a project on the go or read the book, which is how it should be.

Angela

MAY 2021

Monday cuppa and chat and Tuesday café walks continued this month, allowing members to meet up in a socially distanced fashion.  We also enjoyed the azaleas and rhododendrons in full bloom in Richmond Park, which we combined with a visit to Petersham Nurseries and a walk back along the Thames to Richmond station.  There was also a very enjoyable walk along the River Chess in sunny weather, which made up for the dull, grey days of this month.   Tulip Siddiq, local MP for many of us, gave us a lovely talk on what it was like to grow up in Hampstead, how she became an MP and how she manages life as a working mother.  We read the Bee Keeper of Aleppo which most of us found to be a good but intense read.  And last, but not least, we went to the ballet and watched Winterisse by  The Ballet Zurich.  An excellent production which many of us would not otherwise have seen.

Angela

Walk along the River Chess

Walking Tour: Putting on the Ritz

For our monthly meeting we had a tour of Piccadilly and St James called “Putting on the Ritz”, given by Tina, a blue badge guide. We heard about various characters from the worlds of high society and finance as well as quacks and dandies who lived in the area over the last couple of centuries.  Everyone enjoyed the tour and some of us went on for a drink before heading home.

Angela

April 2021

Where did April go? In a whirlwind of walks – an average of two group walks a week mostly in local parks and some further afield, as well as other self-organised walks.  We have all been keen to get out and see the blossom and bluebells and took in the menagerie in Golders Hill park, some of us remembering going there as children.   We have all enjoyed catching up in larger groups, taking the opportunity for coffee and sometimes something stronger.  We started playing tennis again although we’ll need more players as we’re all planning to be away at various times over the summer.  Penny gave us a most interesting talk on the history of marriage and divorce in England which was beautifully illustrated.  Many of us enjoyed reading ‘The Carer’ by Deborah Moggach and we had a good discussion.  We had a virtual cultural night when we watched Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s production of  ‘Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations’ on YouTube, simultaneously gathering before and after the performance to chat as you would at a normal theatre outing.

Useful Anti Spam Contacts

NatWest Security centre – available for our customers and non-customers
natwest.com/security

Friends Against Scams website – headed by the National Trading Standards Scams Team

www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

Report the scam to Action fraud:

0300 123 2040 or via their online reporting tool at  www.actionfraud.police.uk You can also forward suspicious or nuisance text messages to 7726

The “Little Book of Big Scams (version 5)” is a fantastic booklet written by the Police Service in conjunction with other expert organisations and is available at www.met.police.uk

Get Safe On Line – the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy to understand information on online safety www.getsafeonline.org

National Cyber Security Centre is the UK’s independent authority on cyber security www.ncsc.gov.uk  

The 10 minute “Become A Friend Against Scams” video available on YouTube https://youtu.be/r-DsFRKacRA

More Helpful Documents To Download From Nat West Bank

HISTORY OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE IN ENGLAND or 27 Dresses – BY PENNY MACKINDER

Emilio Vasarri – The Roman Wedding

Some key dates in modern divorce law:

  • The Age of Marriage Act 1929, made sure that both partner were over the age of 16 to be married.
  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, was introduced to consolidate certain enactments relating to matrimonial proceedings. This granted a divorce on the basis of irretrievable breakdown.
  • Under the Civil partnership Act 2004, same-sex couples can register a civil partnership, which has almost the same legal effects, rights and obligations as marriage does for mixed-sex couples.

We would all like to thank Penny for a wonderfully informative and interesting talk.

March 2021

The clocks have changed and restrictions have eased.  We lost no time in arranging to meet in groups of six for walks in our local parks.  It was lovely to see Chloe, our youngest member, who cheered us all up as she is of course getting bigger every time we see her.  We started the month with some excellent tales and anecdotes of her time as a Prison Governor from Chris Duffin.  We ended the month with some very good advice from NatWest about how to avoid fraud and scams and what to do if we have fallen victim.  In between we discussed Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholl at our book club.  Jigsaw puzzles continue to circulate and some of us are becoming very proficient at completing them.  Many of us kept up our walks in pairs until the restrictions eased and of course there was our Monday afternoon zoom sessions which are always good for a chat.  

Written by Angela