Friendly Club – June 2011

The gardens at St Fagans
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Tuesday 19th April.

Our outing to St Fagans, National History Museum, Cardiff was most interesting: the array of period buildings and artefacts are well planned. The weather was warm and sunny which added to the ambience.

The site is being further developed with new acquisitions (old buildings) and it is intended to add more activity areas to show how things were done in the past. See below some photographs of the buildings and grounds at St Fagans.

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Tuesday 10th May.

Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu
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A talk was given by Jean Campbell on India. Jean told us about a trip to Southern India, flying into Trivandrum, Kerala state, and staying down the coast at Kovalam, on the Arabian Sea. Moving on from Trivandrum to Bangalore and by coach thereafter to Mysore, and visited Seringpatam where in 1799 British forces captured this fort. Amongst the officers was a certain Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington. From Mysore they went by coach up the Nilgiri hills to Ootacamund (known to the British as Snooty Ooty) this being the family home location of Jean’s husband (Ian). It was where he grew up. She talked about visiting the house (now a school and convent), the Ooty Club (where the first game of snooker was officially played in 1881), and a visit to Ian’s old school (Breek Memorial School). They took a trip to the top of Dodabetta – at 8,600 ft, the highest hill in the Nilgiri range. Then down to the plains on the famous Blue Mountain Railway. Finally to Cochin, the only natural harbour on the west coast of India and a very old port from where the spice trade was carried on.

3 thoughts on “Friendly Club – June 2011”

  1. I am so happy to see that South Marston has a web site!

    From 1957 to 1960 I lived in South Marston. My father was an officer at Fairford AFB, and we lived in what had been the Vicarage. I understand it’s been made into some sort of a club. Grace Hill and her daughter Eileen were our landladies.

    I enjoyed seeing the pictures on the web site, especially the church, which I remember well.

    I tried emailing the Web Site Master and the Parish Clerk, but when I tried my email stopped working altogether until I restarted my computer. The Friendly Club seemed like a good alternative.

    I will look forward to keeping track of what else is happening in South Marston.

    Sharon Harper DuBois
    Topeka, Kansas

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