Friendly Club May update

The Friendly Club – Recent Events

Tuesday 10th April 2012

 A talk was given by “Dorothy Baker” on “The Tulip Trail”. The talk traced the origins of the tulip which originate from the east and brought to the west by traders and botanists.  It was introduced into Holland in 1593 by a botanist named Carolus Clusius, who brought it from Constantinople. Tulip bulbs where then used as currency in Holland. This started the Dutch bulb trade. Over the next several decades tulips became a fad among the rich of Holland, and prices began to mount. Soon even ordinary bulbs were selling for extraordinary prices, and the rare bulbs were astronomical. The height of the bubble was reached in the winter of 1636-37. Tulip traders were making (and losing) fortunes regularly. Then one day in Haarlem a buyer failed to show up and pay for his bulb purchase. The ensuing panic spread across Holland, and within days tulip bulbs were worth only a hundredth of their former prices. The tulip bubble had burst.

Botanists have modified the bulbs and how the blooms look so they do not resemble the original wild variety like many hybrid plants we see today.

Monday 16th April.

The outing to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park in the Cotswolds went well, the weather was good.  We had a talk giving us detail of the Farms history and how the Farm and Park are now being run. There is plenty to see and not all for children but the Farm Park area is set out for family activity.  Feedback from members was positive and they enjoyed their day.  A few photographs of members and animals follow.

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The Friendly Club – Future Events.

Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

 A talk will be given by “Jane Clements” on “Narrow Boat Art”

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Outing to Dorchester ( market day) and Weymouth. Departs from outside the school at 9.30pm. Return to South Marston at approx.7.00pm.

Tuesday 12th June at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

AGM followed by entertainment by Rose Little and Mervyn Penny.


Tuesday 17th July – Outing

Trip to Beaulieu Motor Museum, House and Garden travelling through the New Forest.

Cost to members £ 28.00 cost for non members £32.00. The price includes entrance to all attractions

Leaving from the outside the village school at 9.30 pm arrival back at South Marston at 7.00pm.

There are places available for members and non-members to join this outing.

If you are interested in this trip contact Brian 826243 or Josie 828080 to reserve a place.


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