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Friendly Club – Feb 2012

Recent Events
On Tuesday 6th December members attending the Highworth Warneford School annual Christmas Concert were greeted by the children and treated to a pleasant performance of music song and dance. All people invited were given a Christmas card produced by the children together with a Christmas Pudding. Refreshments were served during the interval.

Our Christmas Lunch (a carvery) was held at the Barrington Arms Hotel in Shrivenham on Tuesday 13th December. Members considered the venue and food to be a good choice. We were entertained by the Highworth Songsters which made the event most enjoyable. The raffle for the Friendly Club Christmas Hamper together with a Swindon Town football team shirt signed by team members was held after the lunch. The hamper was won with ticket number 330 – Mrs M Hopkins and the shirt
was won by ticket number 551 – Mr D Manners.

The South Marston School concert on Thursday 15th December was very entertaining. All year classes took part with some children giving solo performances. The effort made by the children and adult helpers was very much appreciated. Refreshments were served after the performance.

Our New Year entertainment began on Tuesday 10th January with a talk was given by Lewis Lawton on “The Terracotta Warriors”. The talk was very informative exploring the known history and the efforts made by the Chinese in their restoration work. If you are able to visit the site you will be
suitable impressed at its scale and size. Many areas are still to be excavated to show the whole army.

Future Events

Tuesday 14th February at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

A talk will be given by Alix Booth on “The history of Punch and Judy

Friendly Club Update – Nov 2011

Recent Events

Our Mystery Tour on 20th September started off with a bit of fun by the coach driver who went around the first roundabout three times to confuse us. Not difficult!!! Then the long way round to Cotswold Wild Life Park in time for feeding the penguins. There were lots of animals to see including the new addition of giraffes. The gardens were in full bloom and looking beautiful. We went to Witney for lunch and some retail therapy. We then headed for Millets Farm Shop and Garden Centre. More retail therapy and arriving back at South Marston before the rain.

Our 5 day holiday to Torquay in early October staying at the Kistor Hotel had its ups and downs with accommodation facilities but the food was reasonable. On a scenic tour of Dartmoor we visited Tavistock and the “House of Marbles” in Bovey Tracey which was very interesting. We also visited Totnes and Dartmouth where some took in a boat trip. The hotel had entertainers each evening but the highlight was an evening at Babbacombe Theatre for a very entertaining musical called Heatwave. It was very enjoyable and made a good round off to the holiday entertainment. On the way home we called at Street for lunch and yes you have guessed it – more retail therapy!!

On 11th October we were entertained by Ian & Diane Woods who sang a range of popular songs. Many members joined in. It was a much appreciated programme.

Future Events

Tuesday 8th November – 2 pm, Village Hall.

A club social event to chat and get to know our many new members. There will be a quiz, bingo and refreshments.

Friday 25th November – Christmas Market.

For senior citizens who are residents of South Marston. The F & E Harris Memorial Trust invite you to a trip to Bath Christmas Market. Members please reserve your place with Mary Cooper 823530.

Tuesday 6th December – Warneford School, 2 pm.

Warneford School holds their annual Christmas concert for senior citizens and we are invited. Last year was a very good show and we expect the same this year. If you wish to go please let me know as soon as you can so that I can advise them of numbers attending. (Brian 826243)

Tuesday 13th December – Christmas Lunch.

Our Christmas Lunch will be at the Barrington Arms Hotel in Shrivenham. Arrive at 12 noon for a 12.15 pm start. We will be entertained by the Highworth Songsters.

Thursday 15th December – School Concert, 2 pm.

South Marston Primary School will be putting on a concert for our entertainment. The effort made by the children and adult helpers is very much appreciated

Friendly Club Update – Oct 2011

Recent Events

Tues 23 August – although raining hard when we left South Marston, we were blessed with sunshine on our Day Trip to Abergavenny and Tintern. The indoor and outdoor markets were in full swing on our arrival and not a superstore in sight but plenty of individual shops and good home cooked food. Leaving Abergavenny we drove through Monmouth and the Wye Valley, which was looking its best. Then afternoon tea at Tintern Abbey Mill and home by 6.30 pm.

A good time had by all.

Tues 13 September – a demonstration was given by Debbie Williams on making sweets. We had hands on participation using fruit, nuts, marzipan, icing sugar and chocolate. We could then take home our creations.

Future Events

Tues 11 October – Village Hall, 2pm. Musical entertainment by Ian and Diane Woods, with popular songs.

Tues 18 October – 12 noon for 12.15. Harvest Lunch at Blunsdon House Hotel.

Tues 8 November – Village Hall, 2pm. Social event to chat, have a quiz, play a few games of bingo, a raffle, all helped along with tea/coffee and cakes.

New members are welcome to any of the above events without obligation. We have over 70 members and would be pleased to see you.

Friendly Club Activities March 2011

Tuesday 8th March. –In the village Hall.

A demonstration and talk on curing meat was given by Jasper Aykroyd who cooked cured pork for us to sample. It was roasted at 150 Deg C for 3 hours, fat-side up so that the fat runs down and bastes the lean meat, then allowed to rest for at least half an hour. He also cooked cured bacon for us to sample.

We were shown various salts, tasted them and chose a salt to use by voting. The range of herbs he uses for curing was explained to us and a selection chosen to cure the belly piece.

The piece he cooked was a whole Back or Loin, and was par-cured with salt, muscovado sugar, and in order: Cinnamon, Corriander, Caraway, Fennel, Clove, Ginger and nutmeg.

Both that and the belly which we cured as a collective group came from Helen Browning’s Eastbrook Farm in Bishopstone. She has the largest herd of Saddlebacks in Europe, but those are breeding sows. The Boars are Large whites. Crossed, they create a pig for meat which has just a nice amount of fat and flavour, and have a mottled grey hide, which gives them their name of “Blue” pigs.

The very fatty bacon that he cooked is from a different herd owned by a friend near Fernam, and those are fluffy pigs from Hungary, called Mangaliza pigs: the preferred meat of the Viennese court in days of yore. (If you saw the programme Great British Food Revival on BBC 2 on Wednesday 16th March you would have seen the pigs which from a distance look like sheep.)

Friendly Club Update

The Friendly Club – Recent Events

Tuesday 7th December – School Concert

We were invited to attend the Warneford School concert. It was well done and the children showed us a mixed range of talent with singing, instrument playing and dancing. A buffet was served and all those attending were given a Christmas card made by the children and a small gift. We were pleased to be invited.


Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Lunch

Our Christmas Lunch was held at the Kingsdown Inn followed by musical entertainment by Ken & Steve which was very enjoyable and made it great afternoon entertainment. We held our Christmas raffle with good prizes on offer for members to choose from. The draw was made to pick the winner of the Swindon Town football, signed by all the team players. The winner was Jodie Turner, yellow ticket number 522.

Thursday 16th December – School Concert

We were entertained by the South Marston Primary School children. They put on a delightful show for us and the effort was most appreciated by all. Following the concert we were served refreshments by staff and helpers. Thanks to all who made the afternoon enjoyable for us.


Tuesday 11th January. Our first event of the 2011 programme was a talk by Richard Gowshall on the topic “A day in the life of a Swindon vet”. Richard presented a slide show and talked about the slides giving information on the work the practice does with funny stories and some hilarious comments people make when using incorrect words or misunderstanding the problem they are trying to convey.

The Friendly Club – Future Events.


Tuesday 8th February. – In the village Hall @ 2.00 pm.

A talk by Bob Browning on walking a long distance footpath, titled “200 miles + one black toenail”

Tuesday 8th March. –In the village Hall @ 2.00 pm.

A demonstration and talk on curing meat by Jasper Aykroyd who will be cooking pork for us to sample.


Friendly Club 2011 Programme




Tuesday 11th January 2.00 pm A talk by Richard Gowshall on the topic

 “A day in the Life of a Swindon Vet”

Tuesday 8th February 2.00 pm A talk by Bob Browning on “200miles + One Black Toenail”

 8th March

2.00 pm A demonstration and talk on curing meat by Jasper Aykroyd who will be cooking pork for us.
Tuesday 12th


2.00 pm A talk by Linda Warren on the subject

 “The wartime kitchen”

Tuesday 19th


9.00 am – 6.30 pm A trip to St Fagans
Tuesday 10th


2.00 pm A talk by Jean Campbell on “India”
Tuesday 17th


9.00 am – 7.00 pm A visit to Madame Tussauds wax works in London.
Tuesday 14th


2.00 pm A talk by Rosa Matheson on the subject “friends of Angel’s Orphanage” in Kathmandu
Tuesday 21st


9.00 am – 4.30 pm A visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover. Demonstrations will be given
Tuesday 12th


2.00 pm A talk by Gillian Monk on the topic “A room with a view”  exploring the eye, comically  
Tuesday 19th


9.00 am – 6.30 pm A trip around Kew Gardens
Tuesday 13th September 2.00 pm A cake decoration demonstration will be given by Debbie Williams. Members will be asked to take part
Tuesday 20th September 10.00 am – 5,00 pm Mystery Tour
Monday 3rd Oct. to 7th Oct To be advised 5 day holiday to Torquay staying at the Kistor Hotel
Tuesday 11th October 2.00 pm  
Tuesday 18th October 12.00 noon Harvest Lunch – Blunsdon House Hotel.
Tuesday 8th November 2.00 pm  
Tuesday 13th December 12.00 noon Christmas Lunch at the Kingsdown P H.

Entertainment by Kevin Bird  



Note: all outings are provisional and subject to member numbers being sufficient.



Annual membership £12.00            (includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)

Friendly Club Programme 2010






Tuesday 12th  January 2.00 pm An introduction to Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival followed by a talk by Sheila Parsons on the subject Spotting & Spinning.
Tuesday 9th  February 2.00 pm A talk by Lorraine Stanton on the subject“From Boardroom to Barn
Tuesday 9th  March 2.00 pm A talk by Ian Purvis on Sea Shells (Conchology)
Tuesday 20th April 9.30am-5.30pm Trip to Labels Outlet Shopping at Ross on Wye and3Shires Garden Centre at Newent.
Tuesday 13th April 7.00 pm A talk on the history of the ukulele by Richard Bending followed by a sing-along with Barry and Chris.
Saturday 8th  May 9.00am – 6.00pm Trip to Malvern Spring Show in association with the Gardening Club
Tuesday 11th  May 7.00 pm Entertainment by Ray Bewes telling Yarns and Poems.
Tuesday 8th June 7.00 pm A demonstration by Emma Tanner on Cake Decoration.
Tuesday 15th June 9.00am – 6.30pm Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and a visit to Moreton-in-Marsh
Tuesday 13th  July 7.00 pm A presentation on Concorde by Doug Newton
Tuesday 20th July 9.00am – 6.30pm Trip to Black Country Museum & boat trip through Dudley Tunnel.
Tuesday 10th August TBA Mystery Tour
Tuesday 14th September 2.00 pm A talk by Jan Blankenstein – Chiropractor on How to maintain a healthy back.
4th -8th October TBA 5 day holiday to Exmouth staying at The Manor Hotel
Tuesday 12th  October 2.00 pm Musical entertainment by Stan & Peggy Byers
Tuesday 19th  October 12.00 noon Harvest Lunch – Blunsdon House Hotel.
Tuesday 9th  November 2.00 pm Social afternoon- time for a chat with games and quiz.
Tuesday 14th December 12.00 noon Christmas Lunch at Kingsdown P.H. Entertainment by Ken & Steve.

Note: all outings are provisional and subject to member numbers being sufficient.

Annual membership £12.00            (includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)