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Recent event reviews

Book Talk, The Traitor King with Andrew Lownie, Thursday 5th May

Over 80 Members and guests enjoyed a captivating talk by Andrew Lownie on his latest biography, The Traitor King, the scandalous story behind the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Here’s what you had to say.

It was a great evening and an absolutely fascinating informative talk. Loved it!

Combination of story and excellent presentation.

Andrew was easy to listen to and answered all questions very clearly. Can’t wait for the Prince Andrew Book Talk!

Tour of the Chelsea Physic Garden, Tuesday 11th May

Members were treated to a private guided tour of the beautiful Chelsea Physic Garden with breakfast at the Club beforehand.  The Chelsea Physic Garden occupies four acres of land on the edge of the Thames and was established in 1673 by the Apothecaries in order to grow medicinal plants.  This extraordinary garden has over 5,000 different plants and still has a wide-reaching impact around the world.  Tickets sold out quickly for this event, but I would highly recommend a visit for anyone who hasn’t yet been.  Here’s what you had to say:

Thanks for organising and looking after us all.  It was a lovely morning and will definitely be going back, the tour was excellent.

I wanted to write immediately to express our enormous gratitude for a completely fascinating tour of the garden this morning. What was incredible wars Janet’s knowledge, her patience expertise and willingness to share her insights and stories on the plants, benefactors and gardeners who have made Chelsea Physic Garden what it is today. A truly hidden gem.

Thank you again Nicki, for organizing the tour, which was a brilliant idea to arrange for and introduce us to.

 

Upcoming events

Summer Family Barbecue – Saturday 18th June, 11am – 3pm

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Summer Family Barbecue.  Bring along family and friends to enjoy a delicious barbecue and garden games. Pixie the Fairy will keep the children entertained as well as a Petting Farm, Bouncy castle, and Face Painting.

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Walkabout Wine Tasting – Postponed

 

Thursday 15th September

 

Join the Wine Committee for an informal tasting of the Club’s wine list. We will introduce you to most of the wines on our list and encourage you to go beyond a glass of house white or red.

 

Members £15 | Guests £20

 

Book now at Reception, call them on 020 8480 4200 or log into the Members’ website and book online

Music Night
in the Bar

 

Tuesday 31st May, 7pm

 

Hugh Mackay
Cellist

Hugh Mackay is a young Scottish cellist whose varied musical life comprises chamber music, orchestral playing, historically-informed performance and concerto appearances. He has played in leading festivals including The BBC Proms, Enescu Festival (Bucharest) and Festival Berlioz (France), and venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and The Palace of Versailles.

 

Booking essential £5 per person – limited availability.

Drinks and snacks are available on pre-order, if you wish to stay for dinner after the performance we strongly suggest booking a table in advance.

 

Book now at Reception, call them on 020 8480 4200 or log into the Members’ website and book online

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend

 

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June

 

Join us in the Club Café to find a right Royal atmosphere with specially-created dishes and afternoon teas.

No need to book, just turn up and join in the festivities on the day.

Summer Barbecue for all the family

 

Saturday 18th June, 11am – 3pm

 

Bring family and friends to enjoy a delicious barbecue from our new Executive Chef plus side stalls to entertain children including

 

  • Petting Farm
  • Face painting
  • Bouncy castle
  • Walkabout entertainment
  • Music

 

Barbecue and refreshments available to purchase with membership card Annual Levy or Top Up Levy.

Member £5 (adult or kids) | Guests £7

Book now at Reception, call them on 020 8480 4200 or log into the Members’ website and book online

Salute the Services

 

Monday 20th June, 10am

 

Special visits from the restored 240 FLM and Putney and Wimbledon fire station personnel plus a variety of Fire Fighter activities from 10-10.30am, followed by golf, lunch, raffle and an auction.

 

Meet from 10am, shotgun start at midday
Members £45 to include golf,
halfway-hut refreshments and lunch.

 

Proceeds to the Firefighters Charity.
Book now at Reception or call 020 8480 4200

Recent event reviews

Easter – Workshop, Egg Hunt and Carvery, Sunday 17th April

We had plenty to keep Members happy this Easter. Our youngest Club Members enjoyed a special Workshop and Egg Hunt. The little ones made Easter cards, bunnies and finger puppets and then found chocolate eggs hidden in the gardens. It was lovely to see all the children running around trying to find the clues and chocolate eggs. Afterwards, over 160 Members and their families enjoyed a delicious carvery in the Restaurant. Here’s what you had to say:

♥ Nice to have Easter activities at the Club. Combination of craft and hunt good idea. Nice to use gardens
♥  Our little ones loved it, roaming the gardens looking for eggs. Well done!
♥  Children were made to feel welcome and there was a mixture of things for all ages
♥  Piano music was nice and followed on from family Easter events
♥  Food selection was very good

Music Night with Jessica de Giudici, 29th March

Sadly Covid depleted attendance numbers for this event, with a lot of late cancellations. However, those that came enjoyed Jessica’s beautiful singing with her accompanying pianist. We welcome back the popular Robert Habermann for our next Music Night on Tuesday 26th April.

Private Tour of the Old Operating Theatre, 4th April

On Monday a small group of Members enjoyed a private tour of an old Victorian operating theatre which was rediscovered by chance in the 1950’s. It is the only surviving 19th century operating theatre in Europe. See here for its history: oldoperatingtheatre.com/explore/history-of-the-museum/

An Evening with Sir Andrew Strauss – postponed

Please note that this exciting event has been postponed to a date in the autumn. As soon as a new date has been confirmed, the details will be advertised.

In conversation with Annick Lever – Wednesday 16th March

Last week, Member Annick Lever, gave a touching and personal talk of her family’s survival of World War II.  Proceeds from the evening went to Annick’s chosen charity Holocaust Educational Trust. Here’s what you had to say:

‘ … worthwhile subject and charitable cause simply and beautifully presented.’

‘Heartfelt testimony from Annick.’

ENO Opera Trip, Cosi Fan Tutte, 22nd March

This week, a group of Members enjoyed a trip to see the ENO’s latest production of Cosi Fan Tutte at the London Coliseum. With a delicious two-course, pre-opera supper, an enjoyable evening was had by all. Here’s what you had to say:

‘The fish cooked to perfection, the coach drivers were excellent’

‘Just a good evening out with all the admin hassle removed. Good meal, excellent seats and very comfortable transport.’

‘Thanks for a very pleasant evening. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly be back for more.’

Magic Carvery, Sunday 27th February

Members of all ages enjoyed another Magic Carvery at the Club with delicious food and entertainment from professional magicians and an outstanding balloon modeller.

It was a great way to spend an afternoon with family enjoying good food and magic. Look out for our next Magic Carvery in the autumn.

Here’s what you said:

‘The food and entertainment were excellent. The tables were nicely spaced out so you didn’t feel too cramped. We had three generations there, and we all enjoyed it, without any whining from any of us. No one was rushed, and it was a very enjoyable couple of hours at Roehampton Club. Will definitely book again. Thank you.’

‘Relaxed atmosphere, child friendly but also calm and seated. Superb food choices, delicious and healthy. Great to choose how many courses too.’

‘The magic carvery is the best dining events at Roehampton Club, especially for families with young children like us. We’ve been to all the magic carvery and can’t wait to attend the next one!’

 Book Talk – The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, Monday 28th February

Over 40 Members had the pleasure to listen to this thrilling talk by award-winning writer and Roehampton Club Member Victoria Dowd.  Victoria shared her insight on how crime books are written and come to life and her particular passion for Agatha Christie. It was a fascinating evening.

Here’s what you said:

‘Inspiring, she reminded me of the joys of reading – I must do more of it.’

‘Good and very interesting description and insight into how a crime writer thinks and work.’

‘Very relaxed evening. The speaker was likeable and charming and engaging.’

Flipping Pancakes Workshop, Tuesday 1st March

On Pancake Day, the youngest Members of the Club had a tremendous amount of fun with our Pastry Chef Hayleigh. They made, cooked, flipped and ate delicious pancakes.

Children made colourful masks and bracelets as well as played fun games. Such a great way to celebrate Shrove Tuesday!

Here’s what you said:

‘They liked the different activities for children and the fact they got to eat the pancakes’

‘The different activities for children and the fact they got to eat the pancakes’

‘Lots of variety in activities, games were a good outlet.’

Virtual Talk – Preventative Health and Technology, Thursday 3rd March

During this virtual talk, Dr Paul Jenkins showed how CT and MRI have evolved through the years. The technology can nowadays identify the early signs of possible diseases so that treatment can be given in the early stages.

It was a very informative talk!

Here’s what you said:

‘It was very interesting and informative. The information was clear and easy to understand.’

Music Night in the Bar with Violinist Abbie James, Tuesday 22nd February

On Tuesday, Members had the pleasure to listen to a promising young violinist, Abbie James, a scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Abbie beautifully performed different styles of music, from classical to Irish and pop music.

Here’s what you said:

‘Happy atmosphere and not too formal, with a charming artist who played violin beautifully.’

‘The music, the violinist and that we had our own little cosy sofa for two!’

Walking Tour of Bloomsbury, Tuesday 22nd February

On Tuesday, Blue Badge Guide and Roehampton Club Member Viv Haxby took Members on a tour of Bloomsbury; she explained the area’s history and its connections to the Arts and Medicine academia.  As always, Viv manages to captivate her audience with her knowledge and enthusiasm.

Here’s what you said:

‘Such a fantastic historian as a guide. Very enthusiastic and fun Great tour’

‘Breakfast was ideal. Arrangements and organisation were excellent, the tour was interesting and informative. The depth and extent of Viv’s knowledge is formidable!’

‘Such a fantastic historian as a guide. Very enthusiastic and fun great tour’

Call My Bluff, Monday 21st February

 

Last Monday, after two years of waiting, over 50 Members had the pleasure of attending one of the most popular events we offer at the Club.

It was a great night, trying to guess who on the distinguished panel was bluffing; Chris Jones brilliantly led the evening, creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

We had two winning teams, correctly guessing three of the wines! It was a delightful evening with excellent taster dishes from the Restaurant menu.

 

Here’s what you said:

‘Really well organised. Chris Jones led it excellently, creating a lot of amusement, enjoyment and camaraderie. The six dishes were also excellent and very efficiently served. Well done all.’

‘A fun evening – well organised – good food and wine. Great to be back on the Club social scene!’

‘It was great fun, we laughed and enjoyed the food and wine. The panel were clever and managed to give nothing away.’

Virtual Walk Around Covent Garden with Rosalind Vincent – Monday 7th February, 7pm

Last Monday, over 20 Members enjoyed ‘attending’ this virtual walk led by Roehampton Club Member Rosalind Vincent.

Rosalind helped us discover tiny hidden alleyways of London; take notice of the delightful architecture we otherwise would walk by and never notice. We listened to intriguing historical anecdotes of the life of people who used to live in the Covent Garden in the past. A truly enjoyable evening.

Here’s what you thought:

‘The speaker was lively and enthusiastic and had found some fascinating and pretty out-of-the-way alleys, notices, sculptures, etc.’

’It was excellent … I enjoyed it so much’

Love your iPad – Wednesday 9th February, 7pm

At this workshop, Members learnt key tools on how to maximise their iPad and iPhone use.

Roehampton Club Member Chris Bray explained how to organise memory, folders, hidden features and all the little tricks which can help you use your gadget in the most efficient way.