Social Scene

Tasting of Summer Wines – Friday 15th May, 6:30-7:30pm

Master of Wine Beverley Blanning, a member of the Club’s Wine Committee, will be leading a live tutored tasting for Members by Zoom. Beverley has selected six high-quality wines to enjoy for summer drinking. The tasting will highlight different styles and grape varieties from around the world. We shall be tasting the wines together and there will be time for discussion and questions. The wines are available for purchase in half-bottle format (375ml) and will be delivered to your home. A half bottle provides an ample tasting measure for up to six people (if your household is this size). This is a free event in that you will only be paying for the price of the wines and delivery. Full details for how to purchase the tasting case and gain access to the Zoom link will be in Monday’s upcoming Social Scene e-newsletter.

The Rock’N’Roll Years daily broadcasts

From fellow Member and music aficionado Chris Bray
Do you know who invented the term Rock’n’Roll? It first appeared in 1954 to describe the emerging new brand of music favoured by strange human beings called ‘teenagers’. During the 1980s and 1990s the BBC produced a series of 30-minute programmes entitled; The Rock’n’Roll Years. Each programme covers one year from 1956-1989, giving 34 programmes in all. Each programme consists of news clips providing an excellent and entertaining history overlaid with music from the year and includes footage of some the bands/musicians performing.

The programmes have never been made available on iPlayer and probably never will be, but Member Chris Bray is lucky enough to own the complete set (of varying quality).

To provide some entertainment and education Chris will broadcast one programme per day commencing on Wednesday 6th May – starting with 1956 (remember Suez?) – at 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday. The first three days will be a trial, to make sure that Zoom works sufficiently and that the broadcast is of interest to Members.

To view, you need to use the Video Conferencing Programme, Zoom. The link below will take you directly to the broadcast, it is the same link each day. The Meeting ID and Password are provided as back-up in case you have problems. Meeting ID: 824 0007 2166  |  Password: 088783

Please join the Zoom ‘meeting’ by 5.25pm each day so that we can start promptly at 5.30 pm

I hope that many of you will join me on this journey through history!

Chris Bray | Board Director

Historic House Series ~ Althorp – talk by Viv Haxby

Viv Haxby, blue badge Guide and Club Member talks about Althorp the childhood home of Diana Princess of Wales. Built in 1508 by the Spencers for the Spencers, it remains the family home today. Set in beautiful parkland the house contains a fabulous collection of treasures acquired over the generations.

Click here to watch Viv’s talk

VE Day – Friday 8th May

On Friday 8th May 2020 Britain will commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day when the guns fell silent at the end of war in Europe. Let’s honour the VE Day celebrations from home.

Unable to have the workshops, costumes and food from the era at the Club as planned, join in from home. Did your street have a stay-at-home street party, did you dress up, or make your own bunting?

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Lockdown IT Clinic – every Wednesday 2-3pm

During the current crisis, many Members may encounter technical problems with their electronic devices. Chris Bray, fellow Member and resident iPad guru, will host an online IT clinic using the video-conferencing tool, Zoom.

Following the success of last week’s session, Chris will be online for an hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm until further notice, to answer any questions that you might have.

Join the Zoom meeting, either by going to  or by using the Zoom App if you have a tablet and click on ‘Join a Meeting’ or click here to go straight to the meeting:  – Meeting ID: 869 7105 7509 – Password: 012184

Quiz time

How well do you know wine? In January I was fortunate to attend a WSET Level 1 one-day wine course, particularly as it was held at Berry Brothers in St James’s, Britain’s oldest wine merchants, an historical treasure trove and well worth a post-lockdown visit

Nicki Davis – Operations Manager, Food/Beverage and Events

The course is designed for those studying wine for the first time, with an introduction to the main styles of wines, principal grape varieties and the theory of wine pairing.  At the end of the course there is a multiple choice exam, which I’m happy to say I passed with flying colours.

Click here for the Wine Quiz Questions (PDF)
Click here for the WORD version   |  Answers next week.

Skincare tips from the Tulloch Clinic

Tips from Ronel at the Tulloch Clinic on using the lockdown as an opportunity to sort out your skincare routine. Suitable for men and women, and all ages.

♥ Remember to double cleanse in the evenings
♥ Gentle exfoliation every week unless you are using high levels of vitamin A
♥ Body exfoliation 2 or 3 times a week is a must with summer around the corner
♥ Apply UV protection every day even when indoors as UVA rays penetrate through glass
♥ Improve skin hydration by supplementing with Omega 3: a fatty acid

At home, time allows us to tone facial muscles by practising facial exercises. It is also a good time to do a stock take of all your skin and body products … check the use by dates

Email with any queries

Planting pots and window boxes

Club gardener Kate Burrow
Kate offers some tips for adding colour to the garden and bringing the outside a little closer to the inside.

Read Kate’s pot-planting article here

Nicki Davis  |  Operations Manager, Food/Beverage and Events