Sunday, 29 May 2011
We had 10 in our group (members, friends and
spouses) despite the rain and terrible tube service!
What a quirky and unique little Pub! A Big Thanks to
Hazel Simpson for this gem of a London Pub to
discover! We had some great conversation and lots of
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Five members joined our very own Blue Badge Guide, Margaret Davis, for a very interesting walk around East London and around the outside of the Olympic Park. It was a beautiful day – perfect for our 2 hour walk. Margaret shared with us stories of the re-development of the area as we walked along the canals. We admired the Olympic Stadium and the Swimming venue from the Viewpoint. We heard how some businesses had to be moved from the site to make way for the building of the Olympic Park, and she showed us the example of H. Forman & Son’s Smoked Salmon factory. I am certainly going to book a table at their new restaurant to try their “world famous” smoked salmon with a view of the Olympic Stadium. Thanks to Margaret for an informative and enlightening walk.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
March 3rd 2011 was a great evening for the Maple Leaf Trust and the Canadian community here in the UK. The Maple Leaf Trust Dinner Dance was a black tie affair for 70 very happy and generous guests. The evening started with champagne and delicious canapes with soft jazz background music. We had one hour to mix and mingle and to oggle the wonderful display of auction and raffle items.
Thank you to all who gave so generously on March 3rd.
We “visited” four BADA members at their stalls and heard the story of some of their collectibles. At Trinity House Paintings, we were shown a painting by John Singer Sargent that he painted on the back of a painting by his pupil to show his perspective of the model – quite different from his student’s rendition. We visited with Geoffery Breeze who shared his passion for antique walking sticks – be they ivory, ebony, snake, or hiding a sword, a flask or a pipe.
At Sylvia Powell Decorative Arts, Marc told us the history of pottery in England , with collectibles by William De Morgan, Royal Doulton and Jean Cocteau. I was amazed to find out that even Picasso dabbled in ceramics by commissioning them from his own designs. Our last expert was Jeanette Hayhurst who shared the history of a piece of glass tableware that would hold confections made in the houses of the wealthy. These talks were an excellent introduction to the fair and after a delicious lunch at the Grill, we were free to wander through the exhibition. I saw so many lovely items, but luckily for my husband, I had left my charge card at home. This was a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon and I am sure many of us look forward to the Fair in 2011.
Submitted by Lynda Opocensky