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Friends on Friday
West Lavington Village Hall Wiltshire Garden Club
A great opportunity for villagers to meet to make new friends; have a chat over refreshments and a light lunch and enjoy presentations and entertainment.

Come along for part or all of our meetings – everyone most welcome.

In partnership with West Lavington Parish Council and supported by Age UK Wiltshire.

Friends on Friday is a free event though donations always welcomed.

Meeting one Friday a month from 11am to 1:30 pm


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February Report

Friends on Friday met on Valentine’s Day with red décor and red roses on the tables. Even the soup was tomato!!

New visitors and a much-needed new volunteer, were made welcome, and everyone seemed to enjoy the talk by a representative of the RSPB – as we learned new things about birds we may see every day.

Handmade cards, by Eileen, were on sale in aid of funds and after lunch Lorraine Mahoney introduced her ladies choir ‘The Semingtones’. This superb choir entertained in a highly professional style with Lorraine taking the solo at times. The West Lavington Village Hall came alive with songs ranging from Abba and Robbie Williams to more classical renderings. Lorraine was thanked and given a red rose posy by village hall Chairman Michael May. It is hoped this wonderful group will appear again in the village soon.

Friends on Friday also welcomed the new local MP, Danny Kruger, who popped in to see the club, and enjoyed refreshments and the singing.

Information for the next two meetings:

March 13 - Our own history

‘The Meaning of Things’ with the community curator from Devizes Museum (bring along a photo, artefact, ornament, something to evoke memories and discussion); plus our own Lyn Dyson local author and historian.

April 17 -Making life easier

Helen from Wiltshire Farm Foods with tasters from their extensive menu plus an Easter Quiz by David of AgeUK, with prize supplied by WFF. Julia with handbells and a short talk on the bells at All Saints West Lavington will follow lunch.

Pop in and join us for all or part of the meeting.
Friends on Friday - First 6 months 2020

January 10

Gently into 2020 – crafts; games; and gentle exercise with AgeUK Wiltshire's Fitness and Friendship Club. Caroline Kennet will be offering mini manicures too. February 14 Love is in the air – on what is said to be the birds' mating day a talk by the RSPB. Love songs from Lorraine and The Semingtones Choir after lunch.


March 13

Our own history - 'The Meaning of Things' with the community curator from Devizes Museum (bring along a photo, artefact, ornament, something to evoke memories and discussion ); plus our own Lyn Dyson local author and historian.


April 17 - Making life easier

Helen from Wiltshire Farm Foods with tasters from their extensive menu plus an Easter Quiz by David of AgeUK, with prize supplied by WFF. Julia with handbells and a short talk on the bells at All Saints West Lavington will follow lunch.


May 15

Learning together – DAPS reception class join us for meditation and mindfulness. Sarah O'Rourke of Wiltshire Sight, will talk on this local charity and demonstrate useful aids available to assist with everyday life.


June tbc

We hope to have a summer tea with music.

( All activities subject to change)
July Report

Friends on Friday met on July 12 and were joined by the reception class from DAPS who listened intently to Liz Taylor’s talk on bees and really enjoyed the honey tastings. After singing songs the children left with FoF’s best wishes as they enter their second year, and the organisers looking forward to meeting the new children on October 11th. Liz then gave an excellent talk, again with tastings, and she was surprised to find many folk loved the ivy honey, which is definitely not one of her favourites. Mention was made by one visitor from Dauntsey House, of a well-known local beekeeper Fred Portch, who some years ago wondered why his honey was coloured pink. Research has showed bees will travel within 72 square miles for their favoured food and at this time the waste buckets of raspberry jam at Samuel Moore’s jam factory were the easiest destination!

Another illuminating comment was that farmers often request bee-hives are placed in apple orchards to help with pollination – absolutely useless apparently unless the grass below with sweet smelling dandelions is cut back, as the bees far prefer them to apple blossom! Michael May thanked Liz for bringing so many props and tasters and spending time with the children of DAPS and FoF.

A light lunch of sandwiches and super scones made fresh that morning, smothered with cream, jam, and strawberries, (in that order, not the other way jam, cream, and strawberry…. which was duly noted), was enjoyed by everyone.

No August meeting but September 20th will see Kooky with his Rhymes; Technology Help and Support from Simon Vowles, and aloe vera products and hand massages with Anne.

Have a great summer everyone.

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