Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our social programme which we hope you have found to be both interesting and enjoyable. We do our best to keep you happy with as wide a variety of visits and get-togethers as possible.
On the 15th November, the Annual Interfaith Service took place at St Marylebone Parish Church with music and worship from many faiths. The splendid reception in the Crypt was supported by the Portman and Howard de Walden Estates. This event is a highlight for residents and we would like to thank The Revd Canon Stephen Evans for giving his time to its organisation.
In December the annual Christmas afternoon tea was well attended and enjoyed by many members at the Wallace Collection.
Our first social event in 2016 was the January New Year’s Drinks Party held for the fourth year at the Arch Hotel. Over 50 Association members joined several committee members for an enjoyable evening in the Martini Room with the Arch looking after us, as usual, very well.
A good way for new members to meet up socially when they join the Association is to come to one of our coffee mornings which are held on alternate months throughout the year. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. Our thanks go to the Marylebone Hotel, the Wallace Collection, 10 Manchester Street Hotel, Fischers and the Arch Hotel for their warm hospitality over the last year and for providing excellent coffee and pastries at a reasonable cost.
All social events are included in the e-newsletter sent on the first of each month, so keep your eyes open and book early to avoid disappointment!
Visits and Tours
We have had an extremely well-received programme of visits and tours in the last year. Their popularity has meant that many have been oversubscribed - and some were repeated to cater for people on the waiting lists.
Our outings included the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (twice), ‘Fashion on the Ration’ exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, The London Library, The Royal Opera House, Sir John Soane’s Museum (twice), The Supreme Court (twice), The Mansion House and The Royal Albert Hall.
New local attractions were a private tour and screening at the beautifully restored Regent Street Cinema, and an excellent guided tour of the recently opened Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery.
Contemporary craft furniture shop, Another Country, opened its doors for an evening of wine and a talk on Marylebone’s history for a group of members, as did the Elemis headquarters, where ladies (and gentlemen) were treated to massage, facials and shopping at very special prices.
A small group of members was lucky enough to take part in a tour of the private members club Home House, to see the extraordinary renaissance of three 18th century houses in Portman Square. In addition we had a bountiful Italian dinner at Getti Restaurant and our popular annual wine tasting lunch at Ishtar.
Our thanks to the two new members of the social team, Rosemary Forgan and Lois German who have taken on the organisation of some of our events each year.
We welcome your suggestions on future events and encourage you to use local businesses and visit shops, restaurants, bars and cafés in the area.