Thank you to everyone who took part in our June 2014 to May 2015 social events and visits programme, which we hope you found to be both interesting and enjoyable. Their popularity has meant that many have been oversubscribed - sorry if you have been disappointed. Where possible, we will try to repeat an event. A summary of our year is below.....Continue reading.....
Dining (and wining) highlights included our sixth annual Wine Tasting Lunch at Ishtar; a guided tour of Fortnum & Mason followed by lunch in the Fountain Restaurant; our New Years' Drinks Party at The Arch Hotel; traditional Sunday Lunch at the Reform Grill; a very French dinner at Aubaine and a warm welcome by 108 Brasserie to celebrate their opening.
Our visits and tours included Smithfield Market (at 7.00am!); the Garden Museum, Kensington Palace & Gardens; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; an early morning private guided tour of the magnificent Great Gallery at the Wallace Collection; the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Supreme Court.
Our thanks go to Rosemary Forgan who has taken on the organisation of some of our events each year and to Beverley St John Aubin who arranged the visit to Fortnum and Mason.
Our coffee mornings, held every two months, continue to be popular, particularly for new members who find them a good opportunity to get to know fellow members. Our thanks to the Wallace Collection, The Arch Hotel, 10 Manchester Street Hotel, The Marylebone Hotel and 61 Restaurant for providing excellent coffee and pastries at a reasonable cost. Further thanks to the Wallace Collection for our December afternoon tea, which was enjoyed by 26 members. Also in December, Vivien Marshall again hosted a coffee morning at her home to raise funds on behalf of the Tuberous Sclerosis Association.
In March the Lord Mayor, Cllr Audrey Lewis, kindly hosted a splendid Afternoon Tea at City Hall for 50 Marylebone Association members. This was followed by a guided tour of the Civic Plate Room which everyone found most interesting.
The annual November Interfaith Service was held for the first time at the Church of the Annunciation 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 Father Gerald Beauchamp and the Lord Mayor for giving their time to its organisation.
We hold an informal Pub Evening on the second Monday of each month from 6.30 to 8.00pm at The Larrik on Crawford Place, organised by Angela Sargeant. Everyone buys their own drinks and food. We have met people who perhaps would not normally venture into a pub but are certainly happy to return once they enjoy their first evening. Please try to come along - especially now that the light summer evenings are here.
We are always looking for new ideas so please send us your suggestions for interesting visits and restaurants. We particularly try to hold events in Marylebone and encourage you to use local businesses and visit shops, restaurants, bars and cafés in the area.
Please remember to read your emailed newsletter on the first of each month. Printed newsletters are posted to those without email. Do book events early to avoid disappointment.
Many of our local organisations and businesses are now keeping us informed about their events and promotions available to Marylebone Association members. You can see these on our website under 'Events' and 'Offers'.
Sheila Green and Patricia Neville
It's been a year of 'have Scrabble set, will travel ...' for our Scrabble Club. Having moved from our happy home at Canteen, which closed down its Baker Street branch, we took temporary shelter at The Larrik pub in Crawford Place before moving back to 'our spot' in The Natural Kitchen.
Whether it's the vitamin-packed smoothies or the chilled white wine that have most improved our game, it's hard to say but we could hardly think of a nicer environment for a relaxed game of Scrabble with the friendliest of people.
Our numbers vary between 6 and 16 and we meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the atrium at Natural Kitchen. We start at 5pm and are usually ready for a second or even third game around 6pm – which is useful for people working office hours. We have beginners, some really sharp players and everything in between, but why not come and see for yourself?
Unlike the books we read, what is said here tends to be rather repetitive! The Book Club is still flourishing with an average attendance at meetings of 12+ people. Subject matter ranges from psychological thrillers to biography – although in some cases it can be quite difficult to tell the difference.
It has been good to welcome some new members this year who are contributing new ideas and new choices of books. What more can I say? We're there, we have lots of fun and we form good friendships. Always room for more, so please get in touch.