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Carols in Central Hall

On Saturday 15th December the Theatre Group set off on a very cold and blustery day to Central Hall Westminster in London for a carol singalong We had a good journey but unfortunately this new venue was not “geared up” to take the amount of people going. The beautiful venue was packed. We headed down to the cafe’ in the basement which was “heaving.” Some of us wanted lunch some a coffee. We had to queue for at least half an hour and then “scramble” around to find a seat and table. The conductor Jonathan Cohen was great at audience participation but most of us felt this big hall lacked atmosphere and even he acknowledged that not everyone could hear – or see the orchestra or choir which were excellent. When we came out it was pouring with rain and the streets and pavements of London were awash. Our driver took us down a part of Oxford Street and Regent Street to see the lights and then to Harrods to see their window dressings. Personally I did not think a lot of the lights but this could have been because of the awful weather. Certainly people shopping must have been soaked. The journey seemed very long on the way home but I have had some lovely feedback and on the whole it seems most people enjoyed this new venture for us.

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Carole Barfoot wins Annual Competition

The Photography Group held its Annual Competition on 18th December and this year we had another new winner.

First place was taken by Carole Barfoot with a photograph of …. well, some weird statue with a load of blokes around it. So we now have a year of Carole keeping up Irene’s tradition of crowing about her success at every opportunity. But at least she stopped John Culling taking all three prizes: he took 2nd place with a wonderful sunset (over Risborough, as it happens) and 3rd place with a beautiful macro shot of a butterfly. Continue reading Carole Barfoot wins Annual Competition


Concert and Ballet

On Sunday 18th November 2018 a large group of us went to the Swan to hear the RPO play music byVerdi, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky and what a wonderful concert it was!  We were treated to a free pre-concert talk before the concert and the place was heaving – couldn’t get to the bar without a severe struggle!  We did manage to buy an ice cream in the interval at £4.00 a tub!  A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon and for those of us who went on the “little green bus” Peter Johnson was as ever an excellent and thoughtful driver.

On Monday 3rd December 2018 we went to an evening “live” cinema showing in Aylesbury of the Royal Ballet dancing “The Nutcracker.”   The performance was so good I felt I could have sat through it and watched it again. It was beamed all round the world.  Before the show and during the interval  we had Darcy Bussell explaining and talking us through the roles and watching rehearsals and talking to the two leaders.    Altogether a wonderful evening and again “the little green bus” came up trumps with another lovely driver Tim who was helpful and considerate. 

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A Winter’s Tale

On Thursday 4th October a group of us hired “the little” green bus” and went to Aylesbury to see the cinema to see a “live production direct from The Globe” – A Winter’s Tale.    A great production – long but well acted and very amusing.

A very nice evening especially as we arrived in time to have a coffee before the Production


The King & I at the Palladium

A wonderful show!  Lovely music and good acting.   What an experience – and of course for many of us a “trip down memory lane!”

I would recommend anyone to go. We went to the matinee performance BUT the traffic was extremely heavy in Regents Street – two lines of traffic into one – so although we left Princes Risborough in plenty of time we only had an hour to use the facilities and get lunch which was such a shame.  Several of us wanted to visit Libertys but no time. Held up in the traffic for nearly an hour, I have never seen so many “posh cars” and people. How do people live drive and work there!  Very lucky on the journey home though.
What a great day out!
Penny Young


Italian Scientists

On the 26th of July the Aspects of Italy group were highly entertained and well instructed by Richard Jones on the subject of “Italian Scientists “. By taking us from before Galileo Galilei to the 20th century, Richard covered the lives and achievements of twelve scientists during an hour and a half with a mid- point coffee break.

To a non- scientist it was fascinating to discover the link between modern everyday words eg: Voltage or Eustachian back to the scientists Volta and Eustachio.

Whilst a fraction of the eminent list of Italian scientists, this was a lively power- point presentation with the added bonus of Italian chocolates as prizes for correct answers during Richard’s interactive approach.

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Black & White and White balancing

The subject for printsfor July’s meeting was “Black & White”, and just about everyone used the theme to show black and white prints (as opposed to pictures of black and white objects). There were a few clear favourites, but there were many good prints. Everyone seemed to have thought about what would look good in B&W rather than simply printing a good colour picture in monochrome.

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Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter at the  Empire Cinema Haymarket
What a wonderful show! Brilliant Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter
described as one of the most haunting love stories ever written and
cleverly acted by the award-winning Kneehigh Production Co. An onstage band in cinema-usher outfits play along as characters sing Coward songs that deepen the romantic mood.  A very good advert for theatre as a cinematic adaption can be. Very cleverly done!  It seems everyone enjoyed themselves!


The Case of the Frightened Lady

The Case of the Frightened Lady by Edgar Wallace. Milton Keynes Theatre:

We had a nice time on this trip.  An easy ride there and back on the coach.  The play was alright but nothing fantastic.   Some people had a problem hearing.  Mixed reactions to the tea.  Most people thoroughly enjoyed the tea and play but some did not but all thought the trip was good value for money.

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