Summer 2015

The summer programme started with a visit to the newly re decorated Apsley House, the first Duke of Wellington' s London home. Famously known as No 1 London, our visit was of particular relevance as we celebrated the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The interest in the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo continued with a talk at the Army & Navy Club by Tom Mollo and Mark Evans, both former Coldstream guards who told us about Waterloo Uncovered, a landmark archaeology project to investigate the battlefield of Waterloo. Some of the other talks and speakers on our summer programme included an historical examination of the Art and symbolism of Masonry, Andrea Cecile Cohen who has spent two seasons designing clothes for the hit US TV Show The Good Wife and creator of the Body Forum, a workshop designed to help women understand how to dress for their body shape. Angela Young, came to speak to us about her second novel, The Dance of Love, Ysanne Lewis about Demystifying and understanding Astrology, Catriona Lumiste discussed the main aspects of the Care Act 2014 and the challenges of Long term Care planning and the programme of Tuesday Talks ended in July with Nicki Williams who spoke about healthy ageing from the inside out.

One of the highlights of the 2015 summer programme was our day in Paris. We left London early in the morning by Eurostar where our coach was waiting for us at the Gare du Nord,  We were met there by our private coach and after a most interesting drive through Paris to look at the "3 Domes" in the heart of the french Capital,  we had lunch at the Boeuf sur le Toit and then walked the short distance to the British Embassy in the Rue du Faubourg St Honore. Built in the 1720's the Hotel de Carost,  was bought in 1803 by the wayward Pauline Borghese sister of Napoleon and much of the furniture and silk damasks on the walls were chosen by her. Our private visit of the ground floor was followed by tea in the conservatory and gardens, where we were delighted to be  joined by Lady Ricketts, wife of our current Ambassador Sir Peter Ricketts.

Other visits in the Summer 2015 programme included, a visit to the All England Club - Wimbledon, a private visit to Eccleston Square Gardens, the Garden Museum and a fabulous day in Sussex including a visit to Petworth House, lunch at the Spread Eagle Hotel and a tour of Uperton Vineyards who make sparkling English wines.