Skimmington Castle Walk - 23.05.18

The walk which first took place in March but which was not well attended owing to inclement weather, was repeated on Wednesday 23rd May, due to popular demand.

What a difference a couple of months makes;  the weather could not have been better, being bright and sunny but not too hot.  A group of 20 + enjoyed the walk through fields and woodland, passing Wonham Mill and the deer park.


Bluebell Walk - Saturday, 5th May 2018

It was a beautiful day with bright sunshine and cloudless blue skies for this spring walk, bringing  30+ members and family and friends (and dogs) out to walk the Bluebell Trail from the car park of The Bell Inn at Outwood.  The walk took us across fields to the bluebell wood and the colour of the bluebells on the ground was reflected in the blue of the sky seen through the new leaves of the trees.  The ground of the trail was still a little 'boggy' following the earlier wet weather but had dried out enough that we were able to avoid the particularly wet areas.  On exiting the wood we found ourselves between 2 large fields of rapeseed;  more brilliant colour.  Following a bridleway, we came out to the road running alongside the Outwood Mill, which is one of the oldest working mills and is just round the corner from The Bell.  A full circle of beautiful spring colour and many walkers took advantage of the sustenance offered at The Bell. 





Barn Dance - Saturday, 21st April 2018

We are happy to report that our very first Barn Dance at St Josephs, Redhill was a great success.

Our caller and band for the evening was the trio 'Dance On', providing lively sounds with fiddle and squeezebox - and all dressed in red and white as a salute to St. George's Day.

We had a good turnout of just over 50 attending and plenty of dancers got into the spirit of the evening with checked shirts, cowboy hats and boots !

Although many of us had little or no previous experience of barn dancing (or had a vague distant memory of it), our caller explained the moves very well and did an excellent job of getting people on the floor (not that we needed much encouragement!)  There was a good mix of slower and more energetic dance routines, with oxo dances, reels, promenades, arches, tunnels and, of course, plenty of dosey-doe-ing !  It was great to see some younger people and children enjoying themselves too, along with us - more 'mature' dancers (!)

We stopped for an interval and to enjoy a hearty ploughman's buffet, which went down very well, before a second half of more fun and lots of laughter.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, including those who just enjoyed watching the fun.

Huge thanks go to 'Dance On' with their first class caller, Liz Scholey, who made it work so well, and her band of two excellent musicians.

And, of course, grateful thanks to Rosemary Harvey for her suggestion to include Barn Dancing in our ever-expanding social repertoire !


Walk - Saturday 17th March 2018

Despite inclement weather on Saturday, a small group of 9 hardy members arrived at the Skimmington Castle public house, Reigate Heath for the 3.5 miles circular walk passing Wonham Mill.  Everyone was well kitted out against the snow, wind and mud and enjoyed a great walk and had a lovely lunch on the heated decking area of the Skimmington.







In the evening of 23rd January 2018 a good number of members participated in an 'Introduction to Mindfulness' session held in the Horley Baptist Church hall.

The session was run by Maria Hancock, who is a trained Mindfulness Meditation Practitioner.  Maria  gave an overview of the benefits of Mindfulness and took the attending members  through two meditations.  The benefits include stress reduction, enhanced memory, concentration and focus;  improved well-being and, in some instances, helping to relieve pain.

Anyone wishing to learn more can visit Maria's website where you will find more information on Mindfulness, as well as details on courses Maria holds to enable people to practice this form of medication. 





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