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Season 2018-2019

Meeting Reports

On Thursday 4th April we welcomed back Steve Caldwell for a talk entitled ‘My Time at Windsor

Castle’. In his remit he became responsible for large parts of Windsor Castle and estate including Frogmore

Cottage and Windsor Castle Farm. We then heard about some of the “perks” available to Steve and the

move with his wife to a cottage by the River Thames in 1995. Steve then related the history of the Knights

of the Garter. Steve accepted that the low point of his stay at Windsor was the disastrous fire on 20

November 1992 and we saw a graphic video showing the fire’s  progress and the frantic removal of precious

objects by firemen, staff members and others. The Castle was eventually reopened after restoration at a

cost of £39 million which was borne by the Queen. After retirement Steve was awarded an MVO

(Member of Victorian Order).


On Thursday 18th April our speaker was Susan Rogers who spoke to us on ‘Vietnam: A Journey of

Unexpected Delights’. This was based on a tour to Vietnam and was proceeded by a short video

highlighting excerpts from films on the Vietnam War. Susan then gave us a potted history of Vietnam, the

countryside and its people. We heard of Ho Chi Minh and his efforts to unite North and South Vietnam into

one country. Susan told us of some of many highlights of her tour including the floating market on the River

Mekong, with fruit/vegetable stalls and floating cafes together with a water puppet show’. We then heard of

typically Vietnamese activities such as the making of rice papers, silk manufacture and even the production

of ‘snake wine’. Finally Susan mentioned the renowned Vietnamese food highlighted by a magnificent

Christmas dinner.


Reports of the final two meetings of the 2018/2019 season are shown below.


On the 25th April we held our AGM at which the various officers listed on the front page of this website were elected.


Following the AGM some members, along with wives, partners or friends, went to the Oakdale Golf Club for our traditional end-of-season lunch.


We are now on our summer break and will reconvene on 3rd October.