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