Village Friends

We would like to introduce you to Village Friends. We meet on the first Thursday of each month, except January and February, in Grateley War Memorial Hall. We enjoy various speakers and events organised by the committee using suggestions from our members.

We only charge a very moderate £2 per person for our meetings which pays for the speaker (if appropriate) and refreshments. There is usually a raffle when the meeting takes place in the village hall. The meetings last about two hours depending on the event. Outings are also enjoyed to various places which are heavily subsided for members. In March we enjoyed a delicious fish and chip lunch at The Plough Inn in Grateley and at our April meeting hot cross buns were eaten with relish.

We would be very pleased if you would like to join our happy band and you can be sure of a very warm welcome to our meetings. If you would like an introduction or further information please contact Shirley on 889312 or Peter on 889186 who will arrange for someone to help you to break the ice. We look forward to meeting you.

March Meeting

Our March meeting is always fish and chips at some local establishment. This year we decided to try out the Plough Inn at Grateley. We had been there in the past but since our last visit it had changed hands. Of course, the committee, with our usual dedication, had visited recently and tried out the fish and chips which we found to be very good. However, after the problems we had with the Christmas meal, we were somewhat anxious that the agreed arrangements would still be honoured on the day. Any such meeting is always a bit worrying in case things do not go well.

Over the years we have had good and bad and you never know until the event whether you will go home looking for a thick scotch to calm you down after a bad event or a thick scotch as a form of celebration. 

We need not have worried - well we were due a good one - and this turned out to be a good one!  We have twenty-two members and all (yes all) had stated that they would be there. We actually finished up with twenty as one was unwell and the other did not turn up. At the time of writing, I am still trying to contact her as she is one of our regular attendees.

We were warmly greeted and the tables had been laid out for us. I had a glass of wine to steady my nerves. When all were seated – it can take a while, especially as some had not seen each other since our Christmas meal – the food arrived. When catering for an older group of people it can be off-putting to have a great pile of food, but the portions were just right, and for those of us with more space to fill they actually came around with additional chips – lovely.

The food was really good and very few plates had any leftovers, a really positive vote for the chef. We finished up with tea or coffee which was good. One small note for any other party, don’t let the chef buy any raffle tickets, he always wins! (He did contribute a prize, so I must not moan too much). All comments were very positive, with one member declaring that the chips were definitely fresh!

Thank you the Plough, we had a great time and the celebratory scotch when I got home went down very well.

Our next meeting is in the village hall on 6 April at 2pm for a talk on the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital. 
Peter Bye

Programme for 2017

2 March Fish and Chips at the Plough Inn, Grateley, raffle 12.30 p.m.
6 April Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital by Marilyn Korkis, raffle 2 p.m. Village Hall
11 May Betteridges Brewery by Mark Betteridge, raffle 2 p.m. Village Hall
1 June ‘A Sailor’s Life and Death on the Mary Rose’ by Trevor Sapey, raffle 2 p.m. Village Hall
6 July Cream Tea in the village hall 2.30 p.m. Village Hall
3 August Buffet Lunch, raffle 12.30 p.m. Village Hall
7 September Crop Circles by Andy Thomas, raffle 2 p.m. Village Hall
5 October Danebury Hill Fort by the curator, raffle 2 p.m. Village Hall
2 November Canal Boat Painting by Robert Wright, raffle 2 p.m. Village Hall
7 December Christmas Lunch, raffle 12.30 p.m.

July 2012 - Cream Tea Outing

March 2012 Meeting

July 2011 meeting at Carlo’s Ice Cream Parlour

August 2011 meeting was the annual barbecue


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