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Fun interest-led outings & events.
Learn new things, explore wonderful places and make new friends.


Mail Rail Train Ride/Exhibition and Post Office Museum - Saturday 20 January 2018
We have an exciting first outing to kick off our 2018 programme: Hop aboard the historic Mail Rail train that runs under London and visit the special Mail Rail exhibition and the Post Office Museum. Read more about it by clicking here.

Mike is leading the outing which takes place on Saturday 20 January, meeting at Teddington Station at 12.30pm and returning around 6pm. Grab one of the 10 seats we have reserved by emailing as soon as possible. If places fill up fast we will run a reserve list. Payment will be required by 6 January latest to confirm our booking with the venue. Click for details pdf document

Mail Train
The Mail Train


Christmas Market and Guildhall Art Gallery - Tuesday 28 November 2017
Get into the festive spirit with the sights and sounds of the annual Guildhall Christmas Marketorganised by the British Red Cross, which is open for one day only (10.30am-8pm).

Also visit the free-entry Guildhall Art Gallery, which has a beautiful mezzanine gallery displaying paintings from 1670 to the present including Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces. A Roman amphitheatre exists in the basement which is well worth a visit too.


Meet at Teddington station at 12.00noon to travel to Waterloo and onward by Waterloo & City line to Bank station. It's a 5 minute walk to Guildhall Yard. Remember to bring your £5 printed ticket to gain entry. On arrival, free to browse the market and gallery at your own pace. At round 3pm, we can meet outside the entrance of the Guildhall Art Gallery and head to a cafe nearby for a well-earned cup of tea before heading home. Steph will be staying in London for the evening but will travel back to Waterloo with you.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Red Cross Guildhall Christmas Market

TO BOOK: Sign up on the list in the Atrium & book your own ticket online. details pdf document
Email: or mobile: 07876 015238

Murder of the Orent Express (12A) 114 mins
Saturday 4 November 2017 at 8.15pm

Murder on the Orient Express: Olivia Colman and Judi Dench Credit: Nicola Dove
Copyright 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

click to see a trailer on Youtube

We are planning to go to the 8.15pm showing in Kingston Odeon Screen 11
on Saturday 4 November 2017.


Meet in the foyer by the ticket machines by 8.10pm or go in and take your seats.
We have already booked 5 places in Row J in the centre section if you want to sit close by. Please let Steph or Janet know you are coming. or
See you there!

Pottering to Peaslake - Wednesday 20 September 2017 country cottage

A 7.5 mile circular country walk starting and finishing in Shere, with a break for lunch in Peaslake. The route follows long stretches of beautiful ancient lanes which criss-cross this area of the Surrey Hills. We pass through sections of heath and woodland with the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife and enjoy views across the landscape. Bring boots or stout walking shoes, rainwear, something to drink and perhaps a snack. Walk is hilly, can be muddy, and beware brambles and stinging nettles as some paths are overgrown!

The walk from Shere to our lunch stop at Peaslake will take about 2 hours. There are toilets in Shere and Peaslake, but none on the route - however we will have a 'comfort stop' in woodland after about 1.5 hours.

The Hurtwood Inn at Peaslake serves light and not-so-light lunches (but be warned there is a short but steep hill to climb immediately afterwards!). There is also a village shop which sells freshly-made sandwiches, and there are benches available outside for a picnic - also a toilet available for customers' use only.

The walk from Peaslake back to Shere should take around 1.5 hours, and there will be an opportunity for a cup of tea or maybe an ice cream before we head home.

We will go in private cars - please let Gill know or indicate on the sign-up sheet if you need a lift or are able to offer any seats in your car to others. Suggested donation to drivers by passengers of £4. Approximate drive time 1 hour 5 mins.

TO BOOK: Sign up on the list in the Atrium. (details pdf document)

Barn Dance - Saturday 16 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 9pm Barn Dance

This barn dance is for all ages and will be led by Joy Bell. Come to dance or just to watch! Cheese baguettes, fruit & cold drinks will be provided - £3 suggested donation

TO BOOK: Sign up on the list in the Atrium. ( details pdf document) or email

Outing to Eltham Palace - Wednesday 12 July 2017 from 9.30am-6pm
Great Hall roof of Eltham Palace
Great Hall roof
We depart Mottingham Railway Station, leaving suburbia behind, to walk along a wooded track part of the Green Chain walk and joining the ancient King John's walk. We pass horses in fields and a multicoloured stables to emerge above playing fields with an astonishing vista. The Palace, once home to the child Henry VIII, fell into ruin, but the site was taken over by millionaire Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia to be their state-of -the art, all mod cons home, provided they restored the medieval Great Hall. Still remaining is the bridge over the moat, and ruined walls with hidden passages overlooking the lovely gardens including a rock garden cascade. The house and gardens can be visited very enjoyably with a multi media guide which is very easy to use.

TO BOOK: Email or sign up on the list in the Atrium. (details pdf document)


EXPLORE CLERKENWELL - Tuesday 23 May 2017 from 9.25am-4.15pm
Museum of the Order of St John
Join Steph Wilkinson on a guided tour of the historic Museum of the Order of St John, from its 11th century origins in Jerusalem to its international role today with the St John Ambulance. Followed by a visit to the creative annual Clerkenwell Design Fair showcasing the best of latest contemporary furniture and interior design.
Limited to 10 spaces.
TO BOOK: Email or sign up on the list in the Atrium. ( details pdf document)


Easter Family Walk
Easter Monday 17 April 2017

Join us for a 7 mile circular walk from Bushy Park (Teddington Gate), Home Park and Riverside via Hampton Court Palace. Starts 10.15am at Teddington Gate to Bushy Park (end of Avenue Gardens) or join the walk at 11.15am at Old King's Head Pub, Hampton Wick. Finish approx 3pm at Teddington Gate.
Quiz and Certificates for children taking part.

TO BOOK: Email or or sign up on the list in the Atrium.

Led by Janet Dilley (details pdf document)

Wednesday 5 April 2017

two temple place

From Waterloo Station we walk (15 mins) across Waterloo Bridge to visit Two Temple Place on Embankment. It is one of London's architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor. The house is owned by the registered charity, The Bulldog Trust, and supports the charitable activities of the Trust through exhibitions and events hosted in the building. Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion is the sixth Winter Exhibition to take place and runs until 23 April.

There will be time for coffee before viewing the exhibition and time for lunch afterwards. There may also be time to explore the surrounding Temple Area. In the cafe, there is a delicious selection of handmade sweet and savoury dishes including sandwiches, sausage rolls, hot soup and sweet treats. Barista coffees, a selection of teas and cold drinks will also be available. A wide variety of gifts, souvenirs and original art works are on sale in the shop.

Meet at 9.30am at Teddington Station, returning at approx 4.00pm

TO BOOK: Email or add your name to list of attendees in the Atrium. Maximum of 12 people

Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

Enjoying Textile Craft
Wednesday 1 March 2017

LEADERS:Elizabeth Hicks & Joy Bell
TIME:2.30pm - 4.30pm
PLACE:at Elizabeth's house: 41 Teddington Park, Teddington TW11 8DB
SPACES:Max 10 people, reserve in advance

Taste different textile crafts using a range of materials to do patchwork, quilting, appliqué or try knitting or crocheting in a very friendly and informal setting. You'll have the opportunity to learn new skills by having a go yourself and watching others. Elizabeth and Joy have many years experience and expertise and will be very happy to pass on their knowledge in this free social workshop.

No need to bring materials of your own unless you have something that you might like to decorate, for example a cushion or a bag. Also feel free to bring your own projects you are working on to share with others or to get some help with. It will be instructive, lively and fun and we hope to see you there!

To reserve your place please sign up on the sheet at Teddington Baptist Church, email Elizabeth ejhicks@btinternet.comor ring 020 8977 8406 in advance.

Coffee & Walk
Thursday 2 February 2017

We are going to have a 'Coffee & Walk' at The Pheasantry Cafe in Bushy Park on Thursday 2 February starting with coffee at 10.00am and setting off for a walk in the lovely Woodland Gardens until approx 11.30am. Hope you'll join us. Just turn up or let Janet (07944 969 028) or Steph (07876 015 238) know you're coming.


Manchester by the Sea
Saturday 14 January 2017

Our first outing of the new year is a cinema trip to see 'Manchester by the Sea' at Richmond Odeon Screen 6 on Saturday 14th January at 5.45pm (book online and meet there).

Do YOUhave a place or event that you would like to visit, research or lead? If so please speak to or who are currently putting the Spring/Summer programme together. It can be cultural, historical, entertainment, learning a new skill, enjoying nature or anything you think others might also enjoy. These events are always great fun as we share our interests and explore new places together. If you are a visitor and would like to receive updates, please email us. Events are also posted on the website with full details. Hope to see you at another one soon!


Winchester Cathedral & Christmas Market
Saturday 3 December 2016

All-age minibus day trip for Shopping & Cathedral visit plus optional tea and skating.
Meet 8.50am for prompt 9.00am departure from Teddington Baptist arriving Winchester approx 10.10am. Arrive back about 5.45pm.
Cost: £12 return minibus per person
Optional extras: £4 Cathedral Highlight Tour at 10.30am plus Food and Skating.
Please sign-up early (sign-up sheet in the church) so we know whether we need one or two minibuses.
Led by Pam Chapman ( details pdf document)

Abstract Expressionist exhibition at the Royal Academy
and a Moroccan lunch
Thursday 10 November 2016

This outing takes us to see the colourful artwork by Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning and other big names at the Royal Academy. It is followed by a delicious lunch in a very atmospheric Moroccan restaurant nearby. Just 10 spaces available, so do book soon!
Led by Steph Wilkinson ( details pdf document)

Ripley Ramble
Wednesday 12 October 2016

A five-mile circular country walk starting and finishing on Ripley Village Green. The walk takes us on unmade paths along waterways and across fields, with views across Papercourt Reservoir - a popular area for rowing, sailing and fishing.
Meet in Ripley at 10am for coffee at Pinnocks Coffee House, High Street, Ripley GU23 6AF if you wish Or come at 11am for the start of the walk from the car park for Ripley Cricket Club/Village Green, near to the public toilets. We will go in private cars - please let Gill know or indicate on the sign-up sheet in the church if you need a lift or are able to offer any seats in your car to others. Approximate drive time 40 minutes.
Led by Gill Wetherall ( details pdf document)

Picnic Rugs & Popcorn at the Palace
Friday 2 September 2016

Come and experience an outdoor screening of
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
in the stunning gardens of Hampton Court Palace.
Doors open 6.30pm, film starts at 8pm.
To book your tickets visit Lunar Cinema at Hampton Court.
Then let Heather Smith know you're going. ( details pdf document)


Saturday 9 July 2016 - Seaside Special!
Fabulous day trip to Worthing in 53 seater coach.
The cost will be £10 for the coach fare (£5 for children).
plus an optional £10 pp tea at the Chatsworth Hotel.
Advance booking essential (please book early).
Led by Pam Chapman ( details pdf document)

Friday 17 June 2016 - The Sculpture Park
Minibus outing to Churt's beautiful woodland.
The cost will be £9.00 for the minibus,
Sculpture Park admission (£5.00 Seniors, £10.00 Adults)
plus money for lunch/refreshments.
Advance booking essential.
Led by Geoff & Jane Hawkins. ( details pdf document)

Saturday 14 May 2016 - Exotic Music Experience
Join this rewarding and social activity, sitting among a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra comprising drums, gongs and xylophones, in a private 2 hour group workshop in The Gamelan Room at The Royal Festival Hall, London
The cost will be £15 plus train to Waterloo and tea (optional).
Minimum of 13 people required.
Led by Steph Wilkinson ( details pdf document)

Friday 15 April 2016 - Outing to Little Venice
This all day outing to Little Venice
includes a boat ride to Camden Lock Market via Paddington Basin.
The cost includes train and canal boat fares (see download for details)
plus the cost of any food and drink.
15 places available.
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

- Easter Monday (28 March 2016) - Riverside and Park Ramble
This is a 6 mile circular walk from Teddington Lock enjoying the towpath, Terrace Gardens, Richmond Park, Pembroke Lodge and Ham Common. Certificates for children taking part!
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

Report on the walk by Poppy Wilson

Saturday 6 February 2016 - Cinema Afternoon - Dad's Army (PG)
We meet to watch the film at The Studio Cinema (Screen 7), 6 Red Lion Street, Richmond (the smaller cinema around the corner from the main Odeon)

Monday 25 January 2016 - Outing to a Victorian Gem in Kensington
This is a private tour of a Victorian gem (18 Stafford Terrace) plus lunch and a visit to a food market plus a visit to exotic roof garden (if open) - all in Kensington.
Led by Elizabeth Hicks ( details pdf document)


Thursday 24 September 2015 - Outing to Little Venice
This is an all day outing to Little Venice includes a boat ride to Camden Lock Market via Paddington Basin.
15 places available.
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

Thursday 22 October 2015 - Stanley Spencer Gallery Minibus Outing
Discover the creative genius of one of the greatest British artists of the 20th century in an astonishing exhibition in the Berkshire riverside village of Cookham, which Spencer described as 'The Village in Heaven'.
Led by Trevor King. ( details pdf document)
Invite your friends and families too.

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Flower Arranging Workshop
Do you struggle to make your flowers look amazing when you display them at home? Come and learn the tricks that will really help you create beautiful and satisfying arrangements.
Cost £4 per person. 15 places available.
Led by Geoff & Jane Hawkins ( details pdf document)


Thursday 19 March 2015 - Minibus Outing to Watts Gallery & Chapel
Explore paintings, sculpture, Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau in the Surrey Hills.
Led by Janet Dilley ( details pdf document)

Saturday 11 April 2015 - Family Walk & Picnic
Enjoy a leisurely Walk in the Park beside the Thames with ferry & picnic.
Led by Ed Wilson ( details pdf document)

Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Outing to Kensington
Walk through Gothic cloisters, gorgeous gardens & visit Leighton House Museum.
Led by Elizabeth Hicks ( details pdf document)

Saturday 13 June 2015 - Pedibus London Tour
Explore London aboard our own group cycling vehicle while chatting & snacking.
Led by Heather Smith ( details pdf document)

Saturday 27 June 2015 - Flower Arranging Workshop
Learn the tricks and come and create your own stunning floral arrangement.
Led by Geoff & Jane Hawkins ( details pdf document)

Saturday 18 July 2015 - Who do You Think You Are?
Learn how to research your ancestors on this interactive genealogical workshop.
Led by Colin Hicks ( details pdf document)

Saturday 4 August 2015 - Shere Delights
Join us for a 5-mile circular walk in the beautiful Surrey hills,
beginning and ending in Shere with a mid-way stop for a pub lunch.
Led by Gill Wetherall ( details pdf document)

"It's a Social" is co-ordinated by Stephanie Wilkinson & Janet Dilley. 020 8977 4082 m 07876 015238 020 8977 3534, m 07944 969028
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