Saturday, 12 April 2014

London Studies Feature Canary Wharf

London Studies Visit to Canary Wharf
11th April 2014
Organised by Colin Fairman

Walk through Canary Wharf
We caught the usual 9.09 from Edenbridge Town Station to London Bridge then walked through the station to the Jubilee line where we will had a short Underground journey to Canary Wharf.

On arrival at Canary Wharf we walked to the Museum of London, Docklands . The weather was excellent and it made a very pleasant stroll past the wharf and the buildings in the Financial District.

After the mid-morning coffee in the Museum, we were met by our guide who gave us an excellent tour of the Museum, pointing out all of its major features and filling us in with all the background information from the time of the creation of the docks to the present day.

Colin is the Perfect Guide
After an excellent “Italian Lunch” taken outdoors in the warm sunshine, Colin took us on a twenty minute walk to the river to see a panoramic view of the Thames, the sailors "clock", a large statue which we could have probably missed even when standing next to it, a topless bighead and a large collection of leaves that never drop (more interesting than it sounds).

Colin was an excellent and knowledgeable guide who never ceased to amaze us with his knowledge of the area and stories relating to it. Thanks, Colin for making it such an enjoyable day.

We are all looking forward to the next trip in May to the Inns of Court and in June to the BBC, all organised courtesy of Jan Hart.

Guided Tour of the Museum

Fiona joins in the fun

You can see all of the photos from our day out in Canary Wharf 
by clicking on the link below:-

March Monthly Meeting Japanese Gardens

Monthly Meeting
Tuesday  March 25th
Sue, our Chairman, introduces the guest speaker
Jack Wheeler
Chairman of the South East Region of the Japanese Garden Society

Once again we were privileged to have an extremely informative and interesting talk at our March monthly meeting. We heard a presentation on how Japanese Gardens have developed over the years with descriptions of four different types of traditional garden as well as photographs of Jack Wheeler’s own beautiful Japanese Garden which he has developed over many years. The donation which was given for this talk is in aid of the Ellenor Lions Hospice in Northfleet  which he and his wife have supported for many years.

At the end of his talk, he kindly offered to open his garden to our U3A Group in May. There will be two sessions and anyone who is interested should contact Sylvia Greenwood of the Gardening Group.
Jack entertains us with details of
his own Japanese Garden
Examples of Japanese Gardens around the world
as well as Jack's own garden

Jack's Own Garden

 At the end of the meeting, before coffee and cakes, we heard from a member of the Edenbridge Town Council who outlined our chance as a community to shape the planning for the new Neighbourhood Plan which will develop the area over the next 16 years until 2030. We were given forms to complete to give our opinions on the future of the town as well as being given an opportunity to see a small 
display about the plan.

Neighbourhood Plan Display