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The social programme has been very active in the last few weeks and has been particularly well attended. We started with a day trip to Cambridge in June which enabled a full quota of people to experience punting on the River Cam, a picnic on the historic ‘Backs’ and sightseeing the medieval colleges. Some people were having such a good time that they stayed on in Cambridge and took a much later train back to London. As one student said “it was a perfect English day out”.

July saw an afternoon trip to Kew Botanic Gardens which amazed quite a few of our group as they hadn’t realised such an oasis of beautiful and tranquil parkland was just a short Tube ride away. We walked the pathways through the specimen trees, tried the aerial walkway to see the tree tops from a very different perspective and a few visited the Royal palace where King George 111 stayed. We were lucky with the weather and even managed to fit in a visit to the historic Orangery (now a tearoom).

Chris’s evening walks around London continue to be a very popular event as he always finds places of interest with intriguing stories to tell about the places that are visited.

In the 3rd week of July came two very special events – the Candlelit Dinner and The Summer Party. The dinner was a sell-out with 50 people attending and enjoying canapés, cocktails and a delicious choice of salmon with dill sauce or chicken with tomato. The Pavlova that was offered for dessert helped to provide plenty of energy as the diners took their taxis to Pacha night club.

Our Summer Party at Pacha was a great success with some 400 people attending. The music was great with good DJ’s and a real party spirit was created. The dancing styles got quite ambitious and some of our teachers joined in to show they also knew how to share in the party spirit. There was no specific leaving time but it was early morning before the last of the EC students left the club. As one of the students said , it’s “The best thing I’ve been to, since coming to London”.

Which brings us up to the most recent day out on 2nd August where a group of 10 of us took the DLR on the ‘scenic’ route through Docklands to Greenwich. This is a very pretty and historic area which is home to a former Royal palace and the imposing former Naval College. We visited the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory and enjoyed a walk through the lovely Greenwich Park which provides views across London. A trip to Greenwich market completed our day with a choice of stalls for shopping and food.

What do the next few weeks promise for the Social programme?

We have another Summer Party planned for the August 14th. Get your tickets early next week to make sure you can join in the fun.

A day trip to the seaside at Brighton on 8th August (sign up at Reception now)

We have had a request for a day visit to Oxford or Cambridge which we are hoping to arrange before the end of the summer.

Chris will be conducting his evening London walks.

One of the suggestions received was a trip to Hampton Court Palace – the historic home of Henry VIII . Does this appeal to you?

An afternoon visit to Tate Britain & Tate Modern using the riverboat for the connection.

Tell us if there is any special place that you would like to visit and we will see what we can arrange…

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