We’re planning range of events for 2017 so put these dates in your diary now to make sure you don’t miss out. Our family friendly events are a great way to enjoy meeting friends new and old whilst discovering the unique charms of the Tewksbury Lodge estate. Look out for more details coming soon on our website and in your newsletters.
Easter Event – Sunday 16 April
Open Gardens- Sunday 21 May
Summer Picnic – Sunday 2 July
Autumn Harvest Lunch – Sunday 15 October (tbc)
Carols – Sunday 10 December
Meet your neighbours in cyberspace!
The Association now has its own Facebook group. If you have a Facebook account, come and join the group. Login to your account and search for Tewkesbury Lodge Residents’ Association, or you can find it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/456579781396938/
It is a closed group, which means that the administrator controls who can join the group, which is restricted to paid-up members of TLERA. Any member of the group can post onto it. Only members of the group will be able to see what is posted on the page and make comments on it.
If you don’t use Facebook but want to join the conversation, then go to http://www.facebook.com and follow the instructions to create an account with whatever privacy settings you prefer. Once you are logged in, then search for Tewkesbury Lodge Residents’ Association. You will be able to find out what’s happening on the Estate. And you will also be able to share your own thoughts on matters of interest.
Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 21st February 2017
All residents are invited to our AGM to be held at Horniman Primary School on Tuesday 21st February at 6.30pm.
The AGM will be followed by environment themed presentations covering: an update on our street trees campaign; an overview of wildlife on our Estate by the London Wildlife Trust; and the new Butterfly House in Horniman Gardens.
On December 4th 2016 around 100 TLERA members, friends and children gathered in the Triangle (the enclosed garden between Horniman Drive and Liphook Crescent) to sing traditional carols and seasonal songs, ‘heedless of the wind and weather’ – it was cold and very breezy! It was the first time that the Association had held such an event, which as well as being a get together for TLERA members, was a fundraiser for the charity Crisis at Christmas.
The Triangle was beautifully decorated with candle bags and fairy lights. There were mince pies and stollen, and the mulled wine mostly flowed freely. The carols were led by a small group of singers from the Estate, with the song sheets illuminated by hand held candles in jars. All in all it was a lovely event which members really enjoyed, and £220 was raised for the charity.
It is hoped that this will become a regular event. If any other singers or musicians would like to join in the planning for next year, please do get in touch. Thanks to everyone involved for helping to make this such a success.
This new event for the Association last October (2016) was designed to be a celebration of the season of “mist and mellow fruitfulness”. As the weather was kind, the children’s activities could go ahead in the garden. The children used autumn leaves, berries and seeds to create stunning pictures and wonderful decorations, as well as making brightly coloured lavender bags using the dried flowers from the garden. Budding gardeners were also able to plant daffodil bulbs to take home, and autumn stories were read in the Story Hut at the end of garden.
Meanwhile, the adults could try a range of wonderful locally grown apples, and try the mulled cider which proved a big hit. Three hearty, homemade soups were also on offer. Harvest crops were paired with unusual flavourings: carrot and cardamom; leek, potato and lavender; and spicy pumpkin and coconut. Then it was time for cake and once again our local bakers did not disappoint, with their own twists on traditional fruit-based recipes: apple and almond; chocolate and beetroot; plum; and pumpkin pie – all worthy of the Great British Bake Off.
One of the highlights should have been an apple pressing from different locally grown apples. However, the apple harvest this had been disappointing, so making litres of luscious juice was going to be tricky – even before it was realised that the promised, professional apple press could not be obtained in time! Not to be deterred by such setbacks, Rowena, using a commendable degree of improvisation, put together our very own Heath Robinson press, consisting of two chopping boards and a series of clamps. Enough juice was produced for all present to drink a thimble-full and everyone declared the resulting nectar to be delicious and, interestingly, much sweeter than the original apples.
A big thank you to all those who made the event possible and thanks too to everyone who came along at such short notice. We are reliably informed that there will be a bumper harvest next year, so do let us have your feedback and ideas to make Autumn Harvest 2017 an even bigger celebration of the fruits of Forest Hill.