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SAMPLE PROGRAMME

The following events are various activities which have occurred recently to give an idea of what Kaleidoscope Club is all about:


MAX ORIENT CHINESE BUFFET

The Max Orient seems to have taken us under its wing following the demise of our previous favourite in Strutton Ground. So come and help Sandra enjoy another excellent Chinese meal. The restaurant is between Chalk Farm and Camden Town underground stations. Please book with the office so Sandra knows who to expect.


HAZ BAR AND TURKISH RESTAURANT

This is a really nice venue with a lively atmosphere which attracts a lot of members. Wine, beer and food are all reasonably priced and good quality (you do not have to eat). Please pay directly when you order drinks from the bar; this makes things easier for both you and the staff.


STOKEY: A ‘MISTY’ VILLAGE

This fascinating tour by the wonderful Rachel showcases the dramatic transformation of Woodberry Down, Hackney's ground-breaking post-WWII housing estate built alongside the 17th century New River. The walk takes you on a journey through the development of the reservoirs, homes and pioneering healthcare establishments to the recent regeneration with a nature reserve, water sports centre, a ‘Scottish Castle', dominating the horizon before strolling through Clissold Park to the trendy, buzzy world of Stoke Newington.


GATE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

If you know what’s good for you – eat vegetarian! The Gate Restaurant has rave reviews – so come and eat healthily with us tonight. This a repeat of a recent enjoyable experience last year.

Two sample main courses for you: Roast heirloom beetroot tarte, £13 or Thai green curry, £13. There is also a comprehensive wine list for those who do… Visit their website for more detailed information: www.thegaterestaurants.com


AFTERNOON TEA AT GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL

Tea at the Grosvenor House is served in their delightful Garden Room. The price includes a glass of Pommery Brut champagne. We will then enjoy fresh finger sandwiches, miniature gateaux, homemade buttermilk scones with Devonshire clotted cream, fruit preserves and an unrivalled choice of loose-leaf teas.


BLUES BAR

Come to the Blues Bar in Soho for another free blues jam session. The venue has a friendly, pub-style atmosphere where you can enjoy blues in the manner of a New York style club. No need to book, but if you let us know are coming, Hilary will look out for you.


SECOND TUESDAY DRINKS AT THE BRIDGE HOUSE

Spring is finally here, but by popular demand we are returning this month to our friendly and cosy Bridge House by Regent’s Canal. It is a nice traditional pub with three real artisan beers and good food, and only 5 minutes’ walk from the station.

DINNER AT EL PARADOR - Please book with the office

We have visited several Spanish tapas restaurants, but El Parador is definitely superior, and has been our most popular supper venue in the Euston area. They have a wide tapas menu of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, not to mention the deserts! Since our recent visit, there have been some interesting additions: Roger particularly recommends the tender beef stew and an unusual lentil and potato pancake. The blackboard promotes the day’s specials. In the past they have asked us to tell them if there are any specials we have particularly enjoyed, and they will try to get these in time for our booking. With a relationship like that, let's have a great turnout!


THE CRUCIBLE – Richmond Theatre - Please book with the office

When a group of young girls are discovered dancing in the woods trying to conjure spirits, the God-fearing people of a small New England town are told the devil and witchcraft are in their midst and must be rooted out at all costs. The town is quickly caught up in an unstoppable flow of paranoia, indictment and manipulation as personal grievances collide with lust and superstition creating a crucible of suspicion where no person is safe from his neighbour.

This bold new production of The Crucible serves as a stark and chilling reminder of the frailty of reason in the face of hysteria and the terrifying power of false accusations.


VILLANDRY-ST JAMES’S, PICCADILLY – Please book with the office

Set within a beautifully restored Edwardian building and evoking an elegant bistro-style ambience with striking red leather banquettes and classic French décor, Villandry in St James’s serves timeless French cuisine. Select three signature courses and sip on a glass of prosecco. Offerings include Old Spot pork belly with celeriac and apple for the main course with delicate passion fruit millefeuille for desert.

At the time of booking the following menu was on offer. However, this may change.

Starters: marinated salmon with compressed cucumber and blood orange dressing; parsnip soup and truffled cream; beef tataki; Chateau Villandry salad.

Main courses: Old Spot pork belly with truffled celeriac and apple purée; pan-fried sea bass with chestnut mushroom, air-dried beef and butternut squash; mixed artichoke with wild mushrooms and chestnut velouté; lamb breast with onion risotto.

Desserts: passion fruit millefeuille; rhubarb cheesecake; tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream; selection of sorbets and ice creams.


TALL SHIPS REGATTA AT GREENWICH – Please book with the office

The tall ships are at Greenwich again. There are 40 sailing ships of various types to watch and admire. There will be plenty of fine hulls and rigging on display so bring your camera. Last time there were also other attractions such as the singing of sea shanties...

Some of the ships will be moored at the Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich, so at some stage we will take a Thames Clipper to Woolwich.


CHATHAM DOCKYARD – Please book with the office

FESTIVAL OF STEAM AND TRANSPORT AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

It is time to pay another visit to this annual event at Chatham Dockyard. Today is the Festival of Steam and Transport which incorporates historic vehicles, gadgets, fashions and accessories, and music. For fans of Call the Midwife, there is a special feature complete with old bicycles.

There is also a ‘Steampunk’ feature. Steampunk is a creative fashion and cult social movement which draws inspiration from Victorian and pre-war history in an old-fashioned mix of science fiction, modern values and above all a sense of fun! There are food stalls for a snack or light lunch.


GYPSY JAZZ JAM AT QUECUMBAR – Please book with the office

We have known about this venue for some time but we have never tried it.

On Tuesday nights there is a jazz jam session with a difference: gypsy style jazz in the tuneful and enjoyable style of Django Reinhardt.

Then there is food:

Starters are £7 (eg smoked salmon, rillettes, baked camembert, endive salad with walnuts and blue cheese dressing).

Mains are around £15 (minute steak, chips and salad; lamb steak with ratatouille; braised aubergine with fresh tomato sauce; also chicken, duck and sea bream dishes.


NORTH LONDON BOOK GROUP

Joanna looks forward to welcoming you to her home for the monthly book group. This month’s book is EXPOSURE by Helen Dunmore. Please let us know if you plan to attend so she knows how many to cater for.


HISPANIOLA on the Thames

You may well be familiar with the smart bar and restaurant boat Hispaniola. We are going there tonight as the Tattershall Castle is STILL closed for refurbish-ment. Last month we had a very pleasant evening and the food was good.

If anything goes wrong (hopefully not) the default Plan B will be to go to Champagne Charlie’s in Villiers Street, on the corner of the arcade.


SPRING OFFENSIVE AT THE CLAPHAM OMNIBUS

Some of us have already enjoyed some excellent jazz at this small, cosy venue which was once a library. Tonight we will see a fringe theatre production set in ‘the best bed & breakfast on the Somme’.

Expat April runs her B&B on the site of some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. Death surrounds it – and sheep, lots of sheep. There’s dinner to be served and history to pay tribute to. The guests are coming; the sheep are closing in. The table is set for an evening they’ll all remember. Victoria Willing’s new play is a dark comedy about war, lost boys and fighting for survival.

The play lasts about 1 1/4 hours, so we can enjoy a drink in the bar afterwards. (They don’t serve food (apart from crisps), so best to eat before you come).


MATINEE CONCERT, FESTIVAL HALL

Join Mazie for this splendid concert, featuring the haunting beauty of Elgar's Cello Concerto, followed by Holst's planetary masterpiece. Holst took his inspiration from the astrological rather than the astronomical, journeying through Mars, the apocalyptic 'Bringer of War'; a tranquil Venus; Mercury's winged messenger; Jupiter, the stately 'Bringer of Jollity'; Saturn's old age; Uranus 'The Magician' and finally a dreamy Neptune, 'The Mystic'.

The Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, is accompanied by Leicester University Chamber Choir and the Leicester Bach Choir. They perform Smetana’s: Vltava from Má vlast and Elgar’s Cello Concerto, then after the interval, Holst’s Planet Suite.

Mazie suggests that you may like to join her for lunch beforehand at Strada at 12.30 pm.


POLESDEN LACEY STROLL

We’ll have an easy stroll of around 3.3 miles to Polesden Lacey through charming countryside strewn with primrose, bluebell and celandine - all very rural and quite lovely. No, we will not be walking up Box Hill and yes, there could well be mud in places. We will enjoy a visit to the house and garden, and of course lunch, before making our way back to the station (5.5 miles in total).

Keep your train ticket to show at the entrance to Polesden Lacey – they are offering a £1 lunch voucher!


DAVID HOCKNEY EXHIBITION, Tate Britain

This exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works, celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades. As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings, this exhibition shows how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before.


CLUBNIGHT AT THE BISHOP’S FINGER PUB

Tonight we are again UPSTAIRS in our own private room at this charming venue. The food is fine and includes a selection of gourmet sausages - the pub gets all its meat from Smithfield market which is just across the road. (Please note the name of this pub refers to a very old finger signpost which now hangs on the wall in the bar!) Their website is: www.shepherdneame.co.uk


BARNES BRIDGE TO HAMMERSMITH - CIRCULAR WALK

We will walk to Hammersmith, passing Hogarth's tomb/monument for a pub lunch near the bridge. The walk will be around 2 miles each way, making 4 miles in total. There is a drop-out point at Hammersmith Underground. After lunch we will cross the bridge and walk along the towpath (probably muddy) to the Leg O’Mutton Nature Reserve which will delight us with a fine selection of water fowl. We then continue to Barnes High Street for coffee.


ASK ITALIAN BAR AND RESTAURANT – SPICE QUAY

Food, décor and service here have much improved in recent years. ASK offers very good, reasonably priced food and drinks (plus small carafes of wine). In summer we have the benefit of outside seating on the banks of our wonderful River Thames and there is ample space indoors for winter. Eating is optional. Please try to arrive early to find a seat. Please also ensure you pay for your drinks as you order, this helps avoid bill complications for staff and fellow guests.


WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Edward Albee's drama, which was written in 1962, is a savage portrayal of marital discord - a salutary reminder that being single has its advantages! This blistering new production stars Imelda Staunton in the pivotal role of Martha, which was played by Elizabeth Taylor in the film version.


MORNING GOLF IN HANWELL

Carol will be re-starting hosting golf this month at Hanwell, near Ealing. Join her for a round of golf (18 holes) at Brent Valley Golf Course, Hanwell. Call the office for directions and please book by Saturday 28th May to reserve your place.


FILM NEAR THE WEST END

We invite you to see a film in the West End at around 6.30 pm. We will decide on the film nearer the time, so please see your updates or call the office. Suggestions welcome!

We normally go for a meal afterwards, but this not compulsory.


SUNDAY LUNCH AT THE SHAKESPEARE'S HEAD, HOLBORN

Penderel's Oak is closed for refurbishment so we are decamping to the Shakespeare's Head (also a Wetherspoons), just round the corner in Kingsway. Come and join us for our regular Sunday lunch at this new temporary venue.

A wide selection of food is on offer, together with a full range of wines and beers. Some of the Sunday menus include a complimentary drink.

Please note that the Wetherspoons Sunday lunch event is always a very popular and late-comers may find it difficult to get a seat.

Please check the updates in case there are any changes.


PERIVALE ANCIENT WOOD

Some of our members have referred to this as the ‘Bluebell Wood’. This magical place is only open on one day per year, and this is it! It’s a bird sanctuary and in 1957 was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You may just wish to join us to enjoy the rich wildlife in the beautiful setting of a traditional mixed oak bluebell wood. We are not sure how many bluebells will actually be out on the day, but the folks who run the open day are pretty good at predicting this.

If we feel like a real lunch after our walk around the wood, we can venture off on a pleasant 25 minute walk to the Ballot Box pub in Horsenden Hill.

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