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Friday 20th September


What next after Eel Pie Island? That was a fabulous day out. Many thanks to Janet and Celia, who was both entertaining and informative. A very hard act to follow.

So continuing the water theme, how about the Rivers of London? Their story told in photographs, artefacts and film. The exhibition is on at the London Docklands Museum and features the histories of the Effra, Fleet, Neckinger and others.

Meet at Ealing Broadway Station downstairs, 10.00am as usual, Friday 20 September. Travel by Central line to Bank then take the DLR to West India Quay. Entrance free.

Hope to see you all there

Marita Sastry – 07873208481 or 020 8571 5548



Eel Pie Island, Twickenham

This day out was our most popular so far. Almost 40 filled the busses at Haven Green and Richmond. A short walk took us to Eel Pie Pub for refreshments and to meet up with Celia. We were divided into two groups, one to visit the museum and the other to go on a walking tour with Celia. Most of us returned to the same pub for a good lunch and then changed over.

Celia is so full of energy and enthusiasm, she made our day most enjoyable. Thank you Celia.

Twickenham is a very interesting area with other places to visit. We plan to go there again next year. If you missed this treat you will have another chance then.

Thank you all for your support.

Janet Hobbs


Do you like walking, socialising and having fun all at the same time?



I thought it would be a good idea to give new and regular Forum members some more information on the Monday walks.

The group has been running successfully for twenty plus years with John and Barbara Barrance as group leaders for many of those years.

The walks are not only about getting exercise but also about getting to know a group of people who become good friends as the months and years go by.

In a typical year there are a wide variety of walks, from local walks in the winter months to sometimes much further afield in the summer months to places such as Marlow, Essex, Kent and Docklands and each summer we all enjoy our annual trip to the seaside, walking from Leigh-On-Sea to Southend.

Most of the walks are within the Freedom Pass areas or if we travel further afield we can use the Group Travel scheme.

All walks leave from Ealing Broadway Station (meeting downstairs in the waiting room) at 10am sharp.

We have a coffee shop visit in the morning then walk for an average distance of three to four miles with a break for a packed lunch. We aim to be back in Ealing around 3pm to 4pm, sometimes earlier sometimes later, depending on destination..

If there are five Mondays in any month we treat ourselves to a pub/ restaurant lunch after a short walk.

There are no walks on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Each member of the group is allocated to lead two walks in the year and the final decision on the destination of the walk is made by the leader for that day taking into account weather and travel conditions.

New members will not be expected to lead a walk until they have been in the group for a few months and we have many well trodden standby walks to choose from if needed.

At present we are a group of twenty with an average turnout of thirteen walkers, men and women, in any week.

The walks have taken us to many beautiful places over the years so why not give it a try. (Most walks are at a strolling pace.)





Holiday in Llandudno – August 2019

Nineteen members of Ealing Forum left Ealing at 10.00am on Sunday 11 August for the long journey to Llandudno, North Wales arriving at 6.30pm. During the journey we travelled through heavy showers but the sun was shining when we arrived and stayed dry for the next two days of trips.

Monday we visited Portmadog, where we had coffee whilst some of us went to visit the historic harbour and maritime museum we then coninued our journey through spectacular Snowdonia to the slate mines in Llanberis.

Wednesday, another busy day, going over to the Isle of Angelsey and on to Beaumaris with lovely views of Snowdonia across the Menei Strait, then continued to Caenarvon and its impressive castle.

Unfortunately, our last trip on Friday was very wet. In the morning we went to Betswy -Coed but in the afternoon our driver gave us the choice of returning to the hotel early or staying in Conwy, which some of us did.

Everybody did ther own thing on the two free days, either shopping, going to the World War II museum in the town, going up the Great Orme-some on the tram, or perhaps visiting the zoo.

One evening a few of us went to a local church to listen to Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Once again, many thanks to Marita for arranging this very nice holiday for us.

Rosie Legg



Renewing a Passport For anyone needing to renew their passport for our holiday in Crete next year, it is unnecessary to wait until after October 30th – our expected withdrawal from the EU. It possible to obtain a new British passport with the wording ‘citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland’ which the Home Office put in place recently. The words European Union have been removed.

Marita Sastry