Dates for your diary: social evening, pub evenings and summer garden party

We will be holding another social evening at the Monkey Puzzle pub on Wednesday 21 May from 6pm. There will be more details available nearer the time, but a highlight of the evening will be that our host Gary is offering 20% off the food menu for those attending and wishing to order dinner.

Don’t forget that our pub evenings are on the second Wednesday of the month at the Victoria pub on Strathearn Place, and our next meetings will be:

Wednesday 9 April
Wednesday 14 May
Wednesday 11 June
And finally… our now-legendary summer garden party will be on Saturday 14 June – watch this space for more information!

Sussex Gardens 16 months closure!

We have been given this information by Councillor J-P Floru:

“At a Crossrail Liaison Panel meeting on 11 March I heard that Thames Water intends to close Sussex Gardens for a whacking 16 months!  Admittedly each lane in turn (the other remaining open) – but with diversions in an already crowded area the nuisance will be substantial.

I am trying to press Thames Water to have the period reduced.  They are proposing to line the inside of five water mains underneath Sussex Gardens which suffered damage from the Crossrail works.  All five pipes cannot be closed at the same time, but need to be done in turn, hence 16 months.  However, if they close more than one at any one time then it would be possible to reduce the period.  These mains do not serve the adjacent houses; the five pipes supply areas further afield.
Access to the houses and hotels on Sussex Gardens will remain open.
The works are said to start on 9th June.
All residents should receive a notification from Thames Water.  I have also asked that Thames Water contact the HPEA directly.  PRACT (John Walton) are also on the case.”


March pub evening – Wednesday 12 March

For our next pub evening on WEDNESDAY 12 MARCH we are planning a talk in a more lighthearted vein.  One of our members, Jane Low, has been in the tourism business for over 30 years, and she has kindly agreed to share some of her experiences with us.  In a talk entitled ‘ Please get on the bus NOW’ Jane will tell us about life as a tour guide in countries as wide ranging as Spain, Turkey, Egypt and Iceland.  I’m sure you will agree that it is just the right topic to cheer us up at the end of this sodden winter and to get us in the holiday mood.  So please come along for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening – and of course we are happy to also welcome any of your neighbours and friends who may be interested in joining us.
As usual we will meet in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.30 – 8.30pm.
And don’t forget – a date for your diary – Saturday 14 June is the date of our Annual Garden Party to be held in Gloucester Square Gardens.  More details will follow but if you have any queries please contact Sandra Brendlor (