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  1. shiney

    shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

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    GARDEN OPEN

    In aid of

    GROVE COTTAGE
    (Bishops Stortford MENCAP charity)


    ON THE LAST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN MAY - 25TH & 26TH

    OPEN TIMES
    SATURDAY 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
    SUNDAY 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


    Building on the previous years' very successful openings (the charity once again received more than £5,000)

    Mr And Mrs Shiney invite you to enjoy a walk around their garden
    and relax over some delicious homemade cakes and a cup of tea or coffee
    There will be the usual large amount of plants for sale


    A book stall with many almost new best sellers

    Non-stop Entertainment

    On Saturday
    we have
    Jess Daugirda - Singer - Urdang Academy
    Sarah M - singer
    Adrienne and Malcolm (singers and guitar)
    Ukes of Hazard Ukulele Band

    On Sunday
    we have
    The Bishops Stortford Ukulele Band

    ENTRY DONATION £2 - TEA WITH CAKE £2.50
    Pimms

    PLANT SALE


    BOOK STALL - RAFFLE

    HANDMADE GLASS PLATES, DISHES
    JEWELLERY
    KNITTED ITEMS
    Head Massage, Reflexology, Thai Foot Massage
    pre-bookable by appointment

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    As usual I shall be giving a private tour to GC members (that haven't already had enough of it) at about 11.30 on Saturday and you are then welcome to join Mrs Shiney and myself for a sandwich and a cuppa. If you are unable to make it for that time then you will still be most welcome any other time - but you may miss meeting the other members.

    We are half way between junctions 7 and 8 on the M11 (15 minutes from both) and 15-20 minute from Hertford and Chelmsford. For those of you flying in to Stansted we are 15 minutes from there as well.

    PM me for detailed driving instructions
    and, if you shall be staying in the area overnight, links to accommodation.


    This is the link to a preview I put on GC many years ago although the garden has changed quite a bit since then
    Sneak Preview of shiney's Open Day

    A link to the charity's website

    Mencap - Grove Cottage

    See some of our members that turned up in 2014 :yahoo:
    Start at page 16 of the link below
    Special Invite To Forum Members - 2014


    and 2015 - photos start on page 12
    Special Invite To Forum Members - 2015

    and 2016 - photos start on page 8
    Special Invite To Forum Members - 2016


    and here is 2017
    Special Invite To Forum Members - 2017

    And 2018 - photos start on page 13
    including a video that roders took of some of the excellent entertainment

    Special Invite To Forum Members - 2018

    A lot of the members that turn up on the Saturday join us for a curry at a local restaurant in the evening. Everyone's welcome but I need to know numbers for the restaurant.
     
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    • andrews

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      I'd love to pop down but we are on holiday at that time. We tend to take our holidays when our customers are quiet and the May bank holiday is one of those times.

      I'll raise a glass to you on the day on the balcony.

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      Good luck with the weekend - having 20 or so to our garden was enough work and planning. Opening the garden for all for the weekend must be a huge amount of work.
       
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        Have a good holiday. :blue thumb:

        We get about 500 turning up over the weekend. :rolleyespink: :phew:
         
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          Aye, we’ll be there. Looking forward to it :dbgrtmb: Not sure about the curry as yet, I’ll need to check if the campsite has a curfew. What time would you anticipate leaving the restaurant?
           
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            Wow!!
            Just been reading up and seeing the pictures .....Shineyland Open Day looks great. Bigger and better than I thought it was so a visit is increasingly attractive :)
             
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              We book the tables for 7 p.m. so some people are away around 9 to 9.30. Some stop to continue chatting. It depends on how close they live.
               
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                It would be great to see you. :dbgrtmb:

                Some members that come a long way book in B&B. Armandii always came for two nights. He used to pop in Friday afternoon and have a chat and some tea and helped a bit with setting up the plant stall. On the Saturday we provide sandwiches for the GC contingent (apart from the tea, home made cakes and cream teas for sale), then Indian at night and those that have stayed in B&B Saturday night usually pop in on Sunday morning for a cuppa before going home with some more sandwiches - left from Saturday.

                Well behaved dogs are welcome
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                But I'm not sure that they're all that impressed with the event. :heehee:
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                  It’s a great day out. Nice folks, great hosts :thumbsup:
                   
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                    That should be fine then. Put us down for a curry :thumbsup:
                     
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                      Will do :)
                       
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                        Clearly worth a visit...be nice to put faces to the forum posts too :)
                         
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                          I will be there ! Maybe for the curry too - depends on whether Mrs JWK wants to come and also if I share a lift with @Fat Controller
                           
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                            Thanks John @JWK :dbgrtmb:. It will be good to see you again. I only need to know final figures about the curry a couple of weeks before - to be fair to the restaurant. Although I'm sure they can cope with last minute additions. :)
                             
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                              Yayayay! I will be coming to shineyland! hope the weather is good again. It was baking hot last year! I burnt my head!
                               
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                                Great news :dbgrtmb:. Will you be bringing the other half? How about joining us for the Indian? :)

                                I've had a quick look back, about the weather, over previous years and it is generally good. 2010 it drizzled for an hour, last year when we had just opened it looked as though it was going to pour down but the sun came out about 11 a.m. and then got hot. All the other years it has been sunny but a few have been chilly although sunny. :SUNsmile:
                                 
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