KING LEAR: The Synergy Theatre is returning to Kingston this week with a production of William Shakespeare’s enthralling family tragedy King Lear today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. The performances starting at 7pm on each evening, will take place on Kingston Village Green behind The Juggs. Do bring a chair to sit on and, if necessary, something to keep you warm and dry. If the weather is good, why not come along early with a picnic and make an occasion of it.

Tickets are available at £12 each (only £10 for the over 60s, students with a student card or the under 16s) from Brian Simmons (01273 474303), the Box Office (01273 301444), or on the night at the Village Green.

KINGSTON WI: The sun was still shining as the WI committee set out the food and arranged the tables and chairs for our Summer Evening Soiree at the Pavilion in Kingston. A long table held savouries, quiche and pizza slices, sandwiches, salads, a cheese board and French bread with butter. For dessert we had strawberries, meringues and cream to look forward to, followed by cakes. Drinks included red or white wine, fruit juice and water. The guests, Kingston WI members, began arriving about 6.30pm for a 7pm start and were offered a drink of their choice before they sat either indoors or outside overlooking the green. At around 7pm the guests began to assemble to choose their food and join friends at their tables. For the next hour there was little to report but satisfied diners enjoying each other’s company. After the delicious food we heard a report, given by our link delegate, Kay Hackett, of Lewes Neville WI. She attended the NFWI Centenary Annual General Meeting that took place on June 4 at the Albert Hall in London, also attended by the Queen. Kay told us of the Resolution decision which concerned care of the vulnerable, but was not accepted. There were three guest speakers, Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces; Tami Grey-Thompson, the Paralympic athlete; and Helen Morrisey a business woman and campaigner for more women in the boardroom. This was a special event and enjoyed by all the WI members there.

Kingston Group Activities - Pilates continues every Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm. Craft club knitters had their photos taken on July 3 to celebrate their work providing blankets and cardigans for premature babies and the Friday meetings, 2pm to 4pm, will continue until July 31. Tap dancing resumes on August 13 now the teacher has recovered from an operation.

The Kingston Fete took place on July 4 where Kingston WI members made cakes and teas which resulted in a large addition to our funds. Kingston WI Village Tea is on Saturday August 8 from 2pm to 5pm. There will be a craft market selling, bread and cakes, jewellery and other WI craft products. The visit to Westminster Gardens on June 10 was enjoyed by all as were the visits to the Clayton Tunnel on June 28 and the tennis tournament in Eastbourne. Our Summer Soiree ended with members enjoying the sun setting as they finished their wine and chatted with friends. Our next meeting will be on Thursday September 3 at 7.30pm in Kingston Parish Hall.

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