Sandmillers Spring Activities

The annual luncheon in the newly refurbished Royal St George Yacht Club was very popular and thanks are due to Ian Roberts who, as a club member, vouched for us and thanks also to Ralph Mc Guckin for his annual social engineering with his carefully devised seating plan!

In March we were charmed by the dulcet tones of David O’Shea (baritone) in Sandford Church accompanied by Derek Moylan on the piano. Is there no end to David’s talents? It must be all that lemon drizzle cake!

Then in April it was off to the north of Spain, to explore the Camino though the holiday snaps of Margaret Wynne and Irene Barber. Through the experiences of a novice (Irene) and of a seasoned walker (Margaret) the audience got an overview of the unique pleasure that is walking the Camino, a series of pilgrim routes most of which end at the impressive cathedral in the heart of Santiago de Compostela.

It was the lives and times of the Overend sisters that captured our attention in our tour of Airfield Estate in Dundrum in May. Letitia (1880–1977) and her younger sister Naomi (1900–1993) travelled the world, engaged in charity work, built up their prize-winning Jersey herd and maintained their magnificent car collection – a formidable duo! A gap in the showers permitted a tour of the working farm and the day was rounded off with lunch in the Overends Restaurant.

On a number of occasions this year our numbers were swelled by the welcome presence of our friends from Leeson Park parish and we value this link, which was initiated by Sandmiller Helen McMahon. Everyone is welcome to any of our events – just turn up on the day unless otherwise indicated.

Our last event before we break for the summer is on Wednesday 8 June. Meet at the Goat Pub from 11.30 am for coffee with the option of staying on for lunch.

Have a great summer!

Janet and Irene

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