2019 captured in pictures

Another year in which the Michelham Priory Lodge social committee have planned a number of social events for Lodge members, their families, friends and our widows to enjoy. To give you a flavour of the events held this year, here are a few pictures capturing 2019.


The last social event of 2019, the Lodge Christmas Lunch

The 2019 Michelham Priory Lodge social calendar finished with our annual Christmas Lunch. As usual Vincent and Mary served us a splendid lunchtime feast expertly assisted by the Sundial staff.
As a special treat this year, the Herstmonceux local community choir, The Vitality Singers, led us in a medley of Christmas carols. They were accompanied by our lunchtime revellers, some of which were in tune. This year with our support of local good causes and charities, we were delighted to help the choir with a donation towards their new electric piano. Perhaps next year we could donate towards them giving much needed singing lessons.

The raffle at the lunch raised over £180 for our charities, a big thank you to everyone that bought tickets

Look out for social events beginning in February 2020





We had such a great time at the Sundial restaurant for the Ladies Festival Dinner, with good food, great company, lots of laughter and entertainment by the magician Justin Saul, that we didn't take any photos, or did we and the magician made them disappear?

You should have been there.



The Michelham Priory Lodge Summer Garden Party


This year's Summer Garden Party was blessed with a lovely warm summer's day. Turn out was excellent and we were treated to great food and entertained by "Ukaholics" a Ukulele band who gave us their rendition of some popular tunes, most of which we recognised :)
Special thanks go to Pam and Graham for a loan of their lovely garden.



A view of the Observatory Science Centre and the tour group

Friends and family of the Michelham Priory Lodge touring the The Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux

Members of the Lodge with their friends and family enjoyed a special day out at the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux on a gloriously sunny May day. We experienced practical science by interacting with the many hands on exhibits.

The highlight of the day was a private tour of the centre that included seeing the the Thompson 26-inch refracting telescope, which we were told is the 11th largest refracting telescope in the world, the 36-inch Yapp Reflector telescope and the the 34-inch Hewitt Camera, a satellite tracking telescope which isn't usually open to the public.

Suitably educated and a little awe struck, we retired to the cafe where the centre staff served a generous cream tea.

A great day out.


A selection of happy diners enjoying good food and jazz at the Langham Hotel Eastbourne

The Jazz Lunch at the Langham Hotel was another great success and many complements have been received.

"On behalf of myself and guests, may I say a big thank you for a wonderful Jazz Lunch last Sunday.

Many congratulations to you and your WM Chris for organising such an excellent occasion, also to Keith his charity work on the day. A truly splendid occasion, with excellent company, food  and music." A Flint

The food was fantastic and the jazz perfectly gauged for the occasion and we are hoping that this event will become a regular feature on our social calendar.



The Lodge Valentine's Dinner at the Cottage Restaurant, 2019

Our first social event of 2019 was the Valentine's Dinner which was held at the Cottage Restaurant in Hailsham. This event is celebrating it's second year and who knows, it might become a tradition. We welcomed 32 guests to a wonderful evening enjoying good company and a lovely Italian meal. The photos above are a brief snapshot of some of our guests and if you look closely you can see a couple of children trying to set fire to their Sambuka with their paper napkin. The restaurant is still standing.