Dates of official Swaziland Society meetings are published here. See the Noticeboard for some other events of interest.
Sat 26 May
Group visit to Kew Gardens.
An entry discount is given for ten people or more. We have asked for an introduction to the conservation work being carried out by Kew Gardens and associated conservation networks. A particular focus will be on the endangered plant species, especially in the dryland areas of Swaziland and South Africa.
Vouchers (£10) are available (subject to early booking) for group members to have a hot lunch in the Orangerie; otherwise, bringing a picnic or independently trying lighter meals is an option. The rationale of this visit is that the health of a nation's people is very much tied up with the health of its land and plants. The pleasure is in seeing these wonderful gardens.
The afternoon is free for group members to explore on their own.
Something practical to think about is Kew Gardens 'Adopt a Seed' project.
Costs: Concessions £10.65, Under 60s 12.35, Children Free.
Guided Tour 3.00 per person. (£40 for group of 15)
Hot lunch 10.00 vouchers
Potential Total 25.00
Cheques to cover your chosen options (i.e. with or without hot lunch) should be forwarded to me, Fiona Armitage at 24 Jackson Road, Oxford by 1st April at the latest.
UPDATE - There is a welcome change to the Kew arrangements. A Society member and her husband have offered 12-14 free passes into Kew. These they have accumulated over several months and Kew has said that they can be used for guests all in one go. The guided tour will still cost about £3.25 per person, and a restaurant lunch, if taken, will involve further outlay.
There are still 6-7 passes left to be used. Any visit thereafter, will be at the normal entry price.
Sun 29 July
Liphook Lunch, 12.30 for 1.30 pm. Contact Ken Charles on 01428 727438.
Tues 4 September, 7.00 pm
AGM: is at the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham gate, London. The High Commissioner will update members on Swaziland news, and a speaker will be invited to give a short illustrated talk.
Thurs 6 September
Independence Day Service, Westminster Abbey. Please be seated by 5.00 pm.
The Manzini Choir is likely to be participating in the Eisteddfod again this year. If so we may have an opportunity to hear them singing after that event. (On a previous occasion we enjoyed their singing at the South Africa High Commission). To be confirmed. The National Eisteddfod is Wales’ leading festival. It dates from the 14th century and was revived in the 19th century.