Posted on 27th June 2017 Andy writes "Earlier I sent out our newsletter to NLCA members who wish to have it via email. In the last few minutes I have had a telephone call from the Capri Restaurant in Lancing, the proposed venue for our Supper Club next Wednesday to say that there is double booking for the date and time I booked last Monday (12/06/17) for us. I cannot dispute this but on being told that this has happened I must accept it and am now contacting you to say that the meal does not go ahead. I am very sorry and disappointed about this"
VISIT TO ECCLESDEN MANOR ON MONDAY 20TH MARCH On a wet and blustery morning we all set out on the mini bus to journey to Ecclesden Manor at Angmering. The owner and our hostess, Mrs Sue Holland, was there to greet us and welcome us to her impressive home. After refreshment we were free to wander around the garden or stay inside the house. The Manor house was first recorded in 1324 and enlarged and rebuilt in the mid 15th century, when its roof covering was Horsham stone slabs. There was more alteration and enlargement in the 1870s when a Colonel Freemantle added an east bay and dormers in the roof. The house is full of antique furniture, oil paintings and artefacts displayed throughout each room as in a National Trust property. However, several members commented on the 'homely' atmosphere. The galleried entrance hall is stunning with a stone floor and a heavy oak structured staircase and balustrade. We were fortunate to be able to tour the house with our hostess and look in all the areas including bedrooms with ornately carved four poster beds. We were intrigued with a small chapel complete with a statue and religious pictures. The Manor house sits in 10 acres of parkland which is solely managed by the owner. The estate is largely grassed and at this time of the year extensive areas are covered in a multitude of spring flowers such as daffodils, hyacinths of all colours, and primroses. Within the vista seen from the house, is a large pond with a fountain. On the day of our visit two colourful geese were seen swimming. I understand the pond was excavated by Sue and her late husband. There was interest around every corner where the old mixed with the new. Stone flagged areas surround the house and there are a series of stone encased ponds containing water lilies and other plants. Large pots, statues and troughs are grouped around the site to further enhance the garden; as well as small brick buildings which provide sheltered seating and rest areas. There is enviable space for serious gardening too, including a large barn, a series of open compost bins, and potting sheds. There was so much to see and enjoy but lunch awaited us at the Fox inn. We were seated around one large table which encouraged lots of friendly chatting and laughter. The food was hot and delicious and some members were able to eat a number of courses! A big thank you to June for organising a very enjoyable adventure. Carole Harris
Supper Club visit to Alishaan Restaurant in Sompting on 29th March A happy group of 23 NLCA members were royally entertained at the “Banquet Night”. Excellent value for money, convivial company and a chance to get up to date with fellow members. Next Supper club will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th June – venue will be in our June/July newsletter