Spring has arrived! The blossom is out, the clocks have sprung forward and Britain is emerging from hibernation.
With a bit of luck we will see the return of the “rule of six” for meeting outside and the start of the Oasis garden visits. Were hoping to kick off with the April visit to Thirgby Nature Park so keep you eye out for the post that arrives soon in your mailbox!
The good news is the Stody Hall Rainbow LGBT day will be taking place this year on Saturday 22nd May between 1pm and 5pm, assuming the easing of restrictions follow the prescribed timetable. The bad news ( or good news for some) is I won’t be attending due to a family visit.
Lets think back to the last Stody Rainbow Day….So on 25th May 2019 @ 12 noon, 12 of us sat down to a meal fit for us Queens.
After a hearty picnic lunch, with lots of chatter we made our way to the main house gardens to listen the events of the afternoon, including the Pride Choir.
I had been asked by Kate, the owner of Stody, if I would do a talk, so after a lot of thought about what I might talk about the answer came to me. I’d talk about what I knew the most about, ME, and how OASIS had saved me.
The rest of the afternoon was spent chatting over refreshments and rainbow cake, to raise money for Norwich Pride 2019, or visiting the Azalea water garden and taking the requisite selfies, with all of us, ending up back where we all started our picnic with strawberries and cream and final farewells.
I received a lovely email of thanks from Lana and Jean, who attended Oasis for many years and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They asked if I would pass on my thanks in this post for the lovely bouquet of flowers they received from Oasis. My wife and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in August so I’m looking forward to at least half a bouquet of flowers from Oasis!
The zoom meeting this month went well, with a talk by Petra about a rail trip through Scandinavia, an interesting and heart felt nostalgic journey to Lilly’s childhood and MG racing and Claire talking about the ups and downs of working on a farm. We all learnt a lot. I now know I CAN wear my red jumpsuit, and 3″ stilettoes in a field of bulls and not worry, as their colour blind! It was lovely to see Timiya, our newest member of Oasis.
In the zoom meeting Serena mentioned about some changes to events that were taking place at the Theatre Royal. The Rocky Horror Show (see Post) has now been rescheduled for November. Some of our group will be there, dressed to the nines, and tickets are still available if your interested. Serena also mentioned the musical “Everybody’s talking about Jamie”, a joyous celebration of individuality and acceptance. There are also a few tickets available for this(March 2022).
It is difficult to know when we might get back to face to face meetings at Oasis. Serena tells us the earliest would be July this year if the roadmap goes according to the plan. If we have to social distance the suggestion is we take a broom handle, so we are always 2 metres away from each other. or we adopted this method of using bumper tables.