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Social Events 


Friday 9th December. at the RUGBY CLUB at 7:00pm.


“At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.”


It’s my favourite time of the year and this year’s AMRA Christmas party will be a festive affair of music, dancing, seasonal buffet, and good cheer…. especially from the bar, so don’t forget your cash!

 Santa will be giving out the raffle prizes so please make sure you bring a beautiful gift as the proceeds will be spilt between the all the worthy charities we are supporting this year, who are all finding it difficult in this current financial squeeze.

 (Please feel free to give the raffle gifts to any committee member in advance or ask one of us to collect it from you. Thank you. x)

 Rodd, the lovely musician from last year’s summer party, will be playing some festive music for us to dance and let our hair down. Singing along is optional!

 Please let Laura know if you are planning to attend for the catering team by clicking reply to this email. 


 Ho, Ho, Ho!!



Memory Tree

1st December - 06th  January. 

 Due to last year’s success we are organising another memory tree this year.

 Tie a ribbon, some tinsel or add a bauble to remember someone who has passed; a friend you miss; or family who you are unable to see this year. The tree is situated on the land in-between West Quay, South Quay and Peep-a-Day Lane. 


“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” - Winston Churchill


December Book Club

"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Brontë.

December 13th December at 7:30, for details contact Kate Law (katelaw16@yahoo.com).


Genre: Classic CL 

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is the second and final novel written by English author Anne Brontë. It was first published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell. Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, it had an instant and phenomenal success, but after Anne's death her sister Charlotte prevented its re-publication in England until 1854.

The novel is framed as a series of letters from Gilbert Markham to his friend about the events connected with his meeting a mysterious young widow, calling herself Helen Graham, who arrives at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been empty for many years, with her young son and a servant. Contrary to the early 19th century norms, she pursues an artist's career and makes an income by selling her pictures. Her strict seclusion soon gives rise to gossip in the neighbouring village and she becomes a social outcast. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert befriends her and discovers her past. In the diary she gives Gilbert, she chronicles her husband's physical and moral decline through alcohol and debauchery in the dissipated aristocratic society. Ultimately she flees with her son, whom she desperately wishes to save from his father's influence. The depiction of marital strife and women's professional identification has also a strong moral message mitigated by Anne Brontë's belief in universal salvation.

Most critics now consider The Tenant of Wildfell Hall to be one of the first feminist novels. May Sinclair, in 1913, said that "the slamming of [Helen's] bedroom door against her husband reverberated throughout Victorian England." In leaving her husband and taking away their child, Helen violates not only social conventions but also the early 19th-century English law."     (Wikipedia)


Garden Guerrillas

We are looking to recruit some volunteers for a community gardening group to continue the good work previously organised by Clare Bass and Brenda Standon. The main aim is to rejuvenate the land at the entrance of South and West Quays with a boat planter, as voted for at the AGM, as well as tidying the existing areas.

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Can you help care for and ‘green-up’ our local area by volunteering a few hours? There is also a need for plants, soil, weed killer and hiring of tools for those who would like to help, but less physically.

Please email Laura with any questions or offers of plants, or donations for soil etc. Laura’s e-mail is amra.social@yahoo.com.

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AMRA Social Sub-Committee

The social side of AMRA is run mainly by a Social Committee consisting of six volunteers led by the Social Secretary, who also sits on the Management Committee, ensuring that everything is cohesive. We are pleased to announce that Laura Johnson has taken over as social secretary. She is a great ideas person so you will enjoy her energy.


We organise three, free, get togethers annually paid for from members’ subs ...... a wine & cheese party in March to herald in the new season, an afternoon party for children as well as adults and a Christmas party when we also hold our annual general meeting before the fun begins!


In the past, we have also organised various outings or “get togethers” called, ‘AMRA extras’ ..... events where those members who choose to join in, just pay for the actual cost. These have included: wine tastings, fish and chip suppers on the Wallingford to Cholsey steam train and visits to various places of interest. There has also been the annual, ‘Boatnic’ often held in June where the boat owners amongst us, along with their friends, moor up at Days Lock for a picnic.