OUT IN THE FIELD: Bourne to be wild with old friends

Ladies that lunch, aka Wendy, Karen, Annemarie and Sara
Ladies that lunch, aka Wendy, Karen, Annemarie and Sara

It’s been many, many years since I was on the back of a motorbike and only then it was briefly for fear of my parents knocking me into next week for defying them as a teenager. But, come Wednesday (June 29) myself and Chamber of Commerce boss Christina Ewbank will be digging out leathers and jeans and ride into town on the back of a Harley Davidson for a rally at the top end of Terminus Road. The roar of the motorcycles will be returning as part of a summer fun day in what traders say is part of an ongoing campaign to breathe new life into a stretch of road that was once among the town’s busiest shopping streets. The rally is from 6pm and 200 motorcycles are promised. The publicity for the event states tables and chairs will be spilling on to the pavement without the interruption of traffic and people enjoying food, drinks and entertainment. Shame it’s only a now and again approach. That end of Terminus Road should have been pedestrianised years ago.

Word reaches me that residents living near to Gildredge Park are unhappy at plans to build an indoor court for children’s tennis at Tennis in the Park. The hugely successful Tennis in the Park says an indoor court is needed because a major problem encountered in maintaining levels of child involvement is its seasonal nature and around 25 per cent of children taking part drop out at the end of summer because they don’t want to play outside. The proposed court will make mini-tennis attractive as a year round form of exercise and in a world where we need to reduce incidences of child obesity, there is a very strong argument for such a facility. Building a permanent structure in any park is bound to cause controversy and upset. But remember the furore when the powers that be wanted to put a skate park next to the lovely tranquil Manor Gardens? If they can do that, I would imagine an indoor court is looking favourable.

I have been a bit of a social butterfly lately with my first cricket experience at The Lashings, a trip to Royal Ascot and finally this week my first Lady Taverners’ lunch at the Grand Hotel. Aside from raising lots of money for charity and a great performance by the stars of Jersey Boys from the West End, the nicest part was seeing old friends from school who still live and work locally but because of busy lives, our paths cross only infrequently. It was especially nice seeing as this week marks the 31st anniversary since we all left Cavendish and I though that was a good a reason as any for putting up a photo of us all. Lovely to see you ladies.

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