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Out and About with ACE.
Beetle Drive.
In September club members enjoyed a fun beetle drive.  Lots of games were played and prizes won and members were able to socialise as they moved from table to table.  By request this event will be repeated in January 2020.
Tour of Kingscote Vineyard
65d. Some of the vines
members enjoyed a tour of the Kingscote vineyard set in rolling hills where the vines were bursting with grapes shortly to be harvested.  Then on to the medieval barn for wine tasting.  A great afternoon out and we all left feeling very happy!
Eastbourne Bandstand, June 2019
ACE members were lucky enough to be in Eastbourne on the warmest evening of the year.  After walking along the pier, we
enjoyed a fantastic Beach Boys tribute show at the bandstand.  It was Good Vibrations and Fun, Fun, Fun all the way!
Kent & East Sussex Railway and Bodiam Castle, July 2019.
We arrived at the pretty and well-preserved Tenterden station and were taken back in time on our journey along the rural heritage railway. The ten and a half mile ride took us past old trains, signal boxes, level crossings and glorious unspoilt countryside to Bodiam. We walked the short distance to the medieval moated Bodiam Castle where we climbed the turrets and were rewarded with views over the castle courtyard and the rural scenery beyond.  The day was rounded off by the relaxing return train ride. A great day out visiting two very different and interesting attractions.
Weald & Downland Living Museum, July 2019.
We enjoyed a lovely afternoon walking around the large open-air site set in beautiful countryside, admiring the historic buildings which have been reconstructed and maintained to a high standard.  Most of the buildings were open and we and we were able to get an idea of how people lived over centuries past.  People in costume were demonstrating traditional trades and crafts, adding to the atmosphere.  A very full and interesting day which was enjoyed by all.
Christmas dinner/dance at Yew Lodge, East Grinstead
Twenty ACE members and friends had a delicious three course meal in the festive dining room. We then danced until midnight and a good evening was enjoyed by all.
RHS Garden, Wisley.  Glow 2018
Several ACE members were lucky enough to have the perfect evening to appreciate the magical ‘Christmas Glow’ at Wisley.  We followed the lit trail to see the trees illuminated by many different coloured lights, all reflected perfectly on the still lakes.  The Glasshouse was transformed into a woodland realm with elves and their homes high in the trees and the many plants were  illuminated by a spectacular riot of colour.  An excellent evening.


ACE members enjoyed a fabulous firework display put on by the Brighton Lions Club at Brighton Racecourse.
Music and loud bangs accompanied the display which lit the sky with a riot of colour for over 30 minutes.  Well worth the journey!
St. Mary’s House in the village of Bramber, West Sussex. 
St Mary's House, Bramber
ACE members were in for a treat when we visited the fifteenth century St. Mary’s House in the village of Bramber, West Sussex. We walked around the well manicured gardens, which included a ‘secret’ garden, poetry, terrace, topiary and landscape water gardens. Tea and cake followed.
The old part of the attractive house has cosy panelled rooms and beamed ceilings and houses a wide variety of furniture, paintings and exhibits from different periods. The Painted Room has unique sixteenth century three-dimensional painted murals, prepared for the visit of Queen Elizabeth I, and The King’s Room is where Charles II is said to have stayed during his escape to France.
We moved on to the Victorian part of the house through The Octagon, the family dining room, featuring a collection of over eighty dolls depicting the history of costume through the ages. A wall of false bookshelves conceals the entrance to the Gothic-influenced Music Room which has a huge conservatory and a collection of many unusual musical instruments, including an upright grand piano. Weddings and concerts are held here.
We were lucky enough to meet the owners who took us on a personal tour and explained the significance and family connections to many items of furniture and aspects of the house.  An extremely interesting afternoon was enjoyed by all.


Pub in the Park 8 July 2018 – Tom Kerridge at Dunorlan Park

Great afternoon in the sun watching chef demos, eating lovely food and listening to music.

Visit to Mayfield Sunday 10th June 2018


A relaxing afternoon was enjoyed by the seven ACE members who visited the attractive Sussex village of Mayfield to view the gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme. The seven gardens all had something different to offer from large colourful flower borders, rock gardens, vegetable plots and wild flower meadows to the smaller cottage garden. We enjoyed wandering through the well-tended gardens admiring the riot of colour, smelling the scents of summer and walking through the character streets with their historic buildings and half timbered houses.  The afternoon was rounded up enjoying tea and cake whilst admiring the far-reaching views over the High Weald


Penns in the Rocks – May 2018 – Open Garden for NGS, proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support

On Sunday, six ACE members enjoyed a sunny and sociable afternoon walking around the large garden at Groombridge, opened for the National Garden scheme.  We walked through the grounds passing mature trees and huge outcrop of rocks to the lake and rebuilt eighteenth century temple.  We then walked up to Poets’ Temple, a high point, from which we could admire the yellow azaleas and view down to the lawn and house. We made our way down to the old walled garden with herbaceous borders and a magnificent mature wisteria and afterwards enjoyed tea and home-made cakes in the courtyard.
Barn Dance 7th April 2018
Doozy Doh, Yee Hah, Stripping the Willow, Swing Your Partner – 50 people enjoyed a terrific evening at Forest Row Social Club. As well as the dancing and socialising, everyone enjoyed either a Cheese or Ham Ploughmans. A big thank you to the Ace Committee for organising such a fun event and hope it will be repeated soon.

Bingo evening 21st March 2018

On the evening of 21st March a group of 13 Ace members gathered for a bingo evening kindly organised by Babs at Copthorne Social Club
We played several games with one or two members winning more than once
There was a good range of different ways we played to make it varied
 Babs had a great range of prizes to be won and players had the chance of winning 2 prizes per game which was amazing
The winner on each game moved to a different table so everybody could socialise and speak to other people and a fun time was had by all
Many thanks to Babs

Social Evening 17th January 2018

Ace social

A fun evening yesterday (17th) at the Beetle Drive. 30 or so members /friends enjoyed throwing a dice to assemble a beetle. Really good social event with selection of nibbles. Well done committee.


Poppy Factory visit 26th October 2017

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The day started of overcast but the plus side was the trains were on time and connected seamlessly! After the mandatory cuppa the 9 Ace Club members headed to the Poppy Factory!
We were greeted by Jackie,  Brian and Abu who were volunteers at the Poppy Factory.
They were all welcoming and very friendly.
We ordered a meal to have there and this was delicious and worth the money.
Brian then gave us a presentation and told us all about the history of the Poppy Factory which was very interesting. Next stop making the poppies. This was easier than I thought and a wooden block was supplied. We then got a tour of the factory and saw where the poppies were cut out.
Afterwards we agreed to be models for the Poppy Factory where we had our pictures taken. We were very lucky we met two lovely Chelsea Pensioners.
All in all I think everyone from the club enjoyed this day.
ACE Safari! 21st October 2017

Eight of us went on safari in October, a safari supper with main course in one house, then moving on to the second for main course and dessert.  The hostesses thoroughly spoiled us with delicious dishes and we all enjoyed a very sociable and fun evening.
ACE visit to The Sussex Prairie Garden – September 2017






On a gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon in early September seven of us enjoyed a visit to Britain’s largest “prairie” garden.  We stopped off at a country pub before going on to this eight acre garden which is full of surprises. Here we were encouraged to walk amongst the flowers and tall flowing grasses.  The visit was rounded off by tea, delicious cake and purchases at the plant stalls!

Social Evening at Copthorne Social Club on 20th September 2017

“A very sociable evening with about 30 members attending was held at the Copthorne Social Club on 20 September.  Two complimentary drinks accompanied by copious nibbles helped steel the nerves to partake in the Beetle Drive.  The dice were favourable to some but all in all, a very enjoyable evening was had……please may we have this event again in 2018?”

Ashdown Park Hotel 25th June 2017






On this bright and breezy afternoon, nine ACE members visited the grounds and gardens of Ashdown Park Hotel which were open for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme.  After walking around the extensive parkland, visiting the Secret Garden and seeing the colourful flowers, we enjoyed a chatting over tea and delicious cake and a very sociable afternoon was had by one and all.  25th June, 2017

Trip to Chichester Canal  Sunday 9 July 2017

Thirteen members of the Ace Club went on this trip: 8 on the train and 5 braving the traffic and making their way to Chichester in two cars. We were lucky that the weather was so good for our day out.

The canal basin was very close to the station, and there was a lovely shady area to have a cuppa and a biscuit or two whilst we waited for the boat to take us on our trip down the canal.
Once on the boat, skippered by a lovely man called Malcolm, we sat in the cabin and
watched the world go by. It was very peaceful, and we admired the lovely apartments and houses down the side of the canal, watched the coots and moorhens, passed canoeists and smiled at the boys jumping in the water. In typical Grumpy Old Women style we agreed the canal was too full of weed and algae for us to consider doing the same thing! There was a towpath down the canal which looked like a lovely walk. We took it in turns to go outside the cabin as there was only a small area round the tiller to stand. The time on the boat was justso calming.
Once moored up the boat’s mate kindly took a group photo of us all and we then walked into town for some lunch. Some members of the group went into Prezzo’s and others had
McDonald’s. After lunch we visited the cathedral, which was absolutely beautiful, although we didn’t get long in there as it was due to close. The stained glass was impressive and it was light and airy. The gardens outside were also nice to walk around. After a short walk round town (thankfully it was a bit late for the shops as it could have got expensive!) we made our way back to the train station or back to our cars for the journey home.
Thank you to Babs for arranging this enjoyable day out, and for all organisation – printing off town maps, checking platforms etc. Much appreciated by everyone.

The Blunter Brothers at Chequer Mead Theatre Saturday 15th July 
“On Saturday 15th July several Ace Club members enjoyed an evening of music by The Blunter Brothers at Chequer Mead Theatre. This was a charity event in aid of Parkinson’s disease.  We were treated to an evening of classic funk, Motown and soul in true Blunter Brothers style ! We all had a great evening – dancing in the aisles to our favourite dance anthems. A terrific evening thoroughly enjoyed by us all”.
The Magic of Motown at The Hawth 29th June 2017
We want to thank you for arranging such a fabulous evening (Magic of Motown at the Hawth) for ACE members. We loved every moment of it. Our seats were perfect and it was great to dance in the aisle with such lovely people. Singing along to the music, even if we couldn’t remember who some of them were by!
Disco at Forest Row Village Club on the 8th April
“Thoroughly enjoyed and loved D.J. Mobile Video Disco with screen and music.
Photo’s were taken throughout the evening which were shown on screen to us all at the end of the evening”.