Steeped in local heritage in the heart of Carshalton with a view of Carshalton Ponds is The Greyhound.A friendly local pub which has fantastic cask ales and serves seasonal British Food. With 19 stylish bedrooms in the Hotel Annex alongside 2 feature rooms which have a lovely view of the ponds
Michelle Bartlett, the founder of Live Laugh Love Ladies Club is coming to open our new club and speak to us all about her why, her family and her vision. She said "Some women do not make enough time for themselves, or value their place in society or the home. Where do ladies of all generations go? Where do you go to make friends if you are new to an area, retired or kids left home?" Her vision is to connect women and for them to feel inspired
Michelles' first club launched in November 2014 and by the Summer she had 3 clubs with 30-50 at each event. The growth has taken her by surprise, but the women enjoying it has not shocked her at all. The format is a welcoming friendly one with food and drink served followed by an inspirational or educational speaker for ¾ hour. Ladies are empowered to know more and feel confident engaging with others and talking about their own lives. All ages attend so it is lovely to see three generations together for a social event. Where else can they do this?
Our next speaker will be Marion Dante, an author she will be sharing her story through her books:
Dropping The Habit
Marion Dante always knew that, as her mother's 'sin offering', she would be a nun. At the age of 14, she entered a convent. Years later, wrestling with doubts and misery, she embarked on the long and terrifying road to freedom.
Two novels based on Marion’s thirty-three years in the convent and beyond:
Searching For Love reveals convent life during the 1970's as seen through the eyes of Frankie, an innocent young postulant and her friend, Margaret, who form a close relationship, which is discouraged by the nuns. Readers are offered glimpses of harsh practices, counter-poised with comic interludes, that trace Frankie's gradual disillusionment as she decides to leave the convent for a new life in a very modern world. Followers of the television series, Call the Midwife, will enjoy this compelling and unusual story.
‘A Love As Strong’, is a tender love story, that reveals Frankie’s new life as a teacher, after she left the convent. Readers will enjoy reading her naive encounters as she searches for a loving partner. Packed with humour and poignancy, this exceptional book traces the transition of the viewpoint character, Frankie, as she explores her new life and her encounters with potential suitors. Readers will revel in the final chapters as she forms a cherished relationship with Richard, the man of her dreams.