Afternoon Tea & Sketching in the New Forest

  • November 23, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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The Afternoon Tea & Sketching in Romsey has proved so popular there are already 4 on the waiting list, so I am organising a second!

I have booked tables for 10 people at The Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst for our afternoon tea & sketching.

As this is a business we're visiting if you RSVP you should be OK with buying Afternoon Tea (currently £12.50) or something from their general menu whilst we're there, click here for details. 

If you can bring along your smaller sketchbook and non messy art supplies as we'll be confined to our table & keeping a low profile! I'm not sure how/if this will work for sketching, but if it doesn't we'll have all had some lovely tea & cakes, and maybe get to see some New Forest Ponies on the Hotel's lawn!

I haven't been to the hotel before, but I'm suggesting we meet inside the entrance to the hotel at 1200. For anyone coming along for the first time I'll email out my mobile number nearer the time incase of any problems with finding us etc.

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  • Chris R.

    Thank you Amanda for organising a lovely afternoon, I enjoyed it very much and look forward to seeing you and everyone at the Xmas meal, Chris

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Shirley

    Thanks Amanda! It was a great idea for a meet-up.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Vivienne T.

    We had such a good time.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Vin

    A really nice afternoon, thanks ever so much to Amanda for organising and to everyone who made it such an enjoyable occasion.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • jennie

    lovely afternoon, thanks guys...see you in a couple of weeks!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Sue M.

    What a lovely setting ... and the hotel was really festive with all of the xmas decorations! I enjoyed the company and the food too! Thanks Amanda!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Thank you Amanda for such a lovely afternoon. Great company and hope to see you all again soon.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • donna t.

    Hi glad I came nice to meet u all. Nice drawing everyone. X

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Amanda

    Had a great time! Thanks to everyone who came. & good to see some new faces, Vin, Jenny & Donna

    November 23, 2013

  • Amanda

    Hi all, just to say that Im hoping our tea & sketching experiment will work, but as its our first time i cant be sure! I havent arranged anything special with the hotel, infact i havent even mentioned we'll be sketching, I thought it best to keep things simple! So as mentioned before if you could just bring along small, non messy materials to use, or just an appitite for cakes is fine too!

    November 22, 2013

    • Amanda

      The hotel is on the road out of Lyndhurst going south, I think it's on the left before you get to Brockenhurst. I'm coming from Winchester but leaving shortly so not sure that would help, sorry!

      November 23, 2013

    • donna t.

      Ok im not driving but think I no where it is x

      November 23, 2013

  • donna t.

    Hi do we have to take our iwn resources? Donna x

    November 22, 2013

    • Amanda

      Hi Donna, yes you would need to bring along your own sketch pad or any paper and pen/pencil etc. Glad you can join us! See you there

      November 22, 2013

  • Amanda

    Just to let you know that the table is booked in my name Amanda van den Berg incase needed

    November 22, 2013

  • Jess A

    Its tempting - does any one else want the spot?

    November 21, 2013

    • Amanda

      Quickly, put your name down! Actually I think everyone who wanted to come has got a place now so please join us! It can be a practice session for Romsey!

      November 21, 2013

  • David P.

    Sorry,can't make it now!, have other commitments ,so sad,next time.

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Amanda but unfortunately I can't make it on Saturday. Hope someone on the waiting list can take my place. Have a good time.

    November 21, 2013

    • Amanda

      Ok no problems thanks for letting me know! If all goes well with the larger group I'm going to increase the numbers for the Romsey Afternoon Tea, so hopefully you'll be able to make that one

      November 21, 2013

  • Amanda

    I have been in touch with the hotel & increased the booking to 10, hopefully it will not be too large

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Shirley

    I am still ok to let go of my space in Romsey if someone is unable to sign up onto a list of any of the forthcoming three Afternoon Tea events. But please don't remove me off here as this is my preferred option! However, I will still attend Romsey if available. Cake is too good to say 'no'. :)

    October 23, 2013

  • Vivienne T.

    I'm happy to go on the waiting list as I have a place at the Romsey event, especially as it means someone from that waiting list gets the opportunity to attend one of them. I should be dieting before Christmas anyway!

    October 23, 2013

  • Paul

    Hi Amanda, i guess this is now a situation where i cannot get my cake or eatit..lol., but thanks for the notification, i would have really appreciated being approached beforehand, but i can see the logic of your decision and as i am not alone in this process I happily concede on this occasion and look forward to hearing from you if things should change. PS:thank you for your responses to my recent suggestion/discussion with you.

    Enjoy the day,
    Best wishes
    Paul

    October 23, 2013

  • Mak

    there you go, I left my space so you can stay on the list without guilty feelings - hahaha! ;-) jokes aside, I just tought that it is a good drive for me just for a cake (don't get me wrong, I love them too!!) and with my job I am too much on a doubtful attendance... probably I'll organise something similar closer to my area as soon as I know what will happen with my schedules. I am sure with the popularity of this "winter-cake-sketching" format there will be someone else keen on joining in! :-)

    October 20, 2013

  • Shirley

    Haha, Jess your comment made me laugh. I am partial to cakes too but I might have lunch instead..... or as well!

    October 20, 2013

  • Jess A

    I agree, my fondness for cake shouldn't get in the way of others getting a place. I will change my RSVP if/when the numbers grow.

    October 20, 2013

  • Paul

    I agree with you Viv, but I just cannot resist the opportunity to join in again and agin, but could reconsider this, if it really meant someone desperately missing out. Keep us informed. Best wishes. Paul

    October 19, 2013

  • Vivienne T.

    I've offered to give up my place too as I know there is a waiting list on the other one and it'd be nice if everyone had the opportunity to attend one or the other.

    October 19, 2013

  • Shirley

    Is it greedy to say 'Yes' to this one too?! For fairness sake, I am willing to give up one of my space for someone who is desperate to attend one afternoon tea Meetup if this one becomes full.

    October 19, 2013

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