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GNOMES, otherwise known as, Girls Night Out Men Excluded Sorry, was born of an idea in 2003 to complement the men's 6.30 club, but of course for the girls only. The Royal Oak pub in the village was the Gnomes meeting place. "Girls" could just turn up on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm. One of the objectives was to provide a meeting place for newcomers to the village, which can be helpful for them to get know people. There is no membership, or obligation to attend every week, it is completely voluntary. It is primarily a social occasion, where we celebrate good news, share our sorrows and air our views! In the past, we have gone bowling, go- karting and dog racing. Some years ago, we appeared on the front page of the Chronicle, and in the Bucks Herald, doing a "Calendar Girl" type photo shoot, which was great fun. Every February we have an anniversary dinner, and have now celebrated over 21 years of Gnoming. After the first Covid lockdown in March 2020, we started having meetings by Zoom and this went on until the end of June. When pubs were allowed to re-open in July, meetings resumed in the Royal Oak. This was short-lived as there were more restrictions from September and the second full lockdown began on 5 November. GNOMES by Zoom recommenced and we were still having meetings this way through until May 2021. The closure of the Royal Oak could have been a mortal blow to the Gnomes, but undeterred we continued to meet most Tuesday nights. A WhatsApp group was set up for ease of communication. We have taken turns at hosting the event at some of our homes; and we have also had an evening at the Wing Social Club; an evening in the Village Hall; an evening at the Unicorn playing boules; a cinema evening; and a theatre evening. Once the Rose & Crown in Wingrave re-opens, it has been suggested we meet there, perhaps on the first Tuesday of each month. Although there is a hard core of "regulars", people come and people go and anyone is welcome on an outing. Any ideas for places to go will be duly considered! April 2024 If any one reading this wants to try it, just send me an email asking where we are meeting. I will be happy to walk with you. Go on, you might just enjoy yourself..... Carol
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The Royal Oak, Aston Abbotts The Gnome Calenday Girls The Gnomes Go-karting Gnomes Anniversary dinner 2024
Gnomes Anniversary dinner 2024
Gnomes Karting
Gnomes Calendar Girls