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sue.jpgSummer has finally arrived and we have some great events to look forward to! If you would like to join us for the Concorde Champagne Day there are just two places left. You will also need to act quickly to reserve your place for a great evening cruise on the Thames to view the Tall Ships – please take a look below at the Lady Daphne event details. Our campaign to save our GP Surgery is gaining momentum – please see further news below. We hope you enjoy the events we have planned and we wish all our members a wonderful summer!

Sue Hughes, Chairman, FOSKD

Forthcoming social events

Visit to the Brooklands Museum for the Concorde Champagne Day

concorde.jpgJuly 2nd is the date for our visit to the Brooklands Museum for the Concorde Champagne Day At the time of writing we have just two places left for what I am sure will be a great day. If you would like to join the party, please email Colin Mitchell on membership@foskd.org

We will take the train from Waterloo with our own Routemaster bus to collect us at Weybridge station. Enjoy a glass of bucks fizz to start the day in the historic Members' Bar whilst listening to an introductory talk about Brooklands. You will then have time to visit the historic collections of cars, planes & motorbikes. Then once on board Concorde you will be able to visit the flight deck & view the rear cabin exhibition. Over lunch we will have a talk by former Chief Concorde Pilot, Capt. Mike Bannister. Return to Waterloo will be at approximately 1700. The cost of this very enjoyable day trip is £65.00.

Exclusive evening charter of the Sailing Barge Lady Daphne to view the Tall Ships and enjoy the firework display

1_220_291_90.jpgOn September 6th to coincide with 50 of the most spectacular Tall Ships making a welcome return to the River Thames we have arranged an exclusive evening charter of the Sailing Barge Lady Daphne. We are planning a cruise down to Greenwich to view the Tall Ships and enjoy the firework display. During the cruise Tower Bridge will be raised twice especially for us! The provisional timings for the cruise will be from 18.00 – 22.00 with boarding and disembarking at St. Katharine's Pier. Drinks and a finger buffet will be included.

Current members of FOSKD will have an exclusive booking period for 7 days from the date the booking form is sent out, after that date bookings will be opened up for members to invite their personal guests. The booking form will be emailed to you shortly. Under the terms of the passenger certificate, spaces are limited to 50 people. Please note that your place will only be confirmed once payment is received. Unfortunately disabled facilities are not available on board. The cost of the evening including refreshments is £65.00.

There are fewer than 30 Thames sailing barges left in Britain, of which only five are wooden barges with full passenger certificates. Lady Daphne is one of the most famous of London's classic wooden vessels still sailing - 91 feet long, 21 feet wide, built in 1923 at a gross tonnage of 117 tonnes and able to transport 220 tonnes of cargo. She is one of the many thousand Thames sailing barges built for the English coastal trade from the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century. As most of you will know she has been moored at St Katharine Docks for many years. For more information about the Lady Daphne see www.lady-daphne.co.uk.

If you wish to renew your membership to enable you to attend this event, please send an email to membership@foskd.org.

Return of the Classic Boat Rally to St Katharine Docks

Thames2010_Jack_Hardy_DSC9734_380_232_90_s_c1.jpgSeptember 13th & 14th sees the return of the Classic Boat Rally to St Katharine Docks. This year there will be more quayside activities with a jazz band playing on Marble Quay. The Classic Boat Rally forms part of "Totally Thames" which takes place over the whole month of September, a new season of arts, cultural and river events presented by Thames Festival Trust throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London. www.totallythames.org

FOSKD Annual General Meeting

September 23rd is the date for our Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Dickens Suite of the Dickens Inn at 7pm. Formal Notice will be sent to members at the beginning of September.

Join us for a meal to start the festive season

On December 1st we will celebrate the start of the festive season with a meal together at the Gallery Restaurant in the Tower Hotel – do please make a note of the date for this very popular event and you will receive further details in due course.

News from around the Dock

Supporting St Katharine Docks GP Surgery

Our campaign continues and is gaining traction – many thanks to those of you who joined the very well supported march through Tower Hamlets on the 5th June and listened to some impassioned speeches from Lord Owen and others. The support group we have set up to work with Dr Patel has been instrumental in him meeting with Earl Howe, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Dr David Geddes and Jane Milligan, CO NHS THCCG, at Westminster, following which Dr David Geddes of NHS England visited the Surgery to meet with Dr Patel. The discussions between the various parties are very much ongoing with a specific Position Paper expected from NHS England soon.

If you haven't already done so please log on to NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk On the home page, go to "Comments" and enter the postcode E1W 1UA to take you to the St Katharine Docks Practice review area. You will be asked to rate elements of the service provided and leave your own comments. The ratings awarded from these comments really do count, so please take a few minutes to show your support. Don't forget to sign the petition we have set up on the Government website at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64721

The Practice needs more patients to register to ensure it is financially viable. Since we started our appeal there has been an excellent response and the list has increased, so please continue to spread the word amongst your friends and neighbours. The extra income new patients generate will allow Dr Patel to hire additional healthcare professionals. People wishing to register should contact the Practice on 020 7488 3653.

We will continue to up-date you and let you know other ways in which you can help. Dr Patel and his team are very grateful for all the support already shown.

Tour de France

Screen shot 2014-06-20 at 19.17.33.pngOn July 7th the Tour de France will see cyclists race along streets from the Olympic Park, around Canary Wharf and St Katharine Docks, and on their way to central London. Road closures in Tower Hamlets include the A1261 Aspen Way and the A1203 Limehouse Link/The Highway past Poplar, Shadwell and Wapping. The closures will take place between 10am and 6pm. Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Westminster Bridge will be shut for much of the day. For information about the race please see: www.tfl.gov.uk/campaign/tour-de-france-2014?cid=fs154

Tom's Kitchen

tomaikenscw_davdgriffenphotography201_la.jpgChef Tom Aikens is opening a branch of Tom's Kitchen on the ground floor of Commodity Quay towards the end of July. Serving British favourites and comfort food classics in a relaxed and informal environment from breakfast to dinner it will include a restaurant, bar and a deli which will offer express takeaway options for food lovers on the go.

We have had a meeting with their management team and they are keen to welcome members of FOSKD and will work with us to provide some special offers for the group, so watch this space! www.tomskitchen.co.uk

Jazz at Café Rouge

Café Rouge are hosting different Jazz groups on the last Friday of the month at 7.30pm

27th June - 'That Swing Thing' with Atila
25th July - Louise Jones & The London Lounge
29th August - Oriana & The Charmers

Reserve a table for dinner on 020 7702 0195

Contact us

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact us at contactus@foskd.org

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