Little did we know that when the Tanglewood management committee chose Saturday June 29th for our annual summer outing, that it would turn out to be the hottest day of the year!
By 9.00 we were all on our way to Camden Lock for our boat ride along the Regents Canal on our boat “Jenny Wren” which we had hired. It was a fascinating trip along the canal which was built in the early 19th century. We went through the Camden Lock and Regent’s Park, passing London Zoo on the way. We passed through a 256 yd tunnel which took us to Little Venice near Maida Vale before making our way back to Camden.
We re-boarded our coach and made our way to Ruislip Lido where we had an excellent meal. There was a slight change of plan in that, because of the weather, we decided instead of giving everyone their choice of dessert, we gave them all ice creams.
By now the temperature had reached 34 degrees, which created its own problems but we managed to find a shaded area to use as our base.
Ruislip Lido was constructed as a 60-acre reservoir and used as a feeder for the Grand Union canal in 1811 Channels were also built to transfer the water to the canal at Hayes Bridge some seven miles away.
The miniature railway is much extended since fifties & sixties and is now the longest 12” gauge railway in the country. Those brave enough to leave the shaded area of our base took the train round to the other side of the Lido where the artificial beach is – the original plan was to walk back but in these conditions we thought better of it and did a round trip on the train.
At 5.30 we re-boarded our coach and made our way home. This was the 60th outing organised by Tanglewood (the first being in 1967) and, at a total cost of £1,700, was the most expensive – even more than our 50th anniversary outing in 2015 (all our outings since then have cost over £1,000)
With a total of 51 it was also our best attended outing for many years. Club members themselves contributed £420 which didn’t quite cover the cost of the meal. The remaining costs were covered partly from the money donated in memory of Julie and partly from the money that we will shortly be receiving from the Inner Wheel organisation and money we received last week from the Harrow & Pinner Lions Club