It pays to say thank you.......

As a child, I was taught to say thank you.  As an adult, I now recognise the bountiful benefits to all concerned, which can be reaped by simply saying 'thank you'.  I am acutely aware that a huge amount of work by the Members of this Club goes unrecognised.  To the event organisers, the 'behind the scenes' Trojans, the sign makers, the gardeners, the generous donators, the supporters, the encouragers, the performers and to all those people who I am utterly unaware of, who enrich the life of this Club - I say a huge thank you. 

Science tells us that both those who thank, as well as those who are thanked are happier, healthier and more productive people.  I know myself that I work better when I feel supported, appreciated and encouraged.  This week, our President wrote a thank you letter to Nancy Ellison for her generous and unsolicited gift of her work name 'Hume as Olympia.  You can see a copy of this picture under 'Other items of interest' on this website.   Nancy's response to that letter was to send  a similarly eccentric and humorous example of her work; a portrait of the Oscar winning actress and wife of Cronyn Hume, Jessica Tandy, named 'Jessica at Waterloo'.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

This fabulous gift was not sought for, but is giving much delight to all who see it.


Tandy, Jessica by Nancy Ellison.jpg

I may never get a tattoo.....

I may never get a tattoo but if I did, I’ve often mused that it would say “Change your world by changing your mind”

In the office, we are going through a process of change at the moment; from the momentous to the trivial; new President, new Council, new faces, new personalities, new website, new Facebook page, new printer (thanks Kevin), Instagram (what is that?), new expectations, new skills required…..

The list goes on.

 I didn’t like it at first.  I’d only just become confident in my job and then this?

I’ve changed my mind.  I refuse to be disempowered by a fear of new things. 

I can’t wait to hear the new piano.




Getting to know us

Down in the bowels of the Club, there's a team working hard to ensure that all that goes on overhead, flows as seamlessly as possible. While Jay skillfully organises the many and varied events which take place in the Club; Kevin is our invaluable 'Man Friday'; the amazing Yongmei ensures that we enjoy a sparkling clean environment from the Studio to the kitchen and I, Valerie, am the proverbial 'can of oil' that hopes to allow all these bits and more,  to move smoothly around each other.  

Should you want to phone me, I'm available from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday.  Alternatively, you can email me on  I will try to answer questions on anything from Membership to events.  If I can't help you, I can find someone who will.