Autumn Ladies Lunch- It’ll all be over by Christmas

£40.00 per person

We are delighted to invite you to our Autumn Ladies Lunch, as we enjoy fine food, great company and a guest speaker, John Wilton, speaking of his book, 'It’ll All Be Over By Christmas - The First World War In Postcards'.  

The friendly gathering will begin with a drinks reception on arrival at 12.00 midday. This will be followed by a delicious three-course set lunch (vegetarian option available), with a glass of wine per person and coffee with petit fours to finish.  

After lunch, we shall enjoy the presentation by our guest speaker and the chance to win a signed copy of his book.  Come with friends or by yourself and enjoy this sociable event, making new friends and acquaintances.  

Please email your interest or any enquiries to Tracy at or call 01323 412345 to book your space for the event.

We look forward to welcoming you.

IT’LL ALL BE OVER BY CHRISTMAS - The First World War in Postcards

The postcards in It’ll All Be Over By Christmas help to paint a picture of war as experienced by those at home, in training, at the front, in hospital and in convalescent camps. There are cards from fathers who wrote to wives and children, and sons who wrote to family, friends and loved ones. Men at the front who received parcels from home and from well-wishers. All this is revealed by the writings on cards sent during the war years. The degree of support for the war effort is shown by the sending of ‘comforts’ to the men at the front by family, charitable organizations and the general public encouraged by newspapers and magazines. We see the willingness of the population to help fund the war through War Bonds and collections, as well as the practical service they were prepared to provide by working in the factories and on the farms, with women showing that they could do much more than just knit socks. On a lighter note, accounts of times of rest and relaxation fill many cards sent when the soldiers were back from the firing line and had time to enjoy the countryside and even eat cherries.

More About John Wilton

John Paul Wilton was born in Mandeville, Jamaica in 1942 and educated at St. Hugh’s and Edmund’s College, in Hertfordshire. After a short period in the army, he entered teaching, working in Berkshire, Dorset and Sussex. On retirement after 40 years in teaching, including 10 years as a housemaster, he took up part-time work in public relations and now finds time for writing and after-dinner speaking.



Chicken Caesar Press, Garlic croutons, Baby Gem Lettuce Salad (F,E,M,G,Su)
Poached Pear, Stilton & Dried Cranberry Panna Cotta, Micro Salad (M,E,Ce,Su,)

Slow Braised Belly of English Pork, Cider & Granny Smith Apple, Seasonal Vegetables & Potato (Ce,Su,M)
Nut Roast Crumble Tart, Seasonal Vegetables, Spiced Tomato Sauce (G,M,Su,N,P)

Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cornish Cream & Toffee Sauce (G,M,E)

Ce – celery     C – crustaceans     E – egg     F – fish     G – cereals containing gluten     L – lupin     M – milk & dairy     Mo – molluscs     Mu – mustard     N – tree nuts     P – peanuts     Se – sesame     Sh – shellfish    So – soybeans     Su – sulphur dioxide and sulphites    Vg – vegan     V – vegetarian *can be adapted to gluten free

Please inform me at the time of booking if you have any food allergies or intolerances relating to the above set menu.