Churchill Arms London

As some of you may know I haven’t ventured into the big city for about four years, but when I knew I good friend of mine was over from Spain, I had just had to meet up.  Thankfully the weather was good, but I did wonder about the trains – well our railway together with a new timetable has not been nicknamed ‘Southern Fail’ for nothing!


When the train arrived on time I took this as an omen for good day, and I was not wrong as the train pulled into Victoria station just five minutes late.  The journey across the concourse was another story as I tried to dodge passengers who appeared to all be moving in different directions, pulling cases or swinging around with over-loaded rucksacks on their backs.  Eventually I made it to the underground and on to a train heading for Notting Hill a short distance from where I was meeting my friend at the Churchill Arms in Church Street Kensington.

Thai food at the Churchill arm

The outside of the pub has a delightful array of flowers outside and cannot be missed.  It was great to meet up and with endless news to catch up on we sat down to a delicious Thai lunch – very reasonable for Kensington and one that I would thoroughly recommend if you are in the area.   All too soon it was time to depart and I felt I couldn’t face another underground journey so opted for the number 52 bus to take us back to Victoria, and three cheers to the kind man on the gate at Victoria who opened the wide gate for me to get through to board the train, caught with only five minutes to spare.

Thai food at the Churchill arms

Unfortunately, either because it was a hot day or the trip to London but I felt ill on the train. I struggled to the nearest toilet only to find it blocked, so went on to the next one, which again was blocked, so made my way back to me seat and travelled down the carriage only to find yet another blocked toilet. When the ticket collector came around I felt compelled to report it, only to be told if one was blocked I should go on to next one!  Despite this mishap I thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt was an achieved something and who knows where my next trip will take me.

Menu Churchill arms

Two days later I took myself off on the bus to Bognor Regis and had yet another lunch and natter with a dear friend – I am fast becoming the lady who lunches!  The cafeteria was noisy, yes, those holidaying in Butlins were out in force, so we made our way to the Regis Centre to continue our natter over a coffee, and on the way bumped into the local town crier looking very regal in her purple outfit on her way into the town to rustle up some people to attend the 2018 book day at Hotham Park.  This year they celebrated the works of children’s writer Julia Donaldson with an art workshop making a giant collage as well as a make and take workshop.  We were told there would be a mobile climbing wall, as well as a funky play bus converted into a soft play, a book swap and story-telling on the bandstand, and ideal way to entertain children during the holiday break.  Actually, we are very lucky on the south coast as there is always something to do for young and old.


About Wendy Hughes

Wendy turned to writing, in 1989, when ill-health and poor vision forced her into early medical retirement. Since then she has published 26 nonfiction books, and over 2000 articles. Her work has appeared in magazines as diverse as The Lady, Funeral Service Journal, On the Road, 3rd Stone, Celtic Connections, Best of British, and Guiding magazine. She has a column in an America/Welsh newspaper for ex-pats on old traditions and customs in Wales. Her books include many on her native Wales, Anglesey Past and Present, The Story of Brecknock, Brecon, a pictorial History of the Town, Carmarthen, a History and Celebration and Tales of Old Glamorgan, and a book on Walton on Thames in the Images of England series, a company history and two books on the charity Hope Romania. She has also co-authored two story/activity books for children. Her latest books are: Haunted Worthing published in October 2010, a new colour edition of The Story of Pembrokeshire published in March 2011, and Shipwrecks of Sussex in June 2011 and Not a Guide to Worthing in 2014. She is working on a book entitled A-Z of Curious Sussex which will be published in 2016 Wendy also works with clients to bring their work up to publishable standard and is currently working on an autobiography with a lady that was married to a very famous 1940’s travel writer. Wendy has spent many years campaigning and writing on behalf of people affected by Stickler Syndrome, a progressive genetic connective tissue disorder from which she herself suffers. She founded the Stickler Syndrome Support Group and raises awareness of the condition amongst the medical profession, and produces the group’s literature, and has written the only book on the condition, Stickler The Elusive Syndrome, and has also contributed to a DVD on the condition, Stickler syndrome: Learning the Facts. She has also writing three novels, Sanctimonious Sin, a three generation saga set in Wales at the turn of the century, Power That Heal set in the Neolithic period entitled Powers that Heal, and a semi biographical book entitled New Beginnings which deals with two generations coping with blindness and a genetic condition. She has also had a handful of short stories published, and in her spare time is working on several at the moment. She also gives talks on a variety of subjects including Writing and Placing Articles, Writing Local History, Writing as Therapy, Writing your first novel, etc, and runs workshops on the craft of writing – both fiction and non-fiction. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, and a member of the Society of Authors.