GB2353: Saturday 21 May: Chinese Lunch at the Islington Chinese Association


Message 2353:
SATURDAY 21 MAY: CHINESE LUNCH at the ISLINGTON CHINESE ASSOCIATION (special prices for "Gordon's friends" if paid in advance: £9 until 6 May, then £10 until 16 May, or £12 on the day)
(Optional) Meeting, Transport and Venue Details:  Meet Gordon on Saturday 21 May, between 11.50am and 12 noon at Archway Underground Station (Zones 2 & 3), inside the station near the ticket barriers. We will walk to the Islington Chinese Association (ICA - ), 21 Hatchard Road, N19 4NG, 10 to 15 minutes' walk. You can view a map at . Please note that there will be no service on the Northern Line between Archway and High Barnet / Mill Hill East, but replacement buses will operate. We will walk past Upper Holloway London Overground Station (Gospel Oak to Barking Line, Zone 2), which would have been a more convenient optional meeting point, but unfortunately this line will be closed for weekend engineering. However, if this route is convenient for you, you could use the replacement buses that will operate between Gospel Oak and Seven Sisters. If you are driving, you will be pleased to learn that there is free street parking near the venue at weekends.
Timing:  Please try to arrive between 12 noon and 12.30pm, so that the meal can start to be served at 12.30pm. In case you cannot arrive by this time, please make sure to arrive by no later than 1pm. The meal will be over by 2pm.
The Menu:  We will be treated to an inexpensive, simple but adequate three-course meal, comprising sweetcorn soup for the starter; rice, Chinese-style chicken curry, fried butterfly prawns and a vegetable dish (cauliflower crown with mushrooms and shredded vegetables) for the main course; and water chestnut cake for dessert. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to cater for vegetarians, but you can request extra vegetables instead of the fish and meat, and if, for example, you do not like meat but eat fish, you can request extra fish instead of meat. Your meal will be prepared and served by volunteers. If you would like to buy drinks, bottles of water, cans of soft drinks and large cups of jasmine tea will each cost £1. You will be able to pay by card or in cash. Please note that the venue is not licensed to sell alcoholic drinks, and we are not allowed to bring our own.
The Cost:  The cost of your meal will be £9 if you book and pay by 6 May, and £10 if you book and pay between 7 May and 16 May. These are special prices for members of my group (for others, it is £12). If you prefer to pay on the day, you will not receive a discount and your meal will cost £12 (but please note that, in this case, you are still asked to book by Monday 16 May). You can pay on the day either by card or in cash.
How to Book and Pay for Your Lunch:  Please book individually using Google Forms, as the form is for only one person. Click on and after completing the required information, click on "Submit" at the bottom of the form. Under "Please book a place for me...", select the Earlybird price of £9 for my members if booking and paying by no later than 6 May, and select the Regular price for my members if booking and paying between 7 May and 16 May. If you prefer to pay on the day, select the Regular Non-member price of £12. Under "Payment method", select either payment by Bank Transfer (if paying £9 or £10 in advance) or payment in person at the ICA (if paying £12 on the day). If paying through Bank Transfer, please do so within 3 days of booking. Should you have any problems regarding your booking, or need to cancel, please contact the ICA at info@... (and not myself).
Bank Details:  
Account Name: Islington Chinese Association
Sort Code: 30-94-21
Account Number: 00356926.
Please use your initials+SAT2105 as the payment reference (for example, if your name is John Smith, use JSSAT2105 as the reference) and forward the proof of payment to info@... .
Table Tennis & Karaoke:  After lunch (or even in the morning), you may like to go upstairs to participate in table tennis and/or karaoke. This will cost you the same as for ICA members, and will be bookable on the day, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Details as follows: 
table tennis from 10.15am to 2pm (£3); table tennis from 2pm to 5.45pm (£3); table tennis from 10.15am to 5.45pm (£5); 
karaoke from 10.15am to 2pm (£3); karaoke from 2pm to 5.45pm (£3); karaoke from 10.15am to 5.45pm (£5). 
As table tennis is restricted to 20 people for each timeslot and karaoke is limited to 12, you may like to book and pay on arrival at the venue, before you have lunch.
Islington Chinese Association:  The ICA is a registered charity. To learn more, click on and other links.
Tues 3 May, 7.20pm/7.30pm: Lancaster Gate tube to go to a Baroque Extravaganza for Ukraine with the City of London Soloists at St. James's, Sussex Gardens,
W2 3UD, starting at 8pm (half-price tickets, from £5, for my members, but advance booking/payment through Eventbrite required - see details at ) - please consider supporting this;
Sat 7 May, 6.40pm/7pm: Turnham Green tube to go to a harpsichord recital (Bach's Goldberg Variations) at Chiswick Catholic Centre, 2 Dukes Avenue, W4 2AE, starting at 7.30pm (50% discount for my members until the end of April, then 40% discount - see details at );
Wed 18 May: concert given by the English Chamber Orchestra concert at Cadogan Hall, starting at 7pm (£37 tickets at the special price of £10, but online booking required using promotional code MAYGB10 - click on for details);
Sat 21 May: Chinese meal and socialising with Gordon and friends, with options of karaoke and table tennis, at the Islington Chinese Association (details above).