The hardest job by far was trying to pick who to talk to. I tried to pick a range of members who would cover as many of our projects and as many years of our history as possible (including one who’s been coming for well over 50 years, before Norfolk Lodge was even built!). There are definitely some real characters in there who everybody at SMG knows and many more get a mention too – staff, members and absent friends. My wife Alex (who has her own connections to Norfolk Lodge) did the artwork and there are lovely portraits of each family too by photographer Joe Horner.
I’m sure there are a few stories in there that will give you a chuckle or two, and there are definitely a few tears there as well. But I’d really like to think you’ll come out of reading it with a smile on your face and feeling a little warmer inside, like a visit to Norfolk Lodge. That’s the main thing that comes out of the book. Seventy years worth of laughter and warmth and everyone who has contributed to that, it’s all in the walls of the place. We really hope you enjoy it.