12th September 2022

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good Morning Ranches Ladies. Hope you have a great week ahead.

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, who tirelessly served as Britain’s monarch and Head of the Commonwealth of Nations for just over 70 years died at the age of 96 on 8th September. The UAE joined many countries around the world in a period of mourning and paying tribute to the Queen, who His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE called a “close friend of the UAE.”

Ranches Ladies members have shared their thoughts and memories of the Queen, who will be greatly missed.

My Memories of the Queen

by Carole Binbrek

I don’t remember that much about the Coronation as we didn’t have a TV yet but I remember I was 8 and received a coronation mug with a tube of Merol sweets in it. Every child in Britain received a mug. There was a lovely song at the time:

“In a golden coach there’s a heart of gold driving through old London Town. Where the sweetest Queen the world’s ever seen, wearing her golden crown.”

I was to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh close up as they drove round the public park in Bonnyrigg when I was 14. I saw her with Prince  Charles at the state opening of the new Scottish Parliament sitting in an open carriage driving up the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. She was wearing green and purple the colours of our Scottish thistle. 

The last time I saw her was around 15 -20 years ago giving the new regimental colours to the Black Watch Regiment. She was wearing a deep pink wool coat and while petite looked much prettier than her photos with sparkly eyes. She seemed to have been everywhere and loved by everyone . 

Carole (Honorary President Ranches Ladies)

Nazreen shared a very special memory and photograph from her father. The photo below was taken during Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Bangalore in 1961, when her Dad (in the centre of the picture, looking towards the camera) welcomed the Queen in his capacity as a Minister of the state of Karnataka.

Photo shared by Nazreen

Tuesday Mornings and Membership Renewals

Coffee mornings at Larte

Ranches Ladies are meeting on Tuesday mornings for coffee at Larte Restaurant in Studio One Hotel, Studio City (across the roundabout from the back entrance of Arabian Ranches 1) from 10.30am – 12pm. It is a great chance to catch up and find out about membership and activities.

If you have not yet renewed your membership, or you would like to join as a new member, you can do this at Larte Cafe, Studio One Hotel, Studio City on any Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Please bring completed membership form, your Emirates ID (or passport if ID unavailable) and fee of 120 AED. Get more information and download the form on the membership section of our website: Ranches Ladies Membership and Renewals

If you are unable to get to Larte on Tuesday morning to do your renewal, you can ask a friend to bring your form, copy of your ID and membership fee.

Thanks to all the ladies who have already renewed their membership.

Our website is http://www.arabianranchesladies.com and you can find us on FB and Instagram as Ranches Ladies

To join the Ranches Ladies Whatsapp group if you are a member, please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Volunteers Still Needed!

Ranches Ladies cannot run without the valuable work of our members who volunteer as board, committee members or helping out in other roles.

We still urgently need volunteers for 2 roles:

Membership Coordinators – to help sign up new members on Tuesday mornings and maintain membership list.

Web-team members – to help post to Social Media, respond to messages or update the website.

If you have any spare time and would like to find out how you can help, please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com or send a message on the RL members WhatsApp Group.

Share your story

We need more short (200 to 300 words) articles, with photos if possible, for the weekly newsletter. Can you contribute?

Here are some suggested topics, but feel free to choose anything else you think would be of interest to other RL members

  • Your travel experiences, favourite place in Dubai or wider UAE
  • Your Circle activities
  • Reviews/recommendations for places in Dubai
  • How you and your family celebrate cultural or religious festivals in Dubai
  • Your experience of relocating to or from Dubai

If you would like to contribute please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com

RL Circles News

The Circles Calendar for September 2022 is now on the website.

Here are some of the Circles activities on in September.

Walking Circle

Dubai Hills Mall

During the hotter months, the Walking Circle have moved indoors. New ladies are always welcome to join.

Meet at Dubai Hills Mall outside Marks and Spencer’s at 9am to walk for one hour around the mall before the shops open. We stop afterwards for refreshments and a chat at the small cafe inside M&S – they offer a loyalty card to get a free tea or coffee after you buy 9 drinks, and great pastries for an only an extra 1 AED when you buy a drink.

Closest parking is via Entrance E, Sharaf DG Parking P1.

Send a message on the RL WhatsApp group or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Art Circle

The Art Circle, led by Rajul, are meeting on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon to learn new techniques and create beautiful paintings. New members welcome.

If you would like to know more, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Indoor Climbing Circle

The Climbing Circle are planning to restart after the summer break, on Wednesday 28th September 6-8pm at Go Sports, Mall of the Emirates. New members welcome, no experience required.

For more information, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com or send a message to Mandy or Tracy via the WhatsApp RL members group.

Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle, led by Ayesha, are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9.30am till 1pm in Green Community East, DIP. 

No experience is needed. To join or for more details, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com 

Quilters Circle

The Quilters Circle will be restarting their meetings in-person on the 3rd Monday of each month, beginning on 19th September, 10am.

The Quilters Circle have a separate membership under the umbrella of Ranches ladies. New members are welcome.

For more information or to join, email thequilterscircle@gmail.com

Gardening Circle

Are you struggling to adjust to gardening in Dubai’s climate? The Gardening Circle get together to share tips and discuss ideas. They are planning to meet on Friday 30th September at 9.30am. New members welcome.

Contact Jackie on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to find out more.

Poetry Circle

Do you like poetry? The Poetry Circle, led by Carole, meet monthly to read and discuss poems on a theme. Their next meeting has been moved to Tuesday 20th September at 2pm (due to the Queen’s funeral Monday 19th). New members welcome.

For more details email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Shanghai Circle

The Shanghai Circle are meeting to play from 2.30-4.30pm on Fridays at Sushi Library in Dubai Hills Mall. If you would like to join them, please email  Supriya: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Pilates Circle

The Pilates Circle meet on Thursday afternoons 2-3pm, at Optimal Fitness in Studio City. Gillian from Optimal Fitness is teaching the class and there is space for more ladies to join.

Please email Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle, led by Ashfaa, meet over lunch to discuss a book they have read. Meetings are usually on the 3rd Monday of the month, but may change.

Before the summer break they read Songbirds by Christy Lefteri, but the discussion was postponed as many could not make it. The current book is The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern. Both books will be discussed on Monday 26th September, 12.30pm at the Ranches Golf Club Restaurant. New members welcome.

To join or find out more, please contact Ashfaa at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Book Circle

The Book Circle, led by Jackie, meet once a month to discuss a book they have read over coffee.

Over the summer, they have been reading ‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee and ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce.

The next meeting is planned for Friday 16th September 9.30am at the Ranches Golf Club Restaurant, where these books will be discussed. They are also planning to talk about the Jubilee Reading List – seventy books from across the Commonwealth selected to make up a reading list commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. New members welcome.

For more information, please email Jackie via circle.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Circles coming soon

New – Line Dancing Circle

Carole is starting a Line Dancing Circle. If you would like to join please contact Carole or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Yoga Circle

Marianna is planning to restart her Yoga Class soon. More details to follow.

If you are interested please email circle.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

International Lunch Circle

The International Lunch Circle are planning to restart meeting once a month to share the food and culture of member’s home countries. However, volunteers required to cook, host or help with future lunches.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Carole on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

If you have a different hobby or interest and would like to start a new circle, please let us know.

Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for information on any circles.


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There have been some recent updates to the discounts section on the website, so please check for up to date deals.

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Have a great week!