By SVI member Sonia Thompson.
On Tuesday, 23 January, 2024, about fifteen SVI members and friends attended a Burns’ lunch at the Court of Requests in Oldbury.
On entering the pub, members were greeted warmly by SVI staff, who escorted them to the dining area.
After apprising members (who needed this help) about what was on the menu, they placed their orders. Only one of the people who I was sitting with requested haggis, but I am sure that whatever they ordered, they enjoyed.
The atmosphere at the Court of Requests was quiet. This was because there was no background music. Nevertheless, there was a lot of laughter and chatter. Some members found the time to discuss the history of the pub.
The Court of Requests used to be a court house, and then it became a library. Now it is a flourishing public house.
A few members expressed their delight at revisiting this friendly venue. I feel sure that we will be eating at the Court of Requests again in the not too distant future.
This event was part of SVI@s Active at 60 programme for people over 5o, their friends and family.
Hear more about Burns
Listen to Sandwell Talking Newsreader ‘Scottish Debbie’ give some background on Burns and read some of his poems. Thanks to Sandwell Talking News for sharing this piece, which appeared in the edition for 3 February 2024.