The Pony Club – a social networking group for lesbian, gay and bi-sexual women – is celebrating its first birthday with a Medieval Masked Ball.

The group was set up by friends in Bournemouth who lamented the lack of exciting events for women in the area. It has proved popular since and membership goes from strength to strength.

To celebrate the role the club has played in helping people find friendship, love and develop new hobbies or skills, The Pony Club is turning back the clock to the Medieval ages with a masked ball.The group has hired a Medieval Barn at the Courtyard Centre in Lytchett Minster, Poole, on July 24 from 7pm to midnight. A court jester straight from the palace will entertain guests with songs of old and there will be ample meat and vegetarian options fresh from the BBQ.

Later in the evening The Julie Andrews band will perform live followed by a disco.

Founding member Lesley Richardson, 34, said members and non-members were welcome at the first birthday party celebrations.”The reaction has been mind-blowing since we set up the club,” she said.

“It is no exaggeration to say it has transformed our lives. People have come to me in tears saying how much the club meant to them. It not only helps combat isolation and loneliness by providing a welcoming and fun social group, it also puts like-minded people in touch with each other – from walking, to reading groups, a football team, and a band of talented musicians.

“This party should be a great way to celebrate the volunteers who work hard to keep it running and the members, without whom there would be no club.”

For more information see www.theponies.co.uk or email info@theponies.co.uk.

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