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February – March 2020 www.burnhamu3a.com U3A is the premier movement for informal life-long learning




Burnham-on-Sea U3A (Charity No 1068271) Honorary President Ken Hindle Telephone 787831 or email: kenhindle@btinternet.com Web-site: www.burnhamu3a.com Committee Chairman – Harriet Browne



Groups Coordinator

Brenda Dibley



Treasurer -

Les Hughes

01934 612085


Business Secretary/Data Controller - Gary Locock



Website, Magazine Editor - Harriet Browne



Vice Chairman - Chris Owen V/Chairman, Mag Distrib’r & Gift Aid - Margaret Budden

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Membership Sec’y & Archivist - Veronica Richardson New Members Rep – Coffee Morning & Refreshments - Brenda Dibley

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Community Centre Rep – Paul Hambleton No post -Chris Noble chrisnoble@burnhamu3a.com Judith Betts judith@burnhamu3a.com Equipment Officer Linda Sadler

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Member Key Roles Day Trips Organiser – Gerry Richards/Carole Ransome Theatre Organiser - Sue Poole & team Speaker Organiser - Kath Hoyland Forum - Ken Hindle NSAU3As Representatives Gary Locock/Paul Hambleton Welcome & New Members Liaison - Rachel Rowse & team Holidays Organisers- Lynn Mathews, Les Hughes


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Burnham on Sea U3A Magazine Deadline for next magazine Editorial Meeting Distribution date

March 12th March 17th April 2nd

Editorial Team: Harriet Browne Margaret Budden Kath Hoyland Lynn Mathews Marilyn Robinson

editor@burnhamu3a.com membsec@burnhamu3a.com fam.hoyland@talktalk.net linda@mathewsandco.co.uk john.marilyn@icloud.com

tel: 795258 tel: 789540 tel: 783995 tel: 786012 tel: 787200

The letter-box for Magazine articles and letters is situated in the entrance hall of the Community Centre but if possible please e-mail contributions to the editor at the address above. It saves so much time. Alternatively, any member of the editorial team will be happy to accept your contributions. Please remember that all correspondence intended for publication must bear the name and telephone number or address of the sender, although anonymity in the Magazine may be given if requested. It is the editor’s decision. The editor reserves the right to amend, reject or abbreviate any entry submitted. It also is made clear that views expressed are not necessarily those of the organisation.

Insurance Members of Burnham on Sea U3A are reminded that the Third Age Trust (TAT) arranges Third Party Liability and Product Liability insurance on behalf of affiliated U3As. This is paid for within our annual capitation fee to TAT. It should be noted that there is no personal accident insurance included in this arrangement. Members of U3As join in U3A activities at their own risk and hereby are advised that, should they feel they wish to be covered for personal accidents or personal property, it is necessary for them to make their own private arrangements.


Coffee Morning Serving Rota

Feb 13th Feb 20th Feb 27th March 5th March 12th March 19th March 26th April 2nd April 9th April 16th

French 3 French 4 and beginners Keep Fit Lace Making Luncheon club 1 Luncheon club 2 Needlepoint Painting for Pleasure Patchwork 1 Patchwork 2 Coffee is served until 11:15

Swaps may be made by mutual agreement between groups but please let Brenda Dibley know on 782150 before the day.

The quiz is provided by Judith Betts


Welcome and New Members Liaison Please make all new members feel welcome, especially at the Coffee Mornings where it can be daunting walking into a room where everyone seems to know everyone. If you know of anybody who is ill, or who would appreciate a card, do please let us know. Thank you. Rachel Rowse Tel. 792618 7

Message from the Editor Here is the first magazine of the year and the decade. 2020 has come round so fast. I do hope the next 10 years are better than the last, for all our sakes. There are a variety of articles for your enjoyment in this edition. Under ‘Group News’ we have lost one group, and another has become two. I always like to hear what our Groups do, as some of them have intriguing titles . We have a couple of stories, another episode of Tony Winterburn’s sea-going life, pictures of the Exeter day trip and of course the Crossword. I am writing this the day after our New Year Lunch. It was very well attended and enjoyed. It’s a pity it will be another year before the next! Harriet Browne (Please see p22, subscriptions are due soon for this year)

-oOoDisclaimer: The inclusion of advertisements in this Magazine does not imply endorsement by the U3A of the companies placing the advertising.


Speaker Programme review:

On Friday 15th November we were treated to a talk by Sarah Harris on the History and Heritage of Gig Rowing Boats. Sarah is a former gig-rower herself and descendant of a sea-faring family. We were told how the gigs were built originally at the end of the 18th century in Cornwall, to take a pilot out to the sailing ships and guide them into harbour. Whichever gig reached the anchored ship first received the payment for the job, hence the competition to row the gig fastest. The gigs were also used in smuggling and as lifeboats. In 1985 these pilots became redundant with the advent of radio, but gig racing was founded. It is now the fastest growing sport in the West Country. Sarah told us about a Gig Rowing Club in Clevedon that she is involved with, which has formed a charity called Urban Pursuits. This group encourages disadvantaged teenagers to join the rowing club, and she described how the team ethic that is necessary for rowing inspires and encourages the youngsters. We were all most impressed, and look forward to hearing another talk from Sarah in the future. Clare Murdoch 9




1. 3rd place medal 4. Gratify 8. Repeat performance 10. Break free from 11. Popeye’s girlfriend 12. Open fruit pie 14. ----- Vera 15. Underwater vessel 17. Reduce to a lower rank 20. Opening to a room 21. Way out 22. Old anaesthetic 24. Takes small bites 25. ------- Wisdom 26. Flocks of flying geese 27. Tidily

1. Take in air 2. Happens 3. Nothing, zilch 5. Misplace 6. Land suitable for crops 7. County town of Devon 9. Remove, get rid of 10. Tree that retains its leaves 13. Private teacher 14. Positively charged electrode 16. Handsome Greek youth 17. Twice size or quantity 18. Free from liability, obligation 19. Mean, ungenerous 22. Energy, style, enthusiasm 23. Capital of Italy

Answers on Page 25

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Group News Easy Strolling Group I am, with regret, standing down and disbanding the Easy Strolling Group, which meets the second Saturday of the month at the end of March 2020. The group has shrunk to only a few attending over the last several months, due mainly to health problems of members and awful weather on dates of meeting. By the end of March 2020 the group will have been running exactly 5 years. I wish to thank all the people who have supported it, and me, through this time. We have made many friends, and I wish them all well. Eileen Merrett -oOo-

Curtains for the Concert Party The Concert Party was one of our oldest Groups, providing music and entertainment ably led by Joe Tohill, until he bowed out a few years ago. From that point, the leadership was devolved to a small Committee, with a Musical Director, Brian Foakes, to coach the singing. Activities culminated in a very successful performance in Fritzlar, Germany, as guests of our Twin Town for the Anniversary Celebrations in July. Sadly, soon after this high point, Brian stepped down from the podium, and the Concert Party committee, despite their best endeavours, were unable to find anyone else to take up the baton as MD. After a period of uncertainty, it was decided in September that faced with an inability to recruit a new MD, the final curtain would have to come down on the Concert Party. A door closes, and two more open! Clearly there is too much talent in Burnham U3A for this situation to last very long, and two new groups have been formed from the old Concert Party membership, each following their special interests: Serendipity Singers were first off the mark, led by Ann Hall and Brian Foakes. They say: We hope you will be pleasantly surprised when you find out what we’re planning in this brand-new singing group. There’ll be songs from musicals and shows, pop songs old and new, the occasional classical piece and maybe even an original composition or two. We’ll be singing in 11

parts, but if you don’t know whether you’re a soprano, alto or baritone don’t panic because we’ll experiment together during the first few practices – we don’t do individual auditions! Our practices are on Monday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in St Andrew's Church Hall, Burnham-on-Sea. You can just come then but it would be helpful to let Brian or Ann know if you would like to be a member of the choir: Brian (Musical Director) 07971 164484 Ann (Chairperson) 789001 or email: singers@burnhamu3a.com If you’re not sure whether this is for you, why not come along for a couple of weeks to check us out. The cost will be £2 a week. End Of the Pier Show quickly followed. End of the Pier Show's aim is to have fun and bring audiences a variety of much loved humour, songs and sketches from the past and present day. This will include comic songs, sketches and singalongs. We are pleased to say that the ‘famous’ Joe Tohill has been persuaded to come out of retirement to add his own brand of humour to our group. We are happy to put on a show and tailor it to specific requests for groups, clubs and special occasions. We have bookings up to March next year and some later in the year but have spaces between the two. We meet for rehearsal on Tuesday afternoons at 2.00pm at the Community Centre. If you have a hidden talent, have done something similar in the past or would just like to see what we do, then contact our Group Leader - Marilyn Nicholls on 780020, email: pier@burnhamu3a.com. Or just turn up! You will be most welcome. Both successor groups wish each other well, and between them they have signed up more members than Concert Party had before! On behalf of the U3A committee we echo these good wishes and look forward to their programmes for 2020! Harriet Browne (Editor)



Medieval Christmas Mince Pies A bit late for Christmas just past, but maybe to try for next. Mince pies originally did contain minced meat. The combination of fruit and meat in a pie was very popular in medieval times. The filling is derived from a version in The Forme of Cury, an extensive collection of medieval English recipes from the 14th century. Shortcrust pastry: 125g/4 oz cold butter diced in small chunks 250g/8oz plain white flour Good pinch of salt 2 tbsp cold water 1 egg, lightly beaten to glaze Filling: 500 g cooked, finely minced pork 125g pitted prunes 125g pitted dates 150g raisins 75g pine nuts 2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed 1 tsp cardamom seeds, ground ½ tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground mace 2 tsps ground ginger 2 tsps black pepper, ground 1 tbsp sugar salt to taste red wine (optional) beaten egg (optional) Season the cooked meat with salt to taste and roughly chop the fruits and pine nuts and combine with the other ingredients. If the filling seems a bit dry add a few splashes of red wine. Roll out the pastry and cut lids and bottoms to fit your muffin or tart tins – this quantity should make about a dozen. Grease the tins, and line with pastry, adding filling and the lids, pressed firmly down. For a nice finish, brush with beaten egg. Place in an oven heated to 400°C, for about 20 minutes, but keep an eye on them!


Rock and Roll School Holidays, what happy memories - even the sun seemed to always shine, apart from the occasional thunder storm. My mother looked forward to the long summer holidays as much as we did. Years later I was fortunate to have a second time around with two frisky granddaughters. Living in Brighton the beach was the favourite day out, we were poor but we were happy then. My friend Mary always came with us, her mother being crippled by polio, then my younger sister, my brother and myself. Our favourite beach was Black Rock, where low tide revealed rock pools full of shrimps, jelly fish, winkles, whelks, coloured shells to fill our rubber buckets. We also made a sand covered path ready for Mum to paddle her feet. Lunch time soon, aha, on this particular day instead of sandwiches, we had a lovely roll, filled with cheese and pickle, then homemade cake and lemonade. Time later for beach games, as the tide was coming in. All too soon time to gather in all the gear, leaving no litter. A special treat in store. Aunt Emily had visited the previous week and left money for a family treat. So instead of the long walk back to the pier we all got aboard Volks Electric Railway, waving as we sped along. There was just sufficient money left to each buy a rock with Brighton stamped right through. The end of one memorable day, not forgetting a rock and roll to take home for Mary's mum. This, of course, was before the last war when beaches were barbed wired and cordoned off. Years later in the name of progress a vast marina was built which is now a huge development with hundreds of yachts, shops and luxury flats. Early this year we stayed at the Blind Veterans Brighton Centre which looks out to this coast....... memories..... I didn't visit the marina! Joan Webb Volks Electric Railway (pre-war)




Speaker Programme - next talk On Friday 20th March, Neil Clarke is paying us another return visit. We have enjoyed his film of the starling murmurations and also the film about the 3 islands of the Bristol Channel. This time he will show us his film about Iceland, highlighting the fascinating geographical and historical features. Everyone most welcome. Tickets are ÂŁ1 (ÂŁ2 for non-members) and include tea/coffee. Start time 11am, with refreshments from 10.30am, in Room 3 at the Community Centre. Further info and tickets from Kath Hoyland, 01278 783995 or fam.hoyland@talktalk.net and Keith Searle at Thursday Coffee Mornings.


Kiss me quick The coach lumbered into the car park and a cheer rose from the passengers. The driver winced at the noise, this outing from Trefoil Textiles (all female and all ages) was a lively one. He hoped there would be no nonsense on the return, when many would have been in the pub. “Come on Ellen, move yerself, we wanna get on the pier.” Ellen had joined the typing pool six months ago. Her husband Angus had not been keen on her going out to work. In his opinion a woman and mother’s place was in the home. Ellen had made him see how handy the extra money would be and he finally gave in. Sometimes when she told him about the girls at work and the occasional nights out they had invited her on, he got quite irritated. “What do you want to go to bingo for? “ he barked. “These girls don’t seem your type. Common in fact. Besides, Mary needs you here.” She said nothing, their daughter Mary was fifteen and capable of looking after herself if both parents were to go out. She picked up her library book and ignored him. At least he couldn’t object to her going on the annual seaside beano. They hired a coach. The emphasis was on having fun, a day away on a Saturday. Ellen was surprised at how excited she was for the trip to Teignmouth. She envied girls like Kathy and Sylvia, free and single in their miniskirts, long wet look boots and back combed hair. It wasn’t really their appearance she craved more their independence and freedom, the choices in life. She was ten years older than most of those girls, had met Angus in her first place of work, married and brought up her daughter without experiencing much else. As the 1960s rolled on there seemed to be more opportunities for women. She had taken this job and loved it. Kathy and Sylvia tottered along with arms linked. Both seemed sure they would find a couple of lads to buy port and lemon for them, treat them to some candy floss on the pier and maybe arrange to see them again. Kathy turned to see Ellen hanging back and came back to slip an arm through hers. “I don’t fancy the Pier. My tummy’s a bit upset, the journey. I’ve always had travel sickness. Nothing works” She was looking paler than usual, but she would soon feel better especially if she could get away alone. She insisted Kathy go with the crowd, Ellen wanted time on her own to enjoy the scenery. “If you’re sure.” Kathy hesitated. She liked Ellen but she had never seen her let herself go a bit. She was smart and sensible with her A-line skirt and court shoes. Cliff Richard’s “Bachelor Boy” was playing loudly from the pier where the girls were hurrying to the dodgems, climbing into the little cars 19

with a flash of suspenders and stocking tops. Kathy gave her a last cheery wave and went to join them. Ellen had found a bench facing the sea where she was content to watch white-crested waves breaking on the sand of a crowded beach. Dads were putting up wind breaks, children hopped excitedly on warm sand and mums unpacked picnics. Even on the beach family roles were the same. After sitting dreamily for ten minutes, someone took the seat next to her. “Lovely here isn’t it?” The man who had spoken was probably in his late 30s she thought, with greying hair and a neat appearance. Good looking too. “Yes, I’m here on a day trip.” He looked around as if weighing up a situation. “I think I saw a lot of young ladies heading for the pier, would that be your lot.” She smiled, hoping he wouldn’t think she was a snob for not joining in the fun. “I love to have a good look round, things like museums and art galleries.” He understood. “Somehow I don’t see you in a kiss me quick hat or wolfing down a hot dog.” His remark pleased her. He told her his name was Greg and he lived in the area. His wife had died last year. Every morning he walked the length of the seafront, taking in the fresh air. If he had noticed her wedding ring he didn’t ask about her being married. She didn’t volunteer the information, enjoying his company too much to spoil it. “There’s a museum in the town, I can take you if you like” She said she would love to go. What would Angus say? Well he wouldn’t know. Or Mary – mother walking off with a strange man, whatever next. What would the other girls think, sensible Ellen lured with a few kind words. The next few hours in his company flew by. He took an interest in all the museum exhibits pointing things out, asking her opinion. She felt flattered. He asked what time the coach was returning, begged her to have tea with him. Angel Tearooms was perfect, snow-white tablecloths, delicate china and very attentive waitresses. They had tiny sandwiches cut in triangles with the crusts removed, cakes as light as feathers, madeleines, jam tarts, small iced buns. Greg kept her entertained with funny stories and kept insisting she have more cake, dismissing her worries about gaining weight. “Nonsense! A full figured woman is a delight.” She giggled when he daintily removed a blob of cream from beside her mouth. Suddenly he leaned across and gave her a quick kiss. She looked about, praying no20

one had seen. It had been so exciting, an interesting man who really liked her company. She had done nothing wrong, but the kiss had not felt right. After paying the bill, her companion nipped to the gents whilst Ellen waited by the door. Suddenly her ears caught a snippet of conversation between two waitresses. “That’s the fourth one he’s brought here this month.” One was saying. “I know, and they’re getting older.” The other one sniggered. “Where does he find them.” Ellen felt a wave of nausea and on impulse hailed a passing taxi cab. She was away before Greg reappeared. She sat in the back wondering if anything he had said was true. She shuddered to think she had been so easily charmed. He had talked about meeting her again, she could take a train quite easily he said. With a feeling of horror she realised she had been considering it. The cab drew to a halt on the prom. For a moment she was deep in thought, startled as the cabbie said. “Here we are miss. Five bob love.” As she clambered out and paid, a group of her colleagues were tumbling out of a pub, giggling. One of them was clutching an enormous teddy bear. Someone plonked a kiss me quick hat on Ellen’s head, they were all a bit tipsy. “Come on, we’ve got three quarters of an hour till the coach.” Kathy grabbed Ellen’s hand and was heading for a fortune tellers booth, pushing her in first. The woman swathed in scarves and spangles demanded ten shillings and peered into a murky crystal ball. Ellen was surprised to hear her say “your life may seem dull but you are appreciated by those closest to you and things will improve.” On the way home, Kathy fell asleep with her head lolling on Ellen’s shoulder. Some of the others were singing. Sylvia was announcing loudly that the clairvoyant had told her she would have twins after marrying her one true love. Angus was at the coach stop, looking pleased with himself. In her absence he had put up the shelves she had been asking him to do for ages. Mary had gone to a friend’s so he suggested they get fish and chips. It had started to rain and he had brought an umbrella, holding it over her. She was glad to be home. He asked how she had filled the day. “Oh this and that.” “I missed you today” he said in a rare admission. They always read the newspapers together on a Saturday and tried doing the crossword. If it happened to be fine they would sit in the garden. “Did you honestly?” 21

“Yes, I was stuck on two clues you might have known” He grinned and passed the paper to her. Sixteen down was blank. “CAD” was the clue. She picked up the pen and wrote in “bounder”. The other clue said “fooled.” “Duped” she said and Angus thumped the table, “of course” he said. Even the crossword seemed to mock her today. He kissed her and said “what a clever little thing you are”. No, I’m not, she reflected, but sometimes you didn’t realise just what you have. Kim Lewis



Notice of Membership Payment It’s that time of year again. The cost of membership is again £11.00 Please pay by cheque or provide the correct cash amount. The membership team will be in Room 5 from Thursday March 12th Green form – Renewing Members White form – New members Veronica Richardson



The Tango Bars of South America In my last piece, A Voyage to Australia, I told you the ship was a tanker belonging to BP and built for the company in North Shields. Their ships names all started with the word British. Having come to the end of my leave I was posted to another BP tanker presently laid in the London docks, its name was "El Moro ". On joining the ship I found out why. BP, through its subsidiary, the British Tanker Company, had bought ten T2 tankers from the USA. They were second hand and all named after the sites of famous battles when the West was wild - El Moro was one of these the company had kept their names and a friend of mine was the Radio Officer (RO) in another , the Rogue River. They were good ships, a bit bigger than the average for the day, and they had twin screw turbo electric engines which drove them faster than the rest of the company's fleet, and because of that they were used on the long-haul voyages. The wireless room was fitted with excellent American gear, and the Inspector who met me onboard and I soon found our way around. As before we left the UK, light-ship (no cargo) bound for Mena Al Ahmadi in the Persian Gulf to load crude oil for an unknown destination. Cargos were often bought and sold at sea through the Baltic exchange an organisation rather like the stock exchange. Consequently, destinations were often changed, perhaps more than once, to meet the requirements of the owner of the cargo. For many years, even in sailing ship days , international regulations required ships when leaving port to have a port of destination. In the Western Hemisphere there were two catch-all destinations, and on the American seaboard Cape Hatteras, near Baltimore. Modern ships rarely reached these destinations, receiving their destination port by radio when the owner of the cargo had finally fixed it. In these situations final destinations were always of great interest to the crew and the daily question to the RO was always "where we going, sparks". The answer was always "Ask the Captain" unless I had had specific permission to release the information from the Captain. By the time we had left the Gulf and were in the Arabian Sea our orders had been received: La Plata, the tanker port for Buenos Aries. From the Persian Gulf to the River Plate, one of the longest voyages to be had....42 days (given decent weather) all the way down the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope, two days in Capetown to rest the crew and take on more fuel and then three thousand miles across the South Atlantic to the River Plate on the East coast of South America, to 23

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. A couple of days before Capetown, the Chief Steward came into the Wireless room with his store list and this together with the fuel order was radioed to the ship's agent in Capetown, I had already asked if anyone wanted a night out at the Hotel Delmonico and had a few yeses, so I added a request for the Agent to make the appropriate booking together with the necessary taxis. Delmonico was a first class hotel and had a sliding roof over the dining room, which would be open on fine nights. Quite an experience to be eating Lobster Thermidor under a tropical sky with the Southern Cross blazing overhead. Leaving Capetown into a southerly gale, tank tops awash with seas, we were pleased to eventually heave-to off the River Plate pilot station to await the Pilot Cutter, and to help the pilot in the very risky business of boarding a ship at sea. We were soon on our way, in sheltered water, and the jovial pilot, now re-enforced by a stiff tot in the Captain's room, pointed out the buoy which marked the wreck of the German battleship Graf Spey. This had been- scuttled by Captain Landsdorf in 1941 to escape the British Cruisers waiting for him outside Montevideo on the north bank of the River Plate in Uruguay. There was no room at the discharging berth, so we were left to wait our turn higher up the wharf. Buenos Aires is of course, Spanish speaking, and is known to seafarers as a good sailor's town, mainly due to the proliferation of Tango bars. At night the dock areas are awash with the sound of Tango and Rhumba music the occupants drinking and dancing. Everyone is dragged out to do their stuff and it's a rare seaman who leaves BA without being able to do the South American Tango! After discharge, we retrace our voyage to the Persian Gulf, load, and bring another cargo to Buenos Aires. Finally we loaded for Europe and a dry dock at Falmouth, where the Captain lived. My last task was to smuggle the Captain's Persian cat ashore and then I was off for another couple of months before my next ship, which was a dry-cargo ship bound for India. More next time. Tony Winterburn



Crossword Answers:

Across: 1. Bronze, 4. Please, 8.Encore 10. Escape, 11.Olive 12. Tart, 14. Aloe 15. Submarine, 17. Downgrade, 20. Door, 21. Exit, 22. Ether, 24. Nibble, 25. Norman, 26. Skeins , 27. Neatly. Down: 1. Breath, 2. Occurs, 3. Zero, 5. Lose, 6. Arable, 7. Exeter, 9. Eliminate, 10. Evergreen, 13. Tutor, 14. Anode, 16. Adonis, 17. Double, 18. Exempt, 19. Stingy, 22. Elan, 23. Rome



Group Timetable Group




1st & 3rd every 2nd 4th 3rd 1st every 2nd, 4th & 5th 2nd & 4th 1st & 3rd

11 am – 1 pm 10 am – 12 noon 12.30 pm 2 – 4 pm 2 pm 2 - 4 pm 2:30 4pm 2 - 4 pm pm pm

Lighthouse Pub CC

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2 – 4 pm 9.30 – 10.30am 10 – 11 am 11.30am – 1.30 pm 2 – 4 pm 2 - 4 pm 2pm

CC Baptist Church Hall CC Lighthouse Pub Ritz Club CC CC

every 4th

10:30 – 12 am 10:30 – 12 noon


Monday Skittles Ukulele Luncheon 2 Poetry Scrabble 1 Scrabble 2 Table Tennis 2 Rummikub Classical Music 1 Classical Music 2

CC CC CC Baptist Church Hall CC Private address Private address

Tuesday Mah Jong Table Tennis 4 French 3 Darts Dancing at the Ritz Patchwork 1 End of Pier Show Somerset Villages 2 Yoga Astronomy

Wednesday Painting for Pleasure Patchwork 2 Walking Canasta Play Reading Table Tennis 1 Gilbert & Sullivan Card Making Classical Music 3 Supper Club French - Beginners Tuneless Choir

Every 2nd & 4th 1st every 3rd every 4th 1st & 3rd 2nd & 4th last every 2nd

10 am – 12 noon 10 – 12 am am 2 – 4 pm 2 pm 2 - 4 pm 2 – 4 pm 2 - 4 pm 2 – 4 pm evening 2:30 – 4pm 2 – 3:30 pm


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Spanish Lace Making Walking French 2 Embroidery Keep Fit Luncheon Club Barn Dancing Book 2 Book 3 Supper Club 2

1st & 3rd alternate 3rd every alternate weekly 3rd 2nd, 4th & 5th 2nd last 3rd

2 – 4 pm 10 am – 12 noon am 10 – 11 am 10 am -12noon 11 – 12 am pm 2 – 4 pm 2 pm 2 pm 6:30 pm

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1st Friday weekly weekly 1st 3rd weekly weekly last Friday 4th 1st Friday

10 am am 10 am 10 – 12 noon 2 - 4pm 2 – 4 pm 2 - 4 pm 10:30 -12 2 – 4 pm 11:30 – 3pm


Methodist Ch Hall Private address CC various

Friday Active Living Watercolour Exercise to Music Creative Writing Book 1 Table Tennis 3 Needlework Philosophy Group Classical Music 4 Opera Appreciation

Bay Centre CC Private address

Saturday Beginners T Tennis Table Tennis 5 Easy Strollers 2 Strollers 1

1st & 3rd alternate 2nd weekly

10.30 – 11.30 am 10.30 – 11.30 am 10:30 – 3 pm 10:15am (not in August)

Baptist Ch Hall

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Private address

Apex Park various

Sunday Classical Music 5 Opera 6

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Directory of Groups Active Living Astronomy Barn Dancing Book 1 Book 3 Canasta Card making CinÊ-français Classical Music 1 Classical Music 2 Classical Music 3 Classical Music 4 Classical Music 5 Opera 6 Coffee Morning Creative Writing Darts Day Trips Embroidery End of the Pier Exercise to Music French 2 French 3 French 4 French- Beginners Gilbert & Sullivan Holiday Group Keep Fit Lace making Luncheon Club Luncheon Club 2 Mah Jong Needlework

Janet Hill Harriet Browne David Napper Anne Morris Diane Cruickshank Pat Reid Heather Major Terrance Lever Roy West Ken Henton Rod Winfield Margaret Pickard Margaret Pickard Margaret Pickard Brenda Dibley Kim Lewis Celia Martin Gerry Richards Heather Major Marilyn Nicholls David Napper Colette Winfield Margaret Pickard Robert Bridges Gary Locock Des Jones Lynn Mathews & Les Hughes Rosemary Lane Irene Angood Frank Parker Maria Tucker Rene Klein Valerie Groombridge


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Rosalie Dilkes Jane Lee

Table Tennis 2 Table Tennis 3 Table Tennis 4 Table Tennis 5 Table Tennis Beginners Theatre Tuneless Choir Ukulele Watercolour

Thelma Pike Jean Matthews Carol Marriott Carol Marriott


Jean Fincken and Christine Preston 780488

Welcome Group Yoga

Rachel Rowse Laraine Bridges

Margaret Budden Hillary Nicholls Rosalie Dilkes Roger Miller Jackie Grogan Joyce Beard Yvonne Royall Kath Hoyland Anne Hall Celia Martin Chris Lessey Liz Claydon Chris Noble Margaret Budden Christine and Allen Owen Irene Puplett John Robinson 787200 and Martin Davies

Rachel Rowse Sue Poole Chris Noble Pam Cowley

EVENTS Friday 20th March, Neil Clarke speaking on Iceland



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January 17th was our New Year Lunch at the Batch House. The food was excellent, the service exemplary and everyone seems to have had a really good time. (For more pictures, see the Gallery on the website.)


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