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Oct - Nov 2017 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: Web-site:

Committee Chairman - Paul Hambleton 788452 Groups Organiser Treasurer - Les Hughes 01934 612085 Business Secretary - Gary Locock 783928 Website & Magazine Editor - Harriet Courtney 795258 V/Chairman, Mag Distrib’r & Gift Aid - Margaret Budden 789540 Membership Secretary - Veronica Richardson 773705 New Members Rep Coffee Morning & Refreshments - Brenda Dibley


Holidays Group – Lynn Mathews & Sue Mead

Non-committee Posts Equipment - Joe Tohilll 784542 Day Trips Geraldine Richardson 641800 Theatre Organiser - Sue Poole & team 785722 Speaker Organiser - Kath Hoyland 783995 Forum & NSAU3As Representative - Ken Hindle 787831 Meet & Greet at Coffee Morning - Rachel Rowse & team 792618 Holidays Organisers- Lynn, Jean, Geoff & Sue 783773 - 786012 Garden Group trips - Diane Cruickshank 787856 Advertising & Archivist - June Parry 788837 Back Cover : Photos J Strickland


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

16th November 21st November 7th December

Editorial Team: Harriet Courtney Margaret Budden Kath Hoyland Lynn Mathews June Parry

tel: 795258 tel: 789540 tel: 783995 tel: 786012 tel: 788837

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

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Rummikub Scrabble 1 Scrabble 2 Skittles Somerset villages 1 Somerset villages 2 Strollers Supper club 1 Supper club 2 Table tennis 1 Table tennis 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.


Contact Group

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


Message from the Editor

The U3A is getting very busy again now the summer is just about over. The nights are drawing in, and I have put my heating back on at home. I have quite a few articles from Groups in this Magazine. Some are asking for new members, some just telling you what goes on there. And there is a big article from the Gardening Group including a questionnaire to find out in what direction you want them to go. Please do fill it in, whether you are a current member or a prospective joiner  And also please keep the articles coming, it is in your group’s interest to let other people know what you enjoy doing. You will also be pleased to know we have a provisional new Group Co-ordinator. Chris Bess has joined the Committee, and hopefully will be becoming Co-ordinator in November. Those whocame to the Group Leaders’ cheese and wine meeting on the 22nd September were able to meet him there. Harriet Courtney

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


Chairman’s Letter Dear Fellow Member, It seems that it’s time again to write my letter for the ‘Magazine’, I certainly seem to be constantly surprised by how fast time goes. Not an uncommon phenomenon in those of us enjoying our third age, I understand. So, summer is behind us once again and no doubt the shops will soon be full of merchandise relating to Christmas. Carnival is ahead of us and all the associated trappings for the darker, colder months will come into play. If you’ve not had the chance to attend any of the 25th Anniversary events, then there’s still time to celebrate. On October 19th, our usual coffee morning will lead on to the planting of a commemorative tree in Manor Gardens, (group leaders - don’t forget to submit your page to the Gardening Group for the ‘Tree Book’) followed in turn by our celebration lunch at the Beachcomber at Brean. Bookings for the lunch are being handled by the Holiday Group. In December, I understand that we have a rather special Carol Service at St Andrews. Our formal celebrations end with the Annual New Year Lunch, once again at the Batch House Hotel in Lympsham on January 11th, where we can look forward to the next 25 years. Whatever they bring, I’m sure that a group as resourceful and enterprising as Burnham U3A can look forward to them with confidence. Best wishes Paul


Introducing Ciné -français As a new addition to the list of activities in the Directory of Burnham U3A's Groups, I thought it was about time to formerly introduce ourselves, and if you are interested in joining us, to offer you a welcome, or should I say a “Bienvenu!” Originally, the idea of showing French films once in a while was to give an extra bit of zest to the language-learning process in which we were involved, the suggestion of having a separate group springing from it. However, in operating that newly-created French 3 Film Group, at which we met fortnightly, it soon became clear that we were depriving non-group enthusiasts of the French cinema from sharing our experience. The plan to hold a discussion after the showings was also found to be unrealistic, given the length of films and the pressure on the derrière. So, after much reflection, the title of the group was changed so as to avoid a popular notion of French films being ‘naughty but nice’ and, it was opened to everyone, irrespective of the level of one's French, or indeed, absence of it. Voilà….Ciné-français. We meet every other Friday morning from 10am to 12 noon in Room 3, members receiving an emailed notification of a forthcoming film with synopsis a week before, and there's the usual charge of £1 per session. The next film is “ Les vacances de M Hulot” with Jacques Tati on 29th September 2017 If you’d like to join our group, contact me, Terry Lever, on or call me on 01278 792246


Peggy Bessant Peggy Olive Bessant was born in Fontwell Magna Dorset, in December 1917. She was one of five children and her father was a cheesemaker in a nearby dairy. Peggy could remember being lifted up by her father to look at the curds in a huge pan, and sometimes her father would come home with a few curds in his pocket for the children to eat. Peggy left school at sixteen. She wanted to be a nurse, but couldn’t start nursing till eighteen.. So she applied for a job taking care of two children. Their father was a semi-retired Admiral. The children were seven and nine, and the huge house had eight staff, including a chauffeur who drove Peggy to church! This experience helped Peggy find a job during the war in a hospital for thirty or so children in Sherbourne. They came from London, some with injuries from the war and some with skin problems. Peggy remembers writing a play for the children to perform at Christmas, when some of the parents came to watch. Bombs were dropped near the hospital. The ceiling in one ward came down, and two handymen rushed to the shelter ahead of Peggy! One bomb fell on a field behind the hospital, killing two horses, and a nearby graveyard was hit, exposing some of the graves. Nearby Yeovilton Air Base held dances occasionally where the young carers could go. There were several volunteers at the hospital. One girl with rich parents arrived late for work. Peggy was in the sluice room and greeted the volunteer with a very dirty look, but they later on became good friends. The Matron’s husband was involved with war work, and one day Peggy answered the door to two policemen, who reported that he had died of a heart attack. She had two sons, one in the Navy and one in the Army. Peggy was at the hospital for four years, and afterwards worked at another hospital in Sherbourne, with children who had been made homeless by the war. 9

During the war she heard that a bomb had destroyed the hospital in Exeter where her brother Bob worked. Peggy got on a train to get there and luckily met one of her brother’s friends who told her he was safe. Another time, Peggy travelled to Bristol to see one of her dearest friends. Bristol was very badly damaged, but all the news of the bombing did not serve to put her off travelling. This, to me, illustrates the indomitable spirit that took the country through the war, and, to some extent, the spirit that has accompanied Peggy through all these years, to reach the incredible age of nearly 100 years. Annette Moore -oOoTHANK YOU FOR THE FLOWERS Thank you for the lovely bouquet of flowers presented to me on Thursday 7th October 2017, on retiring from the role of Day Trip Organiser. They are lovely, and much appreciated. I would also like to thank Pat Reid, who helped me over the three years we were involved in the day trip bookings at the U3A coffee morning. I was very grateful for her help. I wish the new organisers, Gerry Richards and Carole Ransome, lots of luck for their future roles of the Burnham U3A Day Trip Group. Most of all I thank ALL who supported the day trips and suggested ideas. We had some good days out. Eileen Merrett


Change is inevitable, except from a parking meter.


GROUP NEWS OPERA GROUP Will be meeting on the first Friday in October at 7 p.m. for a performance of Rigoletto. On November 3rd it will be Eugene Onegin. No meeting in December. The venue will be 6 The Gables, Allandale Road TA8 2HG. ASTRONOMY The recent total eclipse showed that a lot of people are interested in what happens beyond this Earth, but don't know that much. If you would like to find out, there will be a group meeting once a month when I have enough interest to book it .( It will not include night-time observations unless enough people really really want!) Phone 01278 795258 or email for further information CONCERT PARTY I joined the Concert Party 17 years ago, then led by Mary Walters, a lady with a lot of talent who could charm any audience. After a few years I became Mary's understudy, and between us we had a great time entertaining audiences all over the Somerset area. When Mary's health caused her to retire, I took over the reins and for the last ten years I have been Group Leader. During this time there have been a lot of changes. All the dancing and movement has ceased, mainly because the group has got older and not able to move like they used to. Also, we have lost many of the people who used make the comic section of the group . Frankie Gratton with her wonderful poems. Al Horne with his stories but mostly Barry Hall with whom I had the pleasure of performing for many years. The time has come for me to also retire. I have reached the stage were I need a break. I might miss going to the various places to entertain. But at the same time, being a group leader has taken up a lot of my time and I feel that it's time for a new group leader. I wish the Concert Party all the best for the future, and maybe I will be in the audience at one of their shows. Joe Tohill 11

GARDENING GROUP The Gardening Group had a very successful day-out on Wednesday, 6th September. We visited Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton, and we were so very lucky with the weather, which was extremely kind to us. The gardens were wonderful and full of colour and very well kept. The grounds at Knightshayes are extensive, and with only limited time to view all the areas, I think a further visit may be called for. In the afternoon we went to Bickleigh Mill, also near Tiverton, where we all had a very nice lunch. The time left before boarding the coach, was either spent in the shopping areas, or taking advantage of the weather and sitting outside with tea, coffee or an ice-cream. Thank you to all those who came. As you will see from the separate inserted sheet you have with this magazine, a questionnaire has been devised, to find out exactly what members of our U3A would like from the Gardening Group. There have been several instances this year, where people have intimated that they do not now want to walk too far, and even to drive short distances, to visit gardens, etc. Of course we have been very unlucky with the clash of dates with another group, which involved us having to cancel three of our coach trips this year. However it would be good to know what members would like. If you are not already a gardening group member, please feel free to complete the questionnaire, you would be very welcome to join. Please could you return the completed questionnaire to either myself, or any member of the committee, or indeed into the post box in the community centre lobby, addressed to the Gardening Group.

Gardening Group - Revised Schedule for the rest of 2017 19th October – Plant a Tree. This will be after coffee, and before the lunch at the Beachcombers 1st November – Quiz/Speaker/Film at Community Centre. 2:30 with tea, coffee and a raffle. 22nd November – Christmas lunch at the Batch Country Hotel. Reservations for lunch will start on Thursday, 5th October at coffee morning. 20th December -- Christmas Tea in the Community Centre. No raffle, but please bring a present for the lucky dip box. (Please note that this date has changed due to overlapping with Turkey & Tinsel). Diane Cruickshank Gardening Group Chairman


VILLAGE 2 GROUP Village 2 Group are looking for interested people to join them. We have visited over 20 villages over the years, in many cases lucky enough to enjoy the services of a local historian. An opportunity to visit villages which are entirely new to you. Please contact: Elizabeth Claydon 01278 783320 Or Jean Hancock 01278 788218

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE GROUP We meet on the second Tuesday of the month in R5 at the Community Centre at 10:30 We have talked about past and current weather and climate, and what drives it, but will cover it again if anyone new would like to join and come along . The last month we talked about hurricanes, with Hurricane Irma and Harvey being so much in the news. Next meeting will be about the monsoons. Harriet Courtney 795258 -oOoDenis Thatcher was once interviewed on Radio 4 He recounted that he once was on a very overcrowded train from Paddington, but found a section of seats reserved for the 'Rosemount Psychiatric Hospital'. He settled himself in the corner. At Reading a group of people with a very nervous looking mental nurse boarded. The nurse started counting his charges: "one, two three four, five......ermmm, who are you?" "I'm the Prime Minister’s husband." ".......six, seven, eight........"




1. Commonwealth country 4. Pieces of wood used for walking 8. Not transparent 10. South American animals 11. Conjuring tricks 12. Unattractive 14., Slender 15. Day before today 17. Places where alcohol is made 20. Parts of the head 21. List of duties 22. Loaf, bap etc. 24. Country’s patriotic song 25. Serviette 26. Join up 27. Small type of chicken

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1. Repeated refrain in a song 2. Almost 3. Percussion instrument 5. Bathroom powder 6. Obey 7. Oil rich seed 9. Wriggly soil creature 10. She works with books 13. Times of life eg 5 ---- old 14. More secure 16. Discussion 17. Beastly 18. A plug goes in to one 19. Bottle that holds 1.5 litres 22. Pleads 23. Facts and statistics

Veronica Richardson


Ageing Well 2017 Introduction Some of you may remember being interviewed earlier in the year for an initiative by the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board for its survey into ageing. I’m pleased to advise that we have now received the subsequent report. This is available to view at the Community Centre but the following briefly summarises the findings. Many people in Somerset live a long life, but not necessarily a healthy one throughout. Often people experience health problems as they get older which hinder the way that they lead their lives and how independent they can remain. Being aware of how to remain healthy and well throughout life, and knowing about ageing and how to prepare for it is a responsibility for us all. Moving into older age should be a positive and celebrated part of life. It should be the time when a lifetime of experience, learning and hard work come to fruition. The points below summarise the findings of the both the data and qualitative information that has informed the project. The points are intended to inform how services should be developed and delivered in the future. Summary 1. Remaining Healthy  Prevention first &foremost – Nearly half the burden of disease for older people can be attributed to conditions that can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle choice. The ‘usual suspects’ – not smoking, drinking responsibly, maintaining good social contacts, eating well and exercising all contribute strongly to ageing well.  Dementia is the condition most associated with getting older. This risk, too, can be reduced by a healthier lifestyle earlier in life.  There is no ‘safe age’ before unhealthy activities begin to have an effect, nor an age after which improvements do not help.  Many older people are keen to engage with younger people on matters relating to health and wellbeing. Many services and communities would benefit from utilizing and supporting this natural resource.  The importance of maintaining social and intergenerational contact is clear and requires greater emphasis


Inequalities in health are very evident with a small number of poorer older people having a disproportionate burden of disease

2. Remaining Independent  Staying Independent, preferably in one’s own home is important to older people; there is a great deal of emphasis on more self-help and short-term assistance to regain independence.  Formal health and care exist within a wider context of the immediate and extended family and the voluntary and community sector. The contribution and needs of family carers in particular needs greater recognition.  Good transport helps independence and social contact. Affordable and sustainable transport solutions are important to keeping older people healthy and well.  Design and local planning policy has a significant impact on health and independence. Housing policy should take health and wellbeing impact into account. 3. Remaining Active  Social contact is an essential part of sustaining health and wellbeing.  Volunteering is of benefit to the community and to the volunteer.  Rewarding and valued work is good for health.  Supporting stronger communities through village agents, town and parish councils and voluntary groups provides a cost-effective way to health and well-being across all ages.  Maintaining social contact into older age can create a support network that helps people stay independent in their own homes. Conclusion There is much detail to be found behind each of the above points and the report makes for interesting reading. A quote by Terry Pratchett “…inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened” certainly struck home with me. As perhaps you might expect it gives no solutions, this was not its purpose, but it does provide useful data and qualitative information for those involved in planning for the future. The report concludes by noting that “the older population of Somerset is a great asset and should be supported in a way that promotes healthy living and provides opportunities for people to continue contributing to society”. Paul Hambleton


Sidmouth Folk Fest The weather was dull and drizzly while we waited for the coach. As we travelled along the motorway the conditions improved and something approaching sunshine appeared giving hope for the weather for the rest of the day. Sidmouth is on the Jurassic coast. It crossed my mind that this was a rather appropriate destination for a coach full of Burnham U3A members. I kept this thought to myself as I wanted to be allowed back onto the coach for the return trip. However, we disembarked onto Sidmouth seafront in the same dank, drizzly conditions that we experienced when we left. At various points along the esplanade Morris dancers were performing to the sound of bells, the clanking of sticks and the waving of handkerchiefs. Strange isn’t it that in this mad modern world of ours this mad old custom should continue and seemingly thrive. I for one am glad that it does. So, off into the town to explore the shops, cafes and bars. Walking around the town it is noticeable that the sound of bells was almost constantly around. Morris dancers moving from one venue to the next or getting refreshment in the cafes or more especially the bars (Morris Man - a drinker with a dance problem). It struck me that at least during Folk Festival week Sidmouth must have the highest MPH of any place in the world (MPH - Morrismen per hectare). Having been advised by Brenda Dibley that The Cleverley Brothers was an act well worth seeing, a number of us descended on The Anchor Inn at 3pm when they were performing. The advice was good, their witty banter and humorous songs had us in stitches. But things got even better. The brothers asked for two cheerleaders. Imagine our surprise when one of the cheerleaders to emerge was the shy, retiring Brenda Dibley waving her brolly like a hyperactive Simon Rattle. Clearly on the advice of Health and Safety Brenda was asked to join the Brothers on stage where her brolly was replaced with a smaller stick. Nevertheless, fear of what Brenda might do to us when reunited with her brolly inspired us into magnificent renderings of the required choruses. Such was the gusto of our performance that reliable sources have reported that The Noise Abatement Society received complaints from as far afield as Plymouth and Exeter. The show finished allowing us enough time for a casual stroll back to the coach. A pleasingly uneventful journey back. Then home, and the only Bells was the bottle of scotch. The perfect end to a perfect day. Steve Calderon




French Evening and Presentation You don’t need to speak French to visit France, and you won’t need to speak French to enjoy an evening hosted by our four French groups on Friday October 6th! There will be a French buffet, French wine, and French music played by Yarrow Brass. There will also be a rather special French presentation, which you won’t want to miss. Tony Winterburn has been a U3A stalwart, serving in our membership team for many years. Before that (OK, a long while before that!) he served in the Merchant Navy at D-Day, which of course led to the eventual liberation of France and the rest of Europe. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014, the French government announced that it would award the Legion d’Honneur, France’s most respected decoration, to all surviving veterans. Tony has elected to formally receive his amongst his friends at this very event, and we are honoured in turn to have the opportunity of hosting it. We will round off the evening with some French-based entertainments, humorous, serious and musical, including an appearance by our very own Concert Party ‘Léger,’ and some other talents you never suspected. So put it in your diary: Friday Oct 6th at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Get your tickets from Margaret Budden at the cashier’s desk at Thursday Coffee Mornings, price £5, or from the leader of any of the French groups. Members’ guests very welcome. Venez nombreux! Gary Locock, tel 783928


Creation Tom was alone in the house. The entire family had gone out, which was most unusual. Tom was old and very frail. He had promised to stay put in his chair, until at least one of the family returned. But - he had been waiting a long time for this moment and opportunity and he knew exactly what he wanted to do. With a great deal of effort he got out of his chair, crossed the room and into the kitchen. A little rest and then he got up and struggled to the garden door. With great concentration he made his way outside and across the patio, to his special seat - under the Lebanon Cedar tree. The cedar tree had a special place in his life. It had always been there! It was a magnificent tree. Enormous, majestic, a symbol of creation, over a hundred years old and now in its prime. As a young man, Tom had climbed to the top of it from where he could look over the houses, to the sea beyond. He had grown up and old with it, through all the seasons and all the years. He had rejoiced with all the wildlife which came and went. The pigeons, the seagulls and the owls, all the little birds and squirrels; a host to so many living creatures. Tom wanted to pay his respects just once more, because he knew in truth, that his own time in creation had just about come to an end, and he was quite content in realising that was so. He was grateful and satisfied for everything creation had granted him. Tom decided to stay a little longer. There was a warm friendly breeze blowing around him. Just another ten minutes or so ... Sometimes the wind roared through the branches like a full orchestra in play but today it was a gentle andante movement and the tree seemed to chuckle in the sunlight as if it was reminiscing with Tom. It was so lovely Tom thought, to be sitting here, but he began to feel very tired and relaxed; his eyes just closed themselves and he gave way to a little gentle sleep. This was 'the sleep' the family found him in, when they returned. There was such a look of peace and rest on his face, they could not but rejoice in the manner of his going. Just perfectly - as he would have wished, surrounded by 'The Creation' of which he had always been so aware and so much a part of, all his life. Peggy Bessant (Almost my first story for the Creative Writing Group all those years ago. PB.)


Somerset Churches – Woolavington The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary looks attractive. But it is unusual to find there are two steps down into the nave from the front door. These were installed in 1872 to increase the height internally. At the same time, the box pews were removed and conventional pews substituted. Later these also were removed, and replaced with chairs. I am always sad to see this, it somehow loses its feeling of a church. When the last of the pews were removed, the space in the transept was now clear to be used as a meeting area. Mains water and drainage were connected, and a microwave etc installed for refreshments. Several chairs placed in a large circle made for a cosy and inviting corner. In the 14th century a new porch was built on the south side allowing for easier access to the church. It had previously been necessary to walk round to the old Norman door at the rear. The church has an intimate cosy feel. It looks well cared for by the villagers, who clean, polish and decorate the church with flowers every week.

June Kelsall


Seaside Reflections The banners of St George, the Union Jack, the Welsh Dragon and even occasionally, The Saltire, plus many more waved frantically in the warm seaside wind. Tourists kept calling it “wind” but to the informed locals it was the usual gale blowing in from the Atlantic via the Severn estuary. What they all agreed on was they hoped it was only temporary. The flags flew proud from deluxe caravans and static homes near the beach to the hundreds and hundreds of amassed tents further away in the fields. And these were truly an amazing sight resembling a medieval jousting get-together. The jousting bit was surviving the traffic jams on their way here. But finally, people started arriving safely and it was time to chill out and mark territorial boundaries by hoisting a flag to the top of each caravan. There was even a Ferrari banner in there somewhere. Christy couldn’t help thinking they were so lucky to live here all year round. Still have the first winter to face mind you, but the idea of being a million miles from the M25 - and so-called civilization - with only the screaming banshee seagulls and frequent wind howling outside wasn’t a worry. She’d even trained herself to ignore the sand blasting facials and just breathe in that lovely salty air. She looked down to the beach from her kitchen window and smiled. This is what it’s all about: young families on the sand with buckets and spades, dad setting up the wind shelter, the sandwiches coming out and a can of beer for dad or warm white wine for mum ….. really not a lot had changed since the 1960s. They’d only been in the house for a few weeks but already it felt like the forever home, even with so many packing boxes still cluttering up the place. Like lemmings, they’d always wanted to move to the seaside when they retired and now they were here. She’d wanted to call the house “Hi-Di-Hi” but eventually agreed with he-who-must-be-obeyed that it would probably cause offence to the more upmarket neighbours further along. So Sea View it was then. After so many life-changing moves she’d joked about “this really is the last time” and “only leaving here in a hearse” but when she thought about it, going up in flames on the beach would be so much more spiritual and easier (and cheaper!) to organise. Just get washed away with the outgoing tide to feed the fish. What a clean end. Yes, if she had a choice that’s what she’d like when the time came, with a party on the beach and people dancing to old Stones records. They were just starting to get to know the neighbours: Jane and Stu on the left and Karen, or Carol or something like that on the right. Christy and John’s house was the last one before the permanent static homes site. There was an old cement wall (must stop thinking of it as the “Iron Curtain”) separating them from the statics facing the beach and John


had struck up conversation with Karen (or Carol) during the Bank Holiday weekend. What was surprising was that he’d struck up conversation at all, being generally a monosyllabic 71 year-old with all the social graces of Basil Fawlty. But it was a start. “Once we’ve settled, I’m definitely going to join the U3A / WI / history society / walking group etc. anything so I can get to know people here”. But how many times in the past had she thought the same and done nothing about it? Trouble is, it’s such an effort to tear oneself away from reading - Blessed be Kindle of the Enlarged Font! - jigsaw puzzles/cooking/the computer/gardening or sewing. She had noticed three churches on the beach road and planned to visit each one - and their graveyards for a bit of advance planning - to see which one she felt most comfortable in, Church that is, not graveyards yet! The first (and oldest) church must have been 1000 years old on the outskirts of the village and close to the beach. It always flew a flag from the tower as if frantically trying to entice holidaymakers in. Actually it was probably there at the time of the Vikings - an ideal landmark to guide the marauding hordes in. She thought she might pop in there one day before trying the other two out. There was always something to see on the beach. The tide came and went as it has done for millions of years. Always predictably reliable and reassuring. Very therapeutic, just listening to the waves and watching to see what debris got returned twice a day, or in the grandson’s imagination “pirate treasure”. And rock pools, so evocative of English seaside holidays, tempting young children with their little fishing nets to come and explore and then shriek when they unearth a sleeping crab. Some days you’d see a lone horse-rider galloping along the water’s edge, sometimes a group of them, all trotting beautifully as if putting on a private show for the locals. Occasionally there was the excitement of seeing a car stranded in the sand as the tide slowly and then very quickly engulfed it, to the horror of its owners. Soggy cars are not impressive, whether they be expensive little sporty things or second-hand bangers. Sometimes the howling wind got a bit too much - just like being on the Moors without the constant screeching of “Heathcliffe”! But it still didn’t seem to put people off. You knew when “surf’s up” when the beaten-up VW camper vans start parading in the middle of a Force Nine gale and people take to surfing, sand yachting, paragliding, kayaking or flying kites. They say walking barefoot on sand is good for the feet. “Perhaps I’ll start tomorrow”, she thought, “but first things first, get the washing on the line - no flags here - just pyjamas blowin’ in the wind. Chris Noble


Burnham and Highbridge Band Lest We Forget - a concert for Remembrance Sunday on 11th November at 7.45 p.m.

Lest We Forget, our concert for Remembrance Sunday, will be tailored to suit the occasion. Songs and appropriate music from the period will feature and we hope to make it a concert which will not only recall the gravity of those years, but also celebrate the freedom that we have since enjoyed. Tickets are available as ever from the Princess Theatre Box Office at the usual price (ÂŁ7 and ÂŁ6 concessions). Or you can phone them on 01278 784464 or book online at Joan Locock -oOo-

WWI Commemoration To anyone who lost relatives in the Great War. We visit the Somme area of France a couple of times a year, and would be pleased to visit on your behalf to lay a cross or wreath. Bob Curry 07787968205 -oOo-

Crossword Answers Across: 1)Canada, 4) Sticks, 8) Opaque, 10) Llamas, 11) Magic, 12) Ugly, 14) Slim, 15)Yesterday, 17) Breweries, 20) Ears 21) Rota, 22) Bread, 24) Anthem. 25) Napkin, 26) Enlist, 27) Bantam Down : 1) Chorus, 2) Nearly, 3 )Drum, 5) Talc, 6 ) Comply, 7) Sesame, 9) Earthworm, 10) Librarian, 13) Years, 14) Safer, 16) Debate, 17) Brutal, 18) Socket, 19) Magnum 22) Begs, 23) Data.


Anniversary Celebrations History Project As part of our Anniversary Celebrations, we are holding an Exhibition of historical documents about Burnham and Saint Andrew’s Church. The Event will be held on Friday 3rd November from 10a.m. to 12.30p.m. The documents are presently held by Myra Cox, who has agreed that they be handed over to the County Records Office for safe keeping. These are part of our local heritage, so this Event will be an opportunity to see how things were some 200 years ago. There will also be films of Burnham past shown by John Strickland. Refreshments will be on sale.

Anniversary Speaker A special Speaker has been arranged as part of our Anniversary Celebrations. The Speaker is Shaun McCormack and he will give an illustrated talk on The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard. Shaun served 24 years in the Infantry and was sworn in to the Queens Bodyguard in the year 2000. The talk will include how the Guard was formed and what their State duties are. We will also be able to see the uniform that they wear and other memorabilia. The talk will be held on Friday 17th November at 11a.m. and tickets will be on sale at £1 (non-members £2) from Kath Hoyland, 783995, and Keith Searle at Thursday Coffee Mornings. Numbers must be limited because of the size of the room. It will be a case of first come first served. Ken Hindle








Group Timetable Monday Group




Skittles Ukulele Luncheon 2 Mah Jong Poetry Scrabble 1 Scrabble 2 Table Tennis 2 Rummikub French 1 Classical Music 1 Classical Music 2

1st & 3rd every 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 1st every 4th Weekly 1st & 3rd 2nd & 4th

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

Private address Private address





Table Tennis 4 French 3 Darts Concert Party Patchwork 1 Book 1 Weather & Climate

every every 3rd every every 3rd 2nd

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



Wednesday Group



Painting for Pleasure Patchwork 2 Walking Easy Walking Canasta Play Reading Gardening Jewellery Table Tennis 1 Card Making Classical Music 3 Supper Club

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

am am am am 2 – 4 pm 2 pm pm pm 2 - 4 pm 2 - 4 pm 2 – 4 pm evening



various various CC CC

Bay Centre Private address various

Group Timetable Thursday Coffee Morning


10:00 to 11:15





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

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

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

Material Needs various





Latin Watercolour Exercise to Music Creative Writing Table Tennis 3 Embroidery 1 Philosophy Group

alternate weekly weekly 1st weekly weekly last Friday

11 am – 12 noon am am am 1.45 to 3.45pm 2 - 4 pm 10:30 -12

Room 1 CC various


Private address Bay Centre 6 The Gables

Saturday Group




Beginners T Tennis Table Tennis 5 Easy Strollers 2

1 & 3rd alternate 2nd

Strollers 1


Venue Baptist Ch Hall

am 10:30 – 3 pm (usually) 10:15am Nov - Apr 1:15pm May - Oct

Apex Park various

Groups meet at the Community Centre (CC) unless otherwise shown, but check with Group Leaders.


Directory of Groups Barn Dancing Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Canasta Card making CinÊ-français Classical Music 1 Classical Music 2 Classical Music 3 Concert Party Creative Writing Darts Easy Strolling Easy Walking Embroidery 1 Embroidery 2 Exercise to Music French 1 French 2 French 3 Gardening Holiday Group Jewellery Keep Fit Lace making Latin Luncheon Club Luncheon Grp 2 Mah Jong Painting for Pleasure Patchwork 1 Patchwork 2 Philosophy Group Play Reading Poetry Rummikub Scrabble 1

David Napper Jean Smith Chris Preston Diane Cruickshank Pat Reid Heather Major Terrance Lever Roy West Ken Henton Rod Winfield Joe Tohill Annette Moore Gerald Buncombe Eileen Merrett Sandra Flory Valerie Groombridge Heather Major David Napper Gary Locock Colette Winfield Margaret Pickard (coordinator, not group leader) Diane Cruikshank J & G Hollingworth 783773 and Lynn Matthews Elaine West Rosemary Lane Irene Angood Jean Hancock Frank Parker Margaret Marshall Rene Klein

792371 795379 787027 787856 780806 795737 792246 324020 641278 789824 784542 787818 782092 794289 685544 781564 795737 792371 783928 789824

Jane lee Margaret Budden Berry Jenkins Rosalie Dilkes Joe Tohill Jacky Grogan Eve Wilson Yvonne Royall

783511 789540 751044 256210 784542 783630 794383 782623


787619 787856 786012 324020 786054 786055 788218 795974 793681 794324

Scrabble 2 Skittles Somerset Villages 1 Somerset Villages 2 Spanish Conversation Strollers Supper Club

Kath Hoyland Maurice Best Chris Lessey Jean Hancock 788218 and Liz Claydon

783995 788101 789721 783320

Chris Noble Margaret Budden Christine and Allen Owen

789540 784500

Supper Club 2 Table Tennis 1 Table Tennis 2 Table Tennis 3 Table Tennis 4 & 5 Table Tennis Beginners Theatre U3A Travel (day trips) Ukulele Walking Ways with Watercolours Weather & Climate Change

Irene Puplett 238955 and June Thomas John Robinson 787200 and Martin Davies Thelma Pike Jean Matthews Carol Marriott

783296 783012 785107 784012 795773

Rachel Rowse Sue Poole

792618 785722

Eileen Merrett Alle Owen Marion Addicott

794289 784500 786962

S Meads Harriet Courtney

EVENTS October 6 12 14 19 25 November 1 22 22 December 4 13 21

French Evening - cheese & wine Theatre : Crazy For You - Bristol Cardiff Shopping trip Tree Planting and Anniversary Lunch BBC TOUR. Whiteladies Road, Bristol. / shopping Gardening Group : Quiz or Speaker Gardening Group : Christmas Lunch Batch House Gloucester Quays Victorian Market Dawlish Christmas Lunch Gardening Group : Christmas Tea Carol Service - St Andrews




July 29th Anniversary Event at St Andrew’s, Afternoon Cream Tea


Oct nov 17 burnham on sea u3a