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National Executive 2012-13 Your Health Page 7

PRESIDENT Sue Marlow (Derek)

Coffee Corner Page 13

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VICE PRESIDENT & CLUB REGALIA Karen Durie (Graham)

PASSING FRIENDS

UPCOMING EVENTS Please let the Editor know if you would like to publicise your forthcoming events, whether it is a lunch, a charity event or an anniversary. Email editor@tangent-clubs.org Nidderdale Tangent 623 invite you to the Northern Regional Luncheon Saurday 30th June 2012 Pavilions of Harrogate Yorkshire Event Centre Lynn Hopwood presents a visual tribute to “Fashion through the Ages”

Teignmouth Tangent invite you to join them for the South West Regional Lunch Saturday 6th October 2012 at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren The speaker will be the RT Hon Ann Widdecombe

NATC South East Regional Luncheon Hosted by Emeritus 900 10th November 2012 Hilton Hotel, Bracknel

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 22nd September 2012 Scottish Regional Luncheon The Glynhill Hotel and Leisure Club, Renfrew, Glasgow

Ladies Circle Presidential “Touch of Tartan” Ball 29th September 2012 The Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont, FK2 0YB £40 prior to 31st May, £45 after this date. Contact Mr I Pritchard, 9 McLauchlan Rise, Aberdour, KY3 0SS

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International News Page 6

Jersey Conference Pages 8 & 9

Upcoming Events Page 15

What a fantastic Conference and AGM in Jersey! I have just about got my breath back after a fun and friendship filled few days on the sunny (?) island of Jersey. Congratulations go to Jan for a wonderful year, and good luck to Sue for her twelve months at the helm. Also we must welcome two new members to the Exec team, Karen Durie as VP, and Melodie Brookes as Secretary Elect. Best wishes and thanks also go to Gill Preston who finished her time on the Exec as Immediate Past President at the NAGM. Changes in the team, but I am sure that the commitment to keep Tangent a thriving association and to encourage new members to join, whether retiring Circlers or discretionary members, will remain the same. If you want proof of the fun had at Conference just turn to pages 8 and 9. You have to admit, we do scrub up well! I have received some lovely articles and photos from Tangent members for the magazine, please keep them coming. I have included some information about brain tumours on the Your Health page. This is the charity chosen by your new National President Sue, and I hope you find the information interesting. If you see me at any events, please come and say hello, it is always good to chat with Tangent members!

Last date for copy for the 66th Edition 19th September.

Northwich Tangent 426 Fellowship Evening 11th October 2012 at Vale Royal Abbey, Whitegate, Cheshire

Bobbie Burns and Anne Brayne Taunton 199 Joyce Ellen Hall Wigan 129 & Lymington 336 Margaret Collins Camberley 277 Marge McKinnell East Kilbride & District 451 Doreen Burns First in Ireland 140 Milda Richardson and Eileen Duff Forfar 644

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IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP & INTERNATIONAL Jan Dowling (Bill)

Tangent Area 27 Luncheon November 17th 2012 Himley Country Club Hotel Contact Tessa Brooks, Stourbridge & District Tangent

Stephanie Hilary Roberts Ashby de la Zouch 416

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Shirley Cartwright High Wycombe 170

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Freda Radcliffe on 15th June aged 90. She was Ladies Circle National Editor in the days when everything was done by manual typewriter including the annual listings of officers of all the clubs for the directory. Freda’s daughter Judy well remembers the endless corrections with carbon paper and the mounds of directories filling a large room in the house being prepared for dispatch. (Freda is second from left in the picture of the National Executive) Judy has many other good photos of her and national and local circlers which could be scanned if wanted.

Jean Holden Horwich & Westhoughton 612 Joan Peck Ringwood & District 570

Her own chairmanship of Sutton Coldfield's Ladies Circle in 1956-7 directly followed her husband Norman's of Round Table - hence the cartoon. They both greatly enjoyed their clubs' social life - one of Judy’s earliest memories was being read 'Mary Mouse' stories with her in gorgeous ball gowns and smelling of perfume before they went out - and both of them took a very active part in the work and organisation of their respective clubs. She went on to be chairman of Area 4, and then on to national office. In later years she greatly enjoyed the friendship of her fellow Tangent members and was thrilled to join in events such as the past national officers lunch at Harrogate, and more recently the Sutton Coldfield area lunch in 2009 before she joined Judy in Maldon. The current members have been assiduous in ensuring that although in a residential home over the last year she was still very much joined to them in friendship, including the sending of flowers for her 90th birthday. Judy has a number of Ladies Circle items available for disposal that she had kept but is loathe to discard if there is anyone out there who would have an interest in them.

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CLUB CONTACTS In this issue you should receive: Capitation Form Regalia Order Form Sales Order Form Brooch Order Form South West Luncheon Form South East Luncheon Form

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Margaret Dunn Londonderry 730 Sheila Southwell-Mulvin Portsmouth & Southsea 44 Sheila Clatworthy Wythall 681

REGARDING OBITUARIES… Did you know that we record the names of members who have recently died in the magazine, but you can have a longer item on the website? Here you can celebrate their life, tell other Tangent members about their achievements and have pictures included if you wish. Please send anything you would like included to editor@tangent-clubs.org and they will be published in both places.

Please send your articles and digital photographs for Issue 66 by 19th September 2012 to Editor: Sue Hill, Email: editor@tangent-clubs.org Telephone: 01606 832807


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SOUTHAMPTON XLI TANGENT CLUB Our National President Jan Dowling joined 70 guests for a special luncheon in March to celebrate our 60th Anniversary.

At the end of the afternoon a cheque for £1500 was presented to Frank Fletcher, CEO of the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust who spoke about how the Trust helps young cancer patients to gain confidence by taking them sailing. Todmorden Tangent Club celebrated their 40th anniversary at No 1 Brook Street, Elland on Saturday 28th January 2012. The Lunch was attended by 53 ladies, including the National President of Tangent Clubs, Jan Dowling and the speaker was Freda Kelsall, a lady of numerous accomplishments from Hebden Bridge. Chairman Irena Brown welcomed everyone and gave a brief insight into how the club was founded. Two of the remaining founder members Barbara Finney and Freda Proctor lit the Candle of Friendship along with Irena and Alison Greenwood, whose parents had been founder members of both Todmorden Round Table & Ladies Circle and latterly 41 Club and Tangent members. The whole event was a huge success; it was an excellent lunch and ended with apiece of celebration cake and champagne.

NORTHAMPTON NENE GO BACK IN TIME

Greetings from National President Sue Marlow It is hard to believe that National Conference has been and gone especially as my head is still in the clouds! I am now back to work cleaning so reality is slowly kicking in. I am surrounded at home by many lovely cards and presents, so may I take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of you for your congratulations and best wishes. I feel very humble. The weekend was fantastic and superbly organised. Thanks must go to Paul Harding and all the Conference Committee for giving us such a fun packed time. The highlight for me must be the final night party when David Smith, 41-Club National President and I were clapped in and greeted by everyone to the song ‘You’re Simply the Best’. A truly magical moment. The new Tangent year is beginning with a busy agenda and lots of travelling ahead. I have already chartered my first Tangent Club – Octagon. This was a wonderful occasion with fun and friendship in abundance. The evening was going well until I was attacked by a member’s cat. Not so funny and scars to prove it! We welcome two new Exec members Karen Durie as Vice-President and Melodie Brookes as Secretary. I am sure we will have lots of fun throughout the year. Sadly we said goodbye to Gill Preston after 3 years on the Exec. Her hard work and knowledge were and remain invaluable.

For our November meeting 2011 we decided to step into our time capsule and go back in time. Only one month before Christmas so an ideal time to visit a Castle preparing for a Victorian Christmas.

In my speech at the NAGM I mentioned that I would like Clubs to communicate, circulate and celebrate not just amongst themselves but with neighbouring clubs. With both the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics I feel this would be a great opportunity to invite Clubs within your areas to join you for a social or fund raising event. Let’s enjoy what we love doing most having fun and continuing friendships. Don’t forget me though. If I am available I would like to join you. I would particularly like to visit Tangent Clubs who have not received the National President before. I do not just attend anniversaries and special occasions. A regular Tangent meeting is always interesting as everyone has their own way of ‘doing things’. You can check my diary on the website.

We were met by one of the Castle household staff, in her Victorian costume. She told us the Master and Mistress who live at Rockingham Castle, near Corby, were away visiting so she was left in charge to look after us. We were shown many of the rooms which were decorated for Christmas. In Victorian times all rooms had a Christmas tree. The childrens' gifts were waiting to be wrapped. The kitchen staff had been very busy and many dishes of that day were on show and ready to be transported to the splendid dining room where the table was beautifully laid out ready for the Christmas meal.

My charity this year is Brain Tumour Research. I had no problem in making this decision as my sister died of an inoperable brain tumour when she was 53. She had six weeks from diagnosis to passing. I know I cannot do anything for Carol but hopefully with your help we can raise awareness and provide funds to support the Research centres so they can continue the amazing work they do to improve the outcome for brain tumour patients. The statistics for brain tumours are shocking especially in children and yet brain tumour research receives less than 1% of national cancer research spending. I would like to sponsor a day or more of research and in return Tangent’s name and logo would be displayed on a ‘Wall of Hope’ calendar on show at the University of Portsmouth’s centre of excellence. As delighted as I am to be your National President I would like to remind you ladies that this is your organisation. Without you the association would not exist. Your Exec members and I are here for you. Please talk to us and keep the communication going. Together let us make this a year of celebration with plenty of fun and laughter along the way. I look forward to visiting many of you throughout the year and thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be your President. Sue

Vice President Karen Durie

The National Conference in Jersey was a spectacular event and it is now great to be back on the National Executive as Vice President. I hope that my time as Sales Officer, and the the year off to recharge my batteries, will stand me in good stead for the next three years.

Someone in our party used a camera and our guide asked what the instrument was that kept flashing. A mobile 'phone rang - "What is that noise?" she asked, "I do not recognise it". Outside the Courtyard had many illuminated trees to offer a warm welcome to visitors, and this was where our time capsule waited to bring us back into the present.

I am looking forward to working with Sue Marlow and the rest of the National Executive, most of whom I have worked with before so I know what to expect, and dressing up for all the Regional Lunches with the opportunity of meeting both old and new friends at these and other events this year in preparation for the following BIG year. I have already booked in one event for my presidential year so thank you to Dundee 290 for being the first and inviting me to their 50th Anniversary Celebration in October 2013. It will be a special occasion for both you and me.

Pat Kaye

MANSFIELD TANGENT AGM AND CHANGEOVER In April our club met at a local hotel for our AGM and Changeover. After a very enjoyable meal we started proceedings. We almost had a full house of members, only two apologies and one member who was ill. After thanking all the members on the committee, I had great pleasure in handing over the chain of office and Chairmanship to Sue Stoakes. All the club wish her a great year ahead. During my year as Chairman the club has donated £340 to the NSPCC, £650 to Rainbows Hospice for children and young persons and £100 to National President’s charity, Ovarian Cancer. IPC Susie Parry-Williiams

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As National Sales Officer my role included responsibility for overseeing Regalia Sales and now that I have to actually deal with all the Regalia Orders I know that the most important thing is to get your orders in early to ensure your regalia is received in time for your AGM. It surprises me that almost a quarter of clubs order after the 1st January and pay the extra £5 late order charge. With most clubs having AGMs in March & April any order received after 1st January is in danger of missing your AGM deadline, so if it is your responsibility to order your club regalia why not make a note in your diary now for September to remind you to order your regalia in good time. Better still, why not complete the form and send it off as soon as you receive the Regalia Order Form with the June magazine. I know that I will talk to many of you about your regalia orders over the coming year and will hopefully meet some of you at a Regional or other event. Please come and say hello whether you know me or not – I will be delighted to make or renew our friendships. YICF, Karen

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President’s Diary 2012-2013 June Monday 11th Wednesday 13th Saturday 23rd Friday 29th Saturday 30th

Whitchurch TC 35th birthday Tettenhall TC 38th birthday Coulsdon & Purley TC 50th Anniv Lunch Exec Meeting Northern Regional Lunch - Nidderdale TC

July Wednesday 4th Friday 6th - 8th Thursday 12th Wednesday 18th Friday 20th Saturday 21st Tuesday 31st

Towcester & District Friendship Night 41 Club Council w/e Novotel, Long Eaton Southend TC Friendship Evening Bournemouth TC Private Event Private Event Wareham TC 25th Charter

August Friday 31st

Private Event

September Saturday 1st Tuesday 4th Saturday 15th Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Saturday 29th Saturday 29th

Bishops Stortford 40th Charter Lunch Newbury TC Wokingham TC 40th Anniv lunch Travel to Scotland Scottish Luncheon - Milngavie & Bearsden TC Rochdale TC 50th Charter Lunch LC President's Ball, Polmont

October Wednesday 3rd Friday 5th Saturday 6th Thursday 11th Thursday 25th

Stourbridge & District TC 3rd birthday Exec Meeting South West Regional Lunch - Teignmouth TC Northwich TC Fellowship Evening Longton TC 30th Anniversary Lunch

November Monday 5th Wednesday 7th Friday 9th Saturday 10th Sunday 11th Saturday 17th Wednesday 21st

Bideford TC 30th Charter Dinner Downend TC Exec Meeting South East Regional Lunch - Emeritus 900 TC Remembrance Sunday Annual Tangent Lunch - Stourbridge & District Romsey TC

December Wednesday 12th

The Lamb, London - Xmas meeting

2013 January Saturday tbc

NAGM meeting

February Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd

Exec meeting Midlands Luncheon - Wellingborough TC

March Wednesday 6th Saturday 9th Saturday 23rd

Dunstable TC Friendship Evening President's Charity Casino Night Irish Luncheon - Omagh TC

April Saturday 11th - 13th

Tangent Lunch and AGM, Llandudno

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SECRETARY’S NOTEPAD The NAGM was well attended considering the distances involved and the difficulty of day visitors to Jersey. There was a total of 82 voting clubs represented. The accounts were approved and the Out of Pocket Expenses for the National President were raised by £50 to £1,200. Annual subscriptions went up by 25p to £4.75 per capita. Independent members will also pay another 25p.

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The winner of the microFICTION Competition, voted on by delegates at the National Conference in Jersey, was Judi Steen of Angels of the North with her entry:

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There were two Executive offices up for election, both were unopposed. Karen Durie (Past National Sales and Regalia Officer and member of Wokingham 268) was duly elected as Vice President and Melodie Brookes (Salisbury 389) as National Secretary Elect.

New Tangent Club Octagon 926 was honoured to receive their charter under the beautiful Octagon Tower of Ely Cathedral on Friday 4th May 2012. The President of NATC Sue Marlow presented members of the club with their certificate. Later the ladies enjoyed a wonderful meal at The Fenhouse Restaurant in Littleport to celebrate, accompanied by members of Ely 41 Club, husbands and partners. Work on the current Cathedral began in the 11th Century. It dominates the low lying countryside and is known as the “Ship of the Fens”. It is open to visitors all year round and is a must to visit with escorted tours available. For any Tangent members visiting the area a warm welcome from Octagon awaits.

There were two National Executive recommendations. The first, to reduce the length of service of a National Secretary, was lost after considerable discussion. The other, to allow proxy delegates who have not attended the club meeting when the agenda was discussed to vote with written instruction, was approved. It is hoped that clubs not able to send a delegate to future NAGM’s, will be able to instruct a member of another club to vote on their behalf. The written instructions can be very specific or perhaps allow the member to listen to the address from more than one candidate and vote as they think fit.

Induct unwed Circler. Offended elders resign. Tangent link broken. Retired - missed Circle. Bristol conference virgin – welcomed, had fun. PartyTyne Conference - hard work, new friends, more fun. Find Angels - discover friendship never ends. Judi was presented with a small gift by National President Jan and National Editor Sue at the NAGM. Due to the success of this year’s competition we have decided to run it again, hopefully there will be even more entries, so get your thinking caps on! Write a piece of 36 words the last three of which should be ….”in the future.” Send it to editor@tangent-clubs.org and it will be put up on the website. The winner will be chosen by delegates at the Conference in Llandudno in April 2013.

Greetings were brought to the meeting from the National Presidents of the National Associations of Ladies Circles Vicky Perry, Denmark Tangent Jeanett Korch and 41 Club David Smith. Interruptions were received from Market Harborough Tangent on the completion of Gill Preston’s 3 years as Vice, President and Immediate Past President. The newly inducted President, Sue Marlow, had a visit by the men from Fareham, including her husband Derek.

microFICTION Competition Entries

FRIENDSHIP

To have a friend You must be a friend What you put in You get back ten fold Fun, fellowship Fund-raising Laughter and tears Deepens the bonds in Circle and Tangent, where 'FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS'.

Sue Marlow’s National President’s Charity for 2012-13 is Brain Tumour Research, in memory of her sister who died of this cruel disease when only in her 50’s.

Friendship given freely Is worth much more than gold. Like Love it just gets stronger, And will last until you’re old.

"We were in London for the lunch in 1991. Where to sightsee before 1pm. Our chosen venue was the local hospital as Mary collapsed. We never got to lunch but still reminisce because FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS"

True friendship will not judge you When all your efforts fail. It will boost your moral courage, So achievement will prevail.

We have always relied on each other, laughing and crying together. Now Helen stands in the dock, ashen, miserable, handcuffed. Mustering all my courage I enter the witness box, hoping, praying she knows Friendship Never Ends.

PRESIDENT’S CHARITY BALL

SECRETARY ELECT Hello Let me introduce myself. I was born, brought up, educated, and married Nigel, in Birmingham, where we met during college years through the Scout and Guide Clubs. After living and working in Rochdale for a while we moved to the Forest of Dean, and began our Round Table and Ladies Circle adventures. You may have heard about the area from a certain Helen and John Bellwood of 41 Club International fame! We had our first daughter and then moved to Salisbury where we have lived and worked ever since. We produced two more daughters, and became thoroughly integrated into the city, partly through the warm welcome we received from Tablers and Circlers. Our family is all grown up now, so much of our spare time is spent travelling round the country to visit them. I retire from teaching in the summer so I am delighted to be given the opportunity to meet many of you over the next few years, and getting to grips with helping to keep our wonderful association thriving. With best wishes Melodie

New Job, friends, meet man, love, marriage, baby, baby, leave job, lose friends, new home, new town, few friends, join Circle, friends, Area, friends, National, friends, International, friends, 45th birthday, join Tangent, where friendship never ends.

Good friends will never leave you When all your hopes and dreams Are dashed to tiny fragments By others’ thoughtless schemes.

Three Tangent friends set off to visit. Drat! a puncture. Breakdown man called Police stopped by Three continue another puncture, why? Police again! questions! Three ladies rescued. car towed home. No meeting but friendship never ends.

They’ll just pick up the pieces, And help rebuild your life. They will comfort and protect you From all troubles and all strife.

I heard, come back to us, but, my eyes would not open, then again, don't leave us, my eyes opened to see friends looking down, it was their voices that brought me round, friendship never ends. The vicar asked where we met. I remembered our first meeting, as we stood before him. My bouquet shaking, you smiled, once a boy now a man. Our old school motto seemed apt. Friendship never ends........

But remember – friendship’s fragile, And needs some tender care, Then when your need is greatest You’ll find your friends are there.

Smiling, together Harry and Joe enlisted. Side by side they drilled, sailed, marched and fought. By moonlight they shared cigarettes, hopes and dreams. Harry returned alone to Blighty, knowing for ever, that true friendship never ends.

So try to be a good friend To all the folk you know, Then friendship like true love, Will simply grow and grow.

Returning to the house all seemed as it was. The realisation something was missing. The frantic search, revealing nothing. Clues to the crime committed. Lack of appetite, contentment, missing beef, DOG. But our FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS. No Ink, no printer, no website all down. Car, dead battery, no petrol. No buses, shops closed down. Machines, so fickle. Man-made can't depend. One thing certain. True Friendship never ends.

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41 Club Photographic Competition

Amid the hubub of a Tangent supper,she sat alone. 'You're new' 'I'm from the Wirral' 'I don't believe it! That's where I joined Circle yonks ago' 'I know. They send their love'friendship never ends.' Stay, sit, fetch, well done, sit Monty. Never,Oh my God Casandra you can't mean it, you really can't, he really is so absolutely, amazing, I really, really believe that "FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS”

National President Jan Dowling held a Charity Ball at The Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate on Saturday 24th March. A raffle and Silent Auction were held at the event to raise money for Jan’s charity for her year, Ovarian Cancer Action. Vicky Perry, National President of Ladies Circle, lit the Candle of Friendship, and a memorable event during the evening was the presentation of their charter to a new Tangent Club, Fangent66.

Delegates at the recent National Conference in Jersey had the opportunity to vote in two competitions – Tangent’s microFICTION Competition and the 41 Club Photographic Competition.

Mansfield Tangent Club member Susie Parry-Williams recently went up to Harrogate with her husband Parry, Liz Teal who is also a member and her husband Ray to The National President’s Charity Ball. The picture shows Susie Parry-Williams, Liz Teal and Jan.

The winning photograph entitled Wreck, Weld Beach, Oakura, New Zealand was entered by David Brown of Taunton 41 Club. Following the success of this year’s competition with 41 entries, Ray Hill National Communications Officer, plans to run it again for Conference 2013. Selected photographs from this year will be used to make a calendar, the proceeds of the sale of which will go the 41 Club National President David Smith’s charity. Go to http://bit.ly/41photoComp to see all the entries.

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A smile costs nothing, ------ but gives much --------- it enriches those that receive without making poorer those that give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it and none is so poor but he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best anecdote for trouble. Yet it be bought, begged, cannot borrowed or stolen for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

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Calling All Club Treasurers Hello everybody. I hope you are enjoying your Tangent year. If you haven’t heard yet, at the NAGM it was agreed to increase the capitations to £4.75 per member. Why not round it up to £5? Well more on this later…. Together with this mailing, your club contact should have received a form to send with your capitation cheque. If this is your first stint as treasurer, can I draw your attention to the following points: •

IRISH REGIONAL LUNCH

TAVISTOCK TANGENT’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

The Irish Lunch was held at Balmoral Golf Club, Belfast on 3rd March and was hosted by Lagan Valley 707. It was attended by nearly 50 ladies including National President Jan Dowling, Past National Presidents Jan Mulqueen and Gill Preston, Past National Sales Officer Karen Durie, current National Sales Officer Jenny Bevan and National Vice President Sue Marlow. Sue says “In the evening we were taken out for a meal. It was a great weekend and we were well looked after. I really appreciated the hard work the ladies put in and I know they are so grateful to us for making the effort to fly to Ireland to visit them.”

“On the evening of Thursday 6th November 1986, Dorothy Dickson, Barbara Miller, Joy Rendle and Barbara Viner met at the home of Janet Norman in Down Park Drive, Tavistock to discuss the possibility of forming a Tangent Club in Tavistock. The appropriate information and forms from the National Association had been obtained. It was agreed to try and form a club with five members and hopefully more would join later”. This is the opening paragraph for the first minute book of Tavistock Tangent No. 732 affiliated on February 14th 1987. This year is our 25th Anniversary ‘We might be small but we are perfectly formed’. We celebrated the occasion by having a glass of champagne and supper at Janet’s house. We have only six members, and Janet Norman our founder chairman is our chairman this year. Margaret Taynton (Secretary) attended the South West Regional Luncheon in Bristol last October. We meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of the month and still enjoy Tangent. Tavistock has more than welcomed Tangent members from outside the area who have moved down to Devon or Cornwall.

SALLY REED RECIPE BOOK The idea of compiling an up to date Recipe Book came to Sally Reed when she found the Lymington Ladies Circle one from the 70's. Over the past year fellow Tangent members have each provided two of their favourite recipes, complete with their signatures. Sally laminated and assembled these, putting them into a folder with our Tangent Logo and a donation to Tangent funds is made when members use it. It was noted when reading the old one that there was no mention of CREAM to be included!! How things have changed. The photo shows Sally Reed presenting our Favourite Recipe Book to I.P. Chairman June Fleming [L] and Chairman Sue Griffiths at the A.G.M.

MIDLAND REGIONAL LUNCH

Please make your cheque payable to “National Association of Tangent Clubs”. Variations on this theme are not accept able to the bank and will therefore take time and postage to return to you. When writing the cheque, could I trouble you to write your club number on the back.

Although the form will have arrived in a large package, don’t worry about folding it to send it back to me. Large envelopes cost extra to post these days.

In case of non-delivery for any reason, you might like to write your own address on the back of the envelope.

In case the form has been mislaid, you can download an other from the Tangent web site.

If you are sending me an email, I do ask people to mention the word “Tangent” in the subject box. Like most people, I get all sorts of unwelcome emails and this will ensure that your mail will not end up in spam.

Stafford Tangent hosted the Midland Regional Lunch on Saturday 25th February at The Chase Golf Club. Tangent members and guests were joined by National President Jan and the Exec to enjoy a delicious lunch and much catching up with old friends. The event was ably led by Jan Barnett, Chairman of Stafford Tangent and Toastmaster Mr Nick Sandy of Stafford 41 Club. The toast to NATC was proposed by John Payne, the National President of Round Table and the response was given by our own President Jan Dowling. The speaker, Mr David Harding, kept us laughing with anecdotes of his career working for Marks & Spencer. A most excellent day!

ISIS TANGENT 870 Charity Luncheon and Charter Celebration Saturday, 3rd March and the day dawned dry and bright – not always guaranteed for this time of year – which should have been a good omen for Isis Tangent. Why is it that in spite of all the planning and thought that goes into these events, something is not quite right?

The latest date for sending capitations is 31st August. This has already been extended from 31st July last year. Late payment does invalidate your insurance, could also mean that your magazines will stop, you will not have a vote at the AGM and eventually,your club will be deemed to have disaffiliated. This may sound harsh, but if clubs pay late, or if they don’t pay the correct amount, it does put an extra burden on the rest of the membership.

On arrival at the venue, the hotel manager, with a blank look in his eyes, greeted us. Had we come on the correct day? Had we come at the correct time?

I am often asked if members who belong to more than one club have to pay capitations for each club. The short answer is “Yes”. Remember, it was your choice to join another club. You will get the benefits from belonging to both clubs which was the reason you joined them wasn’t it? Why should the budget and therefore the rest of the members have to bear an extra share of the costs which the association needs to function?

Yes to both of those questions, but he had not expected us to arrive early, if you call 60 minutes early with a raffle to set up. Not to worry, we soon explained to him, again, how we wanted the room set up and, along with a couple of other early arrivals, all was ready for our luncheon. The guests arrived. But where was the speaker? He had confirmed the week before but no sign of him. We waited a reasonable time but the manager was anxious to serve our lunch so we started without him. Then another hiccup, as the chef had cooked the wrong Duck item. The good thing was that a very embarrassed manager offered a reduction on all the meals.

Our bank continues to cause me problems. Although the NATC account is not exactly small fry, I get the impression from Barclays that we are far too small to bother with. The good news that I was able to report at the NAGM was that I have managed to de-register the Association for VAT. This will not only save us a considerable amount of money (and therefore keep the capitations down), but will also save an awful lot of work, which should make life a lot easier for future treasurers.

Still no speaker, but ever resourceful, a member’s daughter, who was setting off for the “Marathon des Sables”, gave us an impromptu presentation. As well as being a Charity Luncheon, we were celebrating our 15th Charter Anniversary. Members of Isis Ex-Tablers club paid us a surprise visit and presented us with a beautiful inscribed glass vase, which will be housing the Candle of Friendship at future events. We were happy to welcome old Tangent members and we invited them to share their memories of the start of our club.

Ladies, I am now in my third year of office. (How it’s flown!) This means that soon we will have to start thinking about finding my replacement. If it is something you might consider, please contact me so that I can give you any information you would like – and also give you some encouragement! Looking forward to hearing from you

FARNHAM TANGENT Farnham Tangent Club joined the Camberley Birthday Night on Tuesday 7 March 2012 and a clutch of Past Presidents! The photo shows (from the left) Farnham Secretary Viv Rance and Farnham Chairman Caroline Ewin (standing), with Past Presidents Penny Gibbins, Judy Holdaway and Janis Atwell (also from Farnham).

June Boden

One of our members had made a delicious celebratory cake, which we all enjoyed. The good thing was that we managed to raise £700, half going to the National President’s chosen charity, Ovarian Cancer Action and the remainder to Helen & Douglas House, a local children’s and young persons’ hospice.

The picture shows June chatting with Past National Treasurer Sue at the recent Welsh Regional Lunch.

So, what had happened to the speaker? He had forgotten, - men! Still, friendship continued and a good time was had by all of us.

Yours in continued friendship

Jane Venables - Chairman Isis Tangent Club 870

LAMPETER TANGENT BEETLE CHALLENGE

HUTTON & SHENFIELD TANGENT

Lampeter Tangent organised a friendship evening on 15th March with Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Cardigan Tangents being challenged by Lampeter to a game of Beetle. Aberystwyth Tangent Chairman was presented with a prize by Ros Jones, Chairman of Lampeter Tangent.

Hutton and Shenfield Tangent Club 666 raised £700 for Ovarian Cancer Action. This was achieved by holding on separate evenings, a Bring and Buy table top sale and a Wine Tasting. The photograph shows Chairman Margaret Odden and members of Hutton and Shenfield Tangent Club.

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5.


Tangent across the w rld

For those of you who don’t understand Welsh, I’ll try again in English. Hello, Dai here. Welcome to my home town; Llandudno , the jewel of North Wales. For the first time in many years, 41 Club and Tangent arrive here for your conference in 2013.

Tangent Denmark/Ex Tablers Denmark NAGM 2012 A 6am start saw Ralph and me on the start of our journey to Skaelskor for the First ever joint national conference weekend organised by Tangent Denmark and the Ex Tablers of Denmark. On arrival at Copenhagen airport we were met by two friendly faces, June and Ken Boden to be joined a while later by Jan and Bill Dowling. Together we continued our journey by train arriving in Skaelskor around 5pm to a warm welcome by members of Tangent Denmark. We were quickly made to understand that the quiet coach was in fact a silent coach and the thought of not speaking for the next hour and a half quickly caused further disruption as we moved suitcases and tried to find seats on a very busy Friday afternoon train. A quick change into our glad rags and on to the Gala Dinner where we joined in the International banner exchange and National President Jan gave greetings from Tangent GB. The event was well supported by Round Table family members from Finland, Germany and Sweden as well as members of Round Table and Ladies Circle Denmark. Saturday morning and Jan, June and I joined Tangent Denmark for their AGM and the gentlemen joined the Ex Tablers for their AGM. It is interesting to see that although the format for AGMs may differ we all have one thing in common and that is to do our best for our Associations. Visitors included Tangents GB, Sweden and Germany and Gitte Hoyer, LC Denmark and LCI left to right - Pia Spange - National Treasurer Vice President took a lead role in the proceedings. Susanne Norager - National President, IRO 2010-2012 Our Tangent Denmark friends kindly provided us with English copies of important paperwork Jeanett Korch - National President 2012-2013 relating to the AGM and also gave each of us a Helle Midtgaard - Vice President 2012-2013 ‘buddy’ to translate should we have any questions. During the AGM I was fortunate enough to take greetings from Tangent GB and also to invite Tangent Denmark and Tangent Sweden to join us in signing the Memorandum of Understanding. After the AGM the seventh member of our party felt rested enough after the long journey to Skaelskor to join us. Polly the Parrot played an important part in the evening fun as we became jolly pirates for the Fancy dress final party. After breakfast on Sunday we said our farewells to old friends and new with many promising to come to Wales in 2013. It wasn’t long before we taken after the signing of the memorandum of would see some members of Tangent Denmark Photo Understanding between GB, Denmark and Sweden. who two weeks later would be joining us in left to right Jersey. After such a successful weekend I can Susanne Norager - IPP and IRO 2012-2013 report that both AGMs voted in favour of Jeanett Korch - National President 2012-2013 repeating the joint conference weekend and Lotta Fritz - National Board member Tangent Sweden next year it will be April 20th. Jan Dowling - National president 2011-2012 Gill Preston IPP, IRO, Membership 2011-2012 Congratulations to Tangent Denmark who will be celebrating the 30th year in October 2012. Gill Preston

WEIDEN Fortunately there was a little bit of “down time” on our trip to Deutschland LC and Tangent Conference 4 – 6 May which allowed my travelling companion Ruth Curry (LC Administrator) and I to see a little bit of this lovely area and I know that we both plan to return to explore more. It was a very easy journey in our hire car from Nuremberg airport to Weiden. Autostrasse most of the way through fresh green countryside and when we arrived at our hostess’s home we were able to relax in the sun with tea in her pretty garden before getting ready for registration and the welcome party. This was our first trip into the town and what a welcome – the old town is magnificent.

I’ve been told by the Chairman, Mike, that you can expect a superb conference packed with fun and entertainment…. And don’t forget the fellowship bit. All the regular features you expect will appear with all the beautiful sights of North Wales, but this time you get me as well!!! Go to Facebook and “like” 41Club and Tangent Llandudno Conference to keep up to date with all my adventures. You can find details of the hotels here or go to www.41clubconference.co.uk where you can also book on-line. Find my own film on YouTube – just search for Dai the Dragon!

Tangent Germany AGM My year as your International Officer certainly got off to a “flying” start”. I flew home from Jersey on Wednesday 2 May and flew to Germany on Friday 4! Their Conference is joint with Ladies Circle, social events shared (welcome party, gala dinner and farewell brunch) but the actual NAGMs were separate. With 29 clubs the Tangent meeting was obviously a lot smaller than ours, though there are 8 new clubs in formation, a continuing trend as Circle membership boomed during 1990 – 2000 and this bulge is now coming through to Tangent. President Brigitte welcomed all, Aims and Objects were read out, the candle of friendship was lit and 1 minutes silence observed for past members. I was very pleased to be able to take greetings from our President Sue – “Tangent President Brigitte, Executive members and Tangent ladies, It is my privilege and pleasure as National President of Tangent GB & I, to extend to you and all your members the warmest of greetings on this the occasion of your Annual General Meeting. I am sure Brigitte, you will have had an exceptional year meeting many old friends and making many new ones while continuing to support and advance the ideals for which our organisation stands. I am sorry that I cannot be with you on this occasion but I wish you all a very successful conference. I feel sure that the friendship evoked by Tangent membership worldwide has been strengthened by your leadership and will continue to be felt by all. As members we all recognise the importance of maintaining the links between our various countries through our international Tangent connections. May I also extend these wishes to Veronika and her exec for the coming year. Board members presented their reports, including the accounts. Their capitation is 35 euros ,( I was told later that members do not complain because LC capitation is much more!) Big increases were proposed in allowances for their President and Board members, an increase of 500 euros for NP, VP 250, IPP 200, Secretary 150. I understand that they may also claim expenses too. This was all possible with no increase in capitation for 2 years and would be funded by the increase in membership. Other items on the Agenda were prompt financial support for LC in setting up future conferences, pins for PNOs and designs for a new banner which both promoted much discussion and it was eventually agreed to discontinue the pins and to seek further design suggestions for the banner. We then joined Ladies Circle for Lunch. All vacant posts on the Board had willing candidates who seemed to speak very confidently and were duly elected. A presentation of their service project was shown “Clean water for all” with some of their innovative fundraising. New President Veronika then made her address and welcomed her new officers. Regalia was not exchanged until the Gala dinner. The meeting finished with a glass of champagne (buck’s fizz or orange were also on offer). It was certainly worth the journey and I am so glad I made the effort to get there as it was a very interesting experience and I was made so welcome.

Book your Tangent Day lunch on the main booking form. You can book this on its own, but why notgo to one or more of the other events as well? Dai the Dragon has a Discounted Deal! Early Bird rate 2 day package (President’s Ball and Saturday night party) £135 if booked before 31st October and paid by standing order or in full.

After the farewell brunch on Sunday morning Ruth and I had the time to explore the old town a little more. It was originally a walled town with the old wall intact in several places. The shops close on a Sunday so town was quiet but ideal for sight seeing although it was a bit damp. Beautiful churches, one with an interesting inter-denominational history, colourful buildings, installation art and gardens all well kept and maintained. I was sad to leave but we had families to return too and we both look forward to returning with our families to share the delights of Weiden – it is well worth a visit.

Come Dine with Me

BROMLEY TANGENT 801 Bromley Tangent and their partners had a wonderful evening at the Royal College of Physicians on Thursday 29 March to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

Whitchurch Tangent Club 439 is in the fortunate situation of having increasing membership, up to 38 members. We have a Ladies Circle and most of their retiring members have been joining us and a few friends of members have joined us as Discretionary members. But as a result some members felt they did not know all the members well.

The event got off to a great start as the weather held, believed to be the only warm and sunny day thus far in 2012, this beautiful evening meant we were able to enjoy our pre-dinner champagne and nibbles in the College’s unique medicinal garden. The meal, served in the Censors Room, was divine, the service superb, the wine choices wonderful - but more importantly, the talk, laughter, fun, toasting and real friendship around the table was something to be truly grateful for. Chairman (2011/12), Sue Glazebrook, made the following observations from 20 years ago: • • • • • • • • •

Jan Dowling

Saturday morning was a complete contrast as the meetings were held in a very modern municipal building with excellent facilities surrounded by well kept gardens with plenty of seats. After the meetings there was time for a little fresh air before returning in our finery for the Gala Dinner so I took this opportunity to go for a walk and explore the countryside around our hostess’s home a little. Within a few metres of Maya’s home I turned right on to a cinder track, which lead past a play area and some allotments before opening out into woods and grassy glades which seemed to go on forever and I wished I had borrowed a bike to allow me to go further.

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“Helo, Dai yma. Croeso I fy nhref enedigol; Llandudno y gem Gogledd Cymru”

Petrol was 40 pence a litre. The Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona. The Maastricht Treaty was signed. White South Africa voted to end apartheid. In the USA Bill Clinton was elected and in the UK the Conservatives were re-elected for a fourth term under John Major, despite an economic recession. Betty Boothroyd, who was the guest speaker at Ladies Circle’s 60th Lunch, was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. It was the Queen’s Annus Horibilis - a fire caused over £50 million of damage at Windsor Castle. Another Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody, was in the charts for five weeks. However, that was topped by Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you”. In all that time, some Bromley Tangent members have left us, others we have welcomed, all helping to ensure Tangent’s motto of “Continued Friendship” remains at our core.

And then it was time to leave, the evening had flown by - a sign of a good one of course, and will be remembered by us all for a very long time.

What to do? Mixing folk up during dinner meetings was not a popular concept so we tried Come Dine with Me. A variation on the TV programme where names were drawn out of a hat at the January meeting and put into groups of 5 or 6 members. First out of the hat was group leader, to ensure it happened. Each group arranged a date for their dinner and then decided whether to eat at home or at a pub/restaurant. Those eating at a group member’s home decided who would provide what. My group enjoyed a smoked mackerel starter, avocado for the vegetarian lady, provided by Anna. I served the main course of Moroccan Vegetable Tagine, Couscous/Rice and Greek Salad. A boozy lemon dessert from Marian, cheese from Katie and wine and chocolates from Barbara and Sylvia. Fortunately husbands took members home, feeling they all knew each other better. Our group had included two members of over 25 years, one of around 10 years, two discretionary members and two ladies who joined from Circle a couple of years ago. Everyone had an evening of fun and fellowship and knew each other better. Most of the other groups have already dined and all agree it has been a great success and it is already on the programme again next year for different groups.

MACCLESFIELD TANGENT GUEST LUNCH Macclesfield Tangent held a Guest Lunch at Adlington Hall near Macclesfield on Monday 19th March. The event was attended by Tangent members from surrounding clubs, National Editor Sue and other guests, and an excellent lunch was enjoyed by all. Chairman Marion Saint welcomed the guests and the Candle of Friendship was lit by Linda Garrity. The speaker was Alan Hopkin who spoke about music in education.

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Your health Information you need to be brain tumour aware. SADDLEWORTH TANGENT

WELSH REGIONAL LUNCH

Saddleworth Tangent held a Friendship Evening at the White Hart Hotel, Lydgate on 7th March 2012. The speaker, Paul Whittaker who is deaf, spoke about “Music and the Deaf” supported by his interpreter Andy Higgins. Among the guests were Edid Firth, Saddleworth Parish Council Chairman’s Lady, Terrie Hewitt Tangent National Secretary, and Eve Crombie, President of Saddleworth Tangent

A sunny Saturday in May saw nearly fifty Tangent members gather at the Giltar Hotel, Tenby for the Welsh Regional Lunch, hosted by Tenby Tangent. A welcome glass of Pimms soon had the fellowship flowing, which continued during lunch. President Sue addressed the guests at the first Regional Lunch of her year, where she also met another Sue Marlow! The entertainment provided by two 41 Club members had us nearly falling off our seats with laughter as they told jokes and humerous anecdotes in the guise of two old Welsh countrymen. Dai the Dragon paid a flying visit to invite everyone to attend the National conference 2013 in Llandudno. Everyone left looking forward to the next Welsh lunch in Mumbles.

Any child with symptoms that are unusual for him or her, or are persistent or unexplained, should be seen by a GP. Please remember that any child needing urgent medical help should be taken to the nearest emergency department. In an emergency dial 999.

This card is designed to help you know and spot the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people. Fortunately brain tumours in children and young people are rare, but they happen.

The HeadSmart Campaign is run by a partnership between the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) at the University of Nottingham, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust (SDBTT), and has been funded by The Health Foundation and SDBTT.

A quarter of childhood cancers occur in the brain Early detection of brain tumours can improve the outcome

ALCESTER TANGENT CLUB 710 25TH ANNIVERSARY Alcester Tangent held a lunch near Alcester on 1st October to celebrate their 25th anniversary. They were blessed with a lovely sunny day for the event, it was almost like summer! The entertainment was provided by comedian Don McClean who kept members and guests laughing non-stop for a full hour, and Alcester Tangent would recommend him highly as an after-dinner speaker.

LANCASTER TANGENT Lancaster Tangent 238 recently celebrated their 40th Charter with two events. Firstly a dinner held at Morecambe Golf Club on 13th March and attended by National President Jan, National President of 41 Club Vaughan and National Editor Sue, and then a few days later an afternoon tea at Leighton Hall. Founder Chairman Norah Scott and current Chairman Andrea Horrocks attended both events.

WARRINGTON TANGENT Warrington Tangent held their annual Fellowship evening on Friday 23rd March at Warrington Golf Club. National President Jan and National Editor Sue, members and guests were welcomed and enjoyed a meal before a 41 Club member and Warrington Tangent member told of their adventures buying, maintaining and sailing in the Mediterranean on a yacht.

If you would like to talk to someone about brain tumours, or have been affected by the brain tumour symptoms campaign, please contact the support line at SDBTT on 0845 130 9733 or e:mail: info@headsmart.org.uk

If you are worried you / your child has a brain tumour SAY this to your doctor The website www.headsmart.org.uk can provide further information, support and reassurance

RCPCH Registered Charity no: 1057744 SDBTT Registered Charity no: 1128354 and Company Limited by Guarantee no: 05615995 CBTRC Charitable Status Inland Revenue Number: X15294 Health Foundation Reg Charity no: 286967

If you are worried make an appointment with your doctor. Please remember any young person needing urgent medical help should be taken to the nearest emergency department or dial 999.

© 2011 RCPCH, SDBTT, CBTRC, The University of Nottingham and The Health Foundation

Under 5

5 - 11

Preschool

Children

Brain tumours happen... Symptoms include:

Persistent / recurrent headache

Balance / co-ordination / walking problems

Persistent / recurrent vomiting P

Fits or seizures (not with a fever) Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

Persistent / recurrent headache P

Persistent / recurrent vomiting

Balance / co-ordination / walking problems

Balance / co-ordination / walking problems

Abnormal eye movements

Abnormal eye movements

Blurred or double vision

Blurred or double vision

Behaviour change

Behaviour change

Fits or seizures

Fits or seizures

Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck If your child has one of these, see your doctor If two or more, ask for an “urgent referral”

Brain tumours happen... Symptoms include:

Brain tumours happen... Symptoms include:

Persistent / recurrent vomiting

Abnormal eye movements Behaviour change, particularly lethargy

12 - 18

Young People

If your child has one of these, see your doctor If two or more, ask for an “urgent referral”

Delayed or arrested puberty, slow growth If your child has one of these, see your doctor If two or more, ask for an “urgent referral” Especially if growth or puberty is slow

w www.headsmart.org.uk w w.headsmart.org.uk 10.

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Terrie Final Night President's banquet N AT I O N A L A S S O C I AT I O N O F

CLUBS

NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012 HOTEL DE FRANCE, JERSEY

Welcome party

Final night party

Tangent AGM

Final night party

Final night party

Tangent AGM

David at AGM

RTCW Presentation

Dai the Dragon and the Dragonettes

President's banquet

President's banquet Dai at Final Night Party

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Terrie Final Night President's banquet N AT I O N A L A S S O C I AT I O N O F

CLUBS

NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012 HOTEL DE FRANCE, JERSEY

Welcome party

Final night party

Tangent AGM

Final night party

Final night party

Tangent AGM

David at AGM

RTCW Presentation

Dai the Dragon and the Dragonettes

President's banquet

President's banquet Dai at Final Night Party

8.

9.


Your health Information you need to be brain tumour aware. SADDLEWORTH TANGENT

WELSH REGIONAL LUNCH

Saddleworth Tangent held a Friendship Evening at the White Hart Hotel, Lydgate on 7th March 2012. The speaker, Paul Whittaker who is deaf, spoke about “Music and the Deaf” supported by his interpreter Andy Higgins. Among the guests were Edid Firth, Saddleworth Parish Council Chairman’s Lady, Terrie Hewitt Tangent National Secretary, and Eve Crombie, President of Saddleworth Tangent

A sunny Saturday in May saw nearly fifty Tangent members gather at the Giltar Hotel, Tenby for the Welsh Regional Lunch, hosted by Tenby Tangent. A welcome glass of Pimms soon had the fellowship flowing, which continued during lunch. President Sue addressed the guests at the first Regional Lunch of her year, where she also met another Sue Marlow! The entertainment provided by two 41 Club members had us nearly falling off our seats with laughter as they told jokes and humerous anecdotes in the guise of two old Welsh countrymen. Dai the Dragon paid a flying visit to invite everyone to attend the National conference 2013 in Llandudno. Everyone left looking forward to the next Welsh lunch in Mumbles.

Any child with symptoms that are unusual for him or her, or are persistent or unexplained, should be seen by a GP. Please remember that any child needing urgent medical help should be taken to the nearest emergency department. In an emergency dial 999.

This card is designed to help you know and spot the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people. Fortunately brain tumours in children and young people are rare, but they happen.

The HeadSmart Campaign is run by a partnership between the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) at the University of Nottingham, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust (SDBTT), and has been funded by The Health Foundation and SDBTT.

A quarter of childhood cancers occur in the brain Early detection of brain tumours can improve the outcome

ALCESTER TANGENT CLUB 710 25TH ANNIVERSARY Alcester Tangent held a lunch near Alcester on 1st October to celebrate their 25th anniversary. They were blessed with a lovely sunny day for the event, it was almost like summer! The entertainment was provided by comedian Don McClean who kept members and guests laughing non-stop for a full hour, and Alcester Tangent would recommend him highly as an after-dinner speaker.

LANCASTER TANGENT Lancaster Tangent 238 recently celebrated their 40th Charter with two events. Firstly a dinner held at Morecambe Golf Club on 13th March and attended by National President Jan, National President of 41 Club Vaughan and National Editor Sue, and then a few days later an afternoon tea at Leighton Hall. Founder Chairman Norah Scott and current Chairman Andrea Horrocks attended both events.

WARRINGTON TANGENT Warrington Tangent held their annual Fellowship evening on Friday 23rd March at Warrington Golf Club. National President Jan and National Editor Sue, members and guests were welcomed and enjoyed a meal before a 41 Club member and Warrington Tangent member told of their adventures buying, maintaining and sailing in the Mediterranean on a yacht.

If you would like to talk to someone about brain tumours, or have been affected by the brain tumour symptoms campaign, please contact the support line at SDBTT on 0845 130 9733 or e:mail: info@headsmart.org.uk

If you are worried you / your child has a brain tumour SAY this to your doctor The website www.headsmart.org.uk can provide further information, support and reassurance

RCPCH Registered Charity no: 1057744 SDBTT Registered Charity no: 1128354 and Company Limited by Guarantee no: 05615995 CBTRC Charitable Status Inland Revenue Number: X15294 Health Foundation Reg Charity no: 286967

If you are worried make an appointment with your doctor. Please remember any young person needing urgent medical help should be taken to the nearest emergency department or dial 999.

© 2011 RCPCH, SDBTT, CBTRC, The University of Nottingham and The Health Foundation

Under 5

5 - 11

Preschool

Children

Brain tumours happen... Symptoms include:

Persistent / recurrent headache

Balance / co-ordination / walking problems

Persistent / recurrent vomiting P

Fits or seizures (not with a fever) Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

Persistent / recurrent headache P

Persistent / recurrent vomiting

Balance / co-ordination / walking problems

Balance / co-ordination / walking problems

Abnormal eye movements

Abnormal eye movements

Blurred or double vision

Blurred or double vision

Behaviour change

Behaviour change

Fits or seizures

Fits or seizures

Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck If your child has one of these, see your doctor If two or more, ask for an “urgent referral”

Brain tumours happen... Symptoms include:

Brain tumours happen... Symptoms include:

Persistent / recurrent vomiting

Abnormal eye movements Behaviour change, particularly lethargy

12 - 18

Young People

If your child has one of these, see your doctor If two or more, ask for an “urgent referral”

Delayed or arrested puberty, slow growth If your child has one of these, see your doctor If two or more, ask for an “urgent referral” Especially if growth or puberty is slow

w www.headsmart.org.uk w w.headsmart.org.uk 10.

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Tangent across the w rld

For those of you who don’t understand Welsh, I’ll try again in English. Hello, Dai here. Welcome to my home town; Llandudno , the jewel of North Wales. For the first time in many years, 41 Club and Tangent arrive here for your conference in 2013.

Tangent Denmark/Ex Tablers Denmark NAGM 2012 A 6am start saw Ralph and me on the start of our journey to Skaelskor for the First ever joint national conference weekend organised by Tangent Denmark and the Ex Tablers of Denmark. On arrival at Copenhagen airport we were met by two friendly faces, June and Ken Boden to be joined a while later by Jan and Bill Dowling. Together we continued our journey by train arriving in Skaelskor around 5pm to a warm welcome by members of Tangent Denmark. We were quickly made to understand that the quiet coach was in fact a silent coach and the thought of not speaking for the next hour and a half quickly caused further disruption as we moved suitcases and tried to find seats on a very busy Friday afternoon train. A quick change into our glad rags and on to the Gala Dinner where we joined in the International banner exchange and National President Jan gave greetings from Tangent GB. The event was well supported by Round Table family members from Finland, Germany and Sweden as well as members of Round Table and Ladies Circle Denmark. Saturday morning and Jan, June and I joined Tangent Denmark for their AGM and the gentlemen joined the Ex Tablers for their AGM. It is interesting to see that although the format for AGMs may differ we all have one thing in common and that is to do our best for our Associations. Visitors included Tangents GB, Sweden and Germany and Gitte Hoyer, LC Denmark and LCI left to right - Pia Spange - National Treasurer Vice President took a lead role in the proceedings. Susanne Norager - National President, IRO 2010-2012 Our Tangent Denmark friends kindly provided us with English copies of important paperwork Jeanett Korch - National President 2012-2013 relating to the AGM and also gave each of us a Helle Midtgaard - Vice President 2012-2013 ‘buddy’ to translate should we have any questions. During the AGM I was fortunate enough to take greetings from Tangent GB and also to invite Tangent Denmark and Tangent Sweden to join us in signing the Memorandum of Understanding. After the AGM the seventh member of our party felt rested enough after the long journey to Skaelskor to join us. Polly the Parrot played an important part in the evening fun as we became jolly pirates for the Fancy dress final party. After breakfast on Sunday we said our farewells to old friends and new with many promising to come to Wales in 2013. It wasn’t long before we taken after the signing of the memorandum of would see some members of Tangent Denmark Photo Understanding between GB, Denmark and Sweden. who two weeks later would be joining us in left to right Jersey. After such a successful weekend I can Susanne Norager - IPP and IRO 2012-2013 report that both AGMs voted in favour of Jeanett Korch - National President 2012-2013 repeating the joint conference weekend and Lotta Fritz - National Board member Tangent Sweden next year it will be April 20th. Jan Dowling - National president 2011-2012 Gill Preston IPP, IRO, Membership 2011-2012 Congratulations to Tangent Denmark who will be celebrating the 30th year in October 2012. Gill Preston

WEIDEN Fortunately there was a little bit of “down time” on our trip to Deutschland LC and Tangent Conference 4 – 6 May which allowed my travelling companion Ruth Curry (LC Administrator) and I to see a little bit of this lovely area and I know that we both plan to return to explore more. It was a very easy journey in our hire car from Nuremberg airport to Weiden. Autostrasse most of the way through fresh green countryside and when we arrived at our hostess’s home we were able to relax in the sun with tea in her pretty garden before getting ready for registration and the welcome party. This was our first trip into the town and what a welcome – the old town is magnificent.

I’ve been told by the Chairman, Mike, that you can expect a superb conference packed with fun and entertainment…. And don’t forget the fellowship bit. All the regular features you expect will appear with all the beautiful sights of North Wales, but this time you get me as well!!! Go to Facebook and “like” 41Club and Tangent Llandudno Conference to keep up to date with all my adventures. You can find details of the hotels here or go to www.41clubconference.co.uk where you can also book on-line. Find my own film on YouTube – just search for Dai the Dragon!

Tangent Germany AGM My year as your International Officer certainly got off to a “flying” start”. I flew home from Jersey on Wednesday 2 May and flew to Germany on Friday 4! Their Conference is joint with Ladies Circle, social events shared (welcome party, gala dinner and farewell brunch) but the actual NAGMs were separate. With 29 clubs the Tangent meeting was obviously a lot smaller than ours, though there are 8 new clubs in formation, a continuing trend as Circle membership boomed during 1990 – 2000 and this bulge is now coming through to Tangent. President Brigitte welcomed all, Aims and Objects were read out, the candle of friendship was lit and 1 minutes silence observed for past members. I was very pleased to be able to take greetings from our President Sue – “Tangent President Brigitte, Executive members and Tangent ladies, It is my privilege and pleasure as National President of Tangent GB & I, to extend to you and all your members the warmest of greetings on this the occasion of your Annual General Meeting. I am sure Brigitte, you will have had an exceptional year meeting many old friends and making many new ones while continuing to support and advance the ideals for which our organisation stands. I am sorry that I cannot be with you on this occasion but I wish you all a very successful conference. I feel sure that the friendship evoked by Tangent membership worldwide has been strengthened by your leadership and will continue to be felt by all. As members we all recognise the importance of maintaining the links between our various countries through our international Tangent connections. May I also extend these wishes to Veronika and her exec for the coming year. Board members presented their reports, including the accounts. Their capitation is 35 euros ,( I was told later that members do not complain because LC capitation is much more!) Big increases were proposed in allowances for their President and Board members, an increase of 500 euros for NP, VP 250, IPP 200, Secretary 150. I understand that they may also claim expenses too. This was all possible with no increase in capitation for 2 years and would be funded by the increase in membership. Other items on the Agenda were prompt financial support for LC in setting up future conferences, pins for PNOs and designs for a new banner which both promoted much discussion and it was eventually agreed to discontinue the pins and to seek further design suggestions for the banner. We then joined Ladies Circle for Lunch. All vacant posts on the Board had willing candidates who seemed to speak very confidently and were duly elected. A presentation of their service project was shown “Clean water for all” with some of their innovative fundraising. New President Veronika then made her address and welcomed her new officers. Regalia was not exchanged until the Gala dinner. The meeting finished with a glass of champagne (buck’s fizz or orange were also on offer). It was certainly worth the journey and I am so glad I made the effort to get there as it was a very interesting experience and I was made so welcome.

Book your Tangent Day lunch on the main booking form. You can book this on its own, but why notgo to one or more of the other events as well? Dai the Dragon has a Discounted Deal! Early Bird rate 2 day package (President’s Ball and Saturday night party) £135 if booked before 31st October and paid by standing order or in full.

After the farewell brunch on Sunday morning Ruth and I had the time to explore the old town a little more. It was originally a walled town with the old wall intact in several places. The shops close on a Sunday so town was quiet but ideal for sight seeing although it was a bit damp. Beautiful churches, one with an interesting inter-denominational history, colourful buildings, installation art and gardens all well kept and maintained. I was sad to leave but we had families to return too and we both look forward to returning with our families to share the delights of Weiden – it is well worth a visit.

Come Dine with Me

BROMLEY TANGENT 801 Bromley Tangent and their partners had a wonderful evening at the Royal College of Physicians on Thursday 29 March to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

Whitchurch Tangent Club 439 is in the fortunate situation of having increasing membership, up to 38 members. We have a Ladies Circle and most of their retiring members have been joining us and a few friends of members have joined us as Discretionary members. But as a result some members felt they did not know all the members well.

The event got off to a great start as the weather held, believed to be the only warm and sunny day thus far in 2012, this beautiful evening meant we were able to enjoy our pre-dinner champagne and nibbles in the College’s unique medicinal garden. The meal, served in the Censors Room, was divine, the service superb, the wine choices wonderful - but more importantly, the talk, laughter, fun, toasting and real friendship around the table was something to be truly grateful for. Chairman (2011/12), Sue Glazebrook, made the following observations from 20 years ago: • • • • • • • • •

Jan Dowling

Saturday morning was a complete contrast as the meetings were held in a very modern municipal building with excellent facilities surrounded by well kept gardens with plenty of seats. After the meetings there was time for a little fresh air before returning in our finery for the Gala Dinner so I took this opportunity to go for a walk and explore the countryside around our hostess’s home a little. Within a few metres of Maya’s home I turned right on to a cinder track, which lead past a play area and some allotments before opening out into woods and grassy glades which seemed to go on forever and I wished I had borrowed a bike to allow me to go further.

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“Helo, Dai yma. Croeso I fy nhref enedigol; Llandudno y gem Gogledd Cymru”

Petrol was 40 pence a litre. The Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona. The Maastricht Treaty was signed. White South Africa voted to end apartheid. In the USA Bill Clinton was elected and in the UK the Conservatives were re-elected for a fourth term under John Major, despite an economic recession. Betty Boothroyd, who was the guest speaker at Ladies Circle’s 60th Lunch, was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. It was the Queen’s Annus Horibilis - a fire caused over £50 million of damage at Windsor Castle. Another Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody, was in the charts for five weeks. However, that was topped by Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you”. In all that time, some Bromley Tangent members have left us, others we have welcomed, all helping to ensure Tangent’s motto of “Continued Friendship” remains at our core.

And then it was time to leave, the evening had flown by - a sign of a good one of course, and will be remembered by us all for a very long time.

What to do? Mixing folk up during dinner meetings was not a popular concept so we tried Come Dine with Me. A variation on the TV programme where names were drawn out of a hat at the January meeting and put into groups of 5 or 6 members. First out of the hat was group leader, to ensure it happened. Each group arranged a date for their dinner and then decided whether to eat at home or at a pub/restaurant. Those eating at a group member’s home decided who would provide what. My group enjoyed a smoked mackerel starter, avocado for the vegetarian lady, provided by Anna. I served the main course of Moroccan Vegetable Tagine, Couscous/Rice and Greek Salad. A boozy lemon dessert from Marian, cheese from Katie and wine and chocolates from Barbara and Sylvia. Fortunately husbands took members home, feeling they all knew each other better. Our group had included two members of over 25 years, one of around 10 years, two discretionary members and two ladies who joined from Circle a couple of years ago. Everyone had an evening of fun and fellowship and knew each other better. Most of the other groups have already dined and all agree it has been a great success and it is already on the programme again next year for different groups.

MACCLESFIELD TANGENT GUEST LUNCH Macclesfield Tangent held a Guest Lunch at Adlington Hall near Macclesfield on Monday 19th March. The event was attended by Tangent members from surrounding clubs, National Editor Sue and other guests, and an excellent lunch was enjoyed by all. Chairman Marion Saint welcomed the guests and the Candle of Friendship was lit by Linda Garrity. The speaker was Alan Hopkin who spoke about music in education.

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Calling All Club Treasurers Hello everybody. I hope you are enjoying your Tangent year. If you haven’t heard yet, at the NAGM it was agreed to increase the capitations to £4.75 per member. Why not round it up to £5? Well more on this later…. Together with this mailing, your club contact should have received a form to send with your capitation cheque. If this is your first stint as treasurer, can I draw your attention to the following points: •

IRISH REGIONAL LUNCH

TAVISTOCK TANGENT’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

The Irish Lunch was held at Balmoral Golf Club, Belfast on 3rd March and was hosted by Lagan Valley 707. It was attended by nearly 50 ladies including National President Jan Dowling, Past National Presidents Jan Mulqueen and Gill Preston, Past National Sales Officer Karen Durie, current National Sales Officer Jenny Bevan and National Vice President Sue Marlow. Sue says “In the evening we were taken out for a meal. It was a great weekend and we were well looked after. I really appreciated the hard work the ladies put in and I know they are so grateful to us for making the effort to fly to Ireland to visit them.”

“On the evening of Thursday 6th November 1986, Dorothy Dickson, Barbara Miller, Joy Rendle and Barbara Viner met at the home of Janet Norman in Down Park Drive, Tavistock to discuss the possibility of forming a Tangent Club in Tavistock. The appropriate information and forms from the National Association had been obtained. It was agreed to try and form a club with five members and hopefully more would join later”. This is the opening paragraph for the first minute book of Tavistock Tangent No. 732 affiliated on February 14th 1987. This year is our 25th Anniversary ‘We might be small but we are perfectly formed’. We celebrated the occasion by having a glass of champagne and supper at Janet’s house. We have only six members, and Janet Norman our founder chairman is our chairman this year. Margaret Taynton (Secretary) attended the South West Regional Luncheon in Bristol last October. We meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of the month and still enjoy Tangent. Tavistock has more than welcomed Tangent members from outside the area who have moved down to Devon or Cornwall.

SALLY REED RECIPE BOOK The idea of compiling an up to date Recipe Book came to Sally Reed when she found the Lymington Ladies Circle one from the 70's. Over the past year fellow Tangent members have each provided two of their favourite recipes, complete with their signatures. Sally laminated and assembled these, putting them into a folder with our Tangent Logo and a donation to Tangent funds is made when members use it. It was noted when reading the old one that there was no mention of CREAM to be included!! How things have changed. The photo shows Sally Reed presenting our Favourite Recipe Book to I.P. Chairman June Fleming [L] and Chairman Sue Griffiths at the A.G.M.

MIDLAND REGIONAL LUNCH

Please make your cheque payable to “National Association of Tangent Clubs”. Variations on this theme are not accept able to the bank and will therefore take time and postage to return to you. When writing the cheque, could I trouble you to write your club number on the back.

Although the form will have arrived in a large package, don’t worry about folding it to send it back to me. Large envelopes cost extra to post these days.

In case of non-delivery for any reason, you might like to write your own address on the back of the envelope.

In case the form has been mislaid, you can download an other from the Tangent web site.

If you are sending me an email, I do ask people to mention the word “Tangent” in the subject box. Like most people, I get all sorts of unwelcome emails and this will ensure that your mail will not end up in spam.

Stafford Tangent hosted the Midland Regional Lunch on Saturday 25th February at The Chase Golf Club. Tangent members and guests were joined by National President Jan and the Exec to enjoy a delicious lunch and much catching up with old friends. The event was ably led by Jan Barnett, Chairman of Stafford Tangent and Toastmaster Mr Nick Sandy of Stafford 41 Club. The toast to NATC was proposed by John Payne, the National President of Round Table and the response was given by our own President Jan Dowling. The speaker, Mr David Harding, kept us laughing with anecdotes of his career working for Marks & Spencer. A most excellent day!

ISIS TANGENT 870 Charity Luncheon and Charter Celebration Saturday, 3rd March and the day dawned dry and bright – not always guaranteed for this time of year – which should have been a good omen for Isis Tangent. Why is it that in spite of all the planning and thought that goes into these events, something is not quite right?

The latest date for sending capitations is 31st August. This has already been extended from 31st July last year. Late payment does invalidate your insurance, could also mean that your magazines will stop, you will not have a vote at the AGM and eventually,your club will be deemed to have disaffiliated. This may sound harsh, but if clubs pay late, or if they don’t pay the correct amount, it does put an extra burden on the rest of the membership.

On arrival at the venue, the hotel manager, with a blank look in his eyes, greeted us. Had we come on the correct day? Had we come at the correct time?

I am often asked if members who belong to more than one club have to pay capitations for each club. The short answer is “Yes”. Remember, it was your choice to join another club. You will get the benefits from belonging to both clubs which was the reason you joined them wasn’t it? Why should the budget and therefore the rest of the members have to bear an extra share of the costs which the association needs to function?

Yes to both of those questions, but he had not expected us to arrive early, if you call 60 minutes early with a raffle to set up. Not to worry, we soon explained to him, again, how we wanted the room set up and, along with a couple of other early arrivals, all was ready for our luncheon. The guests arrived. But where was the speaker? He had confirmed the week before but no sign of him. We waited a reasonable time but the manager was anxious to serve our lunch so we started without him. Then another hiccup, as the chef had cooked the wrong Duck item. The good thing was that a very embarrassed manager offered a reduction on all the meals.

Our bank continues to cause me problems. Although the NATC account is not exactly small fry, I get the impression from Barclays that we are far too small to bother with. The good news that I was able to report at the NAGM was that I have managed to de-register the Association for VAT. This will not only save us a considerable amount of money (and therefore keep the capitations down), but will also save an awful lot of work, which should make life a lot easier for future treasurers.

Still no speaker, but ever resourceful, a member’s daughter, who was setting off for the “Marathon des Sables”, gave us an impromptu presentation. As well as being a Charity Luncheon, we were celebrating our 15th Charter Anniversary. Members of Isis Ex-Tablers club paid us a surprise visit and presented us with a beautiful inscribed glass vase, which will be housing the Candle of Friendship at future events. We were happy to welcome old Tangent members and we invited them to share their memories of the start of our club.

Ladies, I am now in my third year of office. (How it’s flown!) This means that soon we will have to start thinking about finding my replacement. If it is something you might consider, please contact me so that I can give you any information you would like – and also give you some encouragement! Looking forward to hearing from you

FARNHAM TANGENT Farnham Tangent Club joined the Camberley Birthday Night on Tuesday 7 March 2012 and a clutch of Past Presidents! The photo shows (from the left) Farnham Secretary Viv Rance and Farnham Chairman Caroline Ewin (standing), with Past Presidents Penny Gibbins, Judy Holdaway and Janis Atwell (also from Farnham).

June Boden

One of our members had made a delicious celebratory cake, which we all enjoyed. The good thing was that we managed to raise £700, half going to the National President’s chosen charity, Ovarian Cancer Action and the remainder to Helen & Douglas House, a local children’s and young persons’ hospice.

The picture shows June chatting with Past National Treasurer Sue at the recent Welsh Regional Lunch.

So, what had happened to the speaker? He had forgotten, - men! Still, friendship continued and a good time was had by all of us.

Yours in continued friendship

Jane Venables - Chairman Isis Tangent Club 870

LAMPETER TANGENT BEETLE CHALLENGE

HUTTON & SHENFIELD TANGENT

Lampeter Tangent organised a friendship evening on 15th March with Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Cardigan Tangents being challenged by Lampeter to a game of Beetle. Aberystwyth Tangent Chairman was presented with a prize by Ros Jones, Chairman of Lampeter Tangent.

Hutton and Shenfield Tangent Club 666 raised £700 for Ovarian Cancer Action. This was achieved by holding on separate evenings, a Bring and Buy table top sale and a Wine Tasting. The photograph shows Chairman Margaret Odden and members of Hutton and Shenfield Tangent Club.

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Coffee Corner

SECRETARY’S NOTEPAD The NAGM was well attended considering the distances involved and the difficulty of day visitors to Jersey. There was a total of 82 voting clubs represented. The accounts were approved and the Out of Pocket Expenses for the National President were raised by £50 to £1,200. Annual subscriptions went up by 25p to £4.75 per capita. Independent members will also pay another 25p.

Smiling

The winner of the microFICTION Competition, voted on by delegates at the National Conference in Jersey, was Judi Steen of Angels of the North with her entry:

OCTAGON TANGENT 926

There were two Executive offices up for election, both were unopposed. Karen Durie (Past National Sales and Regalia Officer and member of Wokingham 268) was duly elected as Vice President and Melodie Brookes (Salisbury 389) as National Secretary Elect.

New Tangent Club Octagon 926 was honoured to receive their charter under the beautiful Octagon Tower of Ely Cathedral on Friday 4th May 2012. The President of NATC Sue Marlow presented members of the club with their certificate. Later the ladies enjoyed a wonderful meal at The Fenhouse Restaurant in Littleport to celebrate, accompanied by members of Ely 41 Club, husbands and partners. Work on the current Cathedral began in the 11th Century. It dominates the low lying countryside and is known as the “Ship of the Fens”. It is open to visitors all year round and is a must to visit with escorted tours available. For any Tangent members visiting the area a warm welcome from Octagon awaits.

There were two National Executive recommendations. The first, to reduce the length of service of a National Secretary, was lost after considerable discussion. The other, to allow proxy delegates who have not attended the club meeting when the agenda was discussed to vote with written instruction, was approved. It is hoped that clubs not able to send a delegate to future NAGM’s, will be able to instruct a member of another club to vote on their behalf. The written instructions can be very specific or perhaps allow the member to listen to the address from more than one candidate and vote as they think fit.

Induct unwed Circler. Offended elders resign. Tangent link broken. Retired - missed Circle. Bristol conference virgin – welcomed, had fun. PartyTyne Conference - hard work, new friends, more fun. Find Angels - discover friendship never ends. Judi was presented with a small gift by National President Jan and National Editor Sue at the NAGM. Due to the success of this year’s competition we have decided to run it again, hopefully there will be even more entries, so get your thinking caps on! Write a piece of 36 words the last three of which should be ….”in the future.” Send it to editor@tangent-clubs.org and it will be put up on the website. The winner will be chosen by delegates at the Conference in Llandudno in April 2013.

Greetings were brought to the meeting from the National Presidents of the National Associations of Ladies Circles Vicky Perry, Denmark Tangent Jeanett Korch and 41 Club David Smith. Interruptions were received from Market Harborough Tangent on the completion of Gill Preston’s 3 years as Vice, President and Immediate Past President. The newly inducted President, Sue Marlow, had a visit by the men from Fareham, including her husband Derek.

microFICTION Competition Entries

FRIENDSHIP

To have a friend You must be a friend What you put in You get back ten fold Fun, fellowship Fund-raising Laughter and tears Deepens the bonds in Circle and Tangent, where 'FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS'.

Sue Marlow’s National President’s Charity for 2012-13 is Brain Tumour Research, in memory of her sister who died of this cruel disease when only in her 50’s.

Friendship given freely Is worth much more than gold. Like Love it just gets stronger, And will last until you’re old.

"We were in London for the lunch in 1991. Where to sightsee before 1pm. Our chosen venue was the local hospital as Mary collapsed. We never got to lunch but still reminisce because FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS"

True friendship will not judge you When all your efforts fail. It will boost your moral courage, So achievement will prevail.

We have always relied on each other, laughing and crying together. Now Helen stands in the dock, ashen, miserable, handcuffed. Mustering all my courage I enter the witness box, hoping, praying she knows Friendship Never Ends.

PRESIDENT’S CHARITY BALL

SECRETARY ELECT Hello Let me introduce myself. I was born, brought up, educated, and married Nigel, in Birmingham, where we met during college years through the Scout and Guide Clubs. After living and working in Rochdale for a while we moved to the Forest of Dean, and began our Round Table and Ladies Circle adventures. You may have heard about the area from a certain Helen and John Bellwood of 41 Club International fame! We had our first daughter and then moved to Salisbury where we have lived and worked ever since. We produced two more daughters, and became thoroughly integrated into the city, partly through the warm welcome we received from Tablers and Circlers. Our family is all grown up now, so much of our spare time is spent travelling round the country to visit them. I retire from teaching in the summer so I am delighted to be given the opportunity to meet many of you over the next few years, and getting to grips with helping to keep our wonderful association thriving. With best wishes Melodie

New Job, friends, meet man, love, marriage, baby, baby, leave job, lose friends, new home, new town, few friends, join Circle, friends, Area, friends, National, friends, International, friends, 45th birthday, join Tangent, where friendship never ends.

Good friends will never leave you When all your hopes and dreams Are dashed to tiny fragments By others’ thoughtless schemes.

Three Tangent friends set off to visit. Drat! a puncture. Breakdown man called Police stopped by Three continue another puncture, why? Police again! questions! Three ladies rescued. car towed home. No meeting but friendship never ends.

They’ll just pick up the pieces, And help rebuild your life. They will comfort and protect you From all troubles and all strife.

I heard, come back to us, but, my eyes would not open, then again, don't leave us, my eyes opened to see friends looking down, it was their voices that brought me round, friendship never ends. The vicar asked where we met. I remembered our first meeting, as we stood before him. My bouquet shaking, you smiled, once a boy now a man. Our old school motto seemed apt. Friendship never ends........

But remember – friendship’s fragile, And needs some tender care, Then when your need is greatest You’ll find your friends are there.

Smiling, together Harry and Joe enlisted. Side by side they drilled, sailed, marched and fought. By moonlight they shared cigarettes, hopes and dreams. Harry returned alone to Blighty, knowing for ever, that true friendship never ends.

So try to be a good friend To all the folk you know, Then friendship like true love, Will simply grow and grow.

Returning to the house all seemed as it was. The realisation something was missing. The frantic search, revealing nothing. Clues to the crime committed. Lack of appetite, contentment, missing beef, DOG. But our FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS. No Ink, no printer, no website all down. Car, dead battery, no petrol. No buses, shops closed down. Machines, so fickle. Man-made can't depend. One thing certain. True Friendship never ends.

Grantham Tangent 550

41 Club Photographic Competition

Amid the hubub of a Tangent supper,she sat alone. 'You're new' 'I'm from the Wirral' 'I don't believe it! That's where I joined Circle yonks ago' 'I know. They send their love'friendship never ends.' Stay, sit, fetch, well done, sit Monty. Never,Oh my God Casandra you can't mean it, you really can't, he really is so absolutely, amazing, I really, really believe that "FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS”

National President Jan Dowling held a Charity Ball at The Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate on Saturday 24th March. A raffle and Silent Auction were held at the event to raise money for Jan’s charity for her year, Ovarian Cancer Action. Vicky Perry, National President of Ladies Circle, lit the Candle of Friendship, and a memorable event during the evening was the presentation of their charter to a new Tangent Club, Fangent66.

Delegates at the recent National Conference in Jersey had the opportunity to vote in two competitions – Tangent’s microFICTION Competition and the 41 Club Photographic Competition.

Mansfield Tangent Club member Susie Parry-Williams recently went up to Harrogate with her husband Parry, Liz Teal who is also a member and her husband Ray to The National President’s Charity Ball. The picture shows Susie Parry-Williams, Liz Teal and Jan.

The winning photograph entitled Wreck, Weld Beach, Oakura, New Zealand was entered by David Brown of Taunton 41 Club. Following the success of this year’s competition with 41 entries, Ray Hill National Communications Officer, plans to run it again for Conference 2013. Selected photographs from this year will be used to make a calendar, the proceeds of the sale of which will go the 41 Club National President David Smith’s charity. Go to http://bit.ly/41photoComp to see all the entries.

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A smile costs nothing, ------ but gives much --------- it enriches those that receive without making poorer those that give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it and none is so poor but he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best anecdote for trouble. Yet it be bought, begged, cannot borrowed or stolen for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

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TODMORDEN TANGENT

SOUTHAMPTON XLI TANGENT CLUB Our National President Jan Dowling joined 70 guests for a special luncheon in March to celebrate our 60th Anniversary.

At the end of the afternoon a cheque for £1500 was presented to Frank Fletcher, CEO of the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust who spoke about how the Trust helps young cancer patients to gain confidence by taking them sailing. Todmorden Tangent Club celebrated their 40th anniversary at No 1 Brook Street, Elland on Saturday 28th January 2012. The Lunch was attended by 53 ladies, including the National President of Tangent Clubs, Jan Dowling and the speaker was Freda Kelsall, a lady of numerous accomplishments from Hebden Bridge. Chairman Irena Brown welcomed everyone and gave a brief insight into how the club was founded. Two of the remaining founder members Barbara Finney and Freda Proctor lit the Candle of Friendship along with Irena and Alison Greenwood, whose parents had been founder members of both Todmorden Round Table & Ladies Circle and latterly 41 Club and Tangent members. The whole event was a huge success; it was an excellent lunch and ended with apiece of celebration cake and champagne.

NORTHAMPTON NENE GO BACK IN TIME

Greetings from National President Sue Marlow It is hard to believe that National Conference has been and gone especially as my head is still in the clouds! I am now back to work cleaning so reality is slowly kicking in. I am surrounded at home by many lovely cards and presents, so may I take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of you for your congratulations and best wishes. I feel very humble. The weekend was fantastic and superbly organised. Thanks must go to Paul Harding and all the Conference Committee for giving us such a fun packed time. The highlight for me must be the final night party when David Smith, 41-Club National President and I were clapped in and greeted by everyone to the song ‘You’re Simply the Best’. A truly magical moment. The new Tangent year is beginning with a busy agenda and lots of travelling ahead. I have already chartered my first Tangent Club – Octagon. This was a wonderful occasion with fun and friendship in abundance. The evening was going well until I was attacked by a member’s cat. Not so funny and scars to prove it! We welcome two new Exec members Karen Durie as Vice-President and Melodie Brookes as Secretary. I am sure we will have lots of fun throughout the year. Sadly we said goodbye to Gill Preston after 3 years on the Exec. Her hard work and knowledge were and remain invaluable.

For our November meeting 2011 we decided to step into our time capsule and go back in time. Only one month before Christmas so an ideal time to visit a Castle preparing for a Victorian Christmas.

In my speech at the NAGM I mentioned that I would like Clubs to communicate, circulate and celebrate not just amongst themselves but with neighbouring clubs. With both the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics I feel this would be a great opportunity to invite Clubs within your areas to join you for a social or fund raising event. Let’s enjoy what we love doing most having fun and continuing friendships. Don’t forget me though. If I am available I would like to join you. I would particularly like to visit Tangent Clubs who have not received the National President before. I do not just attend anniversaries and special occasions. A regular Tangent meeting is always interesting as everyone has their own way of ‘doing things’. You can check my diary on the website.

We were met by one of the Castle household staff, in her Victorian costume. She told us the Master and Mistress who live at Rockingham Castle, near Corby, were away visiting so she was left in charge to look after us. We were shown many of the rooms which were decorated for Christmas. In Victorian times all rooms had a Christmas tree. The childrens' gifts were waiting to be wrapped. The kitchen staff had been very busy and many dishes of that day were on show and ready to be transported to the splendid dining room where the table was beautifully laid out ready for the Christmas meal.

My charity this year is Brain Tumour Research. I had no problem in making this decision as my sister died of an inoperable brain tumour when she was 53. She had six weeks from diagnosis to passing. I know I cannot do anything for Carol but hopefully with your help we can raise awareness and provide funds to support the Research centres so they can continue the amazing work they do to improve the outcome for brain tumour patients. The statistics for brain tumours are shocking especially in children and yet brain tumour research receives less than 1% of national cancer research spending. I would like to sponsor a day or more of research and in return Tangent’s name and logo would be displayed on a ‘Wall of Hope’ calendar on show at the University of Portsmouth’s centre of excellence. As delighted as I am to be your National President I would like to remind you ladies that this is your organisation. Without you the association would not exist. Your Exec members and I are here for you. Please talk to us and keep the communication going. Together let us make this a year of celebration with plenty of fun and laughter along the way. I look forward to visiting many of you throughout the year and thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be your President. Sue

Vice President Karen Durie

The National Conference in Jersey was a spectacular event and it is now great to be back on the National Executive as Vice President. I hope that my time as Sales Officer, and the the year off to recharge my batteries, will stand me in good stead for the next three years.

Someone in our party used a camera and our guide asked what the instrument was that kept flashing. A mobile 'phone rang - "What is that noise?" she asked, "I do not recognise it". Outside the Courtyard had many illuminated trees to offer a warm welcome to visitors, and this was where our time capsule waited to bring us back into the present.

I am looking forward to working with Sue Marlow and the rest of the National Executive, most of whom I have worked with before so I know what to expect, and dressing up for all the Regional Lunches with the opportunity of meeting both old and new friends at these and other events this year in preparation for the following BIG year. I have already booked in one event for my presidential year so thank you to Dundee 290 for being the first and inviting me to their 50th Anniversary Celebration in October 2013. It will be a special occasion for both you and me.

Pat Kaye

MANSFIELD TANGENT AGM AND CHANGEOVER In April our club met at a local hotel for our AGM and Changeover. After a very enjoyable meal we started proceedings. We almost had a full house of members, only two apologies and one member who was ill. After thanking all the members on the committee, I had great pleasure in handing over the chain of office and Chairmanship to Sue Stoakes. All the club wish her a great year ahead. During my year as Chairman the club has donated £340 to the NSPCC, £650 to Rainbows Hospice for children and young persons and £100 to National President’s charity, Ovarian Cancer. IPC Susie Parry-Williiams

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As National Sales Officer my role included responsibility for overseeing Regalia Sales and now that I have to actually deal with all the Regalia Orders I know that the most important thing is to get your orders in early to ensure your regalia is received in time for your AGM. It surprises me that almost a quarter of clubs order after the 1st January and pay the extra £5 late order charge. With most clubs having AGMs in March & April any order received after 1st January is in danger of missing your AGM deadline, so if it is your responsibility to order your club regalia why not make a note in your diary now for September to remind you to order your regalia in good time. Better still, why not complete the form and send it off as soon as you receive the Regalia Order Form with the June magazine. I know that I will talk to many of you about your regalia orders over the coming year and will hopefully meet some of you at a Regional or other event. Please come and say hello whether you know me or not – I will be delighted to make or renew our friendships. YICF, Karen

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President’s Diary 2012-2013 June Monday 11th Wednesday 13th Saturday 23rd Friday 29th Saturday 30th

Whitchurch TC 35th birthday Tettenhall TC 38th birthday Coulsdon & Purley TC 50th Anniv Lunch Exec Meeting Northern Regional Lunch - Nidderdale TC

July Wednesday 4th Friday 6th - 8th Thursday 12th Wednesday 18th Friday 20th Saturday 21st Tuesday 31st

Towcester & District Friendship Night 41 Club Council w/e Novotel, Long Eaton Southend TC Friendship Evening Bournemouth TC Private Event Private Event Wareham TC 25th Charter

August Friday 31st

Private Event

September Saturday 1st Tuesday 4th Saturday 15th Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Saturday 29th Saturday 29th

Bishops Stortford 40th Charter Lunch Newbury TC Wokingham TC 40th Anniv lunch Travel to Scotland Scottish Luncheon - Milngavie & Bearsden TC Rochdale TC 50th Charter Lunch LC President's Ball, Polmont

October Wednesday 3rd Friday 5th Saturday 6th Thursday 11th Thursday 25th

Stourbridge & District TC 3rd birthday Exec Meeting South West Regional Lunch - Teignmouth TC Northwich TC Fellowship Evening Longton TC 30th Anniversary Lunch

November Monday 5th Wednesday 7th Friday 9th Saturday 10th Sunday 11th Saturday 17th Wednesday 21st

Bideford TC 30th Charter Dinner Downend TC Exec Meeting South East Regional Lunch - Emeritus 900 TC Remembrance Sunday Annual Tangent Lunch - Stourbridge & District Romsey TC

December Wednesday 12th

The Lamb, London - Xmas meeting

2013 January Saturday tbc

NAGM meeting

February Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd

Exec meeting Midlands Luncheon - Wellingborough TC

March Wednesday 6th Saturday 9th Saturday 23rd

Dunstable TC Friendship Evening President's Charity Casino Night Irish Luncheon - Omagh TC

April Saturday 11th - 13th

Tangent Lunch and AGM, Llandudno

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National Executive 2012-13 Your Health Page 7

PRESIDENT Sue Marlow (Derek)

Coffee Corner Page 13

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VICE PRESIDENT & CLUB REGALIA Karen Durie (Graham)

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UPCOMING EVENTS Please let the Editor know if you would like to publicise your forthcoming events, whether it is a lunch, a charity event or an anniversary. Email editor@tangent-clubs.org Nidderdale Tangent 623 invite you to the Northern Regional Luncheon Saurday 30th June 2012 Pavilions of Harrogate Yorkshire Event Centre Lynn Hopwood presents a visual tribute to “Fashion through the Ages”

Teignmouth Tangent invite you to join them for the South West Regional Lunch Saturday 6th October 2012 at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren The speaker will be the RT Hon Ann Widdecombe

NATC South East Regional Luncheon Hosted by Emeritus 900 10th November 2012 Hilton Hotel, Bracknel

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 22nd September 2012 Scottish Regional Luncheon The Glynhill Hotel and Leisure Club, Renfrew, Glasgow

Ladies Circle Presidential “Touch of Tartan” Ball 29th September 2012 The Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont, FK2 0YB £40 prior to 31st May, £45 after this date. Contact Mr I Pritchard, 9 McLauchlan Rise, Aberdour, KY3 0SS

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International News Page 6

Jersey Conference Pages 8 & 9

Upcoming Events Page 15

What a fantastic Conference and AGM in Jersey! I have just about got my breath back after a fun and friendship filled few days on the sunny (?) island of Jersey. Congratulations go to Jan for a wonderful year, and good luck to Sue for her twelve months at the helm. Also we must welcome two new members to the Exec team, Karen Durie as VP, and Melodie Brookes as Secretary Elect. Best wishes and thanks also go to Gill Preston who finished her time on the Exec as Immediate Past President at the NAGM. Changes in the team, but I am sure that the commitment to keep Tangent a thriving association and to encourage new members to join, whether retiring Circlers or discretionary members, will remain the same. If you want proof of the fun had at Conference just turn to pages 8 and 9. You have to admit, we do scrub up well! I have received some lovely articles and photos from Tangent members for the magazine, please keep them coming. I have included some information about brain tumours on the Your Health page. This is the charity chosen by your new National President Sue, and I hope you find the information interesting. If you see me at any events, please come and say hello, it is always good to chat with Tangent members!

Last date for copy for the 66th Edition 19th September.

Northwich Tangent 426 Fellowship Evening 11th October 2012 at Vale Royal Abbey, Whitegate, Cheshire

Bobbie Burns and Anne Brayne Taunton 199 Joyce Ellen Hall Wigan 129 & Lymington 336 Margaret Collins Camberley 277 Marge McKinnell East Kilbride & District 451 Doreen Burns First in Ireland 140 Milda Richardson and Eileen Duff Forfar 644

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IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP & INTERNATIONAL Jan Dowling (Bill)

Tangent Area 27 Luncheon November 17th 2012 Himley Country Club Hotel Contact Tessa Brooks, Stourbridge & District Tangent

Stephanie Hilary Roberts Ashby de la Zouch 416

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Shirley Cartwright High Wycombe 170

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Freda Radcliffe on 15th June aged 90. She was Ladies Circle National Editor in the days when everything was done by manual typewriter including the annual listings of officers of all the clubs for the directory. Freda’s daughter Judy well remembers the endless corrections with carbon paper and the mounds of directories filling a large room in the house being prepared for dispatch. (Freda is second from left in the picture of the National Executive) Judy has many other good photos of her and national and local circlers which could be scanned if wanted.

Jean Holden Horwich & Westhoughton 612 Joan Peck Ringwood & District 570

Her own chairmanship of Sutton Coldfield's Ladies Circle in 1956-7 directly followed her husband Norman's of Round Table - hence the cartoon. They both greatly enjoyed their clubs' social life - one of Judy’s earliest memories was being read 'Mary Mouse' stories with her in gorgeous ball gowns and smelling of perfume before they went out - and both of them took a very active part in the work and organisation of their respective clubs. She went on to be chairman of Area 4, and then on to national office. In later years she greatly enjoyed the friendship of her fellow Tangent members and was thrilled to join in events such as the past national officers lunch at Harrogate, and more recently the Sutton Coldfield area lunch in 2009 before she joined Judy in Maldon. The current members have been assiduous in ensuring that although in a residential home over the last year she was still very much joined to them in friendship, including the sending of flowers for her 90th birthday. Judy has a number of Ladies Circle items available for disposal that she had kept but is loathe to discard if there is anyone out there who would have an interest in them.

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Margaret Dunn Londonderry 730 Sheila Southwell-Mulvin Portsmouth & Southsea 44 Sheila Clatworthy Wythall 681

REGARDING OBITUARIES… Did you know that we record the names of members who have recently died in the magazine, but you can have a longer item on the website? Here you can celebrate their life, tell other Tangent members about their achievements and have pictures included if you wish. Please send anything you would like included to editor@tangent-clubs.org and they will be published in both places.

Please send your articles and digital photographs for Issue 66 by 19th September 2012 to Editor: Sue Hill, Email: editor@tangent-clubs.org Telephone: 01606 832807


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