Bird Watching – June meeting

June’s visit to Summer Leys was as notable for the butterflies as the birds!  Highlights of the butterflies were speckled wood, ringlet and Essex skipper whilst on the bird front, a large variety but nothing out of the ordinary.  Most of the warblers were seen but the cetti’s warbler as usual remained hidden.  Wildfowl was […]

Creative Writing for Fun

New members very welcome. Future subjects for the coming months (500-600 words): July 28th – The Art of Elegance August – Relating to the Outdoors Occasionally the group attempts a story in 50 words, this is a recent example: They also serve… To and fro, a twig here, a leaf there, on they go from […]

Society Today – June meeting

John Pearse gave us a thoughtful presentation of the topic ‘The decline in integrity in business life’.  It was very well received.  We then discussed the changes for the worse in many areas and practices in business (food industry quality, cost – competition, cutting corners, cigarette sales abroad, suspected dilution of drugs, doubling of prices, […]

Singing for Fun – June meetings

It’s not easy to find much new to say about our meetings.  They’re all so enjoyable.  At our first meeting of the month, Judith as always acted as vocal coach at the outset to get us singing properly (!) with exercises in body positioning demonstrating how our mouths, in different ‘attitudes’, can produce differences of […]

Singles Sunday Lunch (No 2) – June meeting

As a result of illness, holidays and family commitments, just four members in group 2 of the Singles Sunday Lunches met at The Bell Inn in Gumley on Sunday, 4th June.  It was a very intimate gathering during which a very enjoyable lunch was enjoyed.  Hopefully more members will be able to attend the meeting […]

Society Today

I have had to revise again the dates of our next three meetings and apologise for this. Here are the dates and the other details: Thursday, June 8:  ‘The decline in integrity in business life, especially the food industry but many other areas, too’.  Presenter:  John Pearse. Thursday, July 13:  ‘As a nation we consume […]

Mike’s Monthly Musings – June

Jazz Preferences: A visit from a longstanding American friend and his wife, during which we listened to some of the jazz he liked, prompted some thoughts about our preferences for particular forms of music and within those specific sounds.  My friend had been brought to jazz by his father and the kind of record collection […]

Group Enablers’ report – June

Following the recent re-jig of the Committee, your two new Group Enablers are Sharon Webb and Kath Butler.  We are looking forward to continuing the excellent work begun by Geoff and Helen and hope that we can achieve the same high standard of support for all the Group Organisers.  Our first task is to plan […]

Society Today – May meeting

Slavery in England Today. Gill Brown gave a very clear presentation of this often overlooked social crime.  Trafficking is one of the major forms it takes: individuals trapped in the UK or imported from the East and then imprisoned, sometimes in private houses or camps and exploited.  It is slave labour with virtually no pay […]

Walking (Evening) – June meeting

The June evening walk will be on Thursday, 22nd June, from Thorpe Langton commencing at 7pm.  Please park in the main street opposite the Bakers Arms or in the adjacent street but not in the pub car park.  Meet outside the Bakers Arms where we will have a drink on completion of the 3.5 mile walk. […]