Paper craft and more – September 2020

We continue to ‘show and tell’ on whatsapp on the day that we would normally meet. A theme is suggested and members produce something related to it.  This month one of the themes was ‘glitter and bling’ and there were some lovely items produced. see photos. Sadly two members have left the group, so we have […]

Transport – September 2020

Aircraft Manufacturing in Leicestershire In 1938 Alexander Lance Wykes travelled to the USA and negotiated a licence agreement to build an American designed light aeroplane, the Taylorcraft Model B. Manufacturing began in premises behind Crowther’s Britannia Works, Melton Rd., Thurmaston in February 1939. The first aircraft was completed by 24th April 1939 and registered G-AFNW. […]

Science & Technology – September 2020

Life on Mars? In the late 19th Century Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer, studied Mars. In his initial observations, he named the “seas” and “continents” of Mars, and later he observed a dense network of linear structures on the surface of Mars which he called “canali” in Italian, meaning “channels” but the term was mistranslated […]

Railway Exploration – September 2020

Our group authors have continued to entertain us with short articles having a railway flavour.  Last month we ventured into new territory with railway poetry, no doubt reviving schooldays memories for many of us.  We have now settled down into a regular Monday morning email bulletin which at the very least, will hopefully provide some […]

LOCAL HISTORY – September 2020

It is pleasing to see that several of the outdoor groups have resumed, but unfortunately it seems unlikely that our indoor group will be able to meet again in 2020.  We were attracting quite large numbers at the beginning of the year and in the present climate social distancing would not permit us to continue […]

Wine Tasting – September 2020

  The wine tasting group met in a garden again to try three red wines from Germany.  Germany is not well known in this country for its red wines, but the climate particularly in the south-eastern state of Baden-Württemberg is very sunny and well-suited to red grapes, and Germany produces quite a lot of red […]

Crafting for charities – September 2020

Ahoy there, mateys!  One of our members has been busy crocheting this delightful pirate scene. To complete it there will be a rug in sea and sand colours! Proceeds of the sale will go to either Rainbows or Air Ambulance. Several members met up recently for a Cuppa in the Park: we had not done so […]

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Book Club – September 2020

We are struggling to keep Book Club going but each month a book is suggested and some of us read it and let me know their views. We can’t wait to be able to get together again. This month we have read “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. Set in backwoods America it is a story […]

Bird Watching August Outing Report

Consulting my records on return from Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Nature Reserve I couldn’t believe we’d only ever been there once before, in April 2016! As is usual at this time of year butterflies and dragonflies were the main attractions. Pick of the former was a Small Copper and Common Blue. Dragonfly wise, there were […]