Weymouth enjoying their midsummer walk

Weymouth enjoying a delayed midsummer walk3

Dear NWR members

I just wanted to share a photo from our amazing delayed midsummer walk. Our meeting on the 21st June should have included a lovely coastal walk followed by a meal in the Springhead pub in Sutton Poynz but rain and wind cancelled the walk so we just had a meal. Thankfully we rescheduled the 5 mile walk for August when we had lovely weather and it was enjoyed by more than 12 members.

The photo shows our members with the fabulous Jurassic coastline behind include the resident cruise ships which have been moored in Weymouth bay through the lockdowns.

Whilst walking we discovered several pop up campsites which have become a feature of our area with staycations being so popular. Fingers crossed the campers enjoy more good weather.

Many thanks


Sally
Joint Weymouth LO

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Ruislip meets secret service historian

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Ruislip NWR invited Pinner group to join them for a fascinating and entertaining talk by Dr Helen Fry on ‘MI9 The Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in WWII’.

Helen Fry gave a talk to Ruislip NWR in 2018 on ‘The Secret Listeners’ and we were very pleased to welcome her back to talk about her latest book.

Historian Helen Fry has written numerous books on the Second World War with particular reference to the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain, and also British intelligence, espionage and WWII. Helen is a very interesting speaker and signed copies of her books ‘MI9’ and ‘The Walls Have Ears’. The evening was enjoyed by all.

Carol Thompson

Ruislip LO

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How to get your timings right

It appears there is a general consensus amongst NWR members that long meetings are less enjoyable, or at least those that are ‘too long’ are less enjoyable! But how long is too long, and how do groups get the best out of their time together and now that face-to-face meetings are possible?

Cath Heslop, NWR’s Central Region Membership Officer, has been discussing this with LOs in her region and has some great ideas to share.

Everyone is different, and a meeting length that suits some members may not suit others. For both large and small groups, meetings going on beyond their time limit can be a problem, particularly when everyone wants to share the fascinating research they have done! It’s best to ensure that meeting lengths fit the meeting activity, due courtesy is shown to the meeting host, and meeting start and finish times are clear.

Consider changing the structure of the meeting

  • Set time limits. A simple way to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to talk is to allocate a set amount of time to each speaker and ring a bell when their time is up. You might find it a gentler approach to ring the bell twice; first when the speaker has one minute left, and then again, when their time has run out.
  • Break-out groups. Larger groups may want to consider breaking-up into smaller groups for discussions (and if possible, in to different rooms), and then coming together afterwards to share what was talked about.
  • Again, for larger groups, instead of everyone researching a topic and speaking, a small group of perhaps one to five members might speak on the topic, while others in the group listen and ask questions. Or perhaps, half the members could research/speak on one topic, and at the next meeting, the other half of the group could research/speak.
  • Introduce a set system. This involves dividing your group into sets of around seven people who plan/research and present a short meeting programme. Once each member of the set has spoken, other members of the group can then join in at each meeting. This approach does mean members of the organising set get more opportunity to speak, but over the course of the year all group members have the same opportunity. Larger groups would have more sets. 
  • Invite a speaker and have a Q&A with the speaker afterwards. Or, agree to listen to a recording of one of National Schedule of Talks speakers (perhaps before a meeting), and divide into groups to discuss what was said when you meet.

Consider if the discussion topic is suitable for larger groups

Some members have reported that some topics work better face-to-face rather than via Zoom, particularly those that involve a discussion. 

Likewise, in large groups, topics where members take it in turn to present their research work better than discussion (but discussions could take place in smaller break-out groups).

Below is a list of topics that work well if time is limited:

  • Talk about a bizarre experience or coincidence which happened to you.
  • What was happening in the world the year your mother was born?
  • The house I grew up in and/or tell us about where you grew up.
  • What is the most interesting or unusual job that you have had?
  • Find out the origins of expressions. What are your favourites? Where do they come from? 
  • Do you like your name and, if not, what would you choose instead?

Finishing on time

Many members will agree that having the opportunity to catch-up for a social chit-chat is just as enjoyable as the programme topic – and especially now. But what should the host/LO do if the meeting is too long and no-one wants to be the first to go home?

  • Ensure the meeting starts on time. Do not wait for people if they are late, instead, offer to talk to late-comers another time about the sections they missed. Everyone is unavoidably late sometimes, but if meetings always start late, it’s natural for members to turn up when they think the meeting will start, not when it should start.
  • Make it clear in the programme when the meeting is due to finish.
  • Avoid social chat before the main topic. It is best to launch straight into the topic without giving people an opportunity to share their news. When the main topic of discussion is over, this may be when refreshments are brought out and the more social part of the evening can begin.
  • Have additional meetings specifically for social catch-ups.
  • It is important there is consensus in a group as to when meetings finish. This should be pre-arranged and written in the programme. You could use this wording in the programme: Prompt start at [insert agreed time] please. Last guest to leave by [insert agreed time] in consideration of your host.

Do you have any other methods that work well for your group? Cath would love to hear them. Or, would you like to have a chat about how to manage time-keeping for your group? Your AO would be very happy to discuss this with you, or, if you don’t have an AO in your area, Cath is on hand to help. Good luck!

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Navigating the world – and NWR local meetings – as we ease out of lockdown 

From Cath Heslop, Regional Membership Officer

The National Office team often hear from NWR members that they can’t wait for face-to-face meetings to start up again. Whilst this is the case for many, we understand that other members might feel anxious about returning to social situations, and not only because of COVID-related worries. 

News reports tell us how desperate people are to have the pubs and restaurants re-open. You’d be forgiven for thinking that everyone feels the same way. Whereas, in reality, some may want to ease themselves back into the world gently, and by meeting only occasionally a handful of friends at a time. Some aren’t ready to meet up at all. 

For me, it is important to accept how you are feeling as perfectly natural, and that there is no right or wrong way to behave provided you are doing what is right for you. 

If you are feeling anxious about meeting up with people – or frustrated by others who won’t meet yet – try to remember that everyone is different, has different experiences and can react differently to the same scenarios. This is so eloquently put in Damien Barr’s poem, “… we are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm…” Try not to compare yourself with others, instead, if you can, talk to friends and family about how you are feeling. They might be feeling the same way, and may offer you some reassurance. You may know of another member who might be feeling the same way? Offering support to others is a great way of helping you work through your own thoughts. 

The charity Mind offers excellent resources on its website: managing feelings about lockdown easing

If you are an Local Organiser or a programme planner navigating the changes in restrictions, try not to assume that everyone will want to take part when regulations allow larger meetings indoors. You might like to open a conversation with members by asking if they “feel comfortable meeting up”, and offer various options for meeting locations/sizes. That way, members will have the opportunity to decline meetings without feeling the need to apologise or explain themselves, and no one should feel excluded. If members are showing reluctance to attend ‘normal’ meetings, you could propose a walk or meeting for a coffee in a smaller group. 

For the foreseeable future, NWR will offer our online schedule of talks and from September, our new online groups will meet. We are immensely proud of how NWR members have adjusted to the pandemic and adopted new ways of ‘meeting’. Our Facebook discussion groups provide ongoing contact for some members, as do our other special interest book and correspondence magazine groups (details here).

Please do remain up to date with country specific COVID-19 restrictions applicable to your location:

NWR's priority remains the safety and well-being of our members.

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Tally Ho and off we go!!

                       

Lincoln Diamond Day Reunion Lunch

We thought you might like to see a couple of pictures of (most of) the Lincoln Diamond Day lunch organising committee making the most of the first opportunity this year to eat together in a restaurant.

We were at a pub called The Tally Ho near Sleaford in Lincolnshire and had a table for 5 and a table for 4 but, as we were the only people in the dining room, cross table conversation was easy!! It was so lovely to sit and talk and............ most importantly, to eat a meal we hadn't had to cook ourselves!!

Faith Oxford

Deepings Member and EA02 Area Organiser

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Poetry Cafe held via Zoom by Poole NWR

NWR Poole recently had a special treat! Beth Calverley, spoken word poet and granddaughter of one of the members ran a Zoom workshop. It started with members giving Beth thoughts about their lives which she gathered and used to create a poem – on the spot!

We thought that you might like it too, so here is the image of the poem! It was a novel and very interesting experience. We were all involved with the process and very much enjoyed Beth’s performance of our collaborated creation!

If you think your group would enjoy a Poetry Workshop, see Beth’s website details below:-

Our Lucky Lists

a collaboration between members of NWR Poole and Beth Calverley

Notes from the conversation:

My lucky list: loving family, caring friends, beautiful home, walks to the sea

"What peace there may be in silence"

Quite profound

We've had a lot of silence recently

Monday - such a beautiful day

"each little bird that sings"

They were going bonkers!

A lovely little book - sketches of St Ives

"the sound of the waves and gulls for company"

Girls of the sea

A warm feeling to another person

The loveliest season of the year - longing and togetherness

"this gives life to thee"

Cornish beaches - Loue Valley and Harbour, where I went as a child and teenager

An autograph book entry upside down

"May the task is hard and the way ahead seems rough / and yet in all the trails you meet you find you've strength enough"

"Grant me the serendipity"

Bookshelf fell down - surrounded by books to sort out

"Mum and Dad" - a beautiful thing

"You live life to the fullest / and each day brings out the best."

"Can't we shake hands"

So relevant at the moment

Looking at the harbour

A view that changes every day but doesn't change

Amazing - it's all grey - you know that bluish grey

No boats on the water - waiting for next week

Excitement of a tanker!

 

Reflections after reading the notes:

How grateful, conscious we are of and for the sea

Caring thread going through - really good friends

How emotional we're feeling - about life - I didn't know - bring back to the surface

How many brought your children into the conversations

Very emotional - the times we're living in 

we're all missing our family - touchy feeling

Trust - we love you for sharing it

 

© Beth Calverley 

The Poetry Machine

www.thepoetrymachine.live

07810 872 602

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Member review: Schedule of Talks – with Dr Sophie Ward

From Andrea Bowness-Etur - Middlesbrough Group

Last week, we had the absolute treat of being able to listen to a fantastic Zoom interview with Dr Sophie Ward, hosted by Natalie, our multi-talented National Organiser.

For anyone who doesn't know, Sophie is an actress (starring in 40 episodes of Heartbeat, other TV programmes such as Holby City, Land Girls and Miss Marple and many films including Young Sherlock, Wuthering Heights, Crime and Punishment, and Jane Eyre), and an author (including ‘Love and Other Thought Experiments’).

She is the daughter of the late actor Simon Ward (she really looks like her dad!) and her mother, Alexandra Malcolm, who was also an actress. Sophie told us about her unusually liberal upbringing and unstructured schooling, and how she benefitted from such a diverse childhood and exciting introduction into acting and theatre school in London in the 60s and 70s. She was also 'a face of the 80s' as a Vogue model.

Natalie did a great job of ensuring the interview was light hearted and in doing so we got a very relaxed and down to earth insight into Sophie's fascinating life and career. After marrying quite young and having her two sons, Sophie decided to take her education further, with an Open University degree in Literature and Philosophy, and then she completed a PhD from Goldsmith's University in 2019, proving it's never too late to achieve personal goals, no matter how old you are!

She came out as a lesbian and has been happily married (three times now as each new way to express commitment as a gay couple became available) to Rena Brannan for over 25 years. She campaigns for equality and understanding of the LGBT community.

What an inspirational lady! Sophie was funny, articulate and a pleasure to listen to - it felt like you were having coffee with a long-standing dear friend! I, for one, really hope Sophie will come along to a future conference and talk to us in person, she was so interesting and warm. 

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Cruise Control

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise’s latest blockbuster movie scuppered the plans of Leighton Buzzard’s walking group.

The original idea was for the group to walk around a large disused quarry in the neighbouring village of Heath and Reach. But it’s where Tom Cruise was filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 7 at the same time, and the area was fenced off to the public and patrolled by security men.

Walk leader Fran Mallord has had to come up with a Plan B which is a walk along the Grand Union canal and around the Tiddenfoot country park – the site of a former sandpit.

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I wonder if we will recognise the location on film? It’s always good to have a Plan B!
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Middlesbrough's Marvellous Meetings

In recent weeks, local groups have been sharing how they have responded to pandemic restrictions. While regular, local group meetings are a key benefit for NWR members, using Zoom for these meetings is a COVID-19-related development.

Andrea Bowness-Etur, Local Organiser from Middlesbrough group, shares their marvellous programme.

"As a consequence of lockdown restrictions, we hadn’t anticipated meeting in person, other than for walks or picnics, before June. And, it’s likely we will keep activities outside until September, but that’s not to say we haven’t been meeting. We hold a fortnightly Zoom call. They are only 40 minutes and over in a flash, but they’ve been varied and great fun! 

"This week, all Zoom callers have been asked to ,’Tell us something you particularly love about your own garden, or a famous one you love to visit’.

"Next week, the Middlesbrough group will be reading a play together online (with myself and another member delivering scripts to those who want to take part).

"In to June, we’ll be discussing, ‘Your favourite painter or painting’, and ‘Walls, interpreted any way you wish’. No doubt, some will be dressing up for our Zoom call on 16th June as we celebrate the Queen's 95th birthday.

"Later in June, if restrictions are still lifted, we will be meeting in person outdoors and celebrating NWR’s theme country for 2021 by sampling Spanish delicacies. And, there’s more food in July, as we’ll be walking on Saltburn pier, with our fish and chips! Before that, it’s hoped we’ll be having regular Sundays out together and monthly Friday meetings in person too, all going well.

"But this won’t be the first time Middlesbrough group have ‘walked’ this year. As a group, we walked, cycled and swam – virtually – from John O'Groats to Land's End! From January to April, we plotted our weekly progress, shared via our WhatsApp group. We enjoyed ourselves so much, that we’ve started meandering back up to Scotland at a far more leisurely pace. Currently, we are somewhere beyond Dorchester, making our way along the south coast of England, ‘dropping in’ on lovely places we have heard of, but not necessarily visited in real life. We are enjoying keeping fit together and having a goal gives us the motivation to add to our collective miles total. Our members with health or mobility problems, who can't contribute miles each week, have given us a huge boost, cheering us on from their armchairs! 

"Back in the ‘real’ world, July sees members attending an outdoor production of ‘Measure for Measure’ at Kirkleatham Hall, Redcar. And later that month, we will be hosting a guest speaker when author, Edna Hunnysett, tells us about her writing career."

With online meetings, conferences and a schedule of talks featuring guest speakers, and regular newsletters and magazine, NWR members have been able to enjoy a range of activities during lockdowns, but it’s a delight to hear groups arranging to meet in person again.

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Caversham group: ‘meeting’ online:

In response to our request to NWR groups to share how they have been fairing in lockdown, we’re pleased to have heard from Caversham group. Margaret Wall, Local Organiser (LO) for Caversham, told us how her group has been ‘meeting’ online:

“At the start of the first lockdown in 2020, it became apparent we were not going to be able to continue our meetings in the accustomed way ie meeting in members' houses with coffee and chat. But, as with other groups, we have adapted.

“We continue to meet once a week, now via Zoom on a Thursday morning for 40 minutes, and this has worked very well. Every week we have a topic pre-arranged according to our programme, some serious, some light-hearted, which we devise in advance according to members' suggestions.

“Each meeting has a leader to keep the meeting in order, and each person in turn has a few minutes to give their views. We always manage to keep to the 40 minutes limit without a problem. The only exception was the occasion on which we had a speaker (a very interesting session on forensic science) and we had a double session.

“In fact, the turn-out has been very good and most people turn up each week (although we are fairly small by the standards of some groups).

“At the moment, we haven't made any plans to meet in person, but when the lockdown eases a bit more, it's possible we may have a garden meeting or a walk.

“It's great that we have been able to keep things together in this way."

If NWR members would like to be put in touch with a group using Zoom, to learn about their experiences, hints and techniques, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Cross-border Support: Tavistock and Glasgow Groups ‘Twin’ to Master Zoom

We asked NWR groups to tell us how they have been fairing in lockdown, and were delighted to hear from Tavistock group. Sue White, Local Organiser (LO) for Tavistock, told us how her group had been helped to adapt to meeting online:

“At the outset of COVID, Tavistock NWR had been apprehensive about converting to Zoom meetings, however, we were anxious to participate in the November Telephone Treasure Trail, and four members agreed to go online supported by phone contact with other members. This led to a willingness to develop our IT competences further.

“Whilst clue holder that week for the TTT, I found myself speaking to a very friendly Scottish NWR group and that gave me the idea, ‘Could our group be shown the way by another NWR group?’, and as they say, the rest is history.

“Deena Kraven, LO for the Glasgow group, was most welcoming when asked if Tavistock could twin with Glasgow. Initially, three of us from Tavistock group joined a Glasgow Zoom meeting, and then participated in several online meetings. We learnt how Glasgow group ran their meetings, how Scotland was coping with the pandemic, and enjoyed an introduction to the city of Glasgow.

“So thanks to Deena and help from Glasgow’s NWR, Tavistock group now have regular fortnightly Zoom meetings and are going from strength-to-strength with the support from our friends north of the border.”

If NWR members would like to be put in touch with a group using Zoom, to learn about their experiences, hints and techniques, please contact the National Office team.

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NWR’s real women take a ‘lockdown tour’ of Edinburgh with Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities is a social enterprise that trains those who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides. NWR was delighted to take a tour of Edinburgh with Invisible Cities in April, and members can take several more tours with Invisible Cities over the coming months (book HERE). Invisible Cities have adjusted their in-person tours in response to COVID-19 restrictions to enable participants to ‘walk’ with their guides without the need to visit locations.

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NWR Communications Coordinator, Helen Page shares her experience of a recent NWR Schedule of Talks Invisible Cities tour

Paul, our guide for the ‘Real Women of Edinburgh’ tour, artfully combined sharing historical facts and topical information, with humour - and holding a camera phone - as he escorted us through the streets of Scotland’s capital. He was friendly, informative and it would appear undaunted leading our tour group of over 400 women!

Our tour began at Maggie Dickson’s pub on Grassmarket, where Paul told us Maggie’s story of surviving a hanging following her conviction under the concealment of pregnancy act during the 1720s. She became a celebrated figure known as Half-Hangit Maggie.

For me, several of Paul’s stories triggered reflection on women’s treatment by the authorities and under the law, particularly that of Jessie King who was the last women executed in Edinburgh in 1889. Jessie was found guilty of murder, but now her conviction is considered unsafe by many.

Paul’s account of body snatchers, Helen Torrance and Jean Waldie’s actions, was shocking. The duo, who were convicted of murder and hanged in the 1750s, predate Burke and Hare's activities.

We also heard about the medical pioneer and suffrage campaigner, Elsie Inglis, and, unbelievably, how her valiant work was not always welcomed.

As well as tales about Edinburgh’s women, Paul shared lots of facts about Edinburgh and its other residents. Before the tour, I hadn’t known Edinburgh Castle was the inspiration for The Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City. We were shown John Knox’s house and of course, visited the monument to Greyfriars Bobby.

No visit to Edinburgh and guide to its women inhabitants would be complete without reference to JK Rowling. The tour was peppered with mentions of buildings, locations and engravings that are understood to have influenced the Harry Potter books. Paul took us to The Elephant House café at George IV Bridge to see where Rowling spent time writing.

The tour also included an introduction to the Grassmarket Community Project which offers support to vulnerable people dealing with multiple complex issues, including homelessness, mental and physical health problems and substance abuse.

With the tour coming to an end at the bottom of the Royal Mile, unencumbered by traffic and seeing very few other ‘pedestrians’, it felt like a huge treat to ‘leave’ home under Paul’s guidance. It was a pleasure to meet him and hear his tales about Edinburgh and its women.

Responding to COVID-19 restrictions, NWR has adjusted its programme to offer online activities, which are now set to continue for the foreseeable future. Invisible Cities features in our online Schedule of Talks available to members, and our next tour takes place in Manchester on 25 May, which can be booked HERE.

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Leighton Buzzard celebrates its 50th anniversary - a year late

Leighton Buzzard celebrates its 50th anniversary - a year late

Our wish has finally come true – more than a year late. We have planted a tree alongside a busy footpath in a park in the town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the local group in 1970.

The ceremony was originally due to take place in March last year but has been postponed since then because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdown restrictions continued to play a part in limiting the number who could attend the planting of a lime tree with a commemorative plaque.

Members of the group in the picture at the ceremony are, from left: Heather de Lacey, Rita Priestley, Ruth Roy and Nicky Gaulton. Ruth was the driving force behind the project, working with the Council to ensure that, no matter how belatedly, the tree planting would finally go ahead.

The Town Council, who will receive a donation from the NWR group, requested the planting of a lime tree to replace one in an avenue of limes that had died and needed replacing.

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Shoreham by Sea planted a tree for the diamond jubilee!

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We thought you would like to see this photo taken after planting our Diamond Jubilee Magnolia Galaxy in Buckingham Park, Shoreham-by- Sea.

It has taken us some time to get this tree planted but we managed to do it on a lovely sunny day last week. It has a commemorative plaque at the base dated 2020. It will be looked after by the Park Ranger and should eventually become a very spectacular sight in this corner of our lovely park.

The local press printed a picture and an article which can be viewed here Shoreham-by-Sea-Tree-Planting-article.

Lorraine Nightingale
Local Organiser of Shoreham by Sea.

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Wantage Group - Walk 2021 to Parkinson's.Me Community Garden

Wantage walking group in the Parkinsons-Garden

In April on a cold but sunny day a few members of Wantage NWR, walking group, enjoyed a welcome break in the Parkinsons.Me Community Garden for the first permitted walk of the year and a photo is attached.  

The garden, located in West Lockinge near Wantage, was created in aid of those with Parkinson's and was featured on Gardener's World in 2019.  Further details of this lovely garden can be found on the following website:  https://www.parkinsons.me/community-garden-west-lockinge

Wantage NWR (Walking Group)

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I've had it!

I’ve had it! 

A year ago, if you said, ’I’ve had it’ people, presuming that you had contracted COVID 19, would have commiserated with you! But thankfully now they will congratulate you on having had your second inoculation. 

The first of April 2021 has become a very special day for me. Doubly so. I sang my mam’s song:  ‘This is My Lovely Day’ 

On Maundy Thursday 1995 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year since the Easter Tritium brought back memories of the fear I experienced on that day. However, from now on I will be singing:

‘This is the day I shall remember the day I am dying

They can't take this away…’

They can't take this away

It will be always mine, the sun and the wine

The sea birds crying ‘

THIS IS MY LOVELY DAY From the London Musical "Bless The Bride" (1947) ( Music: Vivian Ellis / Lyrics: A. P. Herbert) Lizbeth Webb & Georges Guetary …

 

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A Safari quiz is not just about animals!

The idea of a safari quiz for those who have not done one, may be a little confusing. For anyone who has been to a safari supper where different courses are provided by different houses, a safari quiz is one where the questions are provided by everyone attending.

The job of quizmaster is much easier. They simply ask each participant in turn to ask their questions and at the end to give their answers!

It makes for a quiz full of different and varied topics. Some questions are easy when you know the answer but for others they are impossible.

From 'Where do elephants sweat?' , 'Queens of Henry VIII?', 'Who played Hans Solo?', a picture question and a poetry last line question, the subjects chosen were facinating.

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Sixties Song Titles

 
SIXTIES SONG TITLES 
 
Listen do you want to know a secret?
Way down yonder in New Orleans is always on my mind. I heard it through the grapevine so I called your name because you are te leader of the pack.
 
For all we know we could have magic moments and you will feel on top of the world, we will have good vibrations and can dance, dance, dance.   A little less conversation I think!
 
But it's now or never, go where you wanna go because from this moment on, you've got what it takes.  
 
Look I want to hold your hand and lead you to the stairway to heaven.  It will be a day in the life so let it be.
 
Hey Jude, don't let me down because I feel fine, is  that what you wanna do?  I know people have suspicious minds but with a little help from my friends, it will be like poetry in motion. It's been a hard days night with rainy days and mondays but wouldn't it be nice?
 
Dont let me be misunderstood but we gotta get out of this place.  I just can't get no satisfaction but we will have no regrets so make it easy on yourself. 
 
The sun aint gonna shine no more but I'm a believer and we will go to the stairway to heaven.  We can listen to the theme from a summer place because there is a house in new orleans they call the rising sun where you are sure to get a taste of honey!
 
 
Jean Thomason, Crewe and District
 
 
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60 Years of Good Reading!

The Dorking Group have been busy compiling a book list, one published in each year in the last sixty years.  Not only that, they have set about reading them all and putting together a table of notes about the books which you can read 60 Year Booklist

Well done Dorking!

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Romiley NWR keeping minds and bodies active during lockdown

Romiley members Romiley members social distancing!

When lockdown started we were all at a loss what to do. All our meetings were cancelled and so we started a weekly Would I Lie To You email with one member of our group of 15 contacting one other member, who had to email a lie while the others emailed a truth about themselves. Later in the week we had to guess who was lying and that person secretly asked another to be the next liar and so it went on. We did not question each other, as in the TV programme but we found out some very interesting facts about each other in the course of the time we did it.

We also revived an idea from a meeting we held several years ago when we chose six words and wrote a story, poem or dialogue including the six words and then emailed them to the group.  It was great to read the different ideas we came up with.

As lockdown eased we had meetings in each other’s gardens with a maximum of 6 in each. It was great to get together and see each other face to face and talk about our lockdown experiences and find out about each other’s truths! It was a welcome change from reading emails.

We then decided on a socially distanced walk and picnic, in which 12 of our members took part. We picnicked on a bench and the photo is of us all socially distancing while picnicking. Again it was good to see each other face to face and chat.

We’ve recently started writing Haiku poems with the theme of An Emotional Snapshot of Lockdown and have read many interesting and poignant ones.

As I write this towards the end of July, who knows how our meetings will continue. We’ve enjoyed the outside meet ups and walks and cannot even think of how long it will be before 15 people can be inside in one room again. We’ll just have to get used to being wrapped up while sitting in a member’s garden or walking together.

ROMILEY NWR

 

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Sandy Dearn
Well done Romiley NWR some interesting lockdown ideas for us to try over the hills in Glossop!
Friday, 07 August 2020 17:16
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