Hi everyone. We are nearly ready for this year's annual Telephone Treasure Trail and have been doing complex manoeuvres in the office to work out what clue needs to go where and which group needs to start with which clue. Yes, it's going to be very different this year with most groups connecting via Zoom but hopefully just as much fun! Here in the office it is the closest thing we get to a military operation.
Anyway, for those groups taking part, here is the WEB CLUE to get you started:
Good luck everyone!
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!
One of our members, Carrie de Silva from the Nantwich and Audlem group in Cheshire, launched a project at The Women's Library to highlight streets named after women (and how few there are), and to produce short biographies of some of the women named.
If you would be interested in getting involved then please contact Carrie for more details. She'd love to collate local knowledge from across the UK. For more information please click on this link
those chill church halls of two bar fires
and icy toilets with high level flush,
their kitchens full of prohibitions
and cupboards packed with Beryl Ware,
countless cups and saucers in sea green.
who misses tea urns - ancient, modern, gushing out like spouting whales,
or hessian bags of bargain coffee jars?
Dark are the stage lights for the pantomime,
cheap glitterballs and temperamental strip light.
Faded the smell of celebration buffets -
chipolatas, mini quiches, spicy chicken wings.
Silent the dusty out of tune piano, the keep fit beat,
a birthday DJs patter, meditation tapes,
loud clapping from the slimming club
and women's voices over washing up
The Chandler's Ford Group, like all of us, are having to find different ways of communicating, and they decided at a recent meeting to discuss their favouite walk, because at least it is something we can all do in this time of Lockdown. they have 20 members in their group out of which 12 participated in an online ZOOM meeting. Three others sent their contributions before the meeting. the list of walks was compiled and then emailed to all members... which is something that other groups might like to try!
TO READ ABOUT THEIR WALKS CLICK HERE
We know that it's difficult for members to find their way around the website and to find the information they need, so we have added a couple of tabs on the Information for Members menu which we hope might help clarify things a bit. We have added "Quizzes and Talks" which is where you will find all the online events we have offered, and where you will be able to find links to the replays. We've also added a 'Newsletters' tab so that you can easily find these in one place. This means that 'Programme Planning' now does exactly what it says on the tin - all the resources to help you plan your programme of activities for your group, whether that's for face-to-face meetings or Zoom meetings.
We have also added an "Online Events" tab to the Events menu, so that you can see both upcoming events and past events offered. However, to listen to the talks you will have to log in as a member and go to 'Quizzes and Talks'.
and 'Magazines' has now been moved to the Members Only area of the website and is also under 'Information for Members'.
Let us know how you are finding it!
.. and we have a few more changes on the way soon.
The Durham Group have already started having all their meetings online, starting with a Planning Meeting and then their first Discussion Group on the subject of "What is Nuclear Medicine?".
Enid Hoseason the Local Organiser writes "It worked quite well and instead of going around the room and asking members to contribute, we just went around the screen, and like a normal meeting, those members who did not want to contribute, just listened.
Members are using different devices, from iphones to iPads and lap tops so those using phones have to swipe the screen to see everyone in the group as they only see four at a time. it is also useful to use the CHAT button on the bottom of the screen if someone cannot hear very well.
Each week we have had emails from each other, from members who have walked around their gardens and taken photos of their lovely flowers and shared them online - just little things to keep us in touch with each other. I know that tonight, some members have watched the live theatre on the television and others are taking part in the events NWR Head Office are organising.
This is a photo of us enjoying a VE Celebration tea and cake together."