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Bristol Slave Trade Walk - Wednesday 10 August

Bristol Slave Trade Walk - Wednesday 10 August

We had a superb walk around Bristol following the Bristol Slave Trade Walk on Wednesday 10 August. It was a lovely and informative day. A comprehensive brochure of the walk can be found in the foyer of the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Park Street with all the other leaflets. Rather bizzarely, you can pay a £1 and get a less informative version in the shop. There is also a bristol slave trade walk that I found on the BBC Bristol site, but it is not as informative as the one in the Museum, BBC Bristol Slave Trade Walk.

The Seven Stars Pub is a significant landmark to abolotion. Here, in 1787, Thomas Clarkson stayed in order to gather evidence of the slave trade for his friend, William Wilberforce.

A big thank you to Catherine for orgnanising and leading the walk.

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Relatively Speaking: NWR National Conference 2016 in pictures

Relatively Speaking: NWR National Conference 2016 in pictures

The NWR Conference 2016, Relatively Speaking, was thoroughly enjoyed by over 300 members. Here it is in pictures...

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Forget women!

At last night's meeting our brief was to talk about a man we admired.  We heard about the presenters Monty Don, Ken Bruce, and Michael Palin, followed by a novel twist to the evening when we learned about male suffrage. Other men mentioned were the poet Ian McMillan, local character George Garrett and two members chose the slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce. A grandfather's view from a book owned by our local organiser rounded off this evening with a smile.

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NWR Portishead Summer Outings

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Pursuing happiness at our London regional conference

Pursuing happiness at our London regional conference

Happiness. It's a word that packs a lot of emotion. The kind of emotion we all seem to be in pursuit of. Some of us have more luck than others, but there are endless ways out there of finding your inner place of wisdom.

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What's at the back of your drawer?

June 16th 2016

The meeting at Ingrid’s last evening was well attended.

The future programme was discussed and the venue for the meal out on 27th July was agreed, “The Royal”. Our August meeting were mentioned and members are reminded that Lisa will be giving her talk at Anne’s house on 3rd August. After a brief discussion it was agreed unanimously that the outing will be on 17th August.

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Fay Inchfawn Poems - Portishead Poet

On Wednesday 29th Janet was due to lead a history walk, having prepared a fascinating theme on an unexpected topic, Portishead poet Fay Inchfawn. When it became obvious that our walk would not take place we were comfortably installed in Jenny’s sitting room where Janet intrigued us with a talk about the poetess.

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Shoreham-by-Sea Garden Visit

Annually we support the National Gardens Scheme to support charities.

This year we visited Saffrons in Henfield, West Sussex. We enjoyed a tour of the lawns surrounded by Maples and striking Silver Birch. We were amazed at the depth of colour in the four huge flower beds filled with agapanthus, alliums and fragrant lilies and would of loved to have tasted the huge raspberries in the fruit cages.

A fabulous visit, followed by a tasty meal at a local pub.

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On A Glasgow Bus by Robina Fisher

The driver slams the breaks and revs the engine
Passengers struggling to stay on their feet
He makes them pay for more than their fare
Hating them all, because of her ugly spitting mouth

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A Fowl Job by Robina Fisher

Helen makes another futile visit to the Job Centre, just as she has every weekday for the past two months. Times are hard, jobs increasingly scarce. Her one month’s pay in lieu of notice did not last long, and now the bills are piling up. Sitting on a hard plastic chair, she waits her turn to be interviewed. At last, ‘Advisor No 3 – Free for Service.’ flashes onto a screen. Helen recognizes the Advisor from previous ‘interviews’ and knows that this will be an unpleasant encounter. Through a speaker fitted into a dividing protective glass barrier the Advisor’s voice betrays the contempt she feels for Helen, and all the other ‘clients’, as job seekers are called.

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Happy birthday to the Queen!

Happy birthday to the Queen!

The Eccleston and Windle Group celebrated the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll on 22nd June 2016 in great style.

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Big Read 2016: Send us your reviews!

Big Read 2016: Send us your reviews!

Back in march, we announced the 2016 Big Read book list. Now we want to know what you think. This year's theme 'It's all Relative', inspired by the 100th year since the publication of Einstein's general theory of relativity. It's not too late to get reading!

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Alright darling?

Alright darling?

A whistle and a honk of the horn. “Phoooar I’d like a piece of that!” shouted one man out of the window. “Smile love!” called the other as I did my best to ignore them...

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Northallerton Nova have a crafty evening

2016 07 06 NWR Nova Crafty evening

On 6 July, our group held a evening of leafy crafts creating quilts from leaves. 

Our member Ruth Benson had collected and pressed some interesting leaves then showed us how to cut shapes to create pictures using traditional quilting designs.

A most enjoyable evening.

The photo below shows our finished works.

 

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Brighton's Sewer Tour: Into the depths...

Brighton's Sewer Tour: Into the depths...

On the Sunday morning of the NWR Conference weekend a large group of us were taken on an underground tour of the Victorian sewers of Brighton. There are 48km of sewers - but we only walked along 366 metres! 

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Liz Valette
I lived in Hove for many years but left for S E Hampshire in the early sixties. Back in those days I never gave the sewers a thoug... Read More
Friday, 01 July 2016 14:20
Barbara Richardson
Only just noticed your comments Liz. Yes, the sewer tours have been going for years. I moved to the south coast in 1963 and had ... Read More
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Relatively Speaking conference round-up

Relatively Speaking conference round-up

This sensational event based on the theme of ‘Relatively Speaking’ was thoroughly enjoyed by over 300 members. It was held on the University of Sussex campus at Brighton in the Jubilee lecture hall and many members stayed in student accommodation onsite making everything accessible.

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The referendum, rock & roll and relativity – NWR Conference 2016

The referendum, rock & roll and relativity – NWR Conference 2016

The conference this year was full of interest, lively conversation and fun! Fortunately, my journey to Brighton was considerably less traumatic than some, due to ongoing industrial action and flash flooding in London.

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Visit to Tolethorpe open air theatre

Some members and guests of  Grantham NWR enjoyed a picnic and a show at the Tolethorpe Open Air Theatre Nr Stamford recently.

We enjoyed a bring and share meal, the highlight being the strawberry meringue pudding! ( an annual must!) we were very lucky with the weather. it was hot and sunny when we left Grantham, but as the meal progressed ( outside on the lawns ) clouds began to gather. However, it remained dry and warm until we were in our cars on the way home when we ran into the storm that Grantham had been having all evening!

We saw Wind in the Willows, our seats are under a hard cover, but the actors are outside so would have been grateful for the nice weather.They are always so inventive with the scenery they had a river on stage, which moved the water wheel, a boat was used several times on it, as well as the 'otters'  swimming on to the stage. We had a caravan brought on by a 'human' horse, a powered car, and a powered steam engine, which was huge. Sadly there are no pictures as we were not allowed to take any during the performance.We did however get some pictures before the actors came on stage.

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Prenton Group gets a backstage pass

Prenton Group gets a backstage pass

Prenton group enjoyed a guided tour around the recently refurbished Royal Court theatre in Liverpool.

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Winchester NWR visit Cheriton Battlefields - March 2016

Winchester NWR visit Cheriton Battlefields - March 2016

We braved the elements to complete the battlefield walk and then enjoyed a well deserved lunch at a local pub.

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