Thursday, 18 October 2012

Interesting talks in Old Buckenham

Social and Wine Circle
The Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle continues to hold its regular monthly meetings. In September it was a members’ evening with several individual items. Kathy Fleckney gave an illustrated talk on the holiday that she and her husband had in Iceland. Ron Brewer then read some children’s poetry by A A Milne and followed it with some ‘grown up’ versions written since for sixty-year old readers. John Frost gave yet another of his highly amusing “local” readings in the Norfolk dialect. To complete the evening David Sallnow gave an illustrated talk on ten items from his collection of both ancient and even more ancient objects, passing them round the audience to examination. 

October’s talk was given by Cliff Amos of the Attleborough Heritage Group on various local Jubilee celebrations. Cliff’s informative and interesting talk started with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in1897 when the Pump in Queen’s Square, Attleborough was erected and 30,000 children were each given a commemorative mug in Hyde Park. Photographs from early in the last century covered the visit of Edward VII to Attleborough in 1909 (not so much a visit as a drive through en route to Norwich), the coronation of George V in 1911 and then his silver jubilee in 1935, the heralded coronation of Edward VIII in 1936 followed by his abdication and then the coronation of George VI in May 1937. Further photographs covered the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and then the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977. The talk ended with photos of the recent 2012 Diamond Jubilee and of locals enjoying the wet weather around the time of the Jubilee Bank Holiday.
Next month’s meeting on Friday 10 November will commence at 7.15pm for a short AGM when the accounts will be presented and the committee will be elected for the coming year. If anyone wishes to stand for the committee please do come along on that night. After the AGM, Richard Lindner will talk about “Going Green” – a subject of interest to many.
Everyone is welcome to come along to these monthly talks. There is no membership fee, merely a £1 donation on the night, and the monthly raffle always yields interesting plants, cakes, bottles or lovely smellies for the lucky winners.

Looking ahead to 2013, the programme will be:
Thursday 10 January. New Buckenham Silver Band by Pauline Bott.
Thursday 14 February. Life in a Victorian asylum by Alison Hannah.
Thursday 14 March. Computers today/computers and the Olympics by S Hammond.
Thursday 11 April. The AA by Andrew Hall.
Thursday 9 May. War Games, Iceni/Romans by Chris Cope.
Thursday 13 June. Catering the royal way, part 6 by Patrick Thompson.
Thursday 11 July. Al fresco at the home of John and Barbara Frost.
There is no meeting in August.
Thursday 12 September. Protecting your money by Chris Kerry.
Thursday 10 October. Nepal by Sheila Freake and David Hannah.
Thursday 14 November. Where does your water come from and go to by a speaker from Anglian Water.
Thursday 12 December. Party time.

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