Minehead & District

Events – Regular and Occasional

These are held on the (usually) fourth Wednesday of each month in the Methodist Church Hall, The Avenue, Minehead, and are listed below as 'Meetings'. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served from 10.15 to 10.45; the speaker or speakers start at 11 and we usually finish around 12 noon. Members do not have to pay to attend, but visitors are asked for a small donation.

Please note!
The July coffee morning is held one week earlier than usual (this is because the Methodist Church Hall is in use all that week by the Minehead and Exmoor Music Festival).

There are no coffee mornings in August and December.

Our Annual General Meeting is in May, meaning an earlier start to proceedings, so that we can fit in either a speaker or other form of entertainment too.

In some years we hold a Special Interest Day, a whole day meeting or outing. The most recent such Day, in March 2017, had a focus on Maritime Minehead and featured the results of the Shared Learning Project members had engaged in, in partnership with Minehead Museum.

We arrange occasional coach outings. We aim for variety and, where possible, a combination of venues, within a reasonable radius so that we don't spend all day on the coach. Some outings for 2017 have included a visit to Highgrove House (24 August) and to the BBC in Bristol (11 October). Watch this space for more information and use the Contact page to register your interest or suggest your own ideas for possible outings.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Sep 25th Anyone interested in the new Shared Learning Project should meet with Monica Hartwell 2.30 pm at the Minehead Museum (next to Beach Hotel).
Wed Sep 27th Open Morning, 10.30 am until 12.00
Come along for a cup of coffee (or tea!) and to meet the group convenors and the local committee members. Find out what all the interest groups are about, and suggest new groups. All welcome, members and non-members alike!
Wed Oct 25th Tessa Hadley will talk about writing and her new book, 'Bad dreams' a collection of short stories.
Tessa Hadley has written six novels and three collections of short stories. Her novel The Past, published in the UK in 2015, won the Hawthornden Prize; a collection of stories, Bad Dreams, was published in 2017. She publishes short stories regularly in the New Yorker, reviews for the Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. In 2016 she was awarded a Windham Campbell prize for Fiction.
Wed Nov 22nd Coffee Morning : The Wild Coast, speaker David Boag
Wed Oct 11th Coach Trip to the BBC studios on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL.
Wed Nov 29th Coach trip to BBC Bristol. There was so much interest in the 11th October trip that another opportunity is being offered.

Come and be amazed when you visit BBC Bristol – the regional television centre for the West of England. We shall hear how television and radio programmes are made there, now and in the past, and have the chance to visit the interactive studio, where you can have a go at presenting the news and weather, and star in your own radio drama, complete with sound effects. Visitors also have a chance to see the Points West studio and Radio Bristol studios and you might also visit the rooftop garden outside studio from where the Points West forecast is sometimes broadcast. Well-informed and entertaining guides will give us an insight into the many programmes produced here, such as Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, The Food Programme and Flog it! as well as the Natural History Unit’s programmes such as Springwatch. Many Radio 4 programmes are made at BBC Bristol and your guides will tell you about these too. BBC Bristol is a working building, so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun. Tours take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and involve a certain amount of walking and standing. You will find more details and a booking form with August/September newsletter, and a booking form is also available from the link in top right hand of the page.

The tours, which last about an hour and three quarters, involve a certain amount of walking and standing. The cost per person, including coach fare and the tour, is £22. The coach will leave Minehead at 9.30 am and you’ll find more details on the booking form (link top right). Please note that security there is tight, so you will need to show photo ID such as passport or driving licence before being admitted to the BBC building. And there are no cloakroom facilities, so you’re asked not to bring large bags with you.

Please note
A booking form will be available for this outing with the next newsletter (published 28th September) and will be available online at the same time.

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