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AGM: Wednesday 17 July 2019 - 9.30am
Doors Open 9.30am for refreshments
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Speaker: Joy Hawkins More Medieval Medicine
Admission: Members free, guests £2.50

2019 AGM

Report and further information coming soon.

Monthly Talk

Wed 19 June 2019: Jenny Gibbs A Turkish Shirley Valentine

Turkish Valentine For Jenny’s 50th birthday her work colleagues arranged for her to go on a cruise in the Aegean and once there she was immediately entranced by the scenery and thought: I am coming to live here.

On returning home, Jenny was offered voluntary redundancy and in September 1994, Jenny began her new life in Turkey. On landing, she had no idea where she was going but saw a white mini-bus. The bus ride ended on a village’s remote sandy beach. The passengers and the driver disappeared and Jenny was alone. She saw a building with its light on at the water’s edge. It was a restaurant and from there she was directed to a guest house with French windows opening on to a veranda facing the turquoise water and Jenny felt that she had reached paradise.

Jenny always ate in the restaurant and one evening asked the owner what she was eating. Her Turkish was poor and the owner thought she was asking for a job so she ended up working in the kitchen. There was a special weekend in the year when everybody in the village returned to the places from which they had originated to pay their respects to their elders. The head chef Mustafa, who had not previously spoken to Jenny suggested that he take her to his home.

The women who greeted her were there dressed in traditional costumes, full of colour and sparkle. Jenny said how lovely it would be to buy a home in the village and to Jenny’s astonishment, Mustafa suggested they buy a house together. He first showed her some modern houses but Jenny preferred a 200 year old farmhouse which had not been lived in for 2 years. They have now been renovating this together for 25 years and Jenny has indeed found her Valentine.

To read Vicki's full report go to Monthly Talk

John O'Groats to Lands End Beccles U3A member, Andy House, is cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End with his daughter, Rachel. With mum providing vital support throughout their journey, they are raising money for the MS Society, Mind and Macmillan. Click on Moving House Jogle to follow their journey as they travel south. If you wish to sponsor Andy and Rachel, please click on Donate

Good luck Andy and Rachel, safe journey and enjoy the views!

Events News

11th November 2019 - Thursford Christmas Spectacular - Deluxe seats and travel £56.00 APPROX.10 tickets still available Please go to Outings for more information

Proposed Outing
It has been bought to our attention that there is a Museum of Power at Langford just outside Maldon Essex. If anybody would be interested in this trip please use the Bird on the Visits page to let us know. If there is enough interest a trip could be arranged for Sept/Oct.