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Postponed AGM: Wednesday 17 August 2022
Arrive 9.30am for a 10.15am start
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Members only
Talk - David Bussey - George Skipper, Architect of Norwich Arcade and other Buildings

2022 AGM

AGM 2022 As there was no quorum when members gathered on the 20 July 2022 for the AGM this has now been postponed until 17 August 2022.

An amended agenda for the AGM can be seen on 2022 AGM Agenda amended The other documentation associated with the AGM is available to the right of this page.

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Monthly Talk

Royal Arcade Norwich David Bussey spent most of his working life teaching English and some History of Art at St Paul’s School in London. Since retiring to Norwich he has been writing, researching and lecturing on local buildings from the nineteenth century and has co-written booklets on Skipper and Boardman. He is at present chairman of the Norwich Society Publications Working Group.

George Skipper, 1856-1948, was an architect based in Norfolk who practised for almost 70 years, but this illustrated talk will focus mainly on the middle decade of his life, the period of his finest work. Between 1896 and 1906 he designed ten extraordinarily inventive and ingenious commercial buildings for the centre of Norwich, all of which continue to enhance the urban scene. They reflect the richness and eclecticism of the Edwardian years and include the Royal Arcade, Surrey House, Jarrolds and the Haymarket Chambers (now Pret a Manger). They have been called architectural ‘fireworks’, with some justification.

Land's End to John O'Groats at 90

Peter Langford Beccles u3a member, Peter Langford, is hoping to cycle this iconic route for the 4th time in August 2023. Having completed the route unaided at the ages of 75, 80 and 85 and raised a whopping £58,000 for charity, next year he thinks he might need a little help. Peter is hoping someone can either lend or allow him to rent a Motorhome to carry his heavy gear and provide shelter at night while he is on the road. To read his full story, please click on Lands End to John O Groats at 90 and let's see what we can do to help.

Latest News

Outings to Wyken Vineyard and Bletchley Park - the last booking and payment date has been extended to the 5 September 2022


Up and Coming Outings

River Waveney Day Cruise Waveney Stardust Day Cruise - 19 August 2022 - enjoy a wonderful day out gliding between the beautiful banks of the River Waveney and enjoying the antics of ducks, moorhens, swans and more. After a 2 hour break at Oulton Broad relax for a peaceful afternoon cruising back to Beccles

One of a series of river cruises to Oulton Broad, go to the Outings page for more information

Orwell Lady Trip to Ipswich and a cruise on the Orwell Lady - 15 September 2022
Spend the morning browsing the museums and shops before boarding the Orwell Lady for an afternoon of cruising and a delicious tea.

Approximate cost £60pp Call Irene on 01502 713 622 if you are interested.

Last booking and payment dates for future outings

Ipswich & Orwell Lady river cruise Booking and payment due 17 August 2022,
Wyken Vineyard Booking and payment due 5 September 2022
Bletchley Park Booking and payment due 5 September 2022
Thursford Christmas Spectacular Booking and payment due 17 August 2022


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