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Monthly Meeting: 20 November 2019 - 9.30am
Doors Open 9.30am for refreshments
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Talk: Lionel Simms Decoding Stonehenge
Admission: Members free, guests £2.50

Monthly Meeting Report for October 2019

Graham welcomed 106 members plus 9 new members to the October meeting.

The meeting was slightly late in starting as people queued to get tickets for the December Christmas special meeting. Clearly they are now available from Beccles Public Hall ticket office for £2 on presentation of a valid membership card. A separate raffle ticket will be issued on the day which is Wednesday 11th December from 9.45 for tea and coffee etc with entertainment starting at 10.30.

  • Graham mentioned that we had received a certificate from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as we raised £253.90 from a collection taken after the talk by Ann Jillings. A tremendous effort, thank you.
  • Requests were made for additional members for

- English Country Dancing - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at the Quaker Hall from 10am to 12.
- Latin - 2nd and 4th Thursday in the Library with Harry Potter in Latin from 2pm to 4pm.
- Classical Music - 1st and 3rd Thursday at the Quaker Meeting Rooms 10am to 12

Please give them a try.

  • One of our members, Gillian Innes is interested in any information concerning suffragists in the Beccles area. Not to be confused with the better known suffragette movement. If you can help contact the Chairman who will pass on the information.

To see minutes from previous meetings, please to go Meetings

Monthly Talks

Monthly Talk September 2019

Ann Jillings and Varley the Dog: Dogs for the Deaf

Daniel and Varley At our September meeting Ann Jillings presented a very emotional talk on dogs for the deaf and certainly won the award for cute photographs! She was accompanied by Varley, a black Labrador who is partnered with her son Daniel who has been deaf from birth.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss – sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives, and can even save them. Their dogs are distinctive in that they wear burgundy coats with the Hearing Dogs logo, which also signals to other people that the person they're with is deaf.

To read more please go to Monthly Talk

October 2019

Chris Greenhill: My Day Monitoring Norwich Prison

Norwich Prison Inside every prison there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job. IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 3-4 visits per month. Chris is one such volunteer within Norwich Prison. His role is to monitor the day-to-day life in Norwich Prison and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

To read more please go to Monthly Talk

Programme of talks for 2020 - From Jazz to Astronomy and Antiques to Contraception, there is an excellent range of talks planned for 2020.

Group News

Computer Confidence - Change of day - Please note that from the 1st November, this group will meet from 3-5pm on a Friday.

Rowing 2019 - Due to the darkening evenings, rowing will now take place on Friday morning between 10am and 12 noon.

Events News

11th November 2019 - Thursford Christmas Spectacular SOLD OUT

Butley Priory, Woodbridge - Cancelled until next year