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Monthly Meeting: 19 February 2020 - 9.30am
Doors Open 9.30am for refreshments
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Talk: Mu Gurbutt Exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show

Does music come to your mind involuntarily and repeatedly?

Dr Georgina Floridou of Sheffield University is conducting a study about music that appears involuntarily and repeatedly in the mind and how ageing might affect its characteristics.

Her study is addressed to people over 60 years old, is based on a smartphone application for Android phones/tablets and lasts for 4 days.

The committee agreed to advertise this request for volunteers at Beccles U3A. If you are interested please contact Dr Floridou at

U3A in Sheffield encourages its members to participate in research studies and has a specific section on their website where they advertise research project

Dr Floridou says she needs the help of organisations like the U3A as it is extremely challenging finding participants above 60 years old. Unfortunately, the majority of her findings come from people below 35 years old which although useful they are not indicative and cannot be generalised to the rest of the population.

St Peters Brewery and Tour of House 27 January 2020 - CANCELLED due to lack of interest

Monthly Meeting

January 2020 meeting report on its way.

To see minutes from previous meetings, please to go Meetings

Monthly Talks

January 2020 Ray Simmons The Trumpet shall Sound - Recollections of a life in music

Ray Simmons was Principal Trumpeter for two decades with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra enabling him to work with some of the world’s finest conductors and soloists. In that capacity he also had the privilege of sharing the platform with some of the great jazz artists of the day such as Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich, even taking part in a mid-Atlantic jam session on the QE2 with Andre Previn.

Throughout his time in London he was very active in the London session scene in addition to teaching at the Guildhall School of Music. In 2001 after a five year stint with the Stavanger Symphony in Norway he retired from full-time trumpet playing and now lives in Beccles where he is delighted to have rediscovered a talent for, and a love of the jazz piano.

Ray concluded with a piece of jazz piano by Andre Previn, which Ray said was crying out for a solo - so he accompanied live, Andre on his trumpet - wonderful!

Ray is taking part in a fundraising event on Wednesday 13 May in aid of St. Michael’s Church Beccles.

To read Vicki's full report please go to Monthly Talk

Outings News

Impaired Mobility
If you require a wheelchair or have a problem walking, please contact Irene on 01502 713622 or email before booking any of the trips. Whilst all the trips are booked with disabled access in mind, there may be some that include uneven terrain, steps or getting on and off coaches and minibuses

Thursford Christmas Spectacular - Possibly one of most popular outings of the whole year is back on the calendar. For more information, go to the Outings page

Dates for Waveney Stardust' days out are now on the Outings page

Group News

Walking 2 - The 2020 programme of walks for this group is now on their group page. From between 5 and about 7 miles, take a look at a great selection of walks.

Walking 3 has also put up a timetable of their 2020 walks. They are slightly shorter at between 2 and about 4 miles and again a great selection of fabulous walks await you.

Madrigal Singing SATB We always welcome new singers and at the moment are particularly looking out for a male tenor and another 'top sop'. If you have always wanted to sing madrigals, why not get in touch?

New Group - Planting Young Trees If you are passionate about saving Britain's natural woodland and unique landscape, this is the group for you. Please take a look at what the group aims to do and contact the convenor, Philip Evans, by email or phone.

Art for Fun New Group - Art for Fun We are very grateful to a new member who has come forward offering to teach people to paint still life. This is a great opportunity if you have always wanted to learn but never had the opportunity. The initial program would be for 12 weeks, every week and then a break. If group members are committed and passionate about their learning then a second 12 week programme may be run culminating in an exhibition.

If you are interested then contact the Chairman on Chair or ring 07835 509773. A meeting will be set up to discuss the day, time and venue etc and a course syllabus will be available. More information on Art for Fun