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Monthly Meeting: Wednesday 19 December 2018 - 10.30am
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Speaker: There is no speaker but plenty of Entertainment
Admission: Members Only £2 - Tickets available from the Public Hall Box Office

Christmas Meeting - 19 December 2018

Enjoy a tasty Christmas-themed buffet, entertainment and raffle at our new look Christmas get-together. For more information see the poster to the right.

Demand is always high for our Christmas meeting so I'm afraid entry is restricted to members only.

£2 per person with automatic entry into the raffle included, available at the Public Hall from 21st November 2018. Membership card will need to be presented.

Monthly Meeting 21 November 2018

The Chair, Graham Jermyn opened the November monthly meeting by welcoming 115 members and guests and 6 new members who were introduced to the audience.

Graham thanked the members of the refreshment group who had supplied tea, coffee and biscuits to the meeting before going on to announce that tickets for the Christmas meeting on 19th December are now on sale at the Public Hall Ticket office for the price of £2. A ticket allows entry to a raffle as well as a seasonal buffet and entertainment.

The Beccles U3A news boards in the foyer of the Public Hall have been given a facelift and are well worth a look. The same has happened with the Events Board with a host of new trips organised for December and several months into 2019. If you fancy a trip somewhere before Christmas we have a trip to Elgoods Brewery in Lincolnshire for their open day on 1st December. There is also a trip to Ipswich on 5th December to visit their museums or do some Christmas shopping. Details are available on the website or ring Irene Squirrell on 01502 713622.

Following on the heels of Barry Darch, Ivan Crane, one of our Walking Group convenors has written a book containing 10 of his favourite walks in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Vice Chair, Paul Gurbutt then provided some group information.

  • Computer Appreciation has a convenor and will be meeting on 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
  • English Country Dancing always welcomes new members - meeting at the Quaker Hall on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 1000-1200
  • Drawing and Painting 2 which meets at North Cove every 2 weeks on a Thursday is short of members and will have to close unless more join
  • The newly formed Archaeology group is looking for new members. If you can hold a trowel then you qualify! - contact Jim Savage, Membership Secretary

Please refer to Monthly Meetings to read notes of previous meetings

Monthly Talk - 21 November 2018

Richard Hughes – A career in the hospitality industry

Richard Hughes Richard’s career has taken him from a hotel pot wash to a Michelin-starred kitchen, and from his first restaurant opened with £200 in the bank to Director of Norwich’s premier venue, The Assembly House in Norwich.

Beginning his career in the kitchen as a 15-year-old at The Imperial Hotel in Great Yarmouth, Richard opened his first restaurant - Number 24 in Wymondham – in 1991. During his 11 years in Wymondham he also taught at the Hotel School at Norwich City College and began his popular, and still running, Step by Step column in EDP Norfolk Magazine. In 2002, he left Wymondham to open The Lavender House at Brundall to national acclaim, and very shortly after founded the Richard Hughes Cookery School, winning the inaugural British Cookery School of the Year award.

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

Fabulous days out planned for 2018 and 2019

Check out a fantastic range of outings planned for 2018 and 2019. From Snowdrops to Sandringham, there is something for everyone.

Group News

New Group - Computer Confidence - If you lack confidence using your computer, this is the group for you. Meeting between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Beccles Primary Academy (prev Crowfoot Primary School) Ellough Road, Beccles, the aim is to give you a grounding in what can be done on a computer. If you have a laptop, please bring it along. I'm afraid I do not have the name or contact details for the convenor, but as soon as I have them I will put them up.

Rowing - As the weather seems to be holding, the (summer) Rowing group has decided to continue getting out on the river on a Friday morning, weather permitting.

English Country Dancing On the 14 November the Hundred River Band will be playing at the group's session from 10am to 12 noon. in the Quaker Hall. All members and prospective members are welcome.

Group Grants If your group is in need of a little financial help, you may be able to take advantage of a Group Grant. Find out more about it by reading the Group Grants Notes then download the Group Grants Application

Badminton If you are looking for a fun way to keep fit over the winter, why not try your had at Badminton?