BIOGRAPHY OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
Biography of Famous People - Hinchley Wood 2nd Thursdays monthly 10:.30 to 12:00.
Meetings are held in the leader’s home. The Leader says:
"There are currently 6 members and all regularly attend unless on holiday.
The group started in August 2012. The idea came from the fact that I love reading biographies, writing and have a fascination with people’s lives and achievements.
This is a most friendly group with plenty of humour, where everyone brings their own choice of a “snap shot” biography which has interested them, to each session. We then have 20 minutes or so to each read out our notes. It is emphasized to everyone, especially new members, that “interesting” people can be anyone, living or dead, from the world of business, sport, medicine, actors, celebrities to your neighbour who lives up the road who has lived a particularly interesting life."
It is also emphasized to members that they do not need to read a biography book or write lots of notes. Some members read books, some look up the biography on line, some take a few notes from a newspaper or TV programme. Some write 2 pages, some half a page and others bring just the name. It makes no difference because for each biography brought we all join in the discussion. This invariably leads onto much chatter about the subject and everything else!
The biographies we have covered range from……..Alan Turing and David Attenborough to Rudyard Kipling and Florence Nightingale, to Princess Margaret and Indira Ghandi, to Tutankhamun and Betty Boothroyd! Plus a day in the life of a World War 1 soldier. One lady usually takes a famous person such as Charlie Chaplin but instead of talking about him, she will choose his mother to tell us about which is most original.
We have covered nearly 300 biographies so far. So in one morning every month we can visit several different countries and time zones in history. How delightful !
Our future plans are to add many more biographies to our knowledge, and visit more places when possible, such as Whitely village where one of our members has kindly arranged a visit for the group to be shown the area by one of the villagers. We will be visiting the museum and learning about the history of this innovative community after hearing about William Whitely.
We also plan to have a Christmas lunch, as we do every year!
If anyone is interested please contact us, or of course come for a cup of tea/coffee and meet the others, everyone is very welcome.