Ems Valley

Brick Business

BRICK BUSINESS
We have been meeting for over two years now and, in spite of the title, we are gaining in
membership!! Many members complain that a certain group is full! We still have vacancies –
join while you can! Currently we are 41 members.

What do we do, talk about and would you be interested? Do you like Brick Buildings?
If it’s made of Brick we discuss it! And just look around you – we live in Emsworth,
Hampshire, a brick county. For very obvious reasons, houses and public buildings are
constructed in the material that lies beneath the topsoil. In the Cotswolds it is stone, here we
harvest the clay and make it into bricks. That’s how it started. Now, our local brickworks
(Lumley, Rowlands Castle, Hayling Island, Burrfields Road, Cowplain,) have all closed and
like many things production is centred at larger works in Sussex, the Midlands and the North.
Initially we worked our way through the history of the BRICK. Starting with mud bricks
dried by the sun in Mesopotamia 10,000 years BC, we than graduated to the Romans looking
at their Classical period when bricks were extensively used and still survive to this day. We
then went through the various periods in this country and in Europe, until we reached the
present day.

In the summer we go walkabouts, and we have already had very interesting looks at Fareham,
Emsworth, Havant and Westbourne.

Many of our members typically did not know one end of a brick from the other, but they now
tell me that their lives have been changed…… Now when they go on holiday they are not
looking up to see if the sun is shining, or how far to the next coffee shop/ pub /icecream
parlour – no, they are engrossed in the next building – is it a clamp, pressed or wirecut – is
that a dental course – look at that corbelling holding up that roof!

You can join this new world! We have been working very successfully on Zoom throughout
lockdown and will probably stay with this medium until the end of 2021. We meet currently
at 2:00pm on the fourth TUESDAY in the month.

If you wish to join us please email: Alan Borrow at
alanborrow@virginmedia.com

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French (adv) French (inter)
French (mixed) Gardening group 1
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Italian Beginners Jazz Appreciation
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