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Update on Interest Groups during Lockdown
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Walking - Meeting each month with limited numbers to ensure social distancing and to comply with guidelines - walks approximately 5 miles ending with option for Pub lunch
French Conversation - is continuing via Zoom video meetings, led by Ashby Merson Davies who is temporarily deputising for Dorothy Ross.
Bridge - Chrissie Markham continues to lead the group online, with those people who are interested registering with an online bridge site and simultaneously talking on WhatsApp.
Debating - Ali Larkin is continuing the group via email, suggesting topics. Members make an initial vote by email, followed by their email arguments collated by Ali, followed by a final vote. Current debate - Corporate Sponsorship is good for the Arts.
iPad -Richard Larkin is emailing suggested projects to the group, eg editing a photo and sending as an attachment, sending internet links.
Poetry - Anne Armstrong is emailing poems to her group and encouraging members to do the same.
Psychology Group 1 - Linda Jenkinson is emailing psychological topics for the members of her group to become involved in. Current topic - an online Personality Test.
Book Group - few members of the group have expressed interest in video meetings so Val Harris intends to ask members to make notes of the books they are reading during lockdown. There will be a general discussion of the books read at the first meeting after lockdown.
Science - Active via Zoom. The topic in November will be 'La Nina'.
This is a periodic cold event in the Pacific Ocean that has just commenced and will result in temporary changes to the normal weather patterns, mainly for those continents bordering the Pacific.
Photography – Ian Agnew is continuing to work with his group members on-line. Last month he sent out some articles about editing photos. This month the group are having a mini competition on the theme "spring". He has asked members to continue to take photos whilst on their daily exercise and share them with others.
Wine appreciation – Ian Agnew thinks it would be difficult to use a Zoom type meet up for the wine appreciation group as everyone would have to have the same wine and discuss it, which would be difficult to arrange during lockdown. However, he has sent videos of online wine reviewers in March. He will be sending out some reviews of new wines this month.
Psychology 2– Sylvia Harris intends to keep in touch with her group by telephone due to the fact that several members are not online.
Garden Visits - Sheenagh Nicholson and Elizabeth Mason have sent a link to their group members to a BBC News page which will enable them to access virtual tours of English gardens.
Art Appreciation - Jenny and Jeremy will be forwarding links to online virtual tours of galleries, art exhibitions and places of architectural interest around the world.
Painting and Sketching En Plein Air - Sally Martin has emailed her group suggesting they paint in their gardens, if they are able, until such time as they can start meeting together to paint out of doors. She has a couple of members who are not online and she will be keeping in touch with them by phone.
Work can be photographed and emailed to Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Martin 01580 211882
Scratchboarding - Jenny Dalleywater is ensuring her members have the equipment they need and is offering classes online to anyone who would be interested.
History – Trevor Thorpe intends to contact his group to find out who would be interested in a Zoom get together for a chat about possible online options.
Craft and Conversation – Karin Hayward has set up a WhatsApp group for those interested to enable members to get in touch for help with the projects they are working on at home.