Ravenshead

Creative Writing

Group Leader David TurnerTel. 01623 793039
Meetings On the Friday, a week following the Monthly meeting2 - 4 PM
Meets At Group members houses
Status; Current Not full

The Creative Writing Group meets once a month in the home of he Creative Writing Group meets once a month in the home of a member. Currently we have 6 active members.

At present we write original material and present a piece to the group for comment and friendly appraisal. From time to time we may present favourite published pieces (prose or poetry) by established authors. If you are interested in joining us, give me a call. David Turner 793039

FUTURE MEETINGS
DATE HOST TELEPHONE
18 January 2019 David Turner 793039
22 February 2019 Alan Kirkham 797432
22 March 2019 Christine Smith 467911
12 April 2019 David Turner 793039
24 May 2019 Sheila Kirkham 471576
21 June 2019 Jill Rogers 484636
19 July 2019 Eileen Jallands 793323
23 August 2019 Alan Kirkham 797432
20 September 2019 Christine Smith 467911
18 October Eileen Jallands 793323
22 November Sheila Kirkham 471576
2o December Jill Rogers 484636

PLEASE NOTE: 12 APRIL MEETING RUNS 2.30 PM TO 4.30 PM

We are in regular contact with the U3A Subject Adviser and receive the quarterly Newsletters. A recent sample piece by our members is given below. Please see link to the right to bring up a further example.

BIRTHDAY BLUES
I'm 21 today, 21 today
I've got the key of the door
Never been 21 before
And from today I can do as I like
So shout, Hip-hip Hooray
For I’m a jolly good fellow
I’m 21 today.

I’ve worked hard at school and then at University and I have just graduated with a First-Class Degree in Accountancy and Finance. I was brought up to believe that getting good qualifications was the key to securing a good job and a good career. I have got on the first rung of the ladder now! A good life stretches before me! People have sent me cards, saying “Your whole life is before you!” “You can do anything you want!” “You can go right to the top!”

I'm 31 today, 31 today
I've got a house with a door
Never been 31 before
And every day I do as I like
So shout, Hip-hip Hooray
For I’m a jolly good fellow
I’m 31 today.

Now I’m very settled in my life. I got married to Cynthia six years ago and my son Giles is now three years old. Life could not be better. I’ve got a really good job with a good salary and I have a career for life to look forward to. I’m hoping that one day I could become Finance Director. Some of my colleagues in the firm have left for more money but I prefer stability. Unlike them, I’m not spending my money rashly, I’m saving it.

I'm 41 today, 41 today
We’ve now got another floor
Never been 41 before
And every day, my life is to like
So shout, Hip-hip Hooray
For I’m a jolly good fellow
I’m 41 today.

Now I’ve got a real family: my wife Cynthia, my thirteen year-old son Giles and my daughter Debbie, who is eight years old. We were able to build a small extension to the house, putting in a larger kitchen and a utility room, to give more floor space for a family of four. Unfortunately, no sooner had the builders completed their work, than my career suffered a bit of a downturn: I was made redundant which was a bitter blow. In a way it was my own fault, because I fell out with my boss. He wanted to merge our business with another company, but when I looked at the financial situation of the other business, I urged him not to go ahead, because it was too risky. But my boss said, “You’ve got to speculate to accumulate”, which has never been my philosophy. Rather foolishly, perhaps, I kept up my warnings, so my boss brought in the Finance man from the other company and sacked me. I have managed to get a fairly good job, but with a lower salary and no prospect of advancement. I don’t know how long it will last and I don’t really trust my new boss. But I’m so proud of Giles and Debbie. They’re going to grow up to be fine people. People that any Dad can be proud of.

I'm 51 today, 51 today
Still got the key of the door
Never been 51 before
But today, my life’s not to like
Don’t shout, Hip-hip Hooray
I’m not a jolly good fellow
I’m 51 today.

It’s my birthday but I don’t feel like celebrating it. The children have left home. Giles is 23 and he just seems to drift from job to job, never settling to any kind of career. He’s living in a run-down flat in a bad area. Lots of druggies around but I don’t think he has joined them - yet. He’s sent me a birthday card anyway, so that’s something. Debbie is eighteen and has been a rebellious teenager for the last five years. Impossible to control, staying out all night and experimenting with all kinds of undesirable things. She’s managed to get reasonable A-levels, however, by some miracle, and an offer at one of these new Universities. You know, one of these places just upgraded from a College of Further Education. This one is desperate to get more students, so they take practically anybody, I think.

I'm 61 today, 61 today
I've lost the key of the door
Never been 61 before
I’ve just got nothing to like
So shout, alack alay
For I’m a miserable fellow
I’m 61 today.

My Birthday has arrived once again, but there is nothing to celebrate. My wife Cynthia has left me. She complained that I was too boring and so she took up with a younger man she met in the pub when she was doing her part-time bar-maiding job. Giles is still drifting, but Debbie is doing very well in her job in Public Relations. She owns her own flat, but she’s been in three different relationships (as they call them nowadays). Living in sin as my Grannie always called it. I can’t see Debbie marrying a nice young man now, so my dreams of getting a son-in-law to chat with and perhaps help me with jobs around the house are unlikely to come true any time soon.

I'm 71 today, 71 today
The landlord owns the key of the door
Never been 71 before
And just today I got notice to quit
Don’t shout, at all at all
For I’m such a useless fellow
I’m 71 today.

Life can be very hard for a pensioner. I don’t hear anything from my ex-wife – she doesn’t want anything to do with me. Giles has gone off to live in Australia and Debbie never contacts me. I haven’t any savings, but then I don’t have any debts. In another four years I’ll be able to get a free Television Licence, so that’s something to look forward to, isn’t it?

I'm 81 today, 81 today
I’ve recovered the key of the door
Never been 81 before
And all the time I can do as I like
So shout, Hip-hip Hooray
For I’m a jolly good fellow
I’m 81 today.

Life is looking up again. Its not the life I wanted when I was 21, because I lost my job and I lost my wife and I have lost touch with my son and my daughter. But I’ve got used to the fact that they’re not around and now I don’t miss ‘em all that much! I keep busy – there are lots of Clubs in the village and I’m out every day, practically. And I’ve taken up dancing. I was never any good at dancing, but I’m still quite light on my feet.

There are a lot of nice ladies in the Dance Club and I’m starting to feel quite attracted to one of them. I make all my own meals – mind you, most of them are what are known as Ready Meals, and they’re very nourishing. I like them. From time to time I think about my past life and career, but all my problems and disappointments seem to be fading away quite quickly and I think “What’s done can’t be undone”, so that’s an end of it.

In any case, my memory’s not what it used to be – in fact, it seems to get worse every day, almost. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about, but in a perverse way, it’s quite helpful. I seem to be developing a selective memory – I can’t remember the unhappy times, but I can remember the happy ones. So, when I think about the past, it now seems to be an almost continuously happy time.

I know that over the years I lost my job, lost my wife, lost my son and lost my daughter, but nowadays that doesn’t seem to matter much. Do you know, I’m happier today than I’ve ever been in my life. Contented. No worries. No stress. No debts. No one to think about but myself. The eighties turns out to be, after all I have been through, the Time of My Life.

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Angling Antiques
Belly Dancing Book Reading Group 1
Book Reading Group 2 Bowls
Bridge for Beginners Canasta
Chess and backgammon Computing
Country and Folk Dancing Craft Workshops
Creative Writing Cryptic Crossword
Current Affairs Family History
French Conversation Garden Group
Guitar Hikers (5 - 8 miles)
Knitting and Crochet Latin
Local History Luncheon Group
Mahjong Music appreciation
Painting Pastels
Photography For Fun Play Reading
Science and Technology Scrabble Cribbage
Spanish The Weekenders
Thursday Walking Group Wine Group
Yoga (Improvers)