Culture & Singing Groups
Group Leader: Irene Jones We meet at 2.30 on the third Wednesday of the month.
I wonder what most people do when they want a nice, relaxing afternoon? Well some of us meet once a month to read poetry. Our group is small and friendly, meeting in my small sitting room. During the previous month we will have looked for suitable pre selected topics using our own books, the library or the internet. In January for instance it will be “Places in England” and in February “Bells, pipes and music”. Over the four years we’ve been meeting we will have covered just about every topic possible. Wonder what we’ll choose for the coming year? We don’t usually discuss our chosen poems or the poets who wrote them. We simply enjoy reading poetry. Some of our choices will be by better known poets, some completely unknown found on the internet of cut from our newspapers. Why not come and join us – even just to see what goes on?
Greetings from the Poetry Reading group
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things.”
Whether favourite or not so favourite, there will be poems about them somewhere. It seems to be possible to find a poem about absolutely anything. At each meeting we select a topic for the following month. For example in April we found poems about “water”. In May it is to be “farming”. Individually we use poetry books or the internet to find a selection of poems for the next meeting often reading poetry we hadn’t previously encountered. We seem to find plenty of poems to make us laugh whatever the topic. Sometimes the poems “speak for themselves” others intrigue us into discussion about possible meaning.
Singing for Pleasure
Group Leader: Joan Wayman
We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month between 11am and 12.30pm. We now have over 20 members including several men. We are a very relaxed group who just love to sing. The group consists of novice to experienced singers. We are led by a Music Teacher. We don't have a waiting list, can take new members and welcome anyone to come along to see if it is for them.
Group Leader: Paula Whittle
We meet on 3rd Friday 10.30-12.30
Group Leader: Alison Rutledge
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month between 10.30am and 12.30pm. (Now continuing after Christmas).
Hand-chimes are an easy way of playing tunes for which you do not need to be able to read music, as we play from numbers. It is similar to hand-bell ringing, which most people will have heard at Christmas time. But hand-chimes are much less expensive, bringing them within the price range of small groups. We meet at my house, on the Rayleigh side of Wickford, and have a good laugh as we try to master the chords! We have a few spaces in the group at present if anyone would like to come and ‘have a go’.