26th June 2020
18 fellow Discoverers ‘met‘ via Zoom on 26th June for our first lockdown meeting, which we are pleased to say went very well. Of course, the social aspect of face to face meetings is impossible to replicate online, but we were still able to chat and enjoy an interesting and informative presentation about Scarborough – the place of Bob Walton’s happy childhood holidays. Thank you Bob for being our guinea pig and negotiating the technology to share photographs, paintings and memories with us.
We also shared our answers to the Cryptic UK Towns and Cities quiz, sent out to members previously. If anyone else is losing sleep over it, email me and I’ll try to put you out of your misery!
We look forward to ‘meeting’ again on 24th July (4th Friday of the month) at 10 am, when Steve Carter has offered to present to us – subject to be decided. The meeting link will be sent out a few days before the event – it will be good to see you!
If anyone would like a practice Zoom session in advance of the next meeting, please contact us via the email icon above.
Andrea and Shirley
We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these extraordinary times …..
Andrea and I met(socially distanced, of course!) and spoke about Discovering Britain. Nobody had any idea that this crisis was going to last so long, and we’d like to try to maintain the interest generated by our first meeting until we can all meet again in person.
With your permission, we would like to contact group members by email once a month. (Being aware that those members who have agreed to pass on information to those without access to email may currently find this difficult – let us know if that is the case and we can arrange to post messages out the old fashioned way!)
So many ideas were generated at our first meeting that we feel sure some of you will have some creative ideas as to how to safely pursue our mutual interest during the current pandemic. We look forward to hearing them and hopefully putting some of them into practice in the coming months.
Our first idea: we have emailed out a quiz to exercise the grey matter. Cryptic clues to towns and cities in the UK. Problem is, we don’t have the answers… There are no prizes, either, so be prepared to fight your corner if your response disagrees with someone else’s! We don’t need to see your answers – we can pick it up when we meet face to face in the future.
If you do not wish to receive a monthly email from Discovering Britain, please let us know and we’ll remove you from the mailing list.
Andrea and Shirley
Do you want to find out more about Britain? Would you like to share what you already know? Maybe enjoy days out and holidays not too far from home? If so, come and join us!
Where: Clee House, Lanescourt Close, Tewkesbury GL20 5JQ
When: 4th Friday of each month, from 10 am till 12 noon
If you think this group may be of interest to you, please contact Andrea on 01684 294676 or Shirley on the email link above right.
A £1.50 fee for each session will cover rent, U3A contribution and refreshments
Discovery: The act of detecting something new or something previously unrecognised as meaningful; to gain knowledge or an awareness of something not known before.
Aims for the group: to further our knowledge of the British Isles / to have some fun!
Our first and only meeting (pre-lockdown)generated lots of ideas, which we condensed down to 6 themes with which to guide the group's direction:
Industry / traditional crafts
History / Sacred sites
Out and about
We hope to be able to further our explorations, albeit in a different format!