Thorpe Bay

THE THORPE BAY U3A MONTHLY MEETING

May Meeting

This month saw us welcome Deborah Brady who talked to us about her career as a Fleet Street photographer.

A keen photographer, at the age of 22 Deborah decided to try her luck getting a job on Fleet Street. She approached the ‘Today’ newspaper & managed to get taken on for the day as a trial. As luck would have it she was sent to Heathrow & managed to get a photo of Michael Jackson (then at the height of his fame) that no one else had been able to get. It became a front page spread & she never looked back.

From there she had assignments all over the country, dealing with human interest stuff to disasters to sports events & to Royal snapshots. She worked also for the Mirror group of newspapers & for the Times, finishing as a Picture Editor. Her career dated from before the introduction of digital technology & she illustrated, with the help of one of our members, just how much ‘gear’ she had to carry on each assignment including up to three cameras; many lenses; film; flashlights & batteries; not to mention a step ladder so that she could get photos above the heads of the crowd, or other photographers.

Deborah ‘retired’ from Fleet Street at age 38 to pursue a very different career. She took a degree in Country Recreation Management & now works in Essex at a country park. She still works as a photo-traveller & said that her aim in a few years’ time is to travel the world & take photos on a full time basis.

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Facebook
Our U3A has a lively Facebook group where members provide news, views and chat freely to other members. You will need to have your own Facebook account to be able to join and you will find us when you search Facebook for 'U3A Thorpe Bay'. This is a closed group for our members only so you will have to request to join on the Facebook page. The 'admins' of this group are Barry Linton, Anne Marcus and Sue Harsent.

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Book Table

A Book Table is set up at each meeting run by Marian Livermore. You may bring a book & swap it for a new one.

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Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Jun 21st

Prof Janice ThompsonMoving + Eating Well = Ageing Well
Fri Jul 19th

Robert ParkerSmuggling an Accursed Thing
Fri Aug 23rd

Paul AdamsonMy Music
Fri Sep 20th

Sue MerrittThe Glorious 1800s
Fri Oct 18th

Amanda SutherlandTrends of a Decade
Fri Nov 15th

Pam JonesMy U3A life
Fri Dec 13th

Xmas Show
Outings
Thu May 23rd Sandwich - Kent Day visit. £12.00 per person. FULL
Thu Jun 20th Sutton Hoo & Woodbridge Day trip. Cost £12.00 per person for National Trust members; £25 pp for others.FULL
Wed Jul 10th Saffron Walden A day trip. Cost £10.00pp. Still places.
Thu Aug 29th Deben Cruise & Lunch Cruise on river Deben followed by lunch at the Black Tiles pub. Cost £48.00pp. FULL
Thu Sep 5th Wisley Flower Show

Cost £12 per person including entrance.FULL
Wed Oct 16th Hole Park A day trip to these beautiful gardens in Kent. £12.00pp. Still places available.
Thu Nov 28th Bluewater Day trip. £9.00pp. Still places.
Thu Dec 5th Kew Gardens Xmas Lights Price still to be set. Places available.
Sun Dec 15th Thursford with overnight stop.

We are taking bookings for this. Coach from Thorpe Bay to The Links Hotel, Sherringham. Tea and coffee on arrival. Dinner at 4.00.
Coach to the Thursford Show which is at 7.00. coffee and mince pies on your return to the hotel.
Breakfast in the morning, followed by a visit to Norwich.
Cost is £165 pp. Deposit £25. Single supp. £22.50. FEW PLACES STILL AVAILABLE
Holidays
Mon Oct 7th Bruges. Three nights B&B in central hotel in Bruges including day trip to Ypres. Travel by coach via Eurotunnel. Cost £220 per person. A Few places may still be available. Ask for details.

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