Thorpe Bay

THE THORPE BAY U3A MONTHLY MEETING

July Meeting

This month our speaker was Robert Parker a professional Genealogist who gave us a talk entitled 'Smuggling an Accursed Things' (apparently a quote from John Wesley the Methodist leader).

Robert talked about the history of smuggling in general but in particular focussed on members of his own family who had lived in Minehead in Somerset for many generations going back to the 18th century & who were involved in the trade on both sides of the fence both as smugglers but also as Revenue officials. Smuggling owes its origins to the imposition of duty on imported goods by the Crown to finance overseas wars. Many people saw this as an iniquitous imposition & sought ways to avoid the duty. Smuggling reached its heights in the 18th & early 19th centuries but improved policing resulted in the virtual eradication of the trade by the 1860s (apart of course from the smuggling in people that still goes on today!). In the 19th century it was estimated that the smuggling trade cost the government £2 million in revenue each year; a sizeable portion of the total government revenue of £12 million.

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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 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 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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