DECEMBEr - An evening with mulled wine and mince pies followed by musical entertainment by carole and MAlcolm Brown
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DECEMBER 2017 Members at our Christmas meeting were entertained by David Bayley who showed us slides on his Magic Lantern. He had us enthralled by the stories he told and got us all singing along. After refreshments provided by the Committee he played carols which made a festive feeing to our meeting. Members were reminded that there is no meeting in January as it would fall on New Year's Day but that February is our 95th birthday so we shall be entertained by the Gloucestershire Ukulele Band.
FEBRUARY 2018 was our 95th birthday and we celebrated with an entertaining evening of songs and music by the Gloucester Ukulele Strings Band. We were pleased to welcome Jan Turner, GFWI Chair and Maggie Vinson and Lesley Watters as our special guests. Wine and cake were served. Members danced to the music and everyone enjoyed the evening.
MARCH 2018. Our speaker was Merleen Watson with her hearing assistance dog, Grace, who gave us a most entertaining talk and demonstration of Grace's abilities. We found her to be a most inspiring speaker .and members listened to her talk with great interest.
APRIL 2018 Our speaker was Chris O'Grady who told us of his pilgrimage walking from Pershore in Worcestershire to Rome for an audience with the Pope and how he found lodgings on the way through the kindness of strangers. We also held a workshop in April on Folk-It art which was very interesting and enjoyed by the ladies who attended.
MAY 2018 We held a social evening. After discussion of the resolutions for the AGM in Cardiff, we finished the evening with a quiz provided by Angela and Kareen. Home made cakes were provided by Judy. Later in the month we held an outing to the Concorde museum in Bristol which was enjoyed by everyone who went.
JUNE 2018 Our speaker was Sue Down who told of the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War 2. This was a very interesting talk.
JULY 2018 Thomas Jenner Fust of Chorley's Antiques came to talk to us about antiques. A very interesting speaker, he also looked at various items brought by members and gave rough valuations of them.
AUGUST 2018 This was a social evening and members brought a variety of puddings for us all to try. Members found them all delicious and consumed plenty of calories.
SEPTEMBER 2018. Our Speaker this month was Tony Condor of the Gloucester Civic Trust who told us the history of Alney Island in the Westgate area of Gloucester. He illustrated his fascinating talk with slides showing the island.
OCTOBER 2018. In a change to our programme, our speaker this month was Margaret Daniels, the Bard of Barnwood, who entertained us with a variety of funny and bitter sweet poems which were thoroughly enjoyed by members. During October we held a workshop to make a Christmas decoration and also had a question and answer session with a funeral director which was very informative.
NOVEMBER. We held our AGM where we heard reports of the last year's activities and our financial situation. The same committee was returned. We enjoyed fish and chips and social time.
DECEMBER. Our Christmas meeting. We were entertained by Carole and Malcolm Brown who sand Christmas songs and songs from the musicals. This was followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
JANUARY 2019 - Our speaker Ian Rampton showed us how he teaches pupils to overcome their fear of water by immersing their faces in a bowl of water.
FEBRUARY 2019 - Ian Caskie told us about the SS Great Britain from launch to relaunch illustrated by slides. This told us what we shall see on our visit to the SS Great Britain planned for July.
MARCH 2019 - There was much hilarity as we undertook a Beetle Drive at our March meeting. We finished the evening with a quiz. Members agreed we had a fun social evening. Upcoming events. Members were reminded of the workshop in April, our trip to Kew Gardens in May, a strawberry tea courtesy of Angela in June, our trip to SS Great 'Britain in July and Breakfast and the Severn Bore in September.
APRIL2019 - Mike Bottomley dressed in Tudor costume and told us the story of Katherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VII who latterly lived at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe and is buried in the chapel there
MAY 2019 - Peter McNeile gave us a history of jump racing in Britain and the place Gloucestershire has in this history
JUNE 2019 - Danielle Mills was our speaker on the work of Medical Detection dogs and how they are used to alert their owners to impending illness and also to sniff out signs of cancer.