Because of the relaxation in COVID restrictions and the better weather people are getting out and about more. So it has been decided to suspend this group until the Autumn where you will be very welcome to join us.
Details for joining each coffee morning are circulated by email to group members. Let Bob Hornby know if you want to be added to the mailing list. They will also appear in the event listing on this page (but you will need to log in to the site to get the access details you need).
The group meets by arrangement with group members. From October we will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm at The Royal British Legion. We practise meditation for about an hour and have a cup of tea/coffee during the half hour following our meditation.
The group now meets from 2-4pm on the 3rd Monday of the month. The emphasis is on getting to know blues artists, their work and where it has been influential in the 20th century:
Review the lives of influential American blues artists of the 20th century .
Listen to examples of their recorded music.
Consider and listen to British music influenced by these artists.
Occasionally attend appropriate music events.
Play and sing some Blues in its simplest form (To misquote Woody Guthrie "More than 3 chords is just showing off"). The final 30 mins will be devoted to this and the simplest of instruments are welcome, but just listen if thats what you prefer.
The meetings are held at Steve Jones' house in Eastoke and accommodate seven people. Steve has a good collection of blues recorded music and literature and prepares a presentation each month supported by electronic literature (pdf’s), using dropbox.
Members are welcome to contribute in one or more of the following ways:
Bring an interest in Blues and a desire to enjoy the genre, through listening and discussion.
Prepare and give a presentation, if happy to. This can be related to a Blues artist or how their work has affected their own life (Desert Island Discs in Blue).
Whilst this is not primarily a performing group jamming/singing a bit of Blues will be fun and aid understanding the genre.
Subject to interest from a suitable range of players It is hoped to link this to a once monthly Blues Jam Session to be held at Casemates Studios, Hilsea from 12 - 3pm on the first monday of the month. This will be open to about 12 -16 members. The Jam session will require some playing and/or singing skills and a knowledge of the structure of the blues.Anyone interested in this should contact Steve Jones or Trevor Brash.
We meet every two months to try wines and socialise.
Get togethers are hosted by members of the group who decide the theme for the evening. Members bring a bottle that fits the theme costing no more than £10 with some information about it to present to the group.
The host provides some nibbles for the evening for which a small amount might be payable.
The group meets every 2 months, on the 3rd Monday of the month.
Members will taste certain wines from selected regions as specified by the host for that particular meeting. The initial idea is that pairs of Group members provide a bottle of wine between them with a limit of £10 a bottle. Each pair will present a short story on its characteristics/history/origin etc. Members will contribute towards the cost of cheese and biscuits.
The new Moneywise Group, led by Mike Burnham, has held its first meeting and has begun to evolve a programme. An announcement about expansion will be made when the Group is clear about its future development. The Group expects to deal with all financial matters ranging from Inheritance Tax, through other forms of taxation, various forms of savings and their taxation, down to savings achievable though the judicious use of web-site offers. The Group will also keep abreast of scams advised by the Police and will ensure dissemination through the Newsletter from time to time.