As of March 2010 the photography group came under “new management.” All the group
members would like to express their thanks to Carolyn Watson, (Group Leader), Julie
Eldridge (Events Coordinator) and Pauline Nolan (Treasurer/Secretary) for their outstanding
work over the last few years, and their leadership in building up the group to its
present level. During their time in office, many trips and events have been organised
that have stretched the group in their understanding of camera technology and photographic
techniques. Photography nowadays also requires an understanding of how to download
pictures to the computer, digital editing, emailing and printing, so there is much
to stretch the old brain muscles.
I would like to thank David Purser and Eileen Crank for their willingness to assist
me in taking over this thriving group and we hope we can continue the legacy that
has been started and encourage the group to new achievements and accomplishments.
With some changes to the programme, the Friday group continued with the theme of
language. Over two meetings Mary King explained some of the ideas of Jacques Derrida.
The following meeting was an ethical discussion lead by Geoffrey King on ‘Ethics
of Theatre’, which covered the use of theatre to propagate the mythology of the ancient
Greeks through to the more modern ideas such as ‘The Dolls House’ by Ibsen. At the
May meeting we will be looking at the ideas of Steven Pinker on the role of ‘Thought
on Language’, led by Terry Collins.
Meanwhile the Tuesday group continued with the theme of the Greeks. After ending
our examinations of Aristotle’s theories we moved on to the more defensive philosophies
of the Hellenistic period. First we looked at Diogenes and the Cynics. After a break
for a very interesting ethical discussion on the topic of ‘Responsibility in a joint
enterprise’, led by Avril Bullus, we returned to the Greeks and led by John Wilby
we discussed Epicurus and the Epicureans and found that far from the popular impression
of them leading a life of hedonistic debauchery they really advocated and lived in
a very simple and modest manner. We shall continue with the Stoics and their influence
through the Roman era.
In the next academic year. Starting in September, we shall work our way through ‘Philosophy,
the Basics’ a book on philosophic methods of thought and discussion, written by Nigel
Warburton (senior lecturer on philosophy for the Open University) for first year
Both groups are very friendly and there is still some room for new members in the
Tuesday Group. We meet at 2.00 pm, on the third Tuesday in the month. If you are
Reading For Pleasure.
We are coming to the end of another successful and enjoyable year. The meetings are
normally attended by 14 members and our discussions are lively and informative.
We chose 11 books at our September meeting. We like to include one historical factual
book, a biography, classic novel and a crime one. We are trying something different
this year which is called "book in a brown paper parcel". Yes it does sound rather
dubious, but what it entails is that everybody brings a book of their own choice
wrapped in paper. The books are then handed round to the members, we read them, and
at our June meeting we are each giving a review of the book which we have been given
to read. It should be a very interesting exercise, and I am looking forward to the
June meeting. If this is successful I hope that we will be able to repeat the exercise
again next year.
We are also giving points of various categories for every book which we read, and
in September, I will announce which book has been our most successful during this
I'm not able to accept any new members at the moment. I did suggest at the AGM that
rather than compiling a very long waiting list, that perhaps some other willing person
would like to form another reading group. I would be only too willing to give some
help, and could even suggests some reasonably priced premises rather that holding
a meeting in their own home.