Issue 44

May 2013

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Reading for Pleasure Group 2 “The Other”

Yes…..we do exist and have been sharing our reading and discussing a wide range of books for the last three years. We meet on the second Monday afternoon of the month, taking it in turns to host the group in our own homes, where we not only dissect the book but also enjoy putting the world to rights over tea and biscuits in the break.

Our excellent co-ordinator, Barbara Davy keeps order, ensuring each member of the group has the opportunity to voice her opinion.

Our favourite book last year, by a narrow margin, was The Glass Room by Simon Mawer.

We chose this year’s list from a selection offered by the group,as we each wrote down a maximum of 5 suggested books, put the slips in a bag and each chose one. This ensured a wide selection including Margaret Attwood’s picture of a post apocalyptic society in “The Year of the Flood” and “Dear Austin”, Nina Bawden’s account of the death of her husband in the Potter’s Bar railway disaster,  with new publications by PD James and Kate Mosse included. Our April book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

No doubt at the next meeting we will also be discussing the decision by the library service to levy a subscription charge of £25 for reading groups, but this does allow us to continue to borrow up to 10 sets of books a year.


Joan Tickle …member of the group

The Strollers

The Stroller group continues to go from strength to strength! We regularly have 16 – 18 Strollers and on several occasions there have been as many as 22. Started by Ivan in 2008, I took over leadership the following year walking on the first Tuesday of each month. This year, however, we have started a walk on the third Tuesday of each month under Ivan’s leadership.

Finding interesting 4 miles walks is not always easy, our next walk will be along the new cycleway to Ripley. Occasionally walks have to be changed due to adverse weather conditions, last year was particularly difficult!!

If numbers continue to grow then it may adversely affect transporting of the group by bus. If anyone can think of a way round this problem please let us know.

Please note a change of bus time for the walk on June 4th we shall be catching the 12.40 ‘770’ bus – times have changed since I wrote the programme.


Barbara Peel

Tai Chi

This group is continuing to grow and we are pleased that Breffni, our instructor has put off a trip to China this summer which would certainly have shortened our summer term. The next term started on April 18th and generally runs for ten weeks but we squeezed an extra session in during the Spring term! We are happy for people to join us at any time during the term and you are welcome to come for a trial session first. For more information please contact Val Cooke on 506837 or email to:


Val Cooke