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Monthly Meetings

We meet at 2 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby.
There is normally a guest speaker or, in December, musical entertainment.
This is followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to meet and talk with other members.


Future programme
DateSpecial EventsSpeakerSubject

Tue 24th AprPat & Pete Fitzpatrick Supporting SOS Children's Villages
Tue 22nd MayFool's GoldAcoustic music & the stories behind the songs
Tue 26th JunJulie Ede Edward and Mrs Simpson
Tue 24th JulAGMMark Walsh The Variety Theatre
Tue 28th AugCream TeanoneCream Tea served by the Committee
Tue 25th SepAnn FeatherstoneThe baby-killer and the thief - Victorian crimes
Tue 23rd OctAlan Gray'You cannot be serious' - a Wimbledon umpire
Tue 27th NovRoger HailwoodThe National Memorial Arboretum
Tue 11th DecChristmas EventTBAMusical entertainment
Tue 22nd JanJohn WinterIntercare - Medical Aid to Africa
Tue 26th FebWilliam J FrenchA Butler to Royalty
Tue 26th MarRalph Jerram The history of Desert Island Discs

Tea Rota, Meeters & Greeters, Reporting Groups

MonthTea GroupMeet & GreetReporting Groups
Tue 24th AprJane Barnett, June Meir, Marion Shuttleworth, Sheila HampsonLeslie & David ThomasItalian & Literature
Tue 22nd MayVal & Trevor ReedLunch & Medium Walks
Tue 26th JunAnne Donegan +Dorothy ChapmanMusic Appreciation & Quiz
Tue 24th JulRecorder & Short Walks
Tue 28th AugThe CommitteeNo groups reporting
Tue 25th SepSupper and Trips & Outings
Tue 23rd OctJean Preece +Walking and Arts & Crafts
Tue 27th NovJenny & Pete Slawson, Bridget & Jim FairwayBird Watching & Bridge
Tue 11th DecThe CommitteeNo groups reporting


27th March
Subject: Becoming a Blue Badge Guide
Speaker: Margaret Harrison

Margaret Harrison has been the holder of the coveted 'Blue Badge' for many years giving her the right to conduct guided walks, guided city centre tours and also bus tours in Nottinghamshire. Margaret explained how the blue badge qualification came into being in 1951 and how much learning you had to take on board in the hope of then passing the necessary examination in order to obtain the said badge. A total of 150 questions had to be answered in just 45 minutes and candidates had to score a minimum of 131 correct answers to pass the test. Once obtained, badge holders are under a duty not to bring the Blue Badge into disrepute or else the badge can be taken away from you.

Margaret gave us all an extremely amusing talk about slipping and sliding down Mortimer's hole in Nottingham whilst leading a group of tourists around the city as well as many other very funny anecdotes. This included the story about the over enthusiastic tourist who wanted to know how many undiscovered caves there were in Nottingham. Margaret knew exactly how to deal with such questions in calm and collected manner. It would be fair to say that Margaret had us all laughing our socks off for well over an hour.




Ashby Spa WI singing group. December 2017