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.
|Tue 27th Mar||Margaret Harrison||Becoming a Blue Badge guide|
|Tue 24th Apr||Pat & Pete Fitzpatrick||Supporting SOS Children's Villages|
|Tue 22nd May||Fool's Gold||Acoustic music & the stories behind the songs|
|Tue 26th Jun||Julie Ede||Edward and Mrs Simpson|
|Tue 24th Jul||AGM||Mark Walsh||The Variety Theatre|
|Tue 28th Aug||Cream Tea||none||Cream Tea served by the Committee|
|Tue 25th Sep||Ann Featherstone||The baby-killer and the thief - Victorian crimes|
|Tue 23rd Oct||Alan Gray||'You cannot be serious' - a Wimbledon umpire|
|Tue 27th Nov||Roger Hailwood||The National Memorial Arboretum|
|Tue 11th Dec||Christmas Event||TBA||Musical entertainment|
|Tue 22nd Jan||John Winter||Intercare - Medical Aid to Africa|
|Tue 26th Feb||William J French||A Butler to Royalty|
Tea Rota, Meeters & Greeters, Reporting Groups
|Month||Tea Group||Meet & Greet||Reporting Groups|
|Tue 27th Mar||John Howlett, Neil Roberts, Joyce Ottey, Mary Gough||Val & Trevor Reed||History & Industrial Heritage|
|Tue 24th Apr||Jane Barnett, June Meir, Marion Shuttleworth, Sheila Hampson||Italian & Literature|
|Tue 22nd May||Lunch & Medium Walks|
|Tue 26th Jun||Anne Donegan +||Music Appreciation & Quiz|
|Tue 24th Jul||Recorder & Short Walks|
|Tue 28th Aug||The Committee||No groups reporting|
|Tue 25th Sep||Supper and Trips & Outings|
|Tue 23rd Oct||Jean Preece +||Walking and Arts & Crafts|
|Tue 27th Nov||Jenny & Pete Slawson, Bridget & Jim Fairway||Bird Watching & Bridge|
|Tue 11th Dec||The Committee||No groups reporting|
Subject: A solo walk in Africa
Speaker: Fran Sandham
As a freelance author Fran has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, and The Financial Times. Fran gave us a vivid and exciting account of his solo walk across Africa from the Skeleton Coast in Western Namibia to the island of Zanzibar just off the East coast of Tanzania. The Skeleton Coast is so named after the number of bones deposited there following numerous shipwrecks. Fran told us that undertaking a walk from the West of Africa to the East in such a hot and sunny climate caused his face to become sunburnt, but only down his left hand side. This made him barely recognise himself in the mirror.
He undertook the expedition without any native guides or formal training. His only fitness preparation consisted of his regime of moving heavy boxes full of books around the book shop in which he worked. During the trip he carried his belongings in a rather large rucksack. Attempts to enlist the help of a donkey to carry his load failed, so he acquired a mule instead. It transpired that the mule had a psychotic disposition so the bulk of his journey was carried out unaided. Fran found Victoria Falls to be every bit as spectacular as he had hoped and completed the journey in one year covering some 5000 kilometres.
Fran's talk was most entertaining.
The Whitwick fun choir December 2017