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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 27th MarMargaret HarrisonBecoming a Blue Badge guide
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

Tea Rota, Meeters & Greeters, Reporting Groups

MonthTea GroupMeet & GreetReporting Groups
Tue 27th MarJohn Howlett, Neil Roberts, Joyce Ottey, Mary GoughVal & Trevor ReedHistory & Industrial Heritage
Tue 24th AprJane Barnett, June Meir, Marion Shuttleworth, Sheila HampsonItalian & Literature
Tue 22nd MayLunch & Medium Walks
Tue 26th JunAnne Donegan +Music 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 February
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