May 2018

Please remember that we will be holding our AGM on May 3rd at The Novello during our normal First Thursday Noggin evening. Calling notices have gone out. This year we are collecting together photographs of our past events to put together a show. If you have any photos you would like us to include please contact Steve Bridge. We will also have a discussion on future event ideas. There is a busy summer ahead, but we are always on the lookout for new things to do. I look forward to seeing you there.We had a grand turn out of...

April 2018

The old saying, March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion seems to be true. Over the years we have had to cancel our February First Thursday Noggin, but this time after several mild winters our March noggin succumbed to the elements. At the time of writing more snow was predicted for the close of March which is contrary, but they could be wrong. I hope you all survived the weather okay, and that we have seen the last of the Beast from the East.I am pleased to announce that we will be holding our...

March 2018

I would like to thank David and Sheila Williams for organising our annual dinner. The venue was super and the food exquisite. If it had been a summer evening we would have had a panoramic view of the golf course. It is a beautiful spot.Also, I would like to thank David Mansfield for organising the speaker for the evening. We were all fascinated by the exploits of a metal detectorist. From what I can make out, the speaker was almost halfway to becoming a millionaire. He said that when he has worked out an hourly rate over the years...

February 2018

Sorry for missing my notes last month. I could claim I was snowed in on the way to our recent Basildon visit, or I was weighed down with seasonal flu or I had missed the deadline for the Christmas copy. Well, all three were true. What a way to finish 2017 and to start 2018. I hope for all of you things were a little better.Interestingly, while comparing notes with Steve Bridge about our planned visit to Basildon and its marvellous Christmas decorations – a Dickens Christmas – I said to Steve, ‘Do you think it is going to...

January 2018

While comparing notes with Steve Bridge about our planned visit to Basildon and its  marvellous Christmas decorations – a Dickens Christmas – I said to Steve, ‘Do you think it is going to snow?’ ‘No’, Steve said, ‘just a little rain.’ ‘Won’t the rain put people off?’ I said. ‘Yes, but the decorations are magical.’ So went our conversation on the eve of the visit. As probable know Steve works there as a volunteer so he had had sneak preview. The rest of course is history.I was stuck on the M4, so I sent a WhatsApp to Steve. ‘Do...

December 2017

I am pleased to announce that Chris Nickless has been co-opted to the Centre’s management committee. It was a pleasure to welcome Chris aboard at a recent committee meeting. Chris already coordinates the Harte and Magpie noggin that is thoroughly enjoyed by all that attend, he will bring their views to the committee. Chris will no doubt help to extend the scope of our future events: many thanks Chris.At our recent visit to the roof of the National Trust property at The Vyne, where visitors are asked to mark the back of the new hand-made tiles with coloured pens...