Our friendly, informal group is open to everyone and we are always delighted to see new faces. We meet at 8pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except for July and August. We meet in the Church to listen to a wide variety of speakers and the talks usually last about an hour.
This year we have been entertained by the Barbarettes, have heard talks about subjects such as living in Africa and the History and Science of Pearls. The evening tasting different food and drinks made us wonder if we needed to buy the expensive varieties. We finish with a chance to chat and enjoy a cup of tea in the Meeting Place. Under the Contact 'umbrella' we have organised a trip to 'Daffodil Day' at Methodist Central Hall which is always a very uplifting day. During the year we have been able to donate proceeds from the evenings to a variety of charities, in particular CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young. We are currently planning the new programme for September onwards and look forward to welcoming new visitors. Come along and join us when you can.
Sue Jones February 2018
A Civil Way to tie the Knot
- Alison Godwin
Alison, Norma's daughter, is now a Marriage Registrar and Celebrant. - but there are many surprising and funny experiences on the pathway to getting married! (postponed from February due to snow)
The Lydney Murder
- Ken Wells
On or arround 16 June 1964, Lydney in Gloucestershire was the site of a murder. But on 28 June the body was found in woods near Bracknell. Come and hear how the mystery was solved.
Nepal: people, paper and mountains
- Pam Thompson
A trip to visit the Happy Children's Home in Kathmandu, Traidcraft suppliers, the Annapurna range, and some very crowded minibuses. Pam will have some samples of the products made in Nepal.
A Christmas Party
Note: second Wednesday at 8:00pm, in Luke, cost £3
A social gathering – with readings and poetry, seasonal music, some puzzles to keep us on our toes, with refreshments provided.
23 January 2019
'That's Entertainment' – the stars who made the musicals
- Tony King
... from the glamorous days of Fred and Ginger, through the war years to the last and great musical stars of the 1950's.
Spending a penny
- David Tinker
A history of privies and water closets. We are very used to en suites and public facilities – but it wasn't always like that!
Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Marcia Watson
From humble beginnings to world renown for paediatric medicine – come and learn more about this amazing hospital.
- Leslie Grout
Windsor has changed a lot over the years – and is on our minds because of the Royal Weddings – find out more about our near neighbour.
Meet the Artist
- Chris Parry
Chris has painted since she was a child. Come along and learn more about how her hobby has developed – and how much she enjoys it! (followed by a very short AGM)
An organist entertains
- Tom Barker
The entertainment for our Summer Concert will be provided by Tom, one of our church organists. He will play many of his favourite pieces of music on both piano and church organ, illustrating his musical journey over many years. This will be a 'ticket only' event – cost £5.
Proceeds to - National Brain Appeal
This is the charity dedicated to raising much needed funds for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London.
Programmes, giving more details of our meetings for the next 'Contact' year, are available in the porch and the Bradbury Centre.
We were delighted to welcome Tony Weston to the May meeting of Contact, when he told us something of the fascinating history of Brownsea Island. Over the years there have been many owners. During the reign of Henry VIII a blockhouse was built on the island, guarding the narrow entrance to the port of Poole. This blockhouse later became known as Brownsea Castle.
There have been many owners since then, including William Waugh who believed the clay deposits could be used to manufacture high quality porcelain – it turned out to be only suitable for sanitary ware! Waugh was responsible for many of the buildings on the island including the now ruined village of Maryland, developed for the pottery workers.
In 1907 Robert Baden-Powell held an experimental boys camp on the island, after which the International Scouting movement developed rapidly.
Today the island is mainly owned by the National Trust with parts managed or leased by third parties such as Dorset Wildlife Trust and the John Lewis Partnership.
After Tony's talk we held our AGM. We made various charity donations, including a small donation to the fund-raising for Harry McBain and Patrick Fillingham, who have been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree next year. We have received a thank you letter from them both, and they will be available to read at the next meeting of Contact.
In June, we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening when we were entertained by five members of the Reading Accordion Group. In all, there were four accordionists, one of whom was also a percussionist, and a compere/singer. We were entertained by music as varied as a Beatles selection, which we all knew, a Eurovision song medley (again, when we all remembered the words – and we won the contest) and songs ranging from Phantom of the Opera to The Lost Chord. With a break for tea and cakes at the interval it was an excellent end to our 'Contact' year.
Please remember that everyone is warmly invited to come along and join us for our regular get-togethers.
Sue Jones / Janet Severn
CONTACT Charity Project
Contact supports a charity for a period of two years. For period ending in August 2016 we supported Dalit Women, helping to educate the poorest women and girls in India and other poor countries. We were delighted to send a contribution of £200 to the charity.
Our Charity for the next two years will be CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). It supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. It also publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public, and funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
Our first fund raiser for the Charity will be our Mystery Auction, to be held on 25th January 2017, so please come along and enjoy the evening. All proceeds will be donated to CRY.