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WINTER NEWSLETTER 2010
The Committee would like to send best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all members. We hope that you have enjoyed your membership in this past year and look forward to seeing you again in 2011.
Daffodil bulbs at Robin’s Cross. The Society wrote to the County Council some months ago to request that the bulbs planted by us at the Cross that were dug up during the junction alterations be replaced. It is pleasing to be able to report that replanting has now taken place with rather more bulbs than were there in the first place. In addition the topsoil containing the original bulbs was not removed but was spread across the site so there should be a good display in the Spring. We are most grateful to the County Council for their help.
These are due from 1st January. Thanks to your continued
support they remain the same as previous years: £3 for a single member, £6
for a household.
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Notes re the 2011 Programme.
Steve Ratcliffe, The Station Commander at Kingsway Fire Station, is giving a talk- “Fire”- on Thursday January 6th . Please note that he will be using clips from the Bradford Football Club fire, and the Bunsfield oil depot fire as well as the work, funding and spending of the Service together with personal stories to illustrate his talk.
Hugh Davies who is a Society member, lecturer and a Bletchley Park guide is our speaker on Thursday 3rd February. His subject is the Special Operations Executive: the organisation created in July 1940 with a mandate from Churchill to “to set Europe ablaze.” Its main function was to infiltrate agents into enemy-occupied territory to perform acts of sabotage and form Secret Armies.
It is unlikely that the violinist, Ben Holder, will be playing at the jazz evening on Saturday February 12th because he will be overseas on this date. It will still be a great evening with these very talented musicians. Tickets are selling well (over 60 so far) at the same price as last year - £7.50. Bring your own food and drink.
After the AGM on Thursday March 3rd Colin Bagshaw (the Alaskan Gold Rush and the Galapagos Islands) will be talking about Namibia from where he has just returned. He writes “The geology and wildlife of Namibia are gradually becoming a source of interest to both tourists and academics as it emerges from a past of little economic development. Its rocks are the source of many valuable minerals and its birds and wild animals, which are truly wild, are a great attraction. Like much of the African continent, many of the rocks of Namibia are extremely old and once formed part of the ancient continent of Gondwana.
This all exists in an arid landscape which has the second least population density of any country in the world, most of whom live in extreme poverty. The talk will explore these topics.” Wine, cheese and soft drinks will follow.
Regarding the coach trips further details are as follows:
Wednesday April 27th. The coach leaves Repton at 7.45a.m for Oxford. A Blue badge guide will lead a 2 hour walking tour of the City before lunch in Oriel College - a rare opportunity made possible because one of the committee members, Karen Perks, has a daughter studying there. There is free time in the afternoon and maps will be provided. The recently restored Ashmolean Museum(free entry) is worth a visit for instance. The coach leaves at 4.30p.m. The cost, including lunch, is £27 for members and £29 for visitors. 19 seats left on the coach.
Monday June 13th. The coach leaves Repton at 7.30a.m. for the Houses of Parliament. We have to be there for 11.15a.m to pass through security ready for the last tour of the day, which starts at 11.45a.m. (Hence the very early start from Repton) The tour lasts for about 90 minutes after which there will be free time outside the H of P before returning for afternoon cream tea on the famous terrace with its riverscape views from 4p.m onwards. There is a coffee shop and of course a gift shop within the H of P. The coach leaves at 5p.m. The total cost, including tea, is £30 for members and £32 for visitors. This event has only been made possible with the help and sponsorship of our MP Heather Wheeler. There are only 14 seats left on the coach.
Saturday July 9th. Rod Pearson will be the guide on the coach leaving Repton at 8a.m. for a land cruise of the Manchester Ship Canal ending up at the redeveloped Salford Quays in Manchester and leaving at 4.30p.m. As usual with Rod we will stop at interesting places along the way. More details at a later date. Cost: £16 for members, £18 for visitors.
Saturday September 10th. After leaving Repton at 8a.m. Pam Powis will meet the coach at Battlestead Farm visitor centre before travelling via Carding Mill Valley and Church Stretton to Ludlow for a walking tour. After lunch the tour continues to Bishops Castle before leaving at 4.30p.m. Cost: £17 for members, £19 for visitors.
Alan Webster 01283 701838.
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