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The Art Group meets on the third Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at 2:00pm at the Colney Lane Pavilion. Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own painting and drawing materials with you. Brenda Mace has kindly agreed to act as mentor to the group. The Group will meet on the following dates:


19 February 2018

19 March 2018

16 April 2018

21 May 2018

June 2018 - No meeting this month

16 July 2018






Informal meetings, lasting about one and a half hours, will be held in the Colney Pavilion at 2pm on the second Monday of the month. Books to be discussed are listed below and all titles are available in paperback and from the Library.


12 February 2018

'City of Friends' by Joanna Trollope


12 March 2018

'Crooked Heart' by Lissa Evans


9 April 2018

'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' by Muriel Spark


14 May 2018



11 June 2018

'Cider with Rosie' by Laurie Lee


Anyone is welcome to come along and join us and to suggest titles for future sessions. There is no charge and tea, coffee and biscuits are served. For more information please contact Janet Havers ( or tel: 01603 759644).


Janet Havers






This small, lively group meets once a month, on a Monday, at Cinema City. Whenever possible we go for a late morning/early afternoon screening to allow time afterwards for refreshments and to discuss the film before going our separate ways. New members are most welcome.


For more information please tel: 01603 743464 or email:

Evelyn Mould






Games afternoons are held on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 2.00pm at the Pavilion. We have regular tables for Cribbage, Dominoes and either Rummikub, Whist or Scrabble. Additional board games and cards are available at each session with the opportunity to learn something new. The emphasis at games afternoons is on enjoying playing games rather than skill and you are welcome to bring your own games for other members to try. Refreshments are provided.


Future dates are:

20 February 2018

20 March 2018

17 April 2018

15 May 2018 (Croquet)

19 June 2018

17 July 2018


Contact Details: Denis Brown Tel: 01603 409905 e-mail:


Croquet Session on 15th May 2018


This event which is organised by Jeremy Kitchener will be held at Eaton Park starting at 2.00pm and finishing at 4.00pm. Balls and mallets will be provided and the only requirement is that flat shoes or trainers are needed. The green is located near the boating pond and there will be a charge of £5.00 (which includes refreshments).

There is ample parking and a room for storing coats as well as a loo facility. Numbers are limited so it will be on a first come first served basis.

If you want to come or require further information please contact Jeremy on 01603 610708 (or e mail him at to book your place

Denis Brown






Garden Group meetings are normally held every two months throughout the year, actual dates are given below and in the Renaissance diary. Activities include talks, open gardens, garden visits and plant swaps. Please pay £1 per person at the door for talks, including tea and biscuits. This payment goes towards the cost of speakers and refreshments.


Recent events:


Tuesday 28 November 2017: Talk – ‘A Journey of Woad’ by Ian Howard



Please see report on page 6.


Future dates:


Monday, 5 March 2018: Talk -Wildflowers in the Garden: Friend or Foe’ by Simon Harrap


Simon and Anne Harrap own and manage Natural Surroundings, the Wildlife Gardening & Wildflower Discovery Centre close to Holt. Simon regularly gives talks to gardening clubs, natural history societies etc. on a range of botanical subjects. He is a professional writer, photographer and tour leader and is the author of several books on wild flowers and birds.

Please do join us for the first Garden Group talk of 2018! The talk will start at 2pm in the Pavilion on Colney Lane. Just a reminder that there is limited parking for talks at the Pavilion.



Monday, 30 April 2018: Talk -Container Gardening’ by Rosemary Ward


Rosemary Ward has given talks to gardening groups for several years. She previously inspired us with her talk on ‘Flowers and Ruins in the South of France’ in late 2015. On this return visit she will be giving a more practical talk on ‘Container Gardening’. This will cover hanging baskets, patio pots etc. and include container types, composts, fertiliser, water saving granules and suitable plants. There may be some plants for sale.

The talk will start at 2pm in the Pavilion on Colney Lane. Just a reminder that there is limited parking for talks at the Pavilion.


Monday, 28 May 2018 (Bank Holiday Monday): Celebratory Open Garden at Oak Tree Cottage, Wicklewood, NR18 9PX


A Celebratory Open Garden event with lunch will be held at Oak Tree Cottage, where the first Garden Group open garden was held five years ago on the May Bank Holiday Monday in 2013.

The start time will be from 11.00am onwards, price £6.00 per head. There will be morning coffee on arrival, a soup and crumble lunch followed by cake cutting and sparkling elderflower.

Offers to bring cake/scones/biscuits for morning coffee would be appreciated, please let Katherine and John know if this is possible (Tel 01953 604954, e-mail There will be jam and plant stalls; please bring any surplus plants you may have to add to the plant stall for Garden Group funds.

Please complete the booking slip at the end of this newsletter and return to Katherine and John by 30 April 2018.

Directions, if needed, are available from Katherine & John.


Monday, 18 June 2018: Visit to Easton and Otley College, Bawburgh Road, Easton, Norwich, NR9 5DX


The first Garden Group visit this summer will be to Easton & Otley College on Monday 18 June, starting at 2.00 pm. Martyn Davey, Head of Horticulture, has kindly offered us a private group tour of the college grounds and a talk about what Easton College offers. The visit will last for about one hour and will include the glasshouses, arboretum and grounds, which should be at their best in mid-June.

There is no cost for the visit itself, with a charge payable on the day for refreshments. To reserve a place, please email (or telephone me on 01603 455285) by Monday 4 June 2018. Directions and arrangements for a meeting place will be provided to those booking on the visit.



22-23 August 2018: Outing – Barnsdale Gardens and Doddington Hall Gardens


The Garden Group outing this year will be to two RHS recommended gardens Barnsdale Gardens and Doddington Hall Gardens. We will visit Barnsdale on Tuesday 22nd August, stay overnight at the Old Wisteria Hotel in nearby Oakham, Rutland and then visit Doddington on Wednesday 23rd August.


Dinner, bed and breakfast at the Old Wisteria Hotel in Oakham is expected to be about £140 for a double or twin room. For single occupancy of a double or twin room the price will be about £90.

Adding the cost of entry to gardens, of the coach and driver, and parking, the total cost will be about £320 for a double/twin and £180 for a single. The price will reduce if we have a full coach.


As I have to pay a deposit to confirm the hotel rooms and the coach, if you would like to take part in this outing, please let me know by Thursday 22 February 2018 on 01603 456465 or and send me a cheque payable to UEA Retirement Association for £60 per person to 85 Church Lane, Eaton, Norwich NR4 6NY by the end of February.

John Johnson


Further Dates for the diary:


Monday 6 August 2018. Visit to Crete Lodge Exotic Garden, Costessey


Crete Lodge is on a plot just over one acre and is laid out in a series of exotic gardens. There is a huge range of mature, diverse and rare species. Crete Lodge has featured in the national press and on BBC Gardeners’ World in October 2017. Further details and a booking form will appear in the June edition of Renaissance.



Monday 1 October 2018. Talk by Peter Skeggs-Gooch from Thorncroft Clematis


For further information about any of the events or general enquiries about the Garden Group, please contact Pam Janacek (

Pam Janacek





Recent events:

Tuesday, 28 November 2017: Open the Box - Costume and Textiles Dept., Norwich Castle Study Centre


A number of us (15) met at the Shire Hall full of anticipation of an afternoon of delights, (for those who find textiles and clothing more than fascinating).

Ruth Battersby-Tooke and her assistant led us through Christmases past and present, represented by embroidered gifts, clothing and accessories. One of the wonders of the Study Centre is the variety of items stored there in state-of-the-art conditions to protect everything from sunlight, dust, moths and insects because of the fragility of the fabrics. Our particular exhibits were stored in large cardboard boxes and wrapped in layers and layers of acid-free paper so that the anticipation of seeing each item was enhanced as we followed the unwrapping and presentation of the objects.

So that we could handle the treasures we were asked to don blue latex gloves. Dozens of blue clad fingers waving about on the table tops made me think that perhaps we were auditioning for “Finger Mouse”! The first item revealed was an intricately hand beaded Christmas bauble presented to the Museum by a modern (2006) needlewoman. It was a homage to the heritage of British bead workers across the centuries. My favourite item was a nineteenth century sweetheart gift, probably made by a man declaring his intentions to his own true love. A very large cloth heart, stuffed, embroidered with flowers and embellished with beads and spangles fixed with steel pins in intricate patterns and further enhanced with appliquéd robins, the Christmas poster bird. Unfortunately the heart's provenance was unknown. I can only hope she said “yes” on Christmas morning!

Two Norwich shawls were circulated; vast tracts of material woven with Christmas tree motifs. Beautiful, stunning garments of the finest woollen cloth, they were designed by Norwich weavers to wear with crinolines. We were shown Christmas vestments and a red velvet altar cloth embroidered with hellebores (Christmas or Lenten Roses). Back to the secular, woven silk pictures depicting winter sports, skating on a frozen duck pond were passed along. The colours as bright and vibrant as the day they were woven.

Members of our Stitch and Knit group were enchanted by a 1930s hand knitted set of ski cap, gauntlets and matching long socks. Tiny leather gloves (Dents) fit for a baby or toddler had somehow survived being sucked, chewed or thrown out of the pram to live out their retirement in another cardboard box.

Other winter clothing made the rounds. We were fascinated by the wonderful black velvet ice-skating costume presented to the Centre by Freda Crockatt, a world renowned performance artiste who ended her career by running a dance studio in Norwich. The dress was lined with white satin and must have looked spectacular when Freda jumped and twirled on the ice rink. She also donated her white leather skating boots, blade guards and much darned white cotton tights (no Lycra available then, of course). Her ski wear was also examined – a very stylish woollen jacket and trousers. She must have looked the “bee's knees” in that outfit.

One and a half hours passed very quickly. It was quite sad to see the boxes repacked and stowed in their trolleys until others request a sighting. Our thanks to Ruth Battersby-Tooke for her inspired choices and to Evelyn for organising such an interesting afternoon.

Jane Towers


Future events:


Tuesday, 27 February 2018: Talk – ‘A Bishop, A Quaker and a Roll of wire netting’ by Barbara Miller


There will be a joint talk with the monthly Talks at the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane Costessey, starting at 2.15pm by Barbara Miller. The 19th century was a difficult period in the history of Norwich, methods of work were changing and old practices die hard. There were men who were influential in effecting change and giving new life to the city.

Suzanne Cunningham



Wednesday 21 March 2018: The Architects Tour


On Wednesday 21 March 2018 Jan King has once again kindly agreed to take us on a circular walk looking at various buildings in the City. “It will cover mainly the work of George Skipper and Edward Boardman and we will take a closer look at some of the City centre buildings we usually just walk past”. We will meet outside the Forum at 10.45am and the walk will take approx. 1½ hours. The cost is £2.00 per person which I will collect on the day. Please note the maximum number for this walk is 25.


It would be appreciated if you could let me know either by email or tel: 01603 868649 if you are interested in doing this walk by 17 March 2018.

Suzanne Cunningham



Friday, 11 May 2018: A visit to the Norfolk Record Office, County Hall.


There will be an introduction to start with, followed by a tour of the building, including the search room, where people are able to carry out their own research. And a behind the scenes area such as the strong rooms, where the documents are kept, and the Conservation Studio, where the documents are repaired. They will also provide a display of documents relating to the UEA and Earlham Hall and other local interest. On arrival, if using your own transport, please stop at the kiosk for instructions to the Courtyard Parking which is limited, so please try and share. Go directly to the Norfolk Record Office (which if you look at the aeroplane on display it is pointing straight to it) for a 2.00pm start. The visit will last approx. 1.5 to 2 hours.

There is a maximum of 20 persons at £5.00 per head payable to me on the day. Please note that no bags or coats etc. are allowed to be carried with you. Lockers are provided.


For more information go to: where you will find the Whats on for Jan – June 2018.


To book a place please email: or telephone 01603 811849 by Friday, 4 May 2018


Jonathan Parnell






We are a small group who appreciate the company, friendship and fellowship our group enjoys. We have people knitting a variety of pieces from garments and baby items through to novelty items and toys; tapestry making; felting; fresh lavender bags; Christmas decoration construction and beading/jewellery making. It is interesting to see what other people are doing and to help each other with our projects.

Some of our group have been knitting items for charity which are delivered via the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers to whom we are affiliated. I am very pleased to say that we raised £110 for EACH from the stall we had at the Christmas lunch in December – thanks to those who contributed items and to all those who bought them!!!


If anyone is interested in coming along (you don’t have to commit to every month) we meet at the Colney Pavilion, 2-4pm on the third Monday of the month:


19 February 2018

19 March 2018

16 April 2018

21 May 2018

June 2018 - to be arranged

16 July 2018


If anyone would like further info., please contact me


Mandy Holland






Thursday, 1 March 2018: The Red Lion, Eaton


Please meet at 12:00 for 12:30 lunch.


If you would like to attend, please email or phone 01603 458099 by Wednesday, 21 February.


Pat Gyte


Wednesday, 4 April 2018: The Assembly House, Norwich


Please meet at 12:00 for 12:30 lunch.


If you would like to attend, please email or phone 01603 458099 by Wednesday, 28 March.


Pat Gyte


Thursday, 3 May 2018: The Red Lion, Drayton


The Red Lion at Drayton offers a good carvery for £6.99 and a 60+ menu at £6.99 for two courses as well as an a la carte menu. Please meet at 12.00 when the carvery opens.

There are frequent Firstbus services 28/29 from St Stephens and Castle Meadow to just across the road from the Red Lion.

If you would like to come to this lunch, please email or phone 01603 456465 by

Tuesday, 24 April 2018.


John Johnson


Wednesday, 6 June 2018: To be arranged






Verity Lyall, the new coordinator for the Music Group, circulates occasional emails about musical activities in Norwich to Association members who have shown interest in the Music Group. If you would like to be included in this circulation, please email Verity at


For our programme for the first half of the year, we propose group visits to the following local concerts:



Friday, 9 March 2018: Tchaikovsky, Grieg , Sibelius


UEA Symphony Orchestra, St Andrew’s Hall 7.30pm

Tchaikovsky Overture–Fantasia Romeo and Juliet

Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor

Sibelius Symphony No.1 in E Minor


Alan Coddington will purchase tickets at £10 in the West Gallery. If you would like to join our group, please send cheques payable to UEA Retirement Association to Dr A Coddington, 152A Christchurch Road, Norwich NR2 3PQ by Friday, 23 February 2018.

Later we will propose a meeting place for tea, coffee or wine.




Saturday, 23 June 2018: Music for a Summer Evening


Academy of St Thomas, Salle Church 7.30pm

Bring a picnic to enjoy before the concert in the glorious surroundings of Salle church.

Mozart Violin Concerto in A Major

Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances

Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus


Alan Coddington will purchase tickets at £11 per person. If you would like to join our group, please send cheques payable to UEA Retirement Association to Dr A Coddington, 152A Christchurch Road, Norwich NR2 3PQ by Monday, 30 April 2018.



Wednesday, 18 July 2018: Outing to Red House, Aldeburgh


This outing to Benjamin Britten’s former home is described in more detail under FORTHCOMING OUTINGS on page 7.


John Johnson