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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:


     15 October 2018

19 November 2018
17 December 2018
21 January 2019
18 February 2019
18 March 2019






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, some as downloads.


8 October 2018

'My Family and other Animals' by Gerald Durrell


12 November 2018



10 December 2018

'Village Christmas and other notes on the English Year' by Laurie Lee


14 January 2019


'The Essex Serpent' by Sarah Perry


11 February 2019


'Munich' by Robert Harris

11 March 2019


'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' by Gail Honeyman

8 April 2019

'Into the Water' by Paula Hawkins


13 May 2019

'Last Letter Home' by Rachel Hore


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 Whist, Rummikub 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:

        16 October 2018

        20 November 2018

        18 December 2018

        15 January 2019

        19 February 2019

        19 March 2019


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

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 and garden visits. 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:


Monday, 28 May 2018: Celebratory Open Garden at Oak Tree Cottage, Wicklewood


On a warm Bank Holiday Monday in May, John and Katherine Gray opened their garden to UEARA members in celebration of 5 years of the garden group. The morning began with coffee (or tea) and cake – lots of cake! 30 people spent the day looking round the garden, chatting and enjoying lunch – a choice of three different soups, followed by a choice of crumbles.

The garden covers around a third of an acre and contains many interesting plants. The front garden features a terrace with a fountain, and a curved sunken lawn surrounded by a flowerbed of mixed perennials and shrubs, while the rear garden has several seating areas, flowerbeds, a pebble fountain and a raised garden shaded by trees. A new feature is the recently built crinkle crankle wall.

After lunch we followed Katherine across the road to the vegetable garden and orchard, all very well maintained – now we know where the fruit for the delicious jams Katherine makes comes from!

To round off the afternoon, following a vote of thanks from John Johnson, everyone enjoyed a glass of something sparkling, together with a piece of the beautifully decorated cake Pam Janacek had made especially for the occasion.

Val Weaver and Alison Ward


Monday 18 June 2018: Visit to Easton and Otley College


Twenty five members arrived at the Easton campus of Easton and Otley College on a rather warm and sunny afternoon. We were greeted by Martyn Davey who started the visit by giving us an overview of recent developments and the expansion of the campus, including the new Tennis Centre. We were then taken on a very interesting tour around the grounds, which included demonstration gardens, island beds, established borders and formal gardens. We were also shown the two commercial sized glasshouses and poly-tunnels.

Throughout the tour, the integration of the practical training of the Horticultural students was explained. For example, we were shown a field of newly planted sapling trees, one per student, which demonstrated how to stake a tree correctly. Students work in the gardens, weeding and trimming borders, improving the poor dry soil and growing vegetables. They design new garden areas which are then implemented by the next intake of students.

The visit concluded by a notable spread of cakes and scones and a much appreciated cup of tea!

Pam Janacek


Monday 6 August: Visit to Crete Lodge Exotic Garden


Thirty four members drove up a private woodland track in Old Costessey to find a garden full of a huge range of unusual plants in a wonderful setting. We received a warm welcome and introduction to the garden from the owners, standing by a very tall variety of fan palm, Trachycarpus fortunei, which dominates the driveway and set the scene for the visit.

The garden is just over one acre in size and is laid out in a series of exotic gardens, following a series of winding paths and steps. We entered through the shady Side Garden of ferns, bamboo and palms, through to the Tropical Garden with foliage plants including banana. A path leads up to a gravel bank planted with many different yuccas and with stunning views over the natural pool below and the Tud Valley. A further garden, the Arid Bank, contains many plants including agaves, aloes and cacti which it was fascinating to see thriving outside in Norfolk.

There were many seating opportunities with several decorated with a collection of individual art works and a profusion of plants at every turn. Refreshments were enjoyed on the terrace on a very warm afternoon, the temperature on the garden thermometer almost reached 30 degrees C. To end the visit we were shown pictures and cuttings from the early days of Crete Lodge development some 25 years ago. This has been a lengthy ‘project’ by two very committed people with an amazing Exotic Garden as the outcome.

Pam Janacek


22-23 August 2018: Barnsdale Gardens, Easton Walled Gardens & Gooderstone Water Gardens


The weather forecast for our two-day trip was for sunshine and showers and, as twenty of us set off from Sainsbury’s car park on Longwater Lane, it was a glorious morning and a perfect temperature. By the time we stopped for coffee at Wisbech the clouds had rolled over and we expected rain. However, arriving right on schedule at noon at Barnsdale Gardens, the sun came out to greet us and ahead of us were three hours of horticultural indulgence.

After seventeen years of presenting Gardeners’ World, Geoff Hamilton had a fatal heart attack on 4th August, 1996. His legacy passed into the hands of his middle son, Nick, and Barnsdale Gardens officially opened to the public on 19th April, 1997 with the gardening team carrying on Geoff’s vision to ‘instruct, inform and entertain’ the gardening community. There are 38 individual gardens in an eight-acre site - too many to describe here individually, but each one contained designs, planting schemes and structures that could be transposed into one’s own garden. ‘Favourites’ mentioned in passing were the ‘Gentleman’s Cottage Garden’, the ‘Ornamental Kitchen Garden’, the ‘Town Paradise Garden’ and the ‘Country Paradise Garden’. Coming from drought-affected East Anglia and with the loss of many plants due to the intense heat, what was remarkable in these gardens were the comparatively healthy conditions of both flowers and foliage. Most beneficial against the drought was obviously the thick layer of mulch applied over the clay soil.

Arriving at the Wisteria Hotel in Oakham, John had arranged for us to visit the Castle before dinner. Our excellent and enthusiastic guide set the scene by describing the setting of the castle grounds before taking us into the Great Hall. This was built in 1180-90 and is recognised as one of the finest examples of Norman domestic architecture in England and has been a law court for more than 800 years. An ancient custom, thought to date back to the twelfth century, states that the Lord of the Manor is to receive a forfeit of a horseshoe from every visiting peer of the realm and royalty. Displayed on the interior walls of the Hall are two hundred and thirty-six horseshoes - two of the most notable being from Edward IV in 1470 and Elizabeth II in 1969.

On Thursday morning, a short journey took us to Easton Walled Gardens. This traditional rural estate, set in the rolling countryside of the Lincolnshire/Rutland borders, has been in the possession of the Cholmeley family for fourteen generations. Following a period of neglect after the Second World War, the house was demolished in 1951. The present family started to reclaim the 400 year old garden in 2001. The results are stunningly and beautifully laid out areas within, and overlooking, the Tudor walls. These areas, bisected by the river Witham with its resident otters and kingfishers, are managed to create different habitats for birds, bees and mammals.

Our straightforward return journey included a short visit to Gooderstone Water Gardens between Oxborough and Cockley Cley where we enjoyed a welcome pot of tea and cake before arriving back at Longwater about 5:00 pm. Our many thanks go to John and Rosemary who did the ‘recce’ to Oakham in February, travelling by public transport, and organised the excellent accommodation and coach travel for us all.

Pat Greenwood



Future dates:


Tuesday 27 November 2018: Talk – ‘The History and Technique of Basket Weaving’ by Jonathan Carrie


Jonathan Carrie makes his baskets using and incorporating hand cut materials from the Norfolk countryside. The baskets are unique and reflect the colour and diversity of Norfolk’s hedgerows. Jonathan is a member of The Basketmakers Association. The talk will include a demonstration of basket weaving.


This will be a joint talk at the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey, starting 2.15pm.



Monday 4 March 2019: Talk – ‘The Plant Hunters’ by Kathy Gray, Norfolk Plant Heritage


A returning speaker, Kathy Gray will talk about the achievements of four main plant hunters including Joseph Banks, Francis Masson, David Douglas and Ernest Wilson.


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


Please do bring along any surplus plants you may have, donations to Garden Group funds.


Dates for the diary:


Monday 27 May 2019 (Bank Holiday Monday). Keith and Jan Woods have kindly offered to hold an Open Garden at their house in Little Melton. Further details to follow in the February edition of Renaissance.


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


Pam Janacek






Recent events:


Friday, 7 September 2018: A visit to the Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth


On Friday 7 September 8 members of the history group met at the bus station to await the arrival of the 10.15 bus to Great Yarmouth. 5 members got on whilst the other 3 waited for the final member of the group to arrive; courtesy of the late bus from Chedgrave.

Arriving at the museum, we were delighted to learn we had discounted entry tickets although we were below the minimum persons normally required.

The exhibition entitled ‘Drawn to the Coast’ was excellent. The artists included J.M. Turner, John Constable and John Sell Cotman, also Joseph Stannard and John Crome from the Norwich School. Great Yarmouth inspired these artists over 200 years ago and continues to do so to this day.

We also enjoyed visiting the museum itself which is housed in a converted Victorian curing works where you can still smell the herring! Great Yarmouth has a fascinating history which comes to life with a wander through a Victorian Row and looking inside the homes of fishermen and other folk.

Afterwards we rounded off the visit by having an excellent lunch in the Silver Darlings Café before wending our way back to the Market Place to catch the bus back to Norwich.

Evelyn Mould


Future events:


Tuesday, 26 February 2019: The Accent on Dialects – David Poole


David Poole is retired now but spent his working life as a Chartered Accountant in public practice. He will, I think, disprove the theory that accountants do not have a sense of humour!


This will be a joint talk at the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey, starting 2.15pm.


Suzanne Cunningham






We are a small group who appreciate the company, friendship and fellowship of meeting with like-minded people. 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.


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.


The Group will meet on the following dates:


        15 October 2018

        19 November 2018

        17 December 2018

        21 January 2019 

        18 February 2019

        18 March 2019


If anyone would like further info., please contact me

Mandy Holland






Wednesday, 7 November 2018: The Roof Garden, Rose Lane, Norwich.


Please meet 12:00 for 12:30. If you would like to come to this lunch, please email or phone 01603 458099 before Friday, 26 October 2018



Thursday, 3 January 2019: The Cellar House, Eaton.


Please meet 12:00 for 12:30. If you would like to come to this lunch, please email or phone 01603 458099 before Friday, 21 December 2018



Wednesday, 6 February 2019: The Red Lion Eaton.


Please meet 12:00 for 12:30. If you would like to come to this lunch, please email or phone 01603 458099 before Friday, 25 January 2019


Thursday, 7 March 2019: To be arranged

Further details will be in the February Renaissance.


If you would like to be added to the email list of regular diners, please email


Pat Gyte






Information about musical activities in Norwich is circulated from time to time to Association members who have shown interest in the Music Group. If you would like to be included in this circulation or wish to publicise any concert or musical event, please email Verity at or phone 01603 613698


Recent events:


Friday, 14 September 2018: Lunchtime recital


A small group of members and friends enjoyed a very varied programme from T#e Accidentals, Jo Westaway (soprano) and a welcome return for accompanist Karen Smith (piano) who played for us a year ago. Beginning with Richard Strauss and Bach we were offered Vivaldi, Mozart, the languid sensuality of Carl Orff's In Trutina and a joyful arrangement of Love's Philosophy by Roger Quilter, the last item sung twice, once fast and the second time faster in order, as Karen explained, 'to show we can'. In two piano solos Karen played Blue Air and Brown Study from Colour Suite by Madeleine Dring. The final item gave Jo's lovely soprano voice full rein, in Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, from Puccini's last and rarely performed opera, La Rondine.

Many thanks to Stephen Cox for organising this recital and for providing programme notes and information. Stephen hopes to arrange another lunchtime event in the Easter vacation.


Verity Lyall



Wednesday, 18 July 2018: Outing to The Red House, Aldeburgh & Snape Maltings


Around 25 of us met at the Holiday Inn to catch the coach to Aldeburgh. We were dropped off at the Red House (Benjamin Britten's home) and were met by guides and a welcome spread of tea and cake. We were then split in to groups for a tour of the house. Each tour can take 8 people and lasts about 30 mins. Those of us not in a tour were able to enjoy the gardens and look around the museum and composition room.

The coach returned just after 13.00 to pick us up and drop us off at nearby Snape Maltings for a free afternoon. After an afternoon of shops, restaurants/cafes, art galleries etc. we rejoined the coach at 16.00 to get back to Norwich around 17.20.

All in all a pleasant day out and thanks are due to Verity Lyall for keeping us informed and for her efficient organisation.


Gareth Janacek


Future events:


Saturday, 13 October 2018: St Andrew's Hall, 19.30


The Academy of St Thomas celebrate their 45th anniversary


Delius The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor

Brahms Symphony No.4

Richard Harwood Cello

Benjamin Pope – Conductor


Several of us are looking forward to this popular concert. As usual Alan Coddington has kindly purchased tickets in the West Gallery and we shall be meeting beforehand in Cinema City bar for refreshment.


Thursday 22 November 2018: St Andrew's Hall, 19.30


UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra: Mozart - The Great Mass


UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra warmly invite you to their autumn concert ‘Mozart – The Great Mass’, on Thursday 22 November at 7.30pm at St. Andrew's Hall, Norwich.


The choir and orchestra will perform:

Felix Mendelssohn’s dynamic Overture in C major Op. 24

Michael Torke’s imaginative Bright Blue Music and

W.A. Mozart’s profound and extraordinary Great Mass’ in C minor K427.


The choir and orchestra will be joined in their performance of the Great Mass by soloists:

Jenny Stafford (soprano),

Sofia Larsson (soprano),

Adam Temple-Smith (tenor),

Mark Horner (bass)

West Gallery: £12 (Full Price), £10 (Seniors), £8 (Students)

Stalls: £8 (Full Price), £6 (Seniors), £5 (Students)

Side Aisles: £4 (All Tickets) - please note some Side Aisles tickets have restricted view


Available to purchase:

By phone or in person from St George's Music Shop (Tel: 01603 626414, Address: St George's Music Shop, 17-19 St Georges St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AB)


Online from or


On the door (cash or cheque only).


Group ticket arrangements:

If you would like to join a Retirement Association group seated in the West Gallery, Alan Coddington has kindly volunteered to purchase tickets at £10pp.


Please send cheques payable to UEA Retirement Association to Dr A Coddington by October 31st.


The group will meet before the concert for refreshments in Cinema City bar.


Verity Lyall