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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:


The Group will meet on the following dates:


     16 July 2018

     20 August 2018

     17 September 2018

15 October 2018
19 November 2018
17 December 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, some as downloads.


11 June 2018

'Cider with Rosie' by Laurie Lee


9 July 2018

'The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923-2017' by Phyllida Scrivens


13 August 2018

'Sashenka' by Simon Sebag-Montifiore


10 September 2018

'Good Behaviour' by Molly Keane


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.




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 are:


19 June 2018

17 July 2018

21 August 2018

18 September 2018

16 October 2018

20 November 2018

18 December 2018


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

(for the June and July sessions the contact is Jeremy Kitchener on 01603 610708)


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:


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

What is a weed? For some gardeners an unwanted plant in the garden is a weed whereas other gardeners would consider it to be a valuable source of food or habitat for wildlife. Simon is more scientific and divides weeds into three categories. Native plants which occur in their natural habitat. Archaeophytes, plants introduced into Britain before 1500 AD, and often include plants which were used for medicinal purposes, probably brought into the country by Monks and Neophytes, any plant introduced after 1500 AD . Most of our modern plants are Neophytes.

Simon told us so much about the history of plants, their country of origin and their preferred habitats as well as the specific attraction of a plant to wildlife. He suggested suitable plants which could be used when creating a specialised area in the garden, perhaps A Woodland Garden or A Bog Garden for example. It is very popular nowadays to try and cultivate a Wildlife Meadow in the garden. Simon pointed out that this is not an easy project as most garden soil is too rich in nutrients and meadow plants require a poor soil to thrive. Wildlife plants which are most suited for growing in the cultivated garden tend to be annuals, they produce a large number of seeds for the birds, have a shallow rooting systems and are easily controlled. Biennials, although attractive and wildlife friendly often have rooting systems which form large clumps and are difficult to control, e.g. Stinging Nettles, Ground Elder.

We thanked Simon for giving us a very informative talk which was so beautifully illustrated by his many superb photographs. He also brought along a selection of his books, co-authored with his wife, Ann, which we able to browse during our tea break.


Sybil Clark



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


Thirty-six members of the Gardening Group on entering the Pavilion on Colney Lane were assailed with the impact of Rosemary Ward's table top displays of massed bright perfumed plants, all kinds of containers, jars of soil and fertilizer, stakes and twine on what must have been the most inhospitable, miserable and coldest day in April.

We were able to exclude all that unpleasantness as Rosemary led us through the intricate instructions on how to combine our choices of plants and containers in order to provide satisfying results in our gardens. She generously gave us details of her expertise gained from many years of gardening. Fill hanging baskets with light-weight multi-purpose compost and place broken polystyrene in the bottom third of the basket. Add the appropriate measure of water retaining crystals and choose plants for their colour, smell and growing propensity. Rosemary introduced us to various samples of what looked good with what. I was particularly interested in the South African Tulbaghias, with their delicate bell flowers varying from white to purple. These were suitable for ground containers. Rosemary showed us many examples of pots. She also advised us to add attractive stones or gravel surrounding the plants to add texture, repel pests and retain moisture. A useful tip was to place containers on a triangular brick arrangement or on pot feet to enable water to flow away. Ever thinking of cost, we were shown a large polystyrene broccoli box re-used as a herb planter. Rosemary had also planted an unused section of guttering for growing salad leaves. This seemed very productive. Shades of Geoff Hamilton hovered over the demonstration table. A hypertufa trough was filled with alpines which triggered memories of that much loved gardener inspiring us to create similar containers.

To conclude, Rosemary showed us slides featuring containers planted by local gardeners. The late Will Giles and the broadcaster and designer Alan Gray featured. Alan's amazing spring containers which were Turneresque with misty salmon pink hyacinths and tulips in pinks, mauves and creams shimmered in terracotta tubs in his rose pink brick courtyard.

Full of inspiration we had a short Q and A session. Tea and biscuits provided us with that extra bit of energy required for the regular plant swap and it was back to battling with the outside and the icy blasts of wind and rain.

Thank you Pam and Julie for providing us with an interesting and inspiring speaker.


Jane Towers


Future dates:


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


The second Garden Group visit this summer is to an exotic garden in 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. Please note that the garden is on two levels and the bottom level is accessible by various sets of steps. The owners, Keith and Melissa Scott, normally provide an introduction to the garden and are on hand throughout the visit to answer questions. They will walk round with those who wish to be accompanied and you are also free to wander on your own.

Further information about Crete Lodge is available on their website (


A private group visit has been arranged for the afternoon of Monday 6 August, arriving at 1.30pm and staying for up to two hours. The price of the visit is £6.00 a person, including tea and biscuits.


We hope you will join us! If you would like to go on this garden visit, please complete the booking slip at the end of this newsletter and return to Julie Lane by Friday 20 July.

Directions and meeting arrangements will be provided to those booking on the visit.



Monday, 1 October 2018: Talk – ‘The Complete Guide to Clematis’ by Peter Skeggs-Gooch from Thorncroft Clematis


Thorncroft Clematis is a leading clematis specialist with over 30 years’ experience growing and selling high quality clematis. They have been awarded eleven Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show plus many medals and awards from other exhibitions and events. Peter Skeggs-Gooch is the owner/Director of Thorncroft Clematis.


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.


Date for the diary:


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.

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

Pam Janacek






Recent events:


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


Although there were a few phone calls made as to whether this talk would take place, in view of the heavy snow the day before and in the morning, an audience of approx. 25 welcomed Barbara Miller who gave us an extremely interesting and informative talk on A Bishop, A Quaker and a Roll of Wire Netting. The Bishop - Edward Stanley (1779-1849) was an English clergyman who served as the Bishop of Norwich between 1837-1849. The Quaker – Joseph John Gurney was a member of the Gurney banking family in Norwich. He was born at Earlham Hall in 1788 and was the brother of Elizabeth Fry. At an early age Joseph showed concern for the poor and badly treated.  He was educated at Oxford University but as a Quaker he was not granted a degree. The Roll of Wire Netting – although Boulton & Paul’s origins date back to an ironmonger’s shop founded in 1797 in Norwich by the early 1900’s when Joseph Paul became a partner Boulton & Paul Ltd had become a general manufacturing firm. During the Second World War it was a major producer of wire netting and wooden sub-assemblies of aircraft. These three men were all, in their own way, influential in effecting change and giving new life to the city.


Suzanne Cunningham


Wednesday 21 March 2018: The Architects Tour


‘Look up the next time you are in the city centre and you will see some magnificent works of art high above you’

City Guide, Janet King, led us on a tour of Norwich city centre to show and tell us about some of the buildings and their architecture. George Skipper and Edward Boardman were responsible for many of the fine buildings in Norwich. Along Red Lion Street, opposite Debenhams, Barclays Bank, Commercial Chambers and the Norfolk & Norwich Savings Bank along with the Anchor Building were either by Boardman or Skipper. If you look up you can see, what is thought to be a statue of Skipper. On the Anchor Building you can see the BS intertwined for Bullard & Sons, the Brewery. At one time this contained Bullard’s Orford Arms. Beneath the pub was the Orford Cellar where Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie played in the 1960’s. As you enter Orford Place – J. Owen Bond was the architect for the 1904 Renaissance inspired office building, with a curved façade and six levels of windows, look up for the reclining female figures. Entering the Haymarket, you can see, on the right, the Haymarket Chambers, by Skipper, and built in 1901 – look for dragons, palm trees and two galleons (which represented good luck). The curved shape of this building follows the tram lines at the time, Skipper was experimenting with ideas drawn from Art Nouveau for the Royal Arcade when it was opened in 1899. In London Street the London & Provincial Bank, 1907 – Skipper, everything on the frontage is totally over the top with Cherubs etc. George Skipper had his own office in the Jarrold building – if you look up, on the London Street side, you can see scenes in terracotta of architects and builders at work underneath what was his office window. On St. Giles Street, opposite City Hall, you can see where the Norfolk Daily Standard Offices once were – George Skipper again. Two roundels set on the front depict William Caxton, the first English printer and Daniel Defoe, one of the first English journalists.


Suzanne Cunningham


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


17 of us met at the Norfolk Record Office where we were shown into a room and were given a short introductory talk.

The archive store was moved to County Hall in 2003 following the fire at the old City library in 1994. No archive was destroyed in the fire, but as this was housed in the basement they did suffer 10% water damage. An undated charter from King William Rufus (William II, third son of William the Conqueror) to Herbert de Losinga, Bishop of Thetford in 1090 is the oldest document held by them granting 'hunting rights and free warren.'

Surprisingly they do not use cotton gloves when handling items as we were told clean hands only give off water, and that the cotton gloves are only for television! They do however use latex gloves when handling photographs. We then moved on to one of the three strong rooms in which the archives are stored at between 13 - 16 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity is between 45-60%. From there we were taken to the Conservation room which faces north to avoid direct sunlight from entering directly through the windows.

We finished the tour by looking at a display set up for us of various items relating to the UEA including early newspapers covering the beginnings of the UEA and details of Earlham Hall including a ground floor plan showing the layout of the rooms.


Jonathan Parnell


Future events:


Friday, 7 September 2018: Visit to the Time & Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3BX


We will meet at the museum at 11.30am


The Exhibition is entitled ‘Drawn to the coast’. Explore Yarmouth and the coast through the works of Turner, Constable and Cotman.

Price of admission is £5.15. This is a group concession for 10+ persons. Maximum number is 30.

After a tour of the museum refreshments are available in the Silver Darlings Cafe.


Please let me know by Wednesday, 22 August 2018 if you wish to join us. ( or 01603 743464)


Evelyn Mould







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. Currently some of us are knitting poppies for the Millennium Library WW1 Poppy Project which aims to commemorate those who died as a result of the war.

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:


     16 July 2018

     20 August 2018

     17 September 2018

15 October 2018
19 November 2018

     17 December 2018


If anyone would like further info., please contact me


Mandy Holland







Thursday, 5 July 2018: The Wine Cellar, 8 Guildhall Hill, Norwich


Menu at


If you would like to join us for lunch please email or phone 01603 624585 by

Saturday 30 June at the latest.


Jane Dye



Wednesday, 5 September 2018: The Oaklands Hotel


The Oaks Bar has a good selection of food - the carvery is £6.95 for 1 course, £9.95 for 2 courses and light bites are also available.


The hotel is at 89 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0HH and the entrance is very discreet. Coming from Norwich the only sign visible is The Oaks Bar and Terrace (on the opposite side of the road is a car wash).


Through buses from Norwich are 14, 15, & 15A from St Stephens Stop BA & Castle Meadow Stop CC.


Lunch has been booked for 12 noon.

If you would like to join us please email or tel. 01603 610708 by Friday, 31 August 2018.

Sue Kitchener


Thursday, 4 October 2018: The King’s Head, Brooke


Please meet at 12.00 for 12.30 lunch. If you would like to attend, please email or phone 01603 456465 by Thursday, 27 September.


First Bus route X41 leaves St Stephens stop BQ at 11.45 and arrives at Kings Head at 12.07.

John Johnson



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Verity Lyall 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 or phone 01603 613698


Events this summer:


Saturday, 23 June 2018: Music for a Summer Evening

Academy of St Thomas, Salle Church 7.30pm


Mozart Violin Concerto in A Major

Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances

Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus


Those who have bought tickets are looking forward to this concert in beautiful Salle church. Don't forget to bring a picnic to enjoy before the concert – let's hope the weather is kind!



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


You will find the details for this outing to Benjamin Britten’s former home and to Snape Maltings in the Forthcoming Outings and Holidays section on page 6, with a reply slip at the end of the newsletter. It promises to be a most interesting trip and many people have expressed an interest. There are still a few places left. Those who have contacted me already will be given preference but numbers are strictly limited so please get your response to me as early as possible.


Something to look forward to:


Friday, 14 September 2018: Lunchtime recital


Stephen Cox has kindly organised another recital for the Music Group and their friends on Friday 14th September at 13.00 in the Spode Room of the UEA Music Centre. The musicians will be Jo Westaway (soprano) accompanied by Karen Smith (piano), an exceptional local duo called T#e Accidentals who give regular recitals across the country and abroad and now present a classical collection for your ears only.

There will be a charge of £5 per person. Please email me ( if you will be coming to this. It would be lovely to give them a good audience so please bring your friends.



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


We hope to arrange a group visit to this popular concert. As usual Alan Coddington has kindly volunteered to purchase tickets for us at £11 in the West Gallery. If you would like to join the group, please send cheques payable to UEA Retirement Association to Dr A Coddington.

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


And as always, if anyone wants to spread the word about an interesting concert or musical event, I shall be very happy to pass on the details.


Verity Lyall