Clubs & Groups Clubs & Groups




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:


      18 February 2019

      18 March 2019

      15 April 2019

      20 May 2019

      17 June 2019

      15 July 2019

Brenda Mace







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 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


10 June 2019




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:


19 February 2019

19 March 2019

16 April 2019

21 May 2019 (Croquet)

18 June 2019

16 July 2019



Contact Details: Denis Brown Tel. 01603 409905 Email:



Croquet Session on 21st May 2019


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 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, 1 October 2018: Talk - 'Thorncroft Clematis – A Complete Guide'


The first talk of the Autumn series was attended by 27 keen members. Peter Skeggs-Gooch, the third generation representative of his family firm gave us a lively and informative talk on his great love – clematis. He divided his colourful presentation into three sections: covering flowering throughout the year, uses, pruning and feeding. Peter showed us beautiful photographs of clematis growing in any number of locations throughout the year thus exploding several horticultural myths about cantankerous and difficult plants. He described the growth of his family business, established in 1985 and the proud moment when Thorncroft was awarded the first of ten Chelsea Gold Medals. Countless awards have also been won from horticultural shows throughout East Anglia and beyond.

This standard of excellence has continued with the production of the most beautiful, detailed catalogue, of which we were invited to take a copy.

For a further look into an inspirational hard working and dedicated family business one can follow Thorncroft Clematis on Facebook, ThorncroftClematis and Twitter, @thorncroftclems, for an insight into their nursery life. One can only hope the fourth generation of the family become as passionately involved and successful as their forbears.

Thanks to the Garden Group for organising such an inspiring speaker.

Jane Towers




Tuesday, 27 November 2018: The History and Technique of Basket Weaving - Jonathan Carrie


Although a little late as Jonathan Carrie had gone to the wrong venue, the talk and demonstration was well worth waiting for. Whilst making a small willow basket, Jonathan described how he had taken up this craft. He spent a number of years visiting and learning from basket maker Adrian Charlton before receiving a bursary from the Worshipful Company of Basket Makers that allowed him to spend time over a year with another basket maker – Peter Dibble. Jonathan explained that he uses a variety of hedgerow material and wild willow as much as he can. These materials are cut in the winter months from late November to late February when the leaves have fallen and the sap has retreated. Farmers and landowners cut their hedges with machines keeping them neat and tidy but destroying the young growth that is ideal for Jonathan's baskets so he collects as much as he can and weathers it at home and uses it through the year with willow that he grows himself and willow that he buys from English willow producers. Using hedgerow material is challenging, not the least because the material grows wild and in all manner of shapes, sizes and thicknesses. This does help to produce unique baskets; each basket seems to form its own shape and character and making it special.

At the end of fifty minutes a beautiful basket had been made and sold.


Julie Lane


Future dates:


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 help Garden Group funds.



Monday, 1 April 2019: Talk – ‘Gardening in the Shade’ by Jim Paine, Walnut Tree Garden Nursery


Our speaker will be Jim Paine, from the Walnut Tree Garden Nursery, a family-run nursery in Rocklands. In this talk, Jim will look at how certain plants are adapted to shady conditions and apply this to making good choices for the garden. He will also look at how to ameliorate severe shade and so make best use of all the garden. The talk will be illustrated with slides and with plants, all of which will be for sale.

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 help Garden Group funds.



Monday, 27 May 2019 (Bank Holiday Monday): Open Garden visit


Jan and Keith Woods have kindly offered to open their garden in Little Melton from 12 noon to 4pm. Please contact Jan and Keith ( or 01603 810980) by Friday 17 May if you would like to attend and they will provide directions. Donations on the day to Garden Group funds please.

A selection of sandwiches will be available for lunch. Offers to bring cakes for afternoon tea would be appreciated; please will you let Jan and Keith know if this is possible.

Again, please do bring along any surplus plants you may have for a plant stall, donations to help Garden Group funds.



Friday, 21 June 2019: Visit to Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough


Peter Beales opened his first rose nursery in 1968. Since then, Peter Beales Roses has become renowned around the world for specialising in the preservation of old fashioned, historic and rare roses, as well as winning many prestigious awards, including 25 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A two acre display garden is an integral part of their nursery; further information is available on their website (


A private group tour entitled ‘Tea and Tours’ has been booked for the afternoon of Friday 21 June, starting at 2.45pm and lasting for at least one and a half hours. The tour includes tea/coffee and a slice of cake which is served within their marquee, during which one of their Rosarians will give an informative practical demonstration. A full guided tour around their display gardens follows, with a question and answer session at the end. The cost is £7.00 per person.


You may be interested in arriving earlier in the day than our booked tour time. Peter Beales have advised that their Tea Room restaurant offers a varied lunch time menu and, whilst they would be delighted to cater for our group on an individual basis, the Tea Room and patio area has limited seating and they therefore kindly request that, if possible, they are advised if you would like to include lunch within your visit. This has been included as an option on the booking slip.


If you would like to go on this visit, please complete the booking slip at the end of this newsletter and return to Julie Lane by Monday 3 June. Please note that Peter Beales have asked that final numbers be provided at least two weeks prior to the booking so we will not be able to take any further bookings after the closing date.


Opening times for the nursery and ‘How to find us’ may be found on the website. If approaching from Norwich, their directions are to bypass the town of Attleborough on the A11 and turn left at the Breckland Lodge complex roundabout as indicated by the Tourist Board sign to the Classic Rose Gardens. The nursery is then reached in about ¼ mile, past the White Lodge Public House.

We will gather as a group by 2.45pm in the marquee, reached through the nursery shop/restaurant.



23 -24 July 2019: Outing – Essex Gardens


The garden group outing this year will be to RHS Hyde Hall and two RHS recommending gardens, Beth Chatto Gardens and Place for Plants, in Essex and on the Essex-Suffolk border. We will visit the Beth Chatto Gardens on Tuesday 23rd July and stay overnight at the North Hill Hotel in historic central Colchester. Then on Wednesday 24th July we will go to Hyde Hall and on our return journey to Norwich, we will stop at Place for Plants around tea time.


Dinner, bed and breakfast at the North Hill Hotel are expected to be about £140 for a double room and for a single room about £90. Adding the cost of entry to gardens, of the coach and driver, the total cost will be about £325 for a double room and about £185 for a single room. 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 me know by Saturday 23rd February 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






Dates for the diary:




Friday 2 August 2019: Visit to Tudor Lodgings, Castle Acre


The C15 house (not open) incorporates part of the Norman earthworks. The 2-acre garden includes a C18 dovecote, abstract topiary, a ‘Mondrian’ knot garden and hot border. Tudor Lodgings featured in The English Garden Magazine 2018.


By kind invitation of Gus and Julia Stafford Allen, National Garden Scheme County Organiser.


Further details about the visit to Castle Acre and a booking form will appear in the June edition of Renaissance.




I circulate occasional emails about Garden Group events and gardening activities. If you would like to be included in this circulation, or for general enquiries about the Garden Group, please contact Pam Janacek (


Pam Janacek






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


Friday, 17 May 2019: A visit to the Dad’s Army Museum, Thetford

On Friday 17 May 2019 a visit to the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford has been arranged. The museum will be opened by a team of volunteers especially for our group and will not be open to the general public. There will be a guided walk around some of the main filming locations within Thetford town centre, used during the filming of the original TV Series. This walking tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. We will finish off with tea/coffee and biscuits in the Marigold Tea Rooms and the opportunity to peruse the many exhibits within the museum, watch a short DVD documentary and purchase souvenirs from the museum shop.


We will arrange to meet at the Museum at 11.00am – there are a number of car parks within the town centre, all within a ten-minute walk to the museum. The car parks in Thetford offer free parking all day. The price of this visit will be £7.50 per person, including tea and biscuits. Please note the maximum number for this visit is 25.


If you would like to go on this visit, please complete the booking slip at the end of this newsletter and return with your cheque to Suzanne Cunningham by Wednesday, 24 April 2019. Any enquiries please ring 01603 868649 or email

Suzanne Cunningham


Friday, 6 September 2019: Visit to the Rosary Cemetery

Further details in the next edition of Renaissance.

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. 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:


18 February 2019

18 March 2019

15 April 2019

20 May 2019

17 June 2019

15 July 2019


If anyone would like further info., please contact me

Mandy Holland






Thursday, 7 March 2019: The Eagle, 33 Newmarket Road, Norwich


Please meet 12.00 for 12.30. If you would like to come to this lunch, please email or phone 01603 456465 before Thursday, 28 February 2019.


John Johnson



Wednesday, 3 April 2019: The (Old) Library, 4a Guildhall Hill, Norwich


Please meet at 12:00 for 12.20. If you would like to attend, please e-mail or phone John Boulton at 01603 455412 before Sunday, 31 March.

John Boulton



Thursday, 2 May 2019: The Black Horse, Earlham Road, Norwich


Please meet 12.00 for 12.30. The Black Horse has a car park. This lunch will require pre-ordering so I will send an up to date menu beforehand. If you would like to attend, please email or phone 01603 458099 by Wednesday, 24 April 2019.


Pat Gyte


Wednesday, 5 June 2019: The Bird in Hand, Wreningham


Please meet 12.00 for 12.30. The Bird in Hand has a car park. This lunch will require pre-ordering so I will send an up to date menu beforehand. If you would like to attend, please email or phone 01603 458099 by Friday, 24 May 2019.

Pat Gyte


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In addition to planned events 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:


Thursday, 22 November 2018: UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra: Mozart - The Great Mass


Five of us attended the UEA Choir and Orchestra's most enjoyable Autumn concert, in a packed St. Andrews Hall. The concert opened with the orchestra playing an Overture by Mendelssohn followed by a lively group of five drummers playing "Shock Factor" by Nathan Daughtery. Finally the Orchestra played Torke's "Bright Blue Music". After the interval and in complete contrast, the orchestra were joined by the very large Choir in a stirring performance of Mozart's Great Mass in C. It was nice to see that music at UEA is very much alive in spite of the demise of the School of Music.

Alan Coddington


Future Events in 2019:


Wednesday, 6 March 2019: Lunchtime Recital: Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre


13.10 (doors open 13.05)

Ben Johnson (tenor) & Tom Primrose (piano)

Many of us have enjoyed these lunchtime concerts already and here is another to look forward to. This event is free so no need to worry about tickets, just get to the Strode Room in good time to get a seat.



Sunday, 10 March 2019: UEA Chamber Choir Spring Concert


St Georges Tombland, 18.30

Under their Director, UEA choirmaster Tom Primrose, the chamber choir will perform secular choral music through the ages. Highlights will include Charles Villiers Stanford’s The Blue Bird, Frederick Delius’ To be sung of a summer night on the water and Robert Lucas de Pearsall's Lay a garland.


Again, a free event (though there will be retiring collection) but do get there in plenty of time as St Georges is a small church and there will be a queue. Doors open at 18.00 and seats fill up quickly. I've recommended the Chamber Choir on several occasions and have no hesitation in doing so again.


Saturday, 16 March 2019: VERDI Requiem


St Andrew's Hall, 19.30

Soloists tbc
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus
Choir of the Musik Institut Koblenz
Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra

Group ticket arrangements

If you would like to join a Retirement Association group seated in the West Gallery for this performance of the ever-popular Requiem, Alan Coddington has kindly volunteered to purchase tickets at £17pp.

Please send cheques payable to UEA Retirement Association to Dr A Coddington by 14 February.

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



Thursday 21 March 2019: UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra


St Andrew's Hall, 19.30

Francis Poulenc: Salve Regina (Chamber Choir),

Francis Poulenc: Gloria (Symphony Orchestra & Choir)

Hector Berlioz: Love Scene and Finale from Romeo and Juliet (Symphony Orchestra & Choir)


Rather close to the Philharmonic concert but nonetheless we hope you will join us for this performance of popular choral works by Poulenc and the less well known love scene and finale from Berlioz opera.



Friday, 26 April 2019: Lunchtime Recital


Stephen Cox has kindly organised another lunchtime recital. Karen Smith, who you may remember as the piano half of T#e Accidentals, and Stephen himself will perform a programme of piano duets. I will pass on more details at a later date. As before there will be a charge of £5.



Saturday, 22 June 2019: Music for a Summer Evening


Academy of St Thomas, Salle Church 19.30pm

Philip Dukes, Viola

Telemann: Concerto for Viola
Bach: Concerto for Viola in Eb major
Dag Wiren: Serenade
Dvorak: Nocturne
Leroy Anderson: Selection


Don't miss our annual visit to this summer concert in beautiful Salle church. Tickets are £14pp and once again Alan Coddington has kindly volunteered his help.


If you would like to join the group, please send cheques payable to UEA Retirement Association to:

Dr A Coddington by 22 April 2019


Don't forget to bring a picnic to enjoy beforehand in these glorious surroundings.


Verity Lyall