First of all, a massive ‘thank you’ for the generous donations to the Red Box, not only did we collect a very good supply of items but, with special thanks to the men who also dug deep into their wallets, we raised £200. If anyone missed hearing about that, it’s a nation-wide scheme to provide period protection for girls and young women who are missing education because they are unable to afford sanitary products. Locally, this runs at Chichester College and I am now liaising with them about how we can best make the most of the cash we raised. Should you want to know more about the national scheme, following this link https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/08/girls-school-period-poverty-scotland-free-menstrual-products-england-campaign
As you can see, a good number of us gathered at the Walnut Tree for our now traditional ‘Little Christmas’, the Women’s Christmas celebrated on (or in this case – near too) Twelfth Night. And a very enjoyable occasion it was too, coinciding once again with Margret Preece’s birthday, who had to endure a round of ‘Happy Birthday to You’. An excellent end to the Christmas Season.
We are short of volunteers to give the vote of thanks to our judges and speakers on the following dates. Dec 6th, Jan 10th & 24th, Feb 7th & 21st, Mar 7th, 21st & 28th, Apr 11th, 18th & 25th, May 9th & 23rd. This is important for the club so please be kind enough to let either Mike Hancock, Mike Harris or Glyn Edmunds know by email if you are willing to give a VOT. Obviously we need someone for this coming meeting on the 6th.
Now for the fun and games. On Dec 13th we have our Christmas special, Ho Ho Ho, which is a fun evening where we can enjoy ourselves by dressing in our favourite Christmas attire, enjoy some Christmas fare and drink while competing as teams in a Christmas quiz so I do hope as many of you as possible can attend. We need prizes donated for the raffle which can be brought to our next meeting on the 6th or on the night of the Christmas special on the 13th. For those who plan to attend could you also bring some finger food and drinks on the night for us all to enjoy.
A couple of years ago we celebrated ‘Little Christmas’ for the first time and this is now a regular feature in our calendar. We shamelessly stole Little Christmas from the traditional Irish Nollaig na mBan, but this – or Women’s Christmas – is also celebrated in the Scottish Highlands (Nollaig Bheag), the Isle of Man and parts of England, such as Lancashire, and marks Epiphany or Twelfth Night (6th January).
The Irish tradition features the men taking over the household duties while the women put their feet up and those of us who have visited Camp in County Kerry, shared photographs of the women’s party there a while back. I can’t say how far the Club ladies have succeeded in establishing that particular element but the lunchtime celebration is now a Club regular.
As Twelfth Night falls on a Sunday this year, we are meeting on Saturday 5th at the Walnut Tree at 12.30 for 1pm and all the Club ladies are very welcome. You do need however to book and in the first instance should let me know you would like to come so that I can make the arrangements with the Walnut Tree.
Please email me on email@example.com by Friday 21st December to let me know if you wish to join us. There is no need to tell me if you aren’t coming.
This year we have a charitable element to the lunch as well. Many of you will be aware of ‘period poverty’, the simply appalling situation where girls and young women are skipping school or college as they cannot afford or access sanitary protection. Given most of us in the Club no longer have this expenditure I thought we might contribute to the Red Box Scheme run locally by Chichester College and I will arrange for a collection box to be at the Club. Any of the men who might have read this far, you might like to ask the women in your lives if they would also like to donate – or indeed slip some money into the box and I’ll make the necessary purchase.
Six of our new members will be displaying some of their work in the Small Hall in the coffee break at next Thursday’s Club meeting. There will be a wide variety of interesting and varied work on show so do please take time to peruse the display. Many thanks to Alan Frost, Richard Corkrey, Elke Epp, Chris Gledhill, Michael Palmer and Jim Munday for agreeing to participate.
We intend to run similar events on other occasions during the year so that new members and others can share their work in an informal setting.
Margret Preece will be leading a photo walk around the pretty village of Amberley on Thursday 23rd August. Margret says:
"Walk around Amberley village (the “pearl of Sussex” according to some guide books).
Suggested start: 7pm
Directions from Chichester: A27, A29, B2139. Drive past Amberley railway station and Amberley Museum (on the right). One mile further along the road turn left into Amberley village. Park in road (on right hand side only). Meet outside the school which is on the right hand side.
After the walk I suggest the Sportsman pub in Amberley but it will be easier to drive to it."
Phil Shaw wants to head East this Friday, 27th July. With the moon rising and sun setting around 20:45 it should be a good evening to catch the Blood Moon if the weather holds up. Phil may wish to head over to Seaford Head/Cuckmere Haven to get a better view with less crowds of people. However, since Brighton can be a fun place to be with your camera I am suggesting people meet at Brighton from 18:30 onwards. This will give time to get a few shots around Brighton, then depending on the conditions it may be better to move on.
If you wish to come please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Phil Shaw (email@example.com). Phil may be able to offer lifts to a couple of people.
Brighton Pride Parade
On the subject of Brighton, Lynne and I plan to go to the Brighton Pride Parade on Saturday August 4th (https://www.brighton-pride.org/pride-parade/), so if you are interested in joining us please contact me.
Rob Campling (firstname.lastname@example.org) is leading a walk around Chichester Allotments on Thursday 9th August at 6pm. Rob needs to know who will be attending and would like to give copies of photos taken on the evening to the City Council.
At the moment there is nothing planned for 2nd August as that is the pre-Exhibition meeting at the club.
Carmel Lynch is going to Lordington Lavender on Wednesday 11th June. If people wish to join her then meet in car park at 9.45 as the gates open at 10am. Early morning session is the least busy time of the day with the least number of people roaming around.
David Abbott is leading a photo walk at East Head at 18:30 on Thursday 12th July. Dave suggests people park between the two village halls on the main road and start the walk through the church graveyard.
(Image David Abbott)
Chichester Allotments 9th August 6pm
(Image Rob Campling)
Looking further ahead Rob Campling is organising a trip to Chichester allotments. Rob has provided the following information:
Place: St Paul’s/Little Breach Allotments. No post code, but PO19 5UA gets you to the turning off St Paul’s Road that leads to Little Breach. The allotment gate is on the left right after the side road (Woodlands Lane) which leads to two schools. It has City Council notices plastered all over the gate.
Parking: On street parking – usually fairly easy at this time.
Meeting: I’ll be waiting at the gate.
Length of stay: An hour or two.
Wrap Up: At the Rainbow Inn from 7.30. A CAMRA pub but no food after c. 7pm
What to see: It’s a large site with upwards of 60 allotments. Everything from the scrupulously tidy to the abandoned, plus hedgerows, trees and a tame fox. Sheds and greenhouses. A couple of chicken runs as well! I’ll make sure the visit is publicised by the City Council so everyone will know the the Club are visting.
This week’s photo walk will be at Church Norton, near Selsey at 18:30 on Thursday 28th June.
This will give us an opportunity to explore St Wilfrid’s Chapel, the nearby mound and then walk down to Pagham Harbour nature reserve. The churchyard and gravestones can offer some interesting textures.
Parking is available near the church: Rectory Lane, Church Norton, Selsey, West SussexPO20 9DT