Christmas 2020

Several members asked me at Thursday’s meeting if I was arranging any visits or outings this

Christmas time. I suggestion was made by a member to visit Thursford Christmas Spectacular in

Norfolk.

I hadn’t heard of this, but I believe several members have been before, and spoke very highly of the

show which lasts about 3 hours! There is a great deal of information on the internet about the show,

and several videos on Youtube to watch of previous shows. About 130 professional actors are in the

cast. It’s worth looking on line for yourself if interested.

I’ve therefore made some enquiries about this Christmas event. Tickets are selling very quickly,

having been available since last December, and many performances are sold out already. Apparently

the Hotels around Norfolk are making a killing on prices, as demand is high. A bit like the Edinburgh

Tattoo accommodation issue. High demand attracts high hotel rates. Some companies use Great

Yarmouth as the base for hotels, but this is nearly 80 mins drive away. The Holiday Inn, Ipswich

Road, Norwich, has agreed accommodation, dinner, bed and breakfast for two nights. This hotel is

about 40 mins from the venue.

The price per person, with two people sharing the room, is £230, including show tickets, which are

nearly £50. Single rooms are a bit extra.

Departure will be Saturday, 28 th Nov for two nights. The Christmas Spectacular performance will be

on the Sunday evening.

Any excursions we wish to include will be decided at a later date.

I need to move fast, within the week, if we are to secure tickets. Obviously, we don’t have a meeting

until March, hence this notice.

If you are interested can you contact me ASAP. Most people have my phone number or email

address.

Please can you spread the word to your friends.

Gordon

Speaker List 2020

DatesSpeaker
JanuaryThursday 9thProf. John
Derry
Mary Queen of Scots 
FebruaryThursday 13thGary
Bankhead
River Archaeologist 
MarchThursday 12thMalcolm
Wilkinson
Art in Durham
Cathedral
 
AprilThursday 9thSteve
Robson
Fools Gold 
MayThursday 14thVal SaulyThe Courageous
Countess
 
JuneThursday 11thPaul WaughNewcastle Street
Pastors
 
SeptemberThursday 10thAlan
Smith
Nelson’s Navy
OctoberThursday 8thPeter
Stemmer
Town Crier
NovemberThursday 12thEve
Gamblin
Christmas in
Germany
DecemberChristmas Party
Seaham Golf
Club

Group Time Table 2020

 
ActivityDayPlaceTimeContact
Art AppreciationMonthly
3rd
Thurs
day
Venues to be
announced
11.00amMary
Coates
Book
Club
Monthly
1st
Thurs
day
Crow’s Nest
Pub
2.00pmJackie
Beadling
10 Pin
Bowl
ing
Monthly
4th
Wednesday
Sunderland
Bowling Alley
10.30amBob
Crabb
Chess
Club
Monthly
Last
Thurs
day
Member’s
Homes
2.00pmRobert
Reynolds
Cinema
Club
Not
Active
   
Coffee
Morn
ing
Tuesday
after
Monthly
Meeting
Roobarb &
Custard
10-12amJoan
Temple
Current
Affairs
Friday:
Date
decided
by Group
Masonic Hall
North
Terrace
10.30amMalcolm
Wilkinson
Flower
Arrang
ing
Monthly
Last
Wednesday
Dalton le Dale
Village Hall
2-4pmKathleen
Crabb
FrenchFortnightly
Tuesday
Member’s
Homes 
10.30amCarole
Fairweather
Garden
ing
Monthly
3rd
Tuesday
Member’s
Homes 
10-12am
Sarah
Gurney
iPad/
Tablet
Monthly
1st
Tuesday
Crow’s Nest
Pub
1.30pmJack & Joan Temple
KnittingMonthly
Last
Friday 
Seaham Harbour
Cricket Club 
 4.00pmMilford
Lingard
Local
History
Monthly
2nd
Tuesday
Asda Community
Room
1.30pmCarol
Hindmarsh
Link
and
Learn
Times and
dates
to be announced
 Sandra Wilkinson
Lunch
Club
Monthly
4th
Thurs
day 
Venue changes
each month 
12noonMichael
Marshall
 Crafts &
Sewing
Wednesday
Fortnightly
Seaton Village
Hall
10.30amLindsay
Marshall
Photo-
graphy
Monthly
1st &
3rd
Mondays
On Location or
member’s homes
11.00amBrian
Angus
PoetryMonthly
3rd
Wednesday
Member’s
homes 
10.30amRobert
Reynolds
Red
Hat
Group
Times and
dates to
be
announced
 
Singing
for
Pleasure
Monthly
last
Friday 
Dalton le Dale
Parish Hall
2.00pmMabel
Hepplewhite
Social
Group
Times and
dates to
be
announced
 Gordon
Ayre
StrollersMonthly
3rd
Friday
War Memorial
Seaham
10.30amBob Crabb
Trivial
Pursuit
Monthly
1st
Thurs
day
Member’s
Homes 
10.30amCarol Ayre
Walk
ing 
Monthly
1st
Friday
Contact Bob for walk details/SEE WEB10.00amBob Crabb
WhistMonthly
2nd
Friday
Member’s
Homes 
2.00pmJackie
Beadling
WineMonthly
1st
Thurs
day
Dalton le Dale
Parish Hall
7.30pmGordon
Ayre
25
Active
Groups
  

Coffee Morning

The coffee morning is going from strength to strength. We had more than 20 members there in January. It’s a great opportunity to get together both informally and socially and to catch up on the latest plans organised by other groups.

We meet in Roobarb n Custard cafe (next to Dow House) on the Tuesday following the
main meeting. This month’s date will be 18th February.
It’s a drop-in session between 10am and 12am, everyone is welcome to come along.
Hope to see you there.

JT