Grantham Journal: Around Town

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News from the clubs, groups and organisations around the town.

* WEA - Joyce remembered

Joyce Glenn was an enthusiastic student of the Workers Educational Association’s short courses in history and literature and when she died last year she left a legacy to the local branch so that it could continue to provide educational opportunities to others.

The WEA is the oldest educational charity in Britain, having been in existence for over 100 years and provides courses in various subjects for adults (not necessarily those who are working – in fact most students using the branch programmes these days are retired) including courses in basic skills such as English, Maths and Computer Skills through its community courses.

The Joyce Glenn Memorial Lecture, which is to take place on Saturday September 26 at 2pm in the Newton Room at the Guildhall, Grantham, honours Joyce’s memory while using some of her legacy. It is open to all.

Those who attend the lecture by tutor Simon Tomson will find out what everyday life was like in the Middle Ages, before the Black Death, illustrated by images from a Lincolnshire artefact, the Luttrell Psalter. The Psalter (a manuscript book containing the Psalms) was made for Geoffrey Luttrell, who was lord of the manor of Irnham, near Corby Glen. It contains wonderful pictures of ordinary people in their daily activities.

Afternoon tea, including sandwiches and cake, is included and attendees are advised not to eat much for lunch!

The fee, subsidised by the legacy, is £5 per person. Anyone who wishes to attend should contact WEA branch secretary Jenny Lewis on 01476 563311 or e-mail jennylewis47@btinternet.com. Places are limited and bookings must be received by Saturday September 12.

* Aviation - Talk on X15

In spite of clashing with holidays, a good gathering of Aviation Society members met at Gonerby Social Club for the latest meeting, when a most interesting presentation of operating the Mach 5 capable X15 was given by Roger Alton of Radcliffe on Trent. This talk with slides was additional to a talk some years ago which dealt with a more technical aspect of construction of the X15. The two presentations complemented each other.

As ever, the next meeting of the Society will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month, August 25.

Visitors are extremely welcome when no pressure to join the Society will be applied. We meet from 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

* Bridge Club - The winners

Last week’s winners were Carol Fisher & Martin Mellor and Tracey Bridges-Webb & John Nolan on Monday and Charu & Sobhag Shah on Tuesday.

Members are reminded that they need to pre-book with Irene for the Ladies Pairs and Mens Pairs which will be played on Monday, August 24.

The club meets at the Sports Pavilion, Barrowby on Monday and Tuesday with play starting at 7.15pm, and an Improvers section is held on Wednesday morning from 10.30 to 12.30 at the Reading Room, Barrowby.

Anyone interested in playing is invited to contact Irene Pacey on 01949 843138 and for the Improvers section, June Dixon on 01476 565644.