Our friendly, informal group is open to everyone and we are always delighted to see new faces. We meet at 8pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except for July and August. We meet in the Church to listen to a wide variety of speakers and the talks usually last about an hour.
This year we have been entertained by the Barbarettes, have heard talks about subjects such as living in Africa and the History and Science of Pearls. The evening tasting different food and drinks made us wonder if we needed to buy the expensive varieties. We finish with a chance to chat and enjoy a cup of tea in the Meeting Place. Under the Contact 'umbrella' we have organised a trip to 'Daffodil Day' at Methodist Central Hall which is always a very uplifting day. During the year we have been able to donate proceeds from the evenings to a variety of charities, in particular CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young. We are currently planning the new programme for September onwards and look forward to welcoming new visitors. Come along and join us when you can.
Sue Jones February 2018
A Civil Way to Tie the Knot
- Alison Godwin
Alison, Norma's daughter, is now a Marriage Registrar and Celebrant – but there are many surprising and funny experiences on the pathway to getting married!
An Evening of Reflection for Holy Week
- Rosi MorganBarry
Join us for an evening of quiet reflection for Holy Week.
Ancestry and Maps
- David Gillies
One of the men who helped to map the moon for the lunar landings is coming to tell us more about what you can learn about your ancestors – if you only know how to look at the right map.
Brownsea - A Secret Island
- Tony Weston
Come along and learn more about the turbulent history of this tranquil and idyllic National Trust island, which has areas of woodland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, with cliff top views across Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck (followed by a very short AGM).
Coffee, Cake and Accordians!
- RAG - Reading Accordian Group
This well known local group will join us for an evening of popular music – with Coffee and Cakes in the interval! This will be a 'ticket only' event, cost £5.00.
Programmes, giving more details of our meetings for the next 'Contact' year, are available in the porch and the Bradbury Centre.
We were very pleased to welcome a good size audience to the recent very enjoyable talk entitled 'Stage to Screen' given by Tony King. As always, he kept us all entertained with his excellent audio and visual presentation. He illustrated the way many famous people such as Alec Guinness, John Mills and Moira Shearer made the change from stage to screen. Moira Shearer began her career as a ballet dancer but then went on to act and appear in films. Alec Guinness made his transition from theatre to blockbuster film after World War II. The evening concluded with a cup of tea.
Please remember that everyone is warmly invited to come along and join us for our regular get-togethers.
CONTACT Charity Project
Contact supports a charity for a period of two years. For period ending in August 2016 we supported Dalit Women, helping to educate the poorest women and girls in India and other poor countries. We were delighted to send a contribution of £200 to the charity.
Our Charity for the next two years will be CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). It supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. It also publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public, and funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
Our first fund raiser for the Charity will be our Mystery Auction, to be held on 25th January 2017, so please come along and enjoy the evening. All proceeds will be donated to CRY.