Spring 2019 Newsletter

Chairman’s message
Jackie Arnot

Talk on Markets, Mildmay and Marconi
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Chelmsford’s Suffragettes
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Essex country houses
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Henry VIII and his six wives
Report by Shirley Deering

“From Crossbow to CrossRail”
Report by Shirley Deering

Outing to Mountfitchet Castle and Wimpole Estate
Report by Shirley Deering

The Christmas Post outing
Report by Al Arnot

President’s Event

On target
Shirley Deering

Use it or lose it
Al Arnot

Use it or lose it
Al Arnot

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Colourful jigsaw pieces

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “Use it or lose it” often. It’s applied to a range of issues, from the closure of branch libraries to the Park and Ride buses. In this case, it’s applying to our jigsaw table.

When our dear friend Marjorie Lincoln passed away a few years ago, the sales stall which she faithfully organised meeting after meeting vanished because nobody came forward to continue her work. Clearly, some sort of replacement was needed. So, my jigsaw-addicted wife came up with an idea of a jigsaw loan scheme, whereby she carefully chose a selection of about two dozen jigsaws from the two hundred-odd in our loft and set them out on the tables at each meeting, together with a file in which members could record their selection of something to keep them occupied during the dark winter evenings. A modest hire charge of £1 per jigsaw was made to add to our income from book sales, raffle and plants. After an enthusiastic start the idea cooled considerably and in 2018 the scheme brought in a measly £10. Consequently, I had a long hard look at whether my effort of lugging four large bags - now reduced to two - to each meeting was worth it.

Therefore, I’m sorry to announce that, unless the jigsaw hire rate picks up substantially during the rest of the year, that corner of the Cramphorn Theatre will remain empty - unless, of course, you have other ideas...

Yours in the quest for new ideas or more up-take!
Al Arnot