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Friday, September 29, 2006


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Our Richard Bradshaw hit the pages of the Felixstowe and Coastal edition of Star Weekly that was included in the Ipswich Evening Star recently.

It seems that Dick, together with other members of the Felixstowe Committee of Cancer Research UK have been organising something just a little different in order to raise funds for the deserving charity. Puzzled? If not then it is hoped you will be!

They are organising a sponsored jigsaw challenge for teams of four to complete an identical 500 piece jigsaw in the fastest possible time. The sets of jigsaw puzzles have been dontated by Ravensburger. The event takes place on Sunday 15th October at 2pm in Walton Church Hall, Walton High Street, Felixstowe. Details and sponsorship forms can be obtained from Dick at the next Felixstowe Scribblers meeting or from the secretary Alison Mellors. Her contact details can be obtained via scribblers@ntlworld.com


Felixstowe Scribblers

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 3rd October at Felixstowe Library. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. The 500 word homework assignment was set as "MAGIC" whilst the two 1,500 open themed work will be read by Ruth and Dave.

Some subjects that need to be discussed include our accommodation at the Library, the Online Scribblers competitions and suggestions by the administrator of the site, Debbie, for a special tribute page in memory of Jack by those Scribblers who knew him together with a possible online anthology.

There has been little news filtering through about Tony's annual night of Musical Mayhem so hope that he, and everyone else, survived the ordeal!

Until Tuesday,

Keep Scribbling!

Friday, September 22, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 19th September 2006

Apologies were received from Gordon, Louis, Dick, Alex, Scott and Judy.

In attendance were Tony, Les, Christine, Liliane, Ruth, Morag, Lisa, Kay, Zoe, Ken, Peter, Debra, Mavis, Kate and Dave.


A warm welcome to a new member, Ken who likes to have a go at everything; scripts, short stories, longer stories that were meant to be books but never quite made it beyond 20 pages. Ken likes to write whatever feels good at the time but feels his only consistency is keeping the basic story real. He has taken three courses with the UEA, writing short story fiction, poetry and screen writing, the latter providing everything he'd hoped for and more. His final submission unfolded into an extremely hard story that went down a treat with the tutor who insisted I enter it for the Screen East short movie competition, which I did. Unfortunately it was not well received, which left him baffled more than anything, although it illustrated the difference between those who want to make money and those who appreciate a well told story. Ken joins us for help. Help!

Gordon said in a recent email "You are not going to believe this, but we now have to travel to Bristol a day earlier for Karen's wedding. Although this does not take place until the weekend, we have been asked to go there on Wednesday, and the evening before we leave is bound to be hectic, so I will have to miss out again on Tuesday. You must be getting fed up with all the excuses! In October, hopefully, the dust will have settled a bit with Kristian also back at Portsmouth. He had wanted to write something and make a guest appearance at one of the meetings during his vacation but that did not materialise either."

Gordon still had to write his wedding speech and suggestions from the Scribblers was that he read that out as his next homework - could it possibly be on an adult theme Noddy story????

Louis also emailed to send his apologies. He said "I have a wedding to attend (seems it's the year to get hitched!) in Crete and we are flying out later today." Let's hope the weather is at least as good as it has been in Suffolk this week!

Judy was sorry to miss the meeting. She explained "Ron got delayed on his trip to the Midlands and did not get home early enough - so no transport. Bit of a bugger as I had done my piece on 'a night in' Never mind, maybe it can be used on another occasion."

Alex sent a message a few minutes before the meeting start to say that he has been unwell and was unable to attend. Let's hope he gets better soon.

Dick missed one of his rare meetings having gone away on a well-deserved holiday. Let's hope he comes back with more than a Felixstowe suntan.

Old twinkle-toes Scott is of course pursuing his dancing 'career' for the next nine or ten weeks but hopes to be back with us just before Christmas.

There was good news from Mavis who has self-published an excellent and professional book entitled "A Painter's Lot." The book was printed by 'Think Ink' a local firm.

Good news too from Ruth. Suffering from a setback with her second novel, Ruth has been accepted onto the 'Escalator' programme that she spotted from the miscellany of brochures that are available at meetings. Ruth says, "I get to attend a year of events - workshops and seminars. I also have a mentor (Michelle Spring) who will give editorial advice. £5000 is available to each of us (10 on the programme) for courses/childcare/retreats etc. All this culminates in a showcase next year with publishers and agents. Phew!" That is brilliant news and just goes to show that there are opportunities out there, quite a number of them in those advertising leaflets that drop through my letterbox. Next time you're at Scribblers please grab as many leaflets as you can - you never know what success could lay round the corner. It will certainly lighten the load in the old briefcase!

Not to be outdone, Morag is now working on the draft copy of her Muddy Boots which should be available later in the year, meaning that her Western, Tumbleweed Plains will take a back seat again for a few more days.

Zoe had to leave the meeting early as she felt unwell. We all hope that she is better soon.

Calling in to see Caz and Karl before the meeting, it is true to say that they are still absolutely devastated from the heartbreaking events of the last eighteen months. Caz says thankyou to everyone for their support throughout this terrible time. Currently she is unsure if she will return to Scribblers, but days are still young. I know we will all respect her decision.

Thanks to Kay for taking our collection in memory of Jack to the funeral directors who will pass it on to the charity East Anglian Childrens' Hospice. Donations are still arriving.


Tony's evening of Musical Mayhem takes place this Saturday evening/Sunday morning round at his house. Entrance is by bottle (preferably full) and maybe some nibbles…..

The World's Greatest Novel has been receiving a lot of adverse attention recently. From what appeared, on the surface anyway, as a really good project in which to participate, now seems far less appealing. Rochelle Moore, one of our Online Scribblers, has withdrawn her work from the site whilst some debatable issues are raised on the following website:

ONLINE SCRIBBLERS NEWS http://onlinescribblers.com
Online Scribblers are pleased to announce the two winners of the 'Summer' competitions.

The poetry competition winner is Rochelle Moore with "Tranquility".

The Short story competition winner is Kate Ackerley with "Past Times ".

Both winning entries, along with all past winners, can be viewed by members in the Online Scribblers forum at the above website address. The standard, number of entries and votes cast have risen significantly since the first competitions were launched.

Now a new competition has opened and will be dedicated to Our Jack. The subject is 'Halloween and things that go bump….' and is open for poetry and short story entries to all members of Online and Felixstowe Scribblers. The competition closes on the most appropriate day of the year - 31st October! Online members should send their entries to scary@onlinescribblers.com Felixstowe Scribblers members who have not got Internet access (offline members) should pass their entries to Dave who will arrange their inclusion in the competition. Kate is our first offline winner of the competition.

Unfortunately there are no prizes for winning, just the prestige of doing so! It's free to enter and great fun too.

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com and FELIXSTOWE SCRIBBLERS WEBSITE at http://felixstowescribblers.com

If you have any news or items you would like to include on either the weblog or the new site then please contact Alex at fswebsite@hotmail.co.uk as soon as possible.

It is anticipated that an 'In Memoriam' entry will soon be included for Jack whilst the showcase page also needs tidying up a bit.

CHANGES AT FELIXSTOWE TV explained by Chris Gosling.

Over the next couple of days, Felixstowe TV will be taking on a new look and new style, which will improve the way the site works, and enable it to take more input from users. In technical terms, it'll be moving to a content management system - which I believe is the way most major public sites will go over coming months.

There'll be even more ways to interact with the site, so putting your news and your points of view online will be even easier. Businesses and social/interest groups will find it easier to have their own details and information online, and local advertisers will get an even better deal than ever before - existing advertisers and site users will be high on the list of priorities.

The site will also have new editors and owners - Giles Meehan and David Jennings. Both have been keen supporters of Felixstowe TV over recent months, and they'll now be taking both the business and the editorial responsibilities on their shoulders.

As for me?

Well, you won't get rid of me as easily as that! I'll still be making the odd news report for the station, and probably still stating my own opinion when I think it is relevant, and when FTV thinks it is of interest. I'll also be making films (like The Lost Sock? Perhaps - but not too like it!), and still publishing websites in other areas of interest. My little business, Spectrum Communications, will be able to help people and businesses which want to communicate better both internally and with the outside world!

Thank you all for your help and support in the development to date of Felixstowe TV - and enjoy the new team's work and efforts to keep building and improving the smallest TV station in the world!

Chris Gosling
07931 310254

THE PLATFORM: Readings of members' work.

1,500 word open-themed topic.

Peter opened proceedings with "Should We Go Back?" an in depth and amusing reminiscence of being brought up on a farm. Covering many daily chores like ploughing, milking the cows, drawing water from the pond, this was a wonderful look at Suffolk times gone by.

A completely different style of work was compiled by Debra with "Stalker". Written in the first person as a man, Debra described all the feelings and sexual desires of an extra marital affair in this extract from her longer story. Remembering that Debra is very new to the group, this was a brave attempt to portray the feelings in this genre and was afforded some excellent feedback.

500 word assignments.

Kate opened with her competition winning entry "Past Times." Set in and around Ramsholt, this is a compelling spiritual story of Madeleine recalling all the good times as she awaited Guy's funeral.

Mavis shared her experience of "The Writers' Summer School, Swanwick." that she attended recently. With over 300 on the course, there were workshops on all aspects of writing and the tutors were quite accessible. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and a course that she highly recommends.

Next up, Dave, with "Jessica's Quiet Night In" a tale of a wife suddenly playing second fiddle to her husbands new trade union role, is then subjected to a break-in.

Tony produced probably his funniest writing ever with "The Happy World of the Quantity Surveyor - Retired" The tale follows him hitching a ride with a female army instructor after getting soaked in torrential rain. She takes him to her caravan where an electric sexual encounter follows…

"Words" from Les describes a quiet night in with the wife, playing and squabbling over scrabble and drinking whiskey before slipping into bed and expecting…

Christine's "A Quiet Night In" sees husband Charlie deciding to spend a peaceful evening in his garden shed listening to the Proms on his radio. Then neighbour after neighbour arrives along with Amy, a luscious young blonde.

There always was a murderous side to Liliane's writing, and her "Death in the Afternoon" describes a weekend barbecue when an intruder aims to shoot a young woman but her male friend is shot shielding her. A second shot hits the woman as the gunman turns the gun on himself. Gripping stuff…

Lisa's untitled poem was developed during the afternoon describing a relationship of one-upmanship where one partner attempts to come out better than the other.

Kay provided another insight into the story that she wrote for her daughter. "Midnight" describes a dream about Rita and Lumpy Lewis interrupted by a commotion outside where a shopkeeper is dragged and forced into the back of a box van by some unscrupulous hooded figures.

Summary: A thoroughly enjoyable evening that almost over-ran. There were many superb examples of writing covering a wide spectrum of different genres - surprising how a little bit of sex can add to proceedings!

THE NEXT MEETING : 7.30pm at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 3rd October.


1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be presented by Ruth and Dave.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Amazing Rescue off Felixstowe: Airliners help RAF helicopter to rescue pilot from North Sea

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

The New Wolsey are taking bookings for a Theatre Writing Masterclass with Tony Ramsey on Sunday 24th September. Tony is an experienced writer for radio, television and theatre.

'From first glimmer to first night: how to write a play' covers the complete journey from the playwright's first idea through to performance.

To book please call the Box Office on 01473-295900 where further details can be obtained.

Friday, September 15, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Just a reminder that out next meeting is on Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm at Felixstowe Library. The homework assignment was selected as 500 words on "A Quiet Night In". Peter and Debra are doing the 1,500 word open themed work.

The winners of the Online Scribblers competition for "Summer" will be announced at the meeting. The standard of work this time has been very high. If you have not already signed up for the Online Scribblers then the time is right to do so. As a member you will be able to cast your anonymous votes, up until Monday next week, for the "Summer" competition, or enter the new competitions for poetry and short story on "Halloween." I expect you will have guessed that the competitions will close on 31st October! This competition is dedicated to the memory of Jack Wilkinson. Online Scribblers can be found at http://onlinescribblers.com.

Hope to see you all on Tuesday!

Until then,

Keep Scribbling!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Espresso Stories

Espresso Stories:

From the Expresso Stories website....

"This is espresso stories, an idea by the writers Chris Worth and R.P. Bird. It explores a literary form for today's frothed-up, on-the-hoof, want-it-all-now consumer lifestyle: complete stories that take no longer to read than an espresso takes to slurp.
The most basic rule is that they're just a sentence or two, totalling 25 words or less. Less hard-and-fast - but equally vital - are a theme, plot, characters, and narrative development. Everything you'd see in any good story - but short enough to fit into the time it takes to reach the bottom of that bitter little cup, as you ponder on how even the briefest experiences can make life more meaningful."


Felixstowe Scribblers

Report of Meeting 5th September 2006

Apologies were received from Ruth, Mavis, Morag, Gordon, Sheila, Caz.

In attendance were Debra, Dick, Peter, Liliane, Di, Tony, Kay, Christine, Judy, Kate, Scott and Dave.


The service to celebrate Jack's life was held in a packed St Mary's Church at Walton, Felixstowe on Monday 21st August 2006.

The cortege arrived amid torrential rain that followed a short but brief thunderstorm. Conducted by the Reverend Peter Harris, the service included the hymns, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Kum Ba Yah and Lord of All Hopefulness. In between Jack's mother Caz bravely read her own poem and tribute before his father Karl relayed a wonderful ten-minute eulogy of their beloved son. It revealed how Jack put everyone before him, and told of all the challenges he had undertaken for charity together with his love of animals and birds in the natural world.

At the end of the service Reverend Harris observed the rain on the flowers that lay on Jack's coffin and remarked that they were 'tears from heaven'. They added to the many tears that flowed during the celebration of his life.

The committal followed at Ipswich Crematorium. Jack's ashes were buried the following week.
The Scribblers were present in strength to pay their respects to Jack and support Caz and Karl. Some were on holiday and could not attend but would have done otherwise. Spotted at the service were Peter & wife, Christine, Tony, Gordon, Les and Joan, Ruth, Kate, Doreen, Judy, Scott and Aimee, Dick, Debbie all the way from France, Jacky and Giles [from the Lost Sock and Felixstowe TV], and former Scribblers Sue and Lyn. Most of us shed tears. It was impossible not to.

The Scribblers completed a collection for the East Anglia Childrens' Hospice that has been passed to the funeral directors. Additionally I have had an email from Robert Van Wormer of the Butternut Valley Writers Group who are kindly sending a donation to the charity.

Currently Caz and Karl are having a weeklong break on the West Coast of Scotland. They have said thankyou to everyone for all the messages of sympathy, for attending the celebration of Jack's life and for the generous donations.


The kind offer of a donation towards Jack's charity was unexpected but has put the two writers' groups in touch once again. Several years ago Robert Van Wormer contacted the Scribblers from America for some help with the historical aspects of, I believe, Felixstowe Dock for a writing project. Our historical genius Doreen Rayner kindly helped out with the facts. Although Robert and I have had exchanged emails since then, mostly we keep in touch through meeting reports.


It was nice to see Christine back in Scribblers action again after illness, holidays and looking after grandchildren.

Despite the homework theme, Ruth was missing having explained in an earlier email, "I won`t be at the meeting on the 5th as its my 8th wedding anniversary so hubby should have something planned (or else…!!!)" Hope they had a good time!

Mavis was missing for a second meeting. Currently in France on holiday she recently attended the Writers' Summer School in Swanwick which was 'fantastic'. Mavis promises to share her experiences at the school and hopes it will benefit us all.

Gordon, having received some very good news about his son, was moving Kristian back to Portsmouth for the new University year.

Morag explained that following her 'holiday' she came home shattered only to find that she had to do a lot of preparation work before the builders arrived at her mother's house.

Sometime ago Judy entered a competition for Undiscovered Authors and recently learned that she had been placed on a shortlist of six possible winners. The company involved is offering her a reduced rate to self-publish her book. Whilst the company would deal with the promotional aspects it seems that they still want a lot of money up front. Ironically in the Writers' News this month Jonathan Clifford revisits his campaign against vanity publishers. You may wish to look at his website at www.vanitypublishing.info

As far as Judy's book is concerned, Dave and Peter have agreed to read selected chapters to give feedback.

In a recent email, Belinda and Geoff, now happily home in their native Australia, sent their best wishes to everyone at Scribblers.

This was Scott's last meeting for some time as he begins a ten-week dancing course that runs on - yes - a Tuesday! He should be back before Christmas though, and hopes to become active in the Online Scribblers forums in his 'spare' time.


An extract of the message from Online Scribbler Rochelle Moore warns about the Worlds Greatest Novel. Following her successful entry that was shortlisted, a great deal of controversy and comments resulted in some feedback being removed by the organiser. Displeased with some aspects of the site, Rochelle, along with another author, asked that her entry be removed from the site . Apparently the organiser tried to sell the work on ebay. Whilst everyone is entitled to their own views on the site, Rochelle warns that we should stay away from this one.

Found on the Online Scribblers website, a warning from Debbie:


It says it's from a friend, the link in the e-mail looks harmless. However the link actually takes you to a different website where you will automatically download a file which will seriously harm your computer.With this type of greetings card e-mail it is always best to copy paste the link text into your browser. If the e-card website says that the card isn't found then it's probably due to the fact that the e-mail you received points to a hidden website that automatically downloads and runs an exe file on your computer. This will probably cause serious damage, perhaps even fatal damage, to your computer.Below is what the e-mail looks like, I have removed the hidden link code so the url is harmless.
Hello friend !A friend has sent you an ecard from 123Greetings.com.Send free ecards from 123Greetings.com with your choice of colors, words and music.Your ecard will be available with us for the next 30 days. If you wish to keep the ecard longer, you may save it on your computer or take a print….
Heed Debbie's warning - We can all do without "friends" like that.

ONLINE SCRIBBLERS NEWS http://onlinescribblers.com

Membership is still creeping upwards with the number of writers having reached 45. This is a very healthy number and hopefully we will see an increase in the actual postings in the forum before too much longer.

The online short story and poetry competitions for July and August have now closed and you can vote anonymously for the entries in the forum. Online members have until 6.00pm on Monday 18th September so please do vote for your favourite entries. Remember you are allowed two votes - if you have entered work yourself then you can of course cast one vote for yourself. Offline Scribblers (those without computer/internet access) can still cast their vote by checking with Dave.

A new short story and poetry competition will start very shortly and details will appear on the forum. The intention is to run this until the end of October. Keep logging on …

There is all sorts of information and posted work being accumulated, all for viewing by members only. There is an area to post work specifically for feedback. Members only areas are closed to general Internet surfers which helps to protect copyright.

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com/ and FELIXSTOWE SCRIBBLERS WEBSITE at http://felixstowescribblers.com

If you have any news or items you would like to include on either the weblog or the new site then please contact Alex at fswebsite@hotmail.co.uk as soon as possible.


Readings of members' work.

1,500 word open-themed topic.

Di opened proceedings with 'Possession', her first attempt at creative writing for nearly three years. A really chilling tale that built on an earlier short story and extended Beth's desire for a handsome partner. She misreads Michael's signs, goes to find him, breaks into his house and finds him in bed with Melissa… A great pity that Di has to leave creative writing for some time as she returns to studying for her degree.

Dick followed on with another chapter from the 'Felixstowe Affair' which for the uninitiated is the book of the film The Lost Sock. This section deals with Chris over reacting to a Man In Black near the pier and then trying to discover just what is happening from Mr Big at Landguard Fort. Will this be as successful as the film? The first run of DVDs sold out but further supplies are now available - check it out with giles@felixstowetv.co.uk

500 word assignments.

Kate produced another poem from her archives. This, 'Home on the Range', was a metaphor of a cowboy, and the lonely life he led. Very atmospheric.

Christine read out a tremendous poem 'The Power of Words' that told of a baby exploding into this world and growing with all the words implanted and saved into its tiny head.

'Remember' from Scott told a different kind of story this time, in dialogue, of a couple living together, one who remembers and the other who doesn't that they were jumped by a man with a gun and murdered.

'Anniversary Blues' was Dave's offering exposing the confrontational dialogue between man and wife who accuses him of forgetting what day it is. In the best tradition of a short story there had to be a twist at the end…

Debra shared her lively and also confrontational dialogue from 'Leather' (the third anniversary) and the importance placed on an anniversary gift of a very expensive handbag for her and a compromise of a luxury plasma TV for him.

'No Cakes nor Tents' was Peter's extremely humorous offering that was delivered in dialogue format between a 45 and a 70-year old man - made all the more effective with a real Suffolk accent.

Liliane's 'Holiday Letters' from Laya to her grandmother were planning something different. A diamond wedding anniversary in the family. Always enjoyable, it is time that Liliane thought about putting all the family stories together in a book. It could be a best seller…

Tony has to take the credit for the longest title of the day - 'The Long Dark Dingy Winding Road to Singleton'. Sitting comfortably in his armchair in front of his television our hero plans to watch Match of the Day whilst other forces are trying to deny him his little bit of pleasure.

An excellent evening's entertainment with some rather good stories and examples of dialogue followed by plenty of discussion as well.

Thanks to everyone for helping to tidy up afterwards, it makes life a little easier and, in theory, quicker to leave. Unfortunately the alarms activated when locking up and it was necessary to call out the keyholder to reset it. So much for an early-ish night!

THE NEXT MEETING: 7.30pm at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 19th September.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT : 500 words on "A Quiet Night In"

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be presented by Debra and Peter

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Mustard Theatre Company

Mustard Theatre Company: "Our October / November 2006 production is:

'The Business of Murder' a murder mystery thriller by Richard Harris
The Business of Murder - A murder mystery thriller by Richard Harris

There are three people involved. Superintendent John Hallett, TV writer Dee Redmond, and the mysterious Mr Stone. They have one special interest in common - murder ....
Dates and venues:

Saturday, 28th October 2006 at Martlesham Community Centre - 7.30pm

Friday, 3rd November 2006 at Henley Community Centre - 7.30pm

Friday, 10th November 2006 at Wickham Market Village Hall - 7.30pm

Saturday, 11th November at St Edmunds Hall, Hoxne - 7.30pm.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers


Our next meeting is on Tuesday 5th September 2006 at 7.30 pm. The homework topic was set as 'ANNIVERSARY' and to be written in dialogue. Apart from remembering anniversaries, do we always talk about them? Will be interesting to hear the outcome!


Another reminder is that we will conclude the collection for the East Anglian Childrens' Hospices in memory of Jack at the meeting and hopefully one of our committee members will volunteer to pay the money in to the Co-op on Wednesday.

It has been a very sad time losing Jack but it was really good to see so many Scribblers and former members at Walton Church last week. His ashes were interred last Tuesday. Caz and Karl are going away for a few days.


These have now closed and the annonymous voting buttons will soon be added to the site. It will be interesting this time as all the entries are shown anonymously. A fresh competition will soon be launched. More details later.

Until Tuesday,

Keep Scribbling!

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