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Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 7th November 2006

This report will be briefer than most, but two family bereavements in the course of three days has meant that personal time has been greatly reduced. Services will soon return to normal. Dave.

Apologies were received from Kay, Christine, Mavis, Debra, Les and Tony.

In attendance were Gordon, Alex, Ruth, Judy, Morag, Lesley, Ken, Liliane, Tricia, Dick, Kate, Louis, Zoe and Dave.


Mavis has had to withdraw from our Scribblers activities for the time being because of ongoing commitments on Tuesdays.

Kay sent in apologies for her absence after promising to do one of the 1,500 word pieces but had to withdraw to support her daughter Rita at a careers evening in Ipswich.

A message from Les "Hi Dave and fellow scrubbers, sorry you have had to miss my scintillating company, this Sciatica is a bugger, had to miss my ballet & tap classes as well, bits are falling off all over the place, I have to look behind me when I'm out walking to see if I've left anything behind, and I'm afraid I shall have to miss the next meeting as well, Joan and I are off to Kessingland, pet sitting for 18 days. I'll try to write something before I go and send it to you, don't expect anything very funny though, what was the subject again? Tears of joy? Love to all, Limping Les, (What's left of him. )"

Congratulations to Dick whose 'memory' homework "Lest We Forget Old Comrades" has been accepted into the Imperial War Museum archive. A poignant poem at this time of remembrance, it deserves this recognition and will be recalled and read throughout all time.

We had a long and informative email from Belinda and Geoff back in their homeland down under. Good to hear from them. They work as security guards at present at many public functions including the Kylie Minogue concert. Belinda has joined a writing group and hopes to get back to her wonderful creativity soon. They send their love to Scribblers new and old.

Tony called in to the meeting to sell some tickets before dashing off to rehearsals for THE DRAMATIC AQUARIUM that includes "The Hole" by N.F.Simpson and a series of short plays and sketches. The event will be performed at the Rushmere Players fish and chip supper at Rushmere Primary School, Lanark Road, Ipswich on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. If you hurry there may be some advance tickets left. They cost £7.00 and can be purchased from Tony.

Pause for thought. Having relocated the meeting to the new café area in the Library for the evening, Allen's chair has re-appeared. Judy will try and find out how Allen, our most senior member is doing after overturning his disabled scooter.

A WARNING has kindly been sent in by Gordon and is really worth passing on to your friends and relatives: -
Royal Mail Postal Scam
This scam has been confirmed by Royal Mail and is especially relevant as Christmas is fast approaching:
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number).
DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 0207 2396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at http://www.icstis.org.uk/, or your local trading standards office.


A questionnaire has been received from Suffolk Coastal District Council entitled : Consultation on future use of Martello Tower P.

SCDC is looking for a new use for this Martello tower. A report some three years ago suggested its best use would be for a cultural space. £300,000 is secure to restore the fabric of the building but further funding would be essential for conversion to a new use and running costs.

The questionnaire asks:
1 If we think Felixstowe would benefit from a new arts/cultural space in the Martello Tower P.
2 If yes, what sort of cultural facilities should be included?
3 Who should be the main users of the tower?
4 Whether Felixstowe Scribblers would be interested in using it
5 If so, what for?

This raised some heated debate and comments over the release of the questionnaire just as the Herman de Stern building is demolished.

Any comments? Please direct them to rachel.nightingale@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

ONLINE SCRIBBLERS NEWS http://onlinescribblers.com

The last competition, Halloween has closed and voting is now taking place on line. If you haven't already voted then you have the opportunity to do so now. Details of the final voting date will be released very shortly.

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.

THE PLATFORM: Readings of members' work.
1,500 word open-themed topic.

Louis produced an excerpt from his story 'Glue Sniffing' that already has some 80,000 completed words. It revolves around a university murder in Russia.

Dave shared 'Looking for Love', based on the 1960's escapades at a party.

500 word assignments.

Kate read out two poems, the first 'Care Home' written about the terrible experiences of Dave's brother-in-law. The other 'The Not Sleeping of Women'.

Dick shared an unusually bloody "factional" tale 'The Blade of Injustice'

Tricia's 'Goodbye' revealed some of her memories of how the Sultan of Oman improved the country but sealed his fate when giving women the vote…

Liliane added more family revelations from a letter 'August 1960. My dear Ellie.'

Ken's 'Revolutions' was extremely gripping stuff surrounding a group of terrorists in a bank.

Lesley's first attempt at creative writing 'Revolutions' was from the viewpoint of a tramp outside an office, watching a man and woman's liaison.

Morag's 'The Waiting', the revolution of the clock, anxiously waiting, until the driving examiner awarded the pass.

Judy shared photographs and a story from her trip to 'Burma', of the family man, his bullock and a grinding machine in the production of toddy.

Ruth shared another part of her 'Sacrificial Man' with the thoughts of Alice who had been sectioned after her mother remarried and had another child. (Ruth has begun a re-write of this on the suggestion of her agent meaning that some 30,000 words have been cut…)

To Alex, an apology. His work began, 'In the 1960s' but I failed to make notes.

THE NEXT MEETING : 7.30pm at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 21st November starting at 7.30pm.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT : Something different this time. The whole of the homework is open-themed - with results going into the online anthology. Any subject, photos and/or illustrations will be accepted to enhance the work. Somewhere between 500 and 600 words if possible.

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be undertaken by Judy and Dick.

Until next time

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