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Sunday, December 10, 2006



Apologies for absence: Gordon, Lesley, Judy and Christine..

In attendance were Tony, Dick, Ken, Ruth, Debra, Alex, Barry, Scott, Les, Zoe, Morag, Tricia, Peter, Liliane, Kay and Dave.

Owing to continuing computer problems this report will be rather briefer than usual. Hopefully services will return to normal in the New Year.

A warm welcome back to Scott who has been dancing his Tuesdays away over the past weeks. Although he is back with us now, it will only be for a short time as his next dancing course begins in January.

Also back into the fold is Peter after a long spell relaxing on a sunshine holiday somewhere on the Iberian Peninsular.

Both Judy and Christine were unable to attend whilst Lesley is spending the week in Paris and is likely to also miss the next meeting because of an engagement in London.

Gordon has sent his sincerest apologies that he will no longer be able to attend the Scribblers. The new style entrepreneur is setting up some poker schools at various local pubs and on Tuesday evenings he has appointments at the Man In The Moon in Ipswich. Whilst we wish him every success, Gordon and his wonderful sense of humour portrayed in so many of his stories, will be a great loss to the group

It was a surprise for Dave to be accosted in Lowestoft by our original Ken, Ken May who was such a valuable member of the scriptwriting team last year. Ken’s business Genesis Crystals is booming at this special time of the year whilst his job is also going well. Unfortunately his writing has taken a back seat at present although he does keep his hand in from time to time. He sends his best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year.

Former Secretary Marilyn Lamond, Dave’s predecessor, sends her best wishes for Christmas to the Scribblers new and old. She had another change of address and now resides in Dudley in the West Midlands although along with husband Steve they still own a property in Spain which they hope to sell during 2007.

Extracts from the tribute to Jack that was written for the website, have been published in the January edition of Writers’ News.


Bill Budner Short Story Competition.

The competition is now being launched on behalf of Maureen Budner in memory of her husband Bill, a member of the Scribblers and a well loved character in the area. The competition open for a fictional short story inspired by ‘The Sea’ and should be no more than 2,000 words. Free to enter this will be open to all with separate awards for children of 16 and under at the closing date. All entries should be handed in or posted to staff at Felixstowe Library.

Felixstowe Library staff will produce a short list of entries and Maureen will select the winning entries. The closing date is on Friday 2nd March.

There will be prizes valued £25, £15 and £10 for the best three entries in both categories.

The latest news from Felixstowe TV about their next film is that there is to be an early years meeting that will finally discuss the project. There are elements from all the entries sent in by the Felixstowe Scribblers that they like and all our waiting for a decision will soon be worthwhile.

Those two old characters Bill and Bert from the Lost Sock have now been filmed for a short clip on the Felixstowe TV Advent calendar that will appear in the last days before Christmas. The scriptwriting wasn’t the problem – but remembering the lines was!



The winner of the autumn competition has now been announced – surpisingly after all the excellent entries it was an embarrassed Dave who came out on top. A new competition has been launched and details will be found on the website.





Don’t forget to keep up to date by logging onto the weblog where information and news will be displayed. If you have any news, views or items that you would like included then please email them to Alex and myself. Currently most postings will have to be undertaken by Alex.


Very brief again – with apologies.

1,500 word open theme assignments

Tricia : Storms : The wind blew through the house. Lights failed. She made her way to the shed for a light but panicked in the darkness and then… A really gripping story well written story.

Barry :Fobbing : Set in childhood days in the Essex village, a vivid tale of reminiscences from the Spitfires through to a snake. An interesting story full of fact that held interest throughout.

500 word themed assignments on Christmas.

Scott : Probably The Best Christmas Story Ever : Everything went wrong for Santa Claus – his elves on strike…

Alex : Family Chess : A new genre from Alex, a poem about a family at Christmas,

Liliane :After the Feast : The feast in Belgium is on Xmas Eve, and this related the story on the morning after in the renowned family series.

Tony : The Summering : Another tale of Santa Claus and the elves and their payments..

Zoe : Christmas : A lovely poem on Christmas, written in a very simple but endearing way,

Peter : Sitting Present : The story of an embarrassed boy unable to tell the girl in the Love household that he liked her...

Ken : Christmas : Jim’s father died. He was a bastard, but a wonderful bastard. Descriptive dialogue once again.

Kay : Once In Royal David’s City : A biblical tale set in modern troublesome times in Bethlehem. Suggested this be submitted as a Christmas story to one of the national newspapers.

Les : Santa’s Beard : Uncle Arthur was a vagrant, appointed as a Father Christmas at a store but fired for being late and being unshaven!! A true tale.

Ruth : A Christmas Tale : In the kitchen with the in-laws and the children making Xmas so very special for the poor hardworking mother.

Dick : A Christmas Miracle : A six week old baby with pneumonia and not expected to survive until that mysterious nurse and her two helpers arrived..

Dave : Krishmus : An office party tale…

As the meeting was overrunning it was not possible to read out Gordon’s work that he submitted by email. It is hoped this will be read out at our final meeting of the year.

THE NEXT MEETING :Tuesday 17th December, at 7.30pm at Felixstowe Library.

This meeting will take the form of two halves – the first half with short readings of work on any seasonal subject. The second half will be more of a social event when we hope you may like to bring along a few ‘nibbles’ and maybe a non-alcoholic drink as some of us have to drive home!

Future meetings:

We have agreed with the Library a slight change in our usual sequence of meetings in JANUARY only. The two meetings will be held on 9th and 23rd January before reverting to the established first and third Tuesdays of the month in February.

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 9th January and you are invited to submit items for inclusion on the Agenda.

Until the next time (that is the 17th December),

Keep Scribbling!



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