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Friday, July 20, 2007

Newsheet and Report of Meeting held on 17th July 2007

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In the Chair: Dick

Apologies for absence were received from Lisa who is on holiday.

In attendance were Peter, Barry, Dick, Alex, Tony, Liliane, Ken, Morag, Les, Trish, Diane, Ruth, Dave, Rosemary, Liz and our special guest from Cairns, Chris Shaw.


Chris Shaw, was born and bred in Felixstowe, attended Framlingham College, did Pharmacy, worked in London, went to the West Indies for seven years, and now lives with his Librarian wife Rebecca in a suburb called Lake Placid, just outside Cairns.

In 2001-2002 they spent 12 months in UK, Chris doing Locum pharmacy work and spending some quality time with his aging parents. He regularly wrote newsletters back to friends in Cairns, about where they had visited, so when he returned down under Chris put them all together and came up with around 40,000 words! Since writing a two page letter had always been a chore, Chris felt very pleased with himself. The upshot was that he continued writing and found he thoroughly enjoyed it.

Making a flying visit to England to celebrate his father’s 100th birthday, quite by accident Chris found details of the Scribblers on the Internet and congratulates Alex on our beautiful and easy website so decided, after initial email contact, to come along to a meeting and share his first short story with us.

Scribblers News:

It was welcome back to the fold to Alex, Les and Diane and what turned out to be a very well attended meeting on, for a change, such a warm and lovely evening.

Congratulations are due to our dear Zoe who has now been appointed to a paid position after such a long time. We all send our wishes for success in her new career.

There is another member who deserves special praise as well. Our friend Di hasn’t been able to attend many meetings over the past two or three years because of the studies for her degree so it was particularly lovely to see her again. Her news couldn’t be better for all her hard work has paid off and many congratulations are in order as she achieved a first in her history degree at Suffolk College and is now a BA. Di is considering a career in teaching.

Thanks once again go to Ken for bringing along a healthy supply of his home baked brownies. Went down a real treat at coffee break and is helping expand our waistlines!

Absent last meeting because of her ‘date’ with Rod Steward, Morag thoroughly enjoyed the show at Portman Road despite getting soaked in the torrential downpours!

Apologies from our newest member Liz that, because of another commitment has to drive in from Aldeburgh and will always be a minutes late arriving at our meetings.

Hoping that Les is better now after having to leave the Scribblers early because of feeling unwell.

The whispers are that Scott and Aimee should soon be back in Britain after their honeymoon so perhaps we will see them at our beach party next week.


It is a sign of the times that, despite all the technology to block spam mail and root out unwanted material from our inboxes, it occasionally becomes so bad that something needs to be done to rectify the situation. The simplest way is to open up a new email account which has now been done.

Henceforth our new, but very similar, email address is scribblers.1@ntlworld.com Meantime our original email address will be kept active for those genuine communications that arrive informing us of competitions etc. Should you have any problems with this address then please let me know at a meeting. References to our old address will need to be changed on our website and weblog so poor old Alex will be asked to help out on this one!


Don’t forget that our beach party will be held next Tuesday, 24th July at 7.30pm on the beach in front of Ruth’s hut which is the closest one to the Spa. Please bring along some light refreshments, nibbles or goodies if you can. It would be nice if any musically talented members would bring along a guitar for a sing song, or bring along some written work if you wish, and perhaps we will try building a story. In the event of some inclement weather then there has been a suggestion of cover in a local hostelry….


With well over 10,000 views between them, it could be worth keeping an eye both the weblog and our official website Don’t forget to visit them at http://nar8or.blogspot.com for the weblog and http://felixstowescribblers.com for our website.

Don’t forget the Online Scribblers site at http://onlinescribblers.com, where a new competition has started for members. Essentially for those unable to attend Scribblers meetings, free membership is required to use the site. Details can be obtained from Vincent West organiser@onlinescribblers.com

The 1,500 Word Homework Assignment:

Chris: Happy Anniversary: A true story involving two cats and a mysterious red helium filled balloon. Relayed with all its gentle humour and an excellent first time effort.

Liz: Finding: A brother and sister and their broken relationship. The sister, in her 40s needed time to overcome her emotional crisis. A very strong opening half of the story.

The 500 word homework assignment on ‘Bridges.’

Dave: Last Train to Island Central: Lovers troubled by her husband’s model railway in the garden. Humorous vengeance by the wife.

Tony: A Short Cut to Humbugs: Another of Tony’s fantasy works this time involving a troll bridge.

Rosemary: Duty: Speed camera and the police watching the traffic - and the sinister white van.

Ruth: Innocence Lane: Part of her new novel. Taking the children home for Gran’s funeral.

Barry: Overtime: True story set at the time of the local railway electrification and the bridge mishaps.

Trish: Snogarderch (Swedish): Fantasy. Buying a castle and the drawbridge problems.

Liliane: I Saw the Garden of Paradise: Story of the afterlife and the bridge between the living and the dead.

Dick: Bridges of Faith: The clash of faiths - friends trying to sort out such problems.

Morag: Bridges: The English language as a bridge between nations - featuring Sherpa & Everest.

Peter: How many Bridges? Humorous tale related in Peter’s gentle Suffolk dialect.

Ken: Bridges: Meeting to build bridges. Live Aid crowds. Those who don’t fit in.

IMPORTANT DATE : Next Tuesday 24th July, 7.30pm
The annual beach party.

Our next Felixstowe Scribblers meeting is set for Tuesday 7th August at 7.30pm in the Café Libra at the Library and will be chaired by Dave

The homework assignment is to write 500 words maximum on “Asylum”. Could be interesting - definitely a subject for white coats!

The 1500 word open themed topics will feature work by Di and Alex.

With thanks and bon voyage to Chris for his long journey back to northern Queensland this weekend. (See photograph on weblog)

Thanks also to Dick for chairing the meeting and taking the notes.

So until next time - or better still the beach party,

Keep Scribbling!





ONLINE SCRIBBLERS new competition is now open for your entries.
This is an open themed competition that may be written in any genre but with a 2,000 word maximum.
Free for members to enter online, go to http://onlinescribblers.com
The closing date for entries is 31st August.
Details of the online voting for your favourite entry will follow from 1st September.
Best of luck!
Vincent West



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