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Friday, December 21, 2007




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In the Chair: Dave.

Apologies for absence were received from Ken who is improving and hopes to be back with us in the New Year.

In attendance were Dick, Judy, Ruth, Rosie, Kay, Scott, Trish, Ally, Alex, Liliane, Tony, Peter, Morag, Jane, Stephen, Barry, and Dave.


Appearing none the worse for wear, our intrepid hero Tony walked away from an A14 accident after hitting a steel ladder that lay across the carriageway at something like 70mph. The unfortunate thing was that a following car driving at excessive speed also hit the offending object and skewered into Tony’s pride and joy which rolled over and ended as a write-off. Great to see Tony in one piece though.

It appears that the last email sent round to all Scribblers members was not delivered to any of the yahoo account holders. The message from the Mail Administrator arrived this morning, too late for our meeting. So apologies, but that was out of our control.

Judy still has no launch date for her novel although things are moving forward but, with Christmas upon us, there is bound to be another delay. We will pass the launch date on as soon as we hear.

There have been a number of messages sent through to the Scribblers over the past week or two, or wishing season’s compliments to Scribblers old and new.

Our friend Mavis recently emailed to say that she may call in to a meeting sometime in the New Year. It would be nice to see her again and catch up on her news.

Former Scribblers secretary Marilyn Lamond sends her wishes from Dudley. Marilyn handed over to Dave as Secretary about eight years ago when she emigrated to Spain. After several years she and husband Steve returned to England and are now settled in the Midlands.

Cast your mind back twelve months or so and you may recall our talented writer Gordon who used to have us in fits of laughter with some hilarious adult versions of Noddy. Well Gordon has been working on his 'Nightmare at Norbridge' parts of which he shared with us at Scribblers. Now, at long last he has decided to try and make a few bob from it and posted it on Lulu, where you can purchase it.

Gordon says, "I have finally made a downloadable version of Nightmare at Norbridge available to the public on Lulu. (The self publishing site I mentioned to you a while back) Just in time for Xmas, should anyone have 50p to spare! All they have to do is type Lulu Publishing into their browser to bring up details of the site. I am hoping that sales will reach the 1000 mark by Xmas. I've made an encouraging start, currently being a mere 998 short of my target!"

Knowing Gordon, this will be an hilarious read...so go on, help him make his fortune!

We have heard from Kate who has been recovering from an operation she had some time ago. Kate has had a really bad time this year but is now looking forward to next year when she hopes she will come along to a meeting or two. She signed up for a UEA creative writing course, missed several of the classes but managed to complete he assignment which will result in a simple pass or fail. Knowing her love and use of the English language we think she should get pass. Let’s hope so!

Ruth sadly reports that the Woodbridge Writers Group has been disbanded after only a short time. It doesn’t seem very many months ago when the Scribblers went along to the Woodbridge Library to talk about the benefits of forming a Writers Group, and initially it seemed to be quite successful.

Les and Joan have invited the Scribblers to view their face book at the following link: http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=698194904&k=Z3M45262P43MXBFAYF5YS&r&v=2
Caz has been in touch several times recently both with Felixstowe Scribblers and also with Online Scribblers where she shared first place in the competition with Chris who made a fleeting visit from Cairns in Queensland. She wishes everyone the very best this Christmas and New Year although for her and husband Karl, it will understandably be very difficult.

She mentioned also young Liam Fairhurst who has been raising funds for CLIC Sargent and has now passed the £130,000 mark. Liam intends to cease fund raising when he reaches his thirteenth birthday in February but hopes in the remaining time to reach the sum of £150,000. Liam has had a successful operation to remove a tumour from his lung. An article in the Cambridge News has been copied onto our weblog and is worth spending a few minutes scrolling down the page and reading it. Liam’s website is at http://www.justgiving.com/liamsmile?page=4#donationtable

January still looks like being a very interesting month. Our first meeting is the AGM on the 8th January (that’s the second Tuesday of the month) followed on 22nd January (the fourth Tuesday) with the competition for the Bill Budner trophy that Rosie is keeping polished for us. Then it’s the CHRISTMAS SOCIAL on Tuesday 29th January 2008 at the Grosvenor in Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe. Menu’s will be available at the start of January when bookings and meal orders will be taken.

Moving into February our meetings will revert to the usual 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. A draft programme of events for 2008 follows this report.

All meeting dates have been agreed with our hosts, Felixstowe Library.


Don’t forget that our official website at http://felixstowescribblers.com is up and running and we will soon be making some additions to it so please have a look from time to time. Perhaps you would like your potted history added. Food for thought?

Most up to date information is shown on our weblog at the usual address - http://nar8or.blogspot.com Don’t forget not only do we like to hear news of our old friends, but also your news or events you‘d like mentioned, local matters of interest too. Just let us know and we will include details on our weblog.

The Online Scribblers competition, dedicated to Jack Wilkinson, revolved around a picture that was posted in the competition forum at http://onlinescribblers.com The competition has closed, the voting cast and Caz, with her poem ‘Wally the Whale‘, written in memory of young Jack, shared first place with Chris, who keeps in touch way down under in Cairns, Queensland with ’The Sea Is Cold’. Unlike their previous competition which ended in a tiebreaker, Online Scribblers decided that with Christmas upon us, a tie would be the fairest result.

There If you are not already a member then you need to register, free of charge, by following the online instructions or emailing Vincent West the organiser@onlinescribblers.com Please mention that you are a member of Felixstowe Scribblers as that will speed up registration.

It is interesting to learn that Caz has written to The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society offering her poem for use in emphasising the plight of the Whales. They replied

‘Thank you so much for forwarding this beautiful poem, we are currently featuring a story on our website detailing individuals who are taking up the fight against whaling in their own way and I would love to post this poem in the story. If you are happy for me to do this, then there is no need for you to reply to this message. I’ll also circulate this to our team, and put it forward for our supporter’s magazines. Thanks once again for your message, it is only with the support of those people like yourself and Jack that we will see an end to the whaling for good.‘


The final meeting of the year was enthusiastically received with each member bringing along four words written on a small piece of paper. Into Dick’s hat they went then were drawn out four at a time. The idea was to write something that included the four words. Everyone was given ten minutes to accomplish this and then read out their creative works.

Impossible to make notes on, this exercise was a complete success with some well worked stories that ranged in length from about one sentence to nearly three pages of A4 paper!

With the first half of the meeting completed, it just left the Scribblers to enjoy the festivities at our little Christmas party.

Thankyou everyone who contributed to the food and drink, to Liliane for collecting the key once again and to everyone present for their great writing that provided another very enjoyable evening. Thankyou to every single one of you who has attended meetings throughout the year - it has helped to keep Felixstowe Scribblers so interesting.

Our next meeting, the first of 2008 will be held on Tuesday 8th January in the Café Libra at Felixstowe Library. This is our AGM which is scheduled to start at 7.30 pm. An agenda will be forwarded in the next email but, meanwhile, if you wish to have an item on the agenda then please let Dave know as soon as possible at scribblers.1@ntlworld.com

There have already been some constructive ideas that will be discussed at the AGM where you will have the opportunity to .

The AGM will provide you with the opportunity to debate and shape the Scribblers meetings and plans for the future. We all hope you will be able to attend.

Here’s wishing those under the weather a speedy recovery.

So until next time….

Merry Xmas!


(subject to alteration)

All meetings are held at the Café Libra at Felixstowe Library (except where stated) start at 7.30 pm and will finish by 10.00 pm. Special evenings are shown.

The 2008 programme is:-


8th AGM

22nd Anonymous competition for the Bill Budner Trophy

29th Christmas Social meal at The Grosvenor 7.00pm for 7.30pm.


5th Meeting

19th Meeting

Committee Meeting to be arranged


4th Meeting

18th Writing exercise


1st Meeting

15th Meeting


6th Meeting

20th Anonymous competition for the Bill Budner Trophy


3rd Meeting

17th Meeting

Committee Meeting to be arranged


1st Meeting

15th Writing exercise

Summer Social to be arranged


5th Meeting

19th Meeting


2nd Meeting

16th Anonymous competition for the Bill Budner Trophy


7th Meeting

21st Meeting

Committee Meeting to be arranged


4th Meeting

18th Meeting


2nd Meeting

16th Ten minute writing exercise followed by Christmas party


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