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Monday, February 25, 2008

Newsheet and Meeting Report


In the Chair: Dave.

Apologies for absence were received from Ruth, and Pat.

In attendance were Dick, Di, Alex, Rosie, Tony, Les, Scott, Trish, Liliane, Stephen, Lauren, Peter, Morag, Barry, and Dave.


Ruth takes her place in the Rushmere Players adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction that will run from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th March at the Rushmere Hall Primary School in Lanark Road Ipswich. Tickets are priced £7 and can be organised through Tony or from the ticket line on 01473-604655.

Dick takes the limelight this weekend with a Coffee and Cake lecture at the Suffolk Record Office in Ipswich on Saturday. The talk is entitled The Ghosts of Landguard Fort and will start at 10.30am. The cost is £5.50 and tickets can be obtained in advance from the Record Office (01473-584541) or on the door on the day.

Scott has two important examinations looming very soon, one a dancing exam and the other a martial arts exam. Best of luck on both counts, Scott!

Thanks must go to Les and Trish for providing cakes and biscuits for the meeting.

Our small bank account has now been transferred to a fresh bank, although we still await the final closure of the original account. The majority of our small funds will be drawn out and deposited into the new account.


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. 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.

Presently there have been no entries submitted to the Felixstowe Library for the Bill Budner competition so I make no apologies in producing the details once again. Please remember this is a free to enter competition with the prize money in both adult and junior categories being donated by Bill’s widow Maureen. So please have a go and enter a story both for the chance of winning the cash prize and, of course, to remember Bill

Bill Budner Short Story Competition 2008

Theme – ‘It all started when…’

Entries are now invited for the Bill Budner Short Story competition, sponsored by Bill’s widow, Maureen and organized by the Felixstowe Scribblers.

The competition is for a fictional short story, starting with the first line :
‘It all started when…’, with a maximum of 2,000 words.
Entry is open to all, with separate awards for children (16 and under at the closing date).

Prizes will be awarded for the three best stories in each category, as follows:

1st prize £25, 2nd prize £15, 3rd prize £10

Each entry must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant.
All entries should be clearly typed in double spacing on single sides of A4 paper.
The author’s name, address, daytime phone number and (if possible) e-mail address should accompany the story on a separate sheet of paper. These details should not appear on the entry itself.
Please include age if 16 or under.
Acknowledgement of entries will only be made if accompanied by a self addressed, stamped envelope or postcard. Entries will not be returned.

Competition entries should be handed in or posted to the staff at Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road , Felixstowe, IP11 7BY, clearly marked for the
‘Bill Budner Short Story Competition’, by the
closing date of Friday March 14th 2008

The winners will be chosen by a judging team headed by Bill’s widow, Maureen. The judge’s decision will be final.

The winners will be notified by Monday 7th April 2008.

The Online Scribblers have their own competition up and running. The subject is “Happy Memories” so if you wish to enter please visit their website http://onlinescribblers.com To register, free of charge, follow the online instructions or email Vincent West at organiser@onlinescribblers.com Please mention that you are a member of Felixstowe Scribblers as that will speed up registration.


“An Excerpt from A Story in A Flat Minor”: Tony
“Divided Loyalties”: Dick


“Barbie Sleepovers and Misleading Little Sisters”: Lauren
“Missing Curls” : Peter
“The Coach Trip” (Excerpt from her book): Morag
“Remember Last Tuesday”: Barry
“Someone Up There Doesn’t Like Me” : Dave
“A Cold Desert” : Di
“Drop Dead Gorgeous” : Rosie
“A Dish Best Served Cold” : Les
“Sweet Revenge, The Return of the Eclair” : Scott
“Wendy’s Computer Revenge” : Trish
“God is Good” : Liliane

What a tremendous evening of superb tales - one especially deserves mention, that of Lauren who at just 11 years old, provided a splendid piece of writing.


Tuesday 4th March.


On the suggestion of Peter and Scott, the rules for a homework assignment have changed slightly. Instead of one subject word there are now two. You may choose to write on either subject or, if you wish, to utilise both subjects into your work. There will still be a maximum of 500 words and the subjects this time will be “MONEY” and “BISCUITS“. Could this be Peter’s way of wanting the subs increased to pay for some chocolate biscuits I wonder?

The open themed 1,500 word work will be read by Scott and Peter.

So until next time,

Keep Scribbling!


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