April 2020


Marion Korman, group contact for Music Appreciation, has a new email address:

If you would like to spend time during the lockdown creating your family tree but don’t know how to go about it, Margaret Hayday is kindly offering to help get you started. Contact Margaret by email at

If anyone would like to join a virtual email book group, Susan Riddle would be willing to coordinate one. If you’re interested contact Susan by email at  The first book for discussion would be The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

If you need to contact any of our Group Contacts whilst groups are suspended, their contact details are on the website, on the group’s web page. Members who receive the newsletter by post will have received a paper copy of the list a while back, which we will update and send out again with a future edition of the newsletter.

Looking for some suggestions for books to read? – Try these:

A book to amuse

Anything by Nora Ephron – try Heartburn, or I feel bad about my neck

A book to soothe and inspire

Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther. Written as series of articles for The Times during World War 2, these essays describe the difficulties of maintaining everyday life in times of adversity. There is a chapter called Return to Normal which I am finding very relevant – what will normal look like?

A book about isolation

A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

A book to transport you

From the earth to the moon by Jules Verne, published in 1865 but eerily prescient

If you need to buy books, our local independent Holt Bookshop is keeping going as long as possible with a postal service Support your local bookshop! – other booksellers are of course available! Staff will be available to take orders on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 11.00am and then arrange for the books to be posted. Please call 01263 715858 at these scheduled times.