Roger hosted our Anniversary quiz. I think everone was extremely impressed with the content and professionalism of the graphics. A great evening to continue our Anniversary celebrations. We still have a few more events listed with an Anniversary theme.
The Committee meeting on 12 May decided the way forward. Lots of new and innovative ideas were put forward and accepted. We now have a programme of events planned for the next 8 months. We also have decided on our key priorities and a plan will be published shortly. We are planning for an increased and involved membership.
Nearly half our membership heard Inspector Zhang and Sergeant Mackin of the Safer Neighbourhood team gave us a presentation of the Police structure and how they respond to any LGBTQ+ hate crime. Most crime is on the decline, but hate crime is increasing. They stressed that any crime should be reported before it escalates.
At the beginning of May, soon after the new Committee started work. we held a workshop to plan the way forward for the group. A high percentage of current members were there or sent inputs on what the group should be doing in the immediate and longer term future. This will be used by your Committee to ensure the group represents what members want from NWLLGG.
The 50th Anniversary event on the 19 April was a huge success. There were over 40 attendees. We had the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Chief Superintendent of North West London in attendance. After short speeches, the Mayor presented Roger and Malcolm with a life time membership, recognising their contributions over many years. The Mayor then presented to the Chair a specially commissioned Trophy. A toast to the Group was proposed by the Mayor. After that a film showing some of our history was played and the guests then were served a buffet. An evening to be remembered with pleasure.
Her Majesty has sent a letter congratulating us on our 50th Anniversary. The letter is on the photo page of this website.
Easter Monday saw us celebrating our 50th Anniversary in Pinner Memorial gardens. We had 24 members enjoying the food, prosecco and company. The weather was perfect.
Easter came early to the group on 11 April, we had some Easter Eggs.
The quiz had some interesting facts, not that obvious to everyone.
We had a very interesting talk about the City Guilds, we learnt about their history and what Guilds do today.
Irish Guinness cake and music, a great evening.
Your committee met to plan our Anniversary Party and events for the future. The group is having good attendances and plans for attracting more members were agreed.
A double attraction on 15 March, we had Liz from Harrow Voluntary Action Harrow telling us how she can get us known more widely. Then Trevor presented his music quiz with a broad spectrum. A very popular evening with an excellent attendance.
Our Polari evening attracted 22 members. We had a film in Polari and an explanation of how the language evolved.
We had a presentation from a member who has been volunteering with switchboard for 19 years, he gave us a brief history of the organisation. It was interesting to learn that 15000 people use their services every year.
At the first of 3 evenings to celebrate our history we saw a video that schools present to pupils. Other videos by Museum curators told of our long and proud history.
The Committee met to plan our 50th celebrations and our future events. These are now published on the events page.
Our bingo night was successful again, also an entertaining evening.
The fortune cookies at the Chinese New Year celebration gave us a chance to see what the year of the Tiger will bring us.
Burns Night celebration attracted a large number of members. We heard Ken give an Address to the Haggis, and we all tried some Haggis, neeps and tatties. Jonathan in full highland regalia and sgean dubh lead us in a series of Scottish reels. A good time was had by everyone.
Our plans for the 50th anniversary party on 19 April were shown to the members. No further suggestions for the evening were put forward.
The New Year started with good intentions, we had a keep fit session enjoyed by all.
We had an entertaining evening at the pantomime, very adult humour.
Our first meeting of 2022 in Trinity Bar had a good turnout and it was nice to catch up with everyone after what had been a difficult Christmas and New Year for some us.
The first walk of the year had 18 people, muddy and a bit wet, but enjoyable.
We had a zoom meeting on New Year’s Eve. It was nice to celebrate with a lot of our friends.
Unfortunately at the last minute we had to cancel our Christmas Party, the huge increase in Covid cases meant that our members could have been put at risk. Such a shame as a lot of planning and rehearsing had taken place. Instead at short notice, Roger hosted a Christmas zoom. We had several members taking part and the winner got a very respectable score.
Our friend Joseph, a retired Barrister and Judge, gave us a very interesting talk on some of the more objectional people that he had met in his long legal career. We had a really good attendance.
Several of us enjoyed a boat trip with commentary on the Thames to view the illuminated bridges. These have been newly illuminated as an art installation. We had a interesting commentary by a London Guide telling us about places of interest. The Committee hopes this will be the first of many trips we can do as a group of LGBT friends.
John gave us a very informative talk on how cruising has changed and developed. I think we were all surprised to learn that cruising in the 1920s was very similar to the modern day experience. A well attendended evening.
The local police visited us and give an insight into how they handle any hate crime reporting. Members put several questions to them and all were answered to everyone’s satisfaction. We had a good turnout for this interesting evening.
Peter’s music quiz was a chance to recall earlier popular tunes and groups. We also had a chance to recall advert campaigns that used popular classical music. An enjoyable evening.
Bingo was as popular as ever, our resident caller Ken did his usual fabulous job.
Our monthly Zoom meeting had our long time members currently living in the warmth of Cyprus and several of us enjoying the cold in the UK.
Several of our members seem to be contenders for Strictly come Dancing after the excellent Ceili dance evening.