January 2022

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.

December

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.

November

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.