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2009 - Painting and Drawing Group Art Exhibition

2009 - Play Reading Group Presentation

2009 - East Anglia Studies Group Outing to Harwich

2009 - Theatre Group Three Monet break

2009 - Travel Group talk on Leipzig

2009 - East Anglian Church Crawl

2009 - Sculpture Unveiling

2009 - Theatre Group Three Christmas Dinner



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DECEMBER 2009 - All members of TG3 (bar a couple who had other commitments), attended a dinner at the Wheatsheaf Brasserie, Kings Street, High Ongar, to celebrate a full year of theatre outings. The whole of the main bar area was given over to the Group and all members considered the evening a success. (Photo: Brian Leith)




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NOVEMBER 2009 - Members attended the unveiling of "Analemma" a work of art created by Charmaine Cox, with help from husband Fred. The 10ft high sculpture is crafted in stainless steel and represents the relative location of the sun above the earth's horizonand records its position at a specific time each day. The piece may be seen with many other pieces of art at Barnards Farm, West Horndon, which will be open to visitors in the spring of next year. Details of opening times, etc may be found by logging onto www.barnardsfarm.eu.  (Report: Brian Leith, Photos: Bob Dwyer-Joyce)



Left: Charmaine Cox with her BA tutor, David Howells


Above: The scale of Analemma may be appreciated.


Right: Charmaine Cox with husband Fred.




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East Anglian STUDIES GROUP Church Crawl


OCTOBER 2009 - The East Anglian Group led by Holly visited four interesting Essex Churches. The first was Little Easton Church 12C There are a number of windows including the American Windows donated in 1990 by former members of the 38th Bomber Group to commemorate their time in Little Easton during the Second World War and to honour their comrades lost in that conflict. There are also a lot of frescoes and brasses and tombs. One memorial is to Dame Ellen Terry, who often took part in plays in Lady Warwick’s theatre in the grounds of Little Easton Manor. Our next visit was to St. John and St. Giles Church Great Easton Early Norman but it is thought there was a Saxon church earlier. Fairly modern looking inside with an 1899 Stone Font with a cover of Elm recently presented to the church. There is a beautiful Altar screen dated around 1912. The Tower was built in 1928 Two bells dating from 1460 have survived; three other bells made from the other 1460 bell increased the number to five. The third church was Broxted Church. Very famous for the Beirut hostage windows, one for the Captivity, the other the Freedom of John McCarthy and Brian Keenan. John’s parents had always attended the church. The last church was St. Mary the Virgin at Tilty. Formerly the church for a Cistercian Abbey. Three great windows were originally stained glass destroyed by Cromwell’s soldiers but is now plain glass letting in a lot of light. Some of the brasses are interesting too. When I go out on tours with the East Anglian Group I always feel as though I have been on a mini  holiday! (Report: Jackie Towler, Photos: Geoff Towler)


Top left: One of the five bells at St. John and St. Giles Church


Top centre: John McCarthy Captivity Window, Broxted Church


Top right: John McCarthy Freedom Window, Broxed Church


Above left: Harvest Festival, Broxted Church


Below: St. John and St. Giles Great Easton


Above centre: lunch time


Above right: Altar Screen, St. John and St. Giles Church Great Easton


Right: American Window, Little Easton Church


Below: Little Easton Church.




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OCTOBER 2009 ~ The Travel Group recently enjoyed a talk by Jackie Towler about her visit to Leipzig. One of the highlights was when she took a tram to the Volkerschlactdenkmal, the colossal granite clad memorial to the Battle of the Nations of October 1813. This lead to an important defeat of Napoleon by the Great Powers Russia, Prussia, and Austria and Sweden. Over half a million soldiers participated in what was to that point the largest Battle in Europe. The monument commemorates the 120,000 who died in the fighting and the liberation from French occupation. At the foot of the memorial is a relief depicting the Archangel Michael driving across the Battlefield on a cart. The structure shapes itself around a symbolic tomb for the dead with Knights around who look medieval, as they lean on their swords keeping vigil. The 9.5 metre tall figures in the Hall of Fame depict the German virtues heroism, collective power of the people, willingness to make sacrifices, and strength of faith. In the domed hall 324 lifesized riders commemorate the Battle of the Nations. The 12.5 metre Knights placed on the external side of the Dome make clear the ability of the German people to defend themselves. Since its construction war and weather have taken their toll and it is now undergoing restoration. Completed in 1913 100 years after the battle, 120,00 cubic meters of concrete, and 12,500 cubic metres of granite cladding, went into the construction of the monument which cost seven million Reichmarks. At 91 metres it is Europe’s tallest monument. The concrete used so extensively for the first time inspired other European architects to use concrete. Unfortunately as soon as it was finished the 1914/18 war started. (Report: Jackie Towler, Photos: Geoff Towler)




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SEPTEMBER 2009 - Members of Theatre Group Three (TG3) were offered the chance to join a trip organised by Brentwood Decorative & Fine Arts Society entitled “Impressions of the Seine” visiting the places where Monet, Boudin and Dufy lived and worked. Leaving Brentwood at 8.30 am and using the Channel Tunnel we were motoring in France by 11.00 am, arriving at our base in Rouen in time for a brief tour of the town before dinner. Our first full day in France saw us at the fishing village of Etretat, the setting of many of Monet’s paintings, where we  had time for a brief coffee break before travelling to Le Havre to visit the Malraux Art Gallery. Then across the spectacular Pont de Normandie and on to the beautiful harbour town of Honfleur for lunch and a stroll round the harbour. On our return journey we visited a Calvados distillery for a tour and plenty of tasting. Day 2 and we were off to Giverney to explore Monet’s garden and house and have an alfresco lunch in the village. In the afternoon we visited Les Andelys with its spectacular views over the Seine. Back to Rouen in time for a more leisurely tour of the city with its mediaeval old town and magnificent Cathedral. On our last full day in France it was off to Paris to visit the Orangerie Museum where Monet’s 12 enormous water lily paintings are now on display. After a stroll taking in the ambience of Paris and a typical Parisian café lunch it was on to the boat for a river trip along the Seine. Home on the last day, but not before we had toured the award winning gardens at Le Clos du Coudray and had lunch in Dieppe. The weather was very kind to us; blue skies all the way, the accommodation and the restaurant where we had our evening meals excellent and the driver and courier very attentive. Special thanks go to Judith Finn whose many activities include organising trips for Brentwood DFAS as well as Convener for TG3. (Report Peter Ely)


 (Photo: Evina Montgomery)

(Photo: Evina Montgomery)

(Photo: Evina Montgomery)

(Photo: Evina Montgomery)

(Photo: Evina Montgomery)

 (Photo: Peter Ely)

(Photo: Evina Montgomery)

(Photo: Evina Montgomery)

(Photo: Evina Montgomery)

(Photo: Brian Leith)

(Photo: Peter Ely)

(Photo: Peter Ely)



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AUGUST 2009 ~ The East Anglian Group had a trip to Harwich. We visited a lot of the historical sites including St Nicholas Church which has a lot of connections to Christopher Jones, the captain of the Mayflower. The church also has a display of 17th Century Dutch tiles with Biblical scenes on them, which had been found in a house, that was being demolished. We also looked at the captain's house in Kings Head Street rebuilt in the 17th Century when the waterfront would have been right outside the door. The Guildhall is famous because of its Kitchel celebrations every year, when a new Mayor is elected Kitchels (small spiced cakes), are thrown from the windows. A feature on the seafront is the treadwheel crane, worked by men walking in the interior; this is the only remaining example of a man-operated two-wheel treadwheel crane. We visited many other buildings on our trip and our final highlight was the Redoubt Fort. (Report: Jackie Towler, Photos: Geoff Towler) 



Left: The Redoubt Fort


Below left: Captain Jones's House


Below: The Guildhall Harwich



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MAY 2009 ~ At the May monthly meeting members were treated to an exhibition of paintings by pupils of Myra Bruce's Painting and Drawing Group. Some outstanding examples of the skills of her pupils that Myra has developed were evident and all the pictures on display were undoubtedly of a very high standard. Myra's Group is always well attended and members who belong to it invariably come to her with little or no previous artistic ability. The exhibition is a tribute to her teaching skills. Below is just a random selection of the exhibits. (Report and photos: Brian Leith)




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MAY 2009 ~ As well as the Painting and Drawing Group Art Exhibition at the May monthly meeting, members were treated to a playlet performed by the Play Reading Group. Pictured right is Tony Gibney and Joy Harding in "Visiting Hours," written by Richard Harris. (Report and photo: Brian Leith)



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