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Book Club 2

Our group contact is Diane Fenton. Please click the bluebird to email her.
Hi Book Club 2 
We meet 14.00-16.00 Meopham Library on the 4th Thursday of each month. Which is subject to change, check with Diane.
Covid 19 update.

Dear all, just Di, Gillian and Nick,

Touching base in Lockdown. We are currently zooming every month with nearly all of us able to Zoom and those who are not, keeping in contact with fellow members through e mail.
We send out little snippets like book recommendations, information about book programmes, readings and discussions on tv and radio and excellent links like The Hay Festival website, with a few amusing anecdotes along the way.
“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.” Van Gogh"

Good apps to try are Litsy, Serial Box, Goodreads, Shelfie and many more.
If you have a problem getting a book The Library Service can help or we can!

Anyway remember books contain many things pictures poetry, facts and best of all inspiration, company and peace.

All the best from us for now.
Di, Gillian and Nick.

Our provisional list for the next six months:
Mrs Fittins Country Life Maeve Cheak
A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
Stoner John Williams
The Mirror and The Light Hilary Mantel
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell- have put this one last as I know it is a flit here,flit there book, which has often arisen as a frustration in our talks.

This list is subject to availability,

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog its too dark to read." Groucho Marks

Our activities so far (Click a title to see our revue):
2019:
24.01.19: BC2: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which won The Costa Prize amongst others.
28.02.19: BC2: The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton , which won The Waterstones Book of the Year Award.
28.03.19: No1 Ladies Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
25.04.19: Dead Simple Peter James
23.05.19: BC2: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
27.06.19: British Library Trip.
25.07.19: The Storyteller by Jodie Picoult.
22.08.19: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
26.09.19: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
24.10.19: The Bees Laline Paull
28.11.19: Toast The Story of a Boy's Hunger Nigel Slater (Please be aware the books could change, depending on the groups discussions, we all keep finding amazing books to read!)
2018:
27.09.18: BC2: The Shadow of the Wind by C.R. Zafon
25.10.18: BC2: Members Choices
02.11.18: BC2: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, which won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize.





Hello, I said Hello....

Yes we are still open, Its about time for a change of attitude.... Things will be a long time getting back to the old normal so let's get busy being positive and planning for our continuing Meopham U3A future.
Group contacts have been emailed by Heather and me, (Gus) asking for information about your groups and your website page and if not much has happened PLEASE be courteous and at least reply  as it all helps us to understand how our U3A is coping.
Face to face meetings of any type are going to be difficult as we all have our own "Bubbles" to feel safe in but online group quizes, coffee mornings or just a phone call can be helpful for many who miss personal contact. 
Help is available and dont be scared to ask / email someone on committee who will point you in the right direction and for many try asking grandchildren for help, I do!!
As you can see from this list many of the groups are keeping the members informed of what is going on.

Amblers:   have done one distanced outdoor walk
Art Appreciation:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom - temporary members welcome
Bee Watch:   email bee sightings
Book Club 1/2/3:   all meeting via Zoom
Bridge:   hoping to organise meetings in gardens in groups of 4
Canasta:   weekly newsletter to keep in touch
Current Affairs1:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom
Cycling/For Softies:   have held one outdoor ride
French Advanced:   meet on Tuesday via Zoom
Improvers 1:   meeting via Zoom
Improvers 2:   meet via Zoom / WhatsApp
Intermediate:   Zoom on Tuesday evening
Genealogy:   Zoom meeting planned for July - new members welcome
German:   meeting twice monthly via Zoom
Guitar:   fortnightly Zoom / WhatsApp contact
History1:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Italian Beginners:   have met in gardens.
Italian Intermediate:
  Reviewing the situation ready for re-start in September
Meditation:   using WhatsApp for guided meditations
Music for Pleasure:   monthly Zoom - have honorary members
Needlecraft:   all active on WhatsApp
Painting/Drawing:   using WhatsApp to share and discuss work
Patchwork:   garden meetings planned
Petanque:  Awaiting goverment advice as to when restart is possible

Photography:   meet on Cluster to post photos
Quilting:   using WhatsApp to share work
Singing- ladies:   meet weekly on Tuesday morning via Zoom
Singing - men:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Spanish:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Wine Appreciation 1:   Zoom meeting on usual Thursday
2:   Zoom meet on Wednesday / WhatsApp group
3:   weekly Zoom meeting

Gus.