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30 Mar 2021: Chris Mundy Memorial Competition

This year’s event attracted a record number of entries. All agreed that it was very difficult to to pick a winner with the quality being so good. All the entries can be read in the Library on the 2021 page. …and the winners were… Noticing
1. David Baldock
2. Colin Ferguson
3. Janis Doughty
Noticing
Broadstairs Nostalgia
The Hospital Waiting Room

28 Apr 2021: Donation Revives Heedlesham Project

Barbara’s grand daughter, Christie, has donated £250 to the Circle for us to use to honour her memory. It was decided at our last meeting that we would use this generous gift to cover the cost of publishing our Heedlesham saga. This was an excellent idea of Sally's and it is very fitting that the money will be used for a collaborative piece of work, something that Barbara was always keen to promote. We have a few chapters to go to finish the project, so contact Les if you would like to help. If you have already contributed to the project, it doesn’t bar you from having another go. You can refresh your memory of Heedlesham via the Library’s Home page.

4 May 2021: Notes from the Zoom Meeting

Richard showed us a piece he has had published in the Rolls Royce and Bentley Drivers magazine. How many of our members are RR or Bentley drivers? Not many owners, I’d wager. Rob  has found an on-line writers’ service which could be of interest to our members. It’s called Jericho Writers, and they describe themselves as:  “a worldwide team of writers who offer everything you need to help you write, edit and get your book published”.  Wear your best specs when looking at this site. Their favourite colours for text seem to be pale blue and pale grey. We welcomed two prospective members who attended the meeting. Lucy Chapman, who writes crime thrillers and Caitlin Forde, whose main interest is song writing. Check out YouTube for examples of Caitlin’ work, search for ‘you me and the harmony’ - the band she writes for and performs with.

11 May 2021: How Many Guns in a Salute?

by Walter At our last meeting, the subject of 21/41 gun salutes came up and the question was asked: why 21 guns, why 41 guns? The number of rounds fired depends on the occasion, the social or military rank of the person being honoured and where the honour is being performed. An extreme example was shown in a recent TV programme about the Tower of London. In 2019, the Queen’s birthday occurred during the state visit to the UK by Donald Trump. The occasion was celebrated by a 103 gun salute fired from the Tower. This was made up as follows. The salute for the Queens Birthday is 21 rounds fired. A further 20 rounds were fired because the salute was fired from a Royal Palace (the Tower is a Royal Palace). 21 rounds were added to show loyalty to the monarchy by the citizens of the City of London. A further 41 rounds were fired in honour of the visiting head of state. Overall it took 17 minutes to perform. I just thought some would like to know!

22 Jun 2021: Barbara O Smith Trophy Results

At last night’s Zoom meeting we started to read all the stories and critiques from the competition which had been judged by Iain Pattison. The winners were announced as follows:
Congratulations to our winners and well done everyone who submitted a story. It was a very strong field of 17 excellent works. Thank you for spending the time to enter. The Barbara Olive Smith cup will be presented to Les as soon as we can get together again. Sally will source some appropriate prizes for 2nd and 3rd places too.
3rd Mosaic by Joyce Robinson
1st Journeyman by Les Williams
2nd Sanctuary by Sarah Flint

21 Jul 2021: Richard Published in Railways Illustrated Magazine

Here’s the story Richard Holdsworth referred to at this week’s meeting (click on the picture). It’s about “Puffing Billy”, the preserved narrow-gauge railway in the Dandenong Ranges. This was a pre- publication proof and Richard warns that there maybe typos, etc, in it. He hopes the errors were corrected before it got to print (July issue).

27 Jul 2021: Summer Homework

As is our tradition during the August break we will have summer homework to keep us going. Your summer creations can be read at our first meeting (on Zoom) on 7 Sept. This is not a competition - but it is a chance for you to show off your creativity. This year the short story has a word limit of 1200. There is no theme but the following six words must be used: frontage louse squirt spanking roasting plastered.
Once upon a time…

7 Aug 2021: Book Printers for Self-Publishers

News from Richard, down under - I think he’s filling his lockdown time by having a sort through his archives. In his words: “The reason for writing is to forward this note from a printer who specialises in self-published authors. We have used them somewhere along the line. I thought rather than bin the note - it might be of interest to any members who might - one day - go down this route.” The “note” consisted of an email newsletter to past customers, updating them on their improved web site services. Based in Bedfordshire, Print2Demand Ltd offer printing services to authors going down the self-publishing route. Interestingly, they offer a variety of book formats, including paperback and hardback, and colour printing. For more information, see their web site. There is also a link to Print2Demand on our Links page.
Richard and his wife Heather in Melbourne have very generously converted some of their unused BA airmiles into wine for us to enjoy. Now, with a lovely selection of Aussie reds and whites to choose from, we should have some fun evenings when we eventually get to meeting together again! Many thanks to them both for thinking of us, and cheers to them (literally perhaps).

7 Sept 2021: A Gift to TVWC from Down Under

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30 Mar 2021: Chris Mundy Memorial

Competition

This year’s event attracted a record number of entries. All agreed that it was very difficult to to pick a winner with the quality being so good. All the entries can be read in the Library on the 2021 page. …and the winners were…
1. David Baldock
2. Colin Ferguson
3. Janis Doughty
Noticing
Broadstairs Nostalgia
The Hospital Waiting Room

28 Apr 2021: Donation Revives

Heedlesham Project

Barbara’s grand daughter, Christie, has donated £250 to the Circle for us to use to honour her memory. It was decided at our last meeting that we would use this generous gift to cover the cost of publishing our Heedlesham saga. This was an excellent idea of Sally's and it is very fitting that the money will be used for a collaborative piece of work, something that Barbara was always keen to promote. We have a few chapters to go to finish the project, so contact Les if you would like to help. If you have already contributed to the project, it doesn’t bar you from having another go. You can refresh your memory of Heedlesham via the Library’s Home page.

4 May 2021: Notes from the

Zoom Meeting

Richard showed us a piece he has had published in the Rolls Royce and Bentley Drivers magazine. How many of our members are RR or Bentley drivers? Not many owners, I’d wager. Rob  has found an on-line writers’ service which could be of interest to our members. It’s called Jericho Writers, and they describe themselves as:  “a worldwide team of writers who offer everything you need to help you write, edit and get your book published”.  Wear your best specs when looking at this site. Their favourite colours for text seem to be pale blue and pale grey. We welcomed two prospective members who attended the meeting. Lucy Chapman, who writes crime thrillers and Caitlin Forde, whose main interest is song writing. Check out YouTube for examples of Caitlin’ work, search for ‘you me and the harmony’ - the band she writes for and performs with.

11 May 2020: How Many Guns in a

Salute?

by Walter At our last meeting, the subject of 21/41 gun salutes came up and the question was asked: why 21 guns, why 41 guns? The number of rounds fired depends on the occasion, the social or military rank of the person being honoured and where the honour is being performed. An extreme example was shown in a recent TV programme about the Tower of London. In 2019, the Queen’s birthday occurred during the state visit to the UK by Donald Trump. The occasion was celebrated by a 103 gun salute fired from the Tower. This was made up as follows. The salute for the Queens Birthday is 21 rounds fired. A further 20 rounds were fired because the salute was fired from a Royal Palace (the Tower is a Royal Palace). 21 rounds were added to show loyalty to the monarchy by the citizens of the City of London. A further 41 rounds were fired in honour of the visiting head of state. Overall, it took 17 minutes to perform. I just thought some would like to know!

22 Jun 2021: Barbara O Smith

Trophy Results

At last night’s Zoom meeting we started to read all the stories and critiques from the competition which had been judged by Iain Pattison. The winners were announced as follows:
Congratulations to our winners and well done everyone who submitted a story. It was a very strong field of 17 excellent works. Thank you for spending the time to enter. The Barbara Olive Smith cup will be presented to Les as soon as we can get together again. Sally will source some appropriate prizes for 2nd and 3rd places too.
3rd Mosaic by Joyce
1st Journeyman by Les W
2nd Sanctuary by Sarah

21 Jul 2021: Richard

Published in Railways

Illustrated Magazine

Here’s the story Richard Holdsworth referred to at this week’s meeting (click on the picture). It’s about “Puffing Billy”, the preserved narrow-gauge railway in the Dandenong Ranges. This was a pre-publication proof and Richard warns that there maybe typos, etc, in it. He hopes the errors were corrected before it got to print (July issue).

27 Jul 2021: Summer Homework

As is our tradition during the August break we will have summer homework to keep us going. Your summer creations can be read at our first meeting (on Zoom) on 7 Sept. This is not a competition - but it is a chance for you to show off your creativity. This year the short story has a word limit of 1200. There is no theme but the following six words must be used: frontage louse squirt spanking roasting plastered.
Once upon a time…

7 Aug 2021: Book Printers for Self-

Publishers

News from Richard, down under - I think he’s filling his lockdown time by having a sort through his archives. In his words: “The reason for writing is to forward this note from a printer who specialises in self- published authors. We have used them somewhere along the line. I thought rather than bin the note - it might be of interest to any members who might - one day - go down this route.” The “note” consisted of an email newsletter to past customers, updating them on their improved web site services. Based in Bedfordshire, Print2Demand Ltd offer printing services to authors going down the self-publishing route. Interestingly, they offer a variety of book formats, including paperback and hardback, and colour printing. For more information, see their web site. There is also a link to Print2Demand on our Links page.
Richard and his wife Heather in Melbourne have very generously converted some of their unused BA airmiles into wine for us to enjoy. Now, with a lovely selection of Aussie reds and whites to choose from, we should have some fun evenings when we eventually get to meeting together again! Many thanks to them both for thinking of us, and cheers to them (literally perhaps).

7 Sept 2021: A Gift to TVWC from

Down Under

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