Full details of upcoming activities and events can be found in the latest issue of Renaissance and also via the pull down menus further down this page and the Events page.

Monthly talks by visiting speakers, some from UEA, are held at the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Norwich. Tea, coffee and biscuits follow the talks, providing time for meeting with former colleagues and friends.

Country walks are organized on a regular basis with a five-mile walk once a month and a shorter two and a half mile walk every two months. For most of the year the walks end at a pub for lunch but in summer a picnic is held in the middle of the walk.

Day trip coach outings are organized in the warmer months. Recent trips were a blue badge tour of Kings Lynn and a tour of Benjamin Britten's home at the Red House in Aldeburgh.

Holidays are organized with a walking holiday in the autumn and a half board hotel holiday in early summer. Recent walking holidays have been based in Monk Coniston in the Lake District and Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight. Recent early summer holidays have been in Eastbourne and Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.

The Art Group and Knit and Natter Group meet at the UEA Pavilion in Colney Lane. These are hands on groups, the former working on their own art with encouragement by a local artist, and the latter working on their own knitting and needlework while nattering.

The Book Group meets monthly in the Pavilion to discuss the book of the month chosen from a ballot of members' suggestions.

The Film Group views a film at Cinema City in Norwich, and meets afterwards in the café.

Games afternoons are held monthly in the Pavilion including card and board games, with outdoor croquet in the summer.

The Garden Group has a meeting every two months. There are talks in the winter, visits to local gardens and member’s gardens in the summer. The last annual overnight visit was made to Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester, the RHS Hyde Hall Gardens near Rettendon and The Place for Plants at East Bergholt.

The History Group meets occasionally at an historic building in Norwich or Norfolk usually with a guide. Recent events included a visit to the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford and a guided tour of Norwich Cathedral and Close.

The Luncheon Group meets at different pubs and restaurants in Norwich and the surrounding area. Most recently under Covid-19 restrictions in the gardens of the Eagle in Newmarket Road and the Shoulder of Mutton at Strumpshaw.

The Music Group held private recitals by a flautist and two pianists. Group bookings have been made to concerts at St Andrew Hall and to Salle Church.

The Art Group meets on the third Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at 2:00pm at the Colney Lane Pavilion. Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own painting and drawing materials with you. Brenda Mace has kindly agreed to act as mentor to the group.

The Group will meet on the following dates:

21 March 2022

23 May 2022

*There will be no meeting on 18 April as it is a bank holiday

Informal meetings, lasting about one and a half hours, will be held at 40 Brettingham Avenue, Cringleford at 2pm on the second Monday of the month. Books to be discussed are listed below and all titles are available in paperback and from the library, some as downloads. 

The group will meet on the following dates:

14 February - A Bird in the Hand by Ann Cleeves

14 MarchThe Spire by William Golding

11 April - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

9 May - Poetry on the subject of Anniversaries

13 June - Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

This small, lively group meets once a month, on a Monday, at Cinema City. Whenever possible we go for a late morning/early afternoon screening to allow time afterwards for refreshments and to discuss the film before going our separate ways.

New members are most welcome.

For more information please tel: 01603 743464 or email: evelyn.mould@ntlworld.com

Games afternoons are held on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 2.00pm at the Pavilion. We have regular tables for Cribbage, Dominoes and either Rummikub, Whist or Scrabble. Additional board games and cards are available at each session with the opportunity to learn something new.

The emphasis at games afternoons is on enjoying playing games rather than skill and you are welcome to bring
your own games for other members to try. Refreshments are provided. 

Future dates are: (Please note no meeting on 15th February)
15th March 2022

19th April 2022

17th May 2022

21st June 2022 (Croquet)

Contact Details: Denis Brown Tel. 01603 409905

Email lizden144@btinternet.com

Croquet Session on 21st June 2022

This event, which is organised by Jeremy Kitchener, will be held at Eaton Park starting at 2.00pm and finishing at 4.00pm. Balls and mallets will be provided, and the only requirement is that flat shoes or trainers are needed. The green is located near the boating pond and there will be a charge of £5.00 (which includes refreshments). 

Garden Group meetings may be held throughout the year, actual dates are given below and in the Renaissance diary. Activities include talks, open gardens and garden visits. I circulate occasional emails about Garden Group events and gardening activities. If you would like to be included in this circulation, or for general enquiries about the Garden Group, please contact Pam Janacek.

Please pay £1 per person at the door for talks, including tea and biscuits. This payment goes towards the cost of speakers and refreshments.

Future dates:

Wednesday 8 June 2022 - Visit to Hoveton Hall House and Gardens, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8RJ 

A group visit to Hoveton Hall House and Gardens has been booked for the afternoon of Wednesday 8 June, starting at 2.00pm and finishing at 5.00pm, price £20 a person. The visit includes a guided tour of the reception rooms of the Hall followed by refreshments. We are then welcome to explore the gardens at leisure. 

The Regency Hall has been owned by the Buxton family since 1946 and in 2013 passed on to Harry and Rachel Buxton. The Hall was built between 1809 - 1812 and the design is attributed to Humphry Repton and his son John (and so a timely visit after the September 2021 talk on Humphry Repton!). 

The Hall is well-known for its gardens, including the walled ‘Spider Garden’ (named after the wrought-iron spider’s web design gate) and the old kitchen garden, a one-acre former Victorian walled kitchen garden which now also includes lawns and herbaceous borders, whilst still providing fruit, vegetables and herbs for the house. Hoveton Hall Gardens is a mix of formal and informal planting, over 15 acres of gardens and woodlands. Our visit in June should hopefully catch the displays of azaleas and rhododendrons. The gardens are home to an early 19th century glass house, one of only three of its type in the country.

If you would like to go on this visit, please complete the booking slip at the end of this newsletter and return to Pam Janacek by Wednesday 25 May. Hoveton Hall have asked that final numbers and full payment be sent prior to the visit so it will not be possible to take any further bookings (or cancellations) after the closing date. There is a maximum number that can be accommodated of 40 people.

Hoveton Hall can be found 8 miles north of Norwich and 1 mile north of Wroxham Bridge. Parking arrangements and meeting place will be provided to those booking on the visit. Further information about Hoveton Hall House and Gardens is available on their website.

Open Garden visit July/August 2022

An Open Garden visit to a committee member’s garden is being considered for July/August 2022. Further information may be sent out via the email circulation list referred to below and included in the June edition 

Future Events:

We are in the process of arranging a visit to the Plantation Garden and a River walk around Norwich. Further details will be in the June issue of Renaissance.

Wednesday, 8 June 2022: Visit to Hoveton Hall House and Gardens, Hoveton, Norwich

We are a small group who appreciate the company, friendship and fellowship of meeting with like-minded people. We have people knitting a variety of pieces from garments and baby items through to novelty items and toys; tapestry making; felting; fresh lavender bags; Christmas decoration construction and beading/jewellery making. It is interesting to see what other people are doing and to help each other with our projects. Some of our group have been knitting items for charity which are delivered via the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers to whom we are affiliated.

If anyone is interested in coming along (you don’t have to commit to every month) we meet at the Colney Pavilion, 2-4pm on the third Monday of the month. If anyone would like further information, please contact me at mndholland76@gmail.com.

The Group will meet on the following dates:

21 March 2022

*No meeting on 18 April as it is a bank holiday.

There were 10 participants for the November lunch at the Red Lion in Drayton, the first lunch group after the lock-down. The lunch at the Wine Cellar, Norwich was postponed from January to Thursday 3rd February, because of the surge in the omicron variant. There will be just 8 diners.

Thursday 7 April 2022 - Crown Point Tavern, Trowse

Please meet at 12.15 for 12.30.The tavern is at the top of the hill in Kirby Road in Trowse (NR14 8RN). Firstbus route 40A leaves the bus station (stop M) at 12.00 and gets to Trowse bus stop at 12.06, which is a short walk to the pub. There is parking at the pub.

If you wish to attend, please email j.johnson@uea.ac.uk or phone 01603 456465 by Thursday 31 March.

Thursday 5 May 2022 - The Eagle, Norwich

Please meet at 12.15 for 12.30. The Eagle is at 33 Newmarket Road. Many buses along Newmarket Road stop outside the pub. There is a large car park at the pub. It is possible to sit outside under cover. Please let me know if you would prefer to sit outside.

If you wish to attend, please email j.johnson@uea.ac.uk or phone 01603 456465 by Thursday 28 April.

Thursday 9 June 2022

There will a lunch group meeting organized for this day. Details will be given out at the May lunch and sent to all members who have attended one of the lunches since November 2021. If you would like to be given details about this lunch, please email j.johnson@uea.ac.uk or phone 01603 456465.

Musical events are appearing on the calendar but as yet it is not possible to organise group trips. No planned Retirement Association visits or events for this report but I am sure you are as happy as I am to see the number of concerts that are happening. Although I will continue to forward to members all the information I receive, as yet bookings must be made individually.

N.B.in addition to planned events, information about musical activities in Norwich is circulated to members who have shown interest. If you would like to be included in this circulation or wish to publicise any concert or musical event of your own, please email Verity at vj.lyall@outlook.com or phone 01603 613698

News of the UEA Chorus and Orchestra: after the triumphant performance of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem at the end of November, we were disappointed when the Carol concert was cancelled at the last minute. This was, of course, due to the rise in Covid cases so it couldn't be helped and at least the big event was a great success. 
Thankfully the Chorus and Orchestra are rehearsing again already, in preparation for their next concert.

Saturday 5 March 19:30 - Academy of St Thomas - St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
The AST’s 49th Season opens with Estonian virtuoso Anna-Liisa Bezrodny performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto on what promises to be a very special occasion - especially as Anna-Liisa has a direct family connection to Sibelius. Postponed from Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, the orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s very popular Symphony No 5. Conductor Toby Purser will make his debut with us, and the concert begins with Weber’s sparkling Der Freischutz Overture.

Important information – take note of the date

Thursday 24 March 19:30 - UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra - St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

Gerald Finzi: For St Cecilia 

John Ireland: These Things Shall Be

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Information about ticket sales will be passed on as soon as it is available

As you are all aware, with cases still high it is difficult to arrange joint visits to events and, although many concerts are being publicized, at the moment it is more practical for members to buy their own tickets. With that in mind I will continue to pass on any information I get to those on the mailing list. If anyone wishes to find out more, I will be delighted to add email addresses to the list. My contact details are given above.

However, concerts are happening again and spring is on its way. It would be wonderful if we could make one of our first events together a visit to Salle Church for the Academy of St Thomas Summer Concert. Pre-pandemic we enjoyed this lovely event for several years, taking picnics to enjoy in the churchyard beforehand.

Saturday18th June 2022, Salle Church near Reepham, 19.30

I'll be collecting a list of names so if anyone is interested, contact me. The programme has not been announced nor ticket details so I'll be keeping you informed.