Our January 8th meeting featured our annual members’ participation afternoon when twelve members volunteered to read on the theme of ‘New Year’. The readings were varied, interesting, thought-provoking and amusing. They ranged from poetry to prose and included the new and familiar.
An amusing piece by David Warwick, ‘Dignity and Impudence’ featured a conversation between a grand and an upright piano wishing each other Happy New Year. A poem, ‘ The Death of the Old Year’ (Tennyson) was read by Brian. Richard Davies read one of his own poems. Nigel recited a funny poem on the scourge of ‘ Television ‘ by Roald Dahl, and Mary’s contribution was a prose piece by G K Chesterton. Tony’s moving poem, ‘If I Told you I was Deaf ’ (Colin Thompson), was a plea for understanding the difficulties experienced by the deaf. Kevin Maynard treated us to translations of ancient Chinese New Year poems.
The afternoon closed with Marjorie reading Rabbie Burns’s ‘Auld Lang Syne’ in the Scottish dialect and then leading us in a stand up, rousing finale of the song in the traditional circle, holding hands in fellowship. Thanks to all our members who contributed to a very enjoyable afternoon.