Members of the Weekenders group meet in the bar area of the Wharf every second Saturday in the month at 10.30 am. Over coffee, suggestions are discussed for visits or outings that members might be interested in. This information isemailed to all members with the contact number of the member who has agreed tobe link person for specific visits.
Over the past year, visits have been made to various craft fairs and open gardens.Lunch has been enjoyed at the Mary Tavy Inn, Peter Tavy Inn, and a Christmaslunch at Taylor’s. Strawberry picking at Lifton Nursery was also followed by lunch.
Some members joined together to attend concerts at the Wharf ‘The Music ofMichael Bublé’, and ‘The Songs of Leonard Cohen’. A highlight for a few of us was a performance at the Woolwell Centre by Plymouth Musical Activities Club (PMAC).
Also featured was Dr. Paul Whittaker who was awarded an OBE for services tomusic. Born with severe hearing loss he became profoundly deaf at 11, despite his’disability’ he developed a love of music and plays the piano and organ. He foundeda charity ‘Music and the Deaf’. He now works as an inspirational speaker drawingon his own life experience and sharing with his audience both his music plus theability to sing songs and include the participation of his hearing audience. The titleof the concert was ‘The Joy of Music’ and we all agreed that the evening with Paul Whittaker was a joy. Thanks are due to Rosemary Bancroft who suggested theevent.Another highlight was the unveiling in Bedford Square of the ‘Man Engine’ (thelargest puppet ever made), before he started his epic journey through Cornwall. A group met at the church and had a great view as he grew to his amazing full height.We then crowded into ‘The Kitchen’ for coffee to express our astonishment at such a brilliant feat of engineering.
Three members went on a Plymouth Citybus trip to Buckingham Palace and a tourof the Houses of Parliament. This was a well organised and enjoyable visit with anovernight stay in a pleasant hotel. Both excellent places to visit steeped in history,two magnificent buildings a tour of both is highly recommended.
A few members enjoyed four nights in the Isle of Wight. While a few others, closerto home, went to Dartmouth for a guided tour of the Royal Naval College. Ourgroup were picked up in Dartmouth by mini-bus and our guide was a retired navalofficer who understood the history and gave an informative commentary with somehumour. An impressive building well worth a visit.These are just some of the activities members have organised.
While not all arementioned it can be seen we have a varied range of events that have been enjoyed but part of the pleasure has been the company of others.
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