Quiz Group

The first Quiz since February 2020 will be on Tuesday 19th October at 2pm till 4pm.

Change of Venue: GUIDE HUT in Trowbridge Park. There will be a charge per person of £1.50 to cover the cost of the venue.

I will set the quiz so it won’t be too difficult.

Please let Jean Stanford (details are in your newsletter) know if you can make it or just turn up.

Parking: Either the Cinema or M&S – 3hours free or Multi storey in Castle Place. 2hrs.free unless you park on the top floors.

French Conversation & French 2


Over the past year our numbers have dropped from 8 to 4. Normally we are a house group meeting on 2nd & 4th Monday in the month, in the morning.

We talk about things we’ve read, seen or listened to as well as topical news.

At present we are using ZOOM for our meetings.

We’d like more members – so if anyone would like to join us, please contact Jean Stanford via the Group Coordinator


Over the past year our numbers have dropped from 8 to 4. Normally we are a house group meeting weekly on Wednesday mornings. At present we are using ZOOM for our meetings.

We would like 2,even 3 more members. We try to speak French most of the time. We each usually give a short presentation of what we’ve done, seen or read in the preceding week, usually followed by questions and answers. Plus we discuss topical issues. We use French magazine – Bien Dire and Bien Dire Initial. It has many interesting articles, some of which we can listen to by CD. See attached example. We also use an outdated French Experience 2 for grammar etc. We learn from each other – not a teacher, therefore the group is always open to suggestions for things to do.

So if you have some French and would like to join us, please contact Jean Stanford via the Group Coordinator.

Prendre au mot BDI25

Music Appreciation Group 1


Somehow the programme for Music Appreciation Group 1 was left out of the Spring magazine.

Herewith the missing content ;

03 April                       Brahms                                               John Allford

01 May                        Musical Natural History Selection   Jo Harries

05 June                       Choirs and Concertos                      Brian Jennings

February Walk – Cancelled

Walking Group Update

The fieldpaths around Broughton Gifford are very muddy and, with more rain today and tomorrow, the conditions are not going to improve.  With this in mind, I have reluctantly decided to cancel this Thursday’s walk which will be re-instated at a later date.  If any members pick up this message and have contacts in the group could they please pass the information onto them.


Nigel Vile 01225 710139.

German Beginners


I have had a request to set up a German Group for Beginners.

If you are interested in such a group please contact me at the email address below stating if you have any knowledge of the language and to what level.

If there is enough interest I will follow our procedure for forming the group.

Groups Coordinator


Photoshop Workshop – Spaces

Late breaking news.

Dickon has had a couple of people pull out of his Photoshopping beginners workshop on 4th October.

Hence he has two spare places and asks if there are any late takers.

The original magazine entry follows.


Learn how to scan and enhance old photos and slides.

If you have NEVER done anything like this before, this is for you.

I bet you have loads of old slides and photos that have faded or are torn etc.

You do not need to be a computer whiz. You only need a lap-top (Windows or Mac) and a mouse to get started with a fun and sociable group.

Please do not join if you have experience. This is for total beginners.

I will be starting 8 weekly Friday sessions from Friday 4th October 2019 1

These fun sessions are essentially for total BEGINNERS.

A laptop is necessary; however I have a couple of spares.

contact details in your Newsletter or via Groups Co-ordinator

Walking Group Update

Lacock Walk 29th August.

Following a recce, a few points.  If you read this and know of walkers in the group who do not access emails, please pass on this information to them.

There is a climb of some 300 feet onto Bowden Hill.

Near the start of the walk, we have to follow a relatively busy road with no pavement for 700 yards from the River Avon at Lacock out to the Bell Inn by Bewley Common.

There are quite a few stiles on the walk, several of which cannot be avoided by using an adjoining gateway.

The NT car-park costs £4 but is free if you are a member.  If you are not in the NT but have a bus pass, there is a half-hourly bus service from Trowbridge to Melksham and Chippenham that passes through Lacock, stopping at the George Inn.  From there it is a 5 minute walk to the NT car-park where the walks begins.

Do not let this put you off!  It is an excellent walk with great views across much of North and West Wiltshire.