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Next Open Meeting – Monday 20th June 2022 at 2:30 pm

Our next Open Meeting is on Monday 20th June at 2:30 pm at the Bowling Club in Abbey Lane – doors open at 2:00 pm. We are happy to welcome back Lucy Allen and her talk this time is entitled ‘The Ship of Dreams – Tales from Titanic’.

Professional Stunt woman Lucy Allen’s fascination with Titanic began as a young girl watching the classic television programme “Upstairs, Downstairs” which featured an episode all about the sinking of the great ocean liner ‘Titanic’ in 1912.

In 1996 she was one of four British stunt women chosen to go and work on the major motion picture ‘Titanic’ being directed by James Cameron in Mexico on the Californian Baja. She went out for four weeks but came back to the UK twenty one weeks later as a ‘Titanic survivor’ having managed, just, to survive the shoot.

This talk is about our endless fascination with tragic ‘Titanic – the Ship of Dreams’, tales of the passengers it carried, what went wrong and what it was really like to work on the Oscar winning film.

Future of Bridge Group

Stella McSweeney will not be continuing in her role as coordinator of the Bridge Group. As no one has come forward to take over the task, the Bridge Group will unfortunately have to close. But if there is anyone out there who would like to become the Bridge coordinator then please contact anyone on the Committee.

Places available in Pilates 1,3 and 4

  • 3 places available in Pilates 3 at the Baptist Church on Mondays from 1.30 to 2.30 pm starting again on 6th May. Contact Ann Cousins – 01799 219 072 –
  • Spaces available in Pilate 8 which meets at the Baptist Church Upper Hall, Saffron Walden, on Tuesday mornings 11.30 am – 12.30 pm. Contact Chris Kerrison – 01799 516 586 –
  • There is a vacancy for Pilates 1. This will be at 1.00pm for one hour on Thursdays at the Friends Meeting House. Contact Hilary Price – 01799 521 696 –

Spaces available in Table Tennis

The table tennis group meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 to 4.30 pm at Widdington Village Hall.

This term is 20th April to 20th July 2022.

We would like a few more people to join the group.

If you are in interested in joining please contact Ann Cousins-

See our Table Tennis group page here.

Visit to Columbine Hall, near Stowmarket on 3rd August

Visit to Columbine Hall, near Stowmarket on Wednesday 3rd August 2022.

Cost will be between £37 and £47 depending on numbers. The tour will be preceded by a trip to a local pub where you can purchase your own lunch or snack.

Enjoy a guided tour of this stunning house and gardens with afternoon tea and cakes. The medieval manor house rises straight from a spectacular moat. It sits in an acre of formal garden inside the moat (designed by Chelsea Gold Medal winner George Carter). Another 28 acres of orchards, woods, parkland and bog gardens are outside the moat. The gardens were featured in Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden (twice). The interior has been in World of Interiors and style books by Kevin McCloud, George Carter and Ros Byam Shaw.

Hew Stevenson and his late wife Leslie Geddes-Brown bought the manor house, which had been empty for seven years, in 1993, and, along with Melvyn Smith, have transformed the interior. They have filled the house with an eclectic collection including ancestral portraits and paintings by Angie Lewin, whose books Leslie helped to write, and an enormous estate map of 1741.

For further details and to book this wonderful trip, contact Jim Dwyer on 07531 115160 or email

The Story of Saffron

Extract from Saffron Walden heritage development group press release

“Why is the town called Saffron Walden?” visitors often ask. This year there are going to be some answers to that question, plus a celebration of Walden’s fame as the centre for over three hundred years of the cultivation of the valuable saffron crocus.

The ‘Saffron Story’ is going to be told through multiple activities in the town, both visually, in print and digitally. The project will also include escorted walking tours and workshops with some schoolchildren. The programme, planned for both visitors and residents, is a project of the Saffron Walden Heritage Development Group, with funding supplied by a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The high point of the project will be ‘Saffron Day’ on Sunday, October 16 – a date for your diary – run together with Saffron Walden Town Council and centered on the Market Place, which will become a showcase both for saffron and its links with Saffron Walden. There will be events and family entertainment, including demonstrations of the use of saffron in Indian and Mediterranean cooking and as a traditional dye. A variety of products containing or linked to saffron will also be available.

It is hoped local retailers will also be involved in the promotion of saffron, either as an ingredient in food or drink or in connection with craft items.


Vacancy in Pilates 1

There is a vacancy for Pilates 1. This will be at 1.00pm for one hour on Thursdays at the Friends’ Meeting House.  Contact Hilary Price – 01799 521 696 –

See our Pilates page