My neighbour, Betty, used to look in my many poetry books for poems for SPC meetings. I had to wait until I had retired from teaching before I could join her. It was a very elderly group then and I was amused at a member coming in with two cushions, one to sit on and one for her back, just like I do now!

It wasn’t long before I became Assistant Secretary and soon after that, Secretary when Beth Fender moved to Belper. I enjoyed helping to organize the 80th. and 90th. Anniversary Celebrations, and to see the publication of Perspectives for the 50th anniversary of the Writers’ Group. I stayed on for eleven years as Secretary, too long.

One of our members got round the rule of not reading your own poems by getting our actress member to read them for him. Another member, years ago, used to read rather spicy poems and our then President suggested it was not the sort of poetry for our meetings. I recall chanting om . . . . m at his funeral.

The first poem I wrote was for my school magazine. Beth Fender asked me to come along to Shortlands Writers’ Group. This year, 2015, is twenty-five years since I joined Shortlands Poetry Circle – a happy time.

3 thoughts on “LESLEY McLETCHIE

  1. Alfie Stanger

    Hi Lesley I think you are a friend of my Mother Margaret Stanger (Mackay) I have some important information I’d like to share with you, hope to hear from you Alfie.


  2. Sally

    Hello. My name is Sally and my mum is Patricia Burr. My mum is a long friend of Leslie and has mislaid her contact details. She wanted to write or phone to wish Leslie a happy Christmas. Would you be kind enough to pass on my email to Leslie for her to send her phone number for my mum to call? Or if preferred, to ask Leslie to call my mum and leave her details on the answer machine? Thank you and Merry Christmas! sallyburruk@gmail.com


  3. Michael Burr

    Hello Lesley. My mum (Patricia Burr) has lost your telephone number & she’d like to get in touch with you. Could you email me your number so I could pass it on.
    Many thanks,
    Michael Burr



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