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Spring Programme 2017

Spring Programme 2017

(Affiliated to Bromley Arts Council)

President  Tel. no: 020 8650.8946Membership Secretary  Tel No: 020 8464 9810


Meetings are usually held at Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley on Tuesdays
at 2.30pm. If unable to attend please notify the hostess.
For further information and confirmation of venue please contact the Membership Secretary


DATESUBJECT                                                                                HOST/HOSTESS


                    10th. Jan.     Open Choice.                                                          Janet Chapman

 24th. Jan.    Alfred Tennyson, John Clare, Thomas Hood.        Sezgin Kemal

 14th. Feb.    Water.                                                                      Anne Stooke

 28th. Feb.    Hilary Davies and Sebastian Barker.                       Sheila Corrin

 14th. Mar.     AGM + one short poem.  Open choice                    Patsy Paine

 28th. Mar.     Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Wislawa Szymborska.       Liz Maliphant

WRITERS’ GROUP (dates to be agreed by Writers)

 Jan.         Open Choice

 Feb.        Painting

 March     Jewellery

  Diary dates for the Summer Term 2017 

 25th April,    9th May,    23rd May,   13th June,    27th June,    11th July

 If you cannot find a poem for the topic/poet listed, please read another poem, but not one written by you  N.B.  We each read 1 long poem and 1 short poem (of about sonnet length)

Benefit Event. November 26th. 2016

November was a busy month as we had decided to make a contribution towards the Ripley Arts Centre by organizing a concert at £10 per. head to include poetry, drama and music. Having lost its grant, Ripley is strapped for cash as are so many Arts organisations . Money has to be found from as many sources as possible for repair, maintenance, staffing and general running costs. It is at Ripley that our meetings and special events are held so we were eager to help in any way we could.

The Music Room was booked with use of the piano. The kitchen was made available for the preparation of refreshments. Posters and fliers, provided by Anne Stewart, were planted in libraries, doctors’ waiting rooms, shops and anywhere else we could think of including online. Our President, Diane Chorley, liased with Bromley Youth Music Trust for performers and the date came closer.


The programme was finalized. Everyone practised. Refreshments were organized. Husbands offered to pour the wine. We wondered if we could muster a sufficient audience and never expected every chair to be filled ( well almost)


Poems were read by both readers and writers of poetry, a combination of new work from the Writers’ Group and old favourites from the readers. The drama was performed mainly by boys from St. Olave’s School with a little added input.


The violinist was Ying Lo, aged fourteen who recently took his grade 8 examination and moved the examiner to tears.


Ying Lo Recital at Ripley Arts Centre

Unaccompanied Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001 J.S.Bach


Sonata for Violin and Piano Janacek


Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Franck

Allegretto poco mosso

Ying Lo – Violin

Mrs Elizabeth Worthington – Piano


The pianist was Matt Baker who took his place at the grand piano for a very able and enjoyable rendition of:-

Schubert -Impromptu No.3, Op.90

Chopin – Nocturne, Op.62 No.2

Debussy – Arabesque No.1

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When expenses were accounted for we managed to raise a goodly sum and had
an evening to remember with many thanks due to all who managed to make it such a success.

Poetry Reading at The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place Nov. 24th.

Anne Stewart, editor of Poetry p f and member of Shortlands Poetry Circle MC’d this evening of poetry at the pub where Dylan Thomas first met Caitlin, his wife to be.

The Wheatsheaf

There were six readers including Kate Miller who recently won the Seamus Heaney prize for poetry and Roisin Tierney who won the prestigious Michael Marks award for her pamphlet, Dream Endings in 2012.

Roisin now has a full collection as has our own Isabel Bermudez who was also reading among excellent company. The event was well attended.