Calling All Volunteers

RepairsCan you lend a Hand?
It’s nearly the Easter holidays, which means the hall will be closed for works again and the building team is once more looking for volunteers to help spruce the place up.  The main jobs this time will be revamping the boys’ toilets (requiring skills such as plumbing, plastering and electrics), clearing the back yard (lots of tip runs to be done) and, weather permitting, painting the external window frames at the front of the building.

If you are able to help out during the holidays from Monday 30th March onwards, please contact Amanda ( if/when you’re likely to be available, but if you’re not sure, it’s fine just to turn up on the day during that first week.  After that best to check before coming that a team will still be on site.  Materials will be provided, but any tools you have for the above jobs would be handy.

Tea and Relaxation


20 people enjoyed homemade cake courtesy of Becky and Sue at Tea Club on Friday 13th March, and were then treated to an informal Jin Shin Jyutsu session led by local practitioner Carmen Dolz, in which we learnt simple hand holds to help induce a sense of wellbeing.  It was so restful that a few of us nearly nodded off!

Why not come and join us at our next get-together on April 10th?

The Spanish Supper

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Click here for more information, or here to buy tickets

STOP PRESS: There will now be a Raffle on the night, and huge thanks to Crocus Paella and Tapas y Más for very kindly donating a Paella kit for 2/3 people as the main prize.
Paella_kit_webAnd grateful thanks also to our very own Iain Chambers for donating two bottles of Cava as runners-up prizes!!

Review – Writers in the Hall (Friday 27 February 2015)

Kindling a story: how visual art sparked three novels
Writers in the Hall at Exeter Street Hall
Friday 27 February 2015

Niyati book launch 27 feb 15A 1920s missionary map of India, a pewter statue of a Welsh worker, and a painting of a rallying crowd had enough of an impact on three writers living locally to be the catalyst for novels, now published.
At this wonderful, inspiring event, Suzanne Joinson (A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar), Vanessa Gebbie (A Coward’s Tale) and Niyati Keni (Esperanza Street) generously shared insights into the writing process.
Far from ‘get up at the same time each day, sharpen your pencils and don’t speak to anyone ‘til you’ve written 1500 words’, they told of where – really where – their characters came from. Joinson’s box of letters she rescued from the rain was a tale of enviable serendipity; Gebbie’s confession that, as the granddaughter of the Welsh mining family at the centre of her book, she loved writing it, was heart-warming; Keni’s revelation that her first draft was left in a drawer ‘til she was ‘grown up enough’ to revisit it, would have been encouraging to anyone with a dusty manuscript shouting failure at them. The writers were fascinating to listen to.
This candlelit event in the fabulous space which is The Hall was one of the best literary events I’ve attended.
Catherine Meek

This review also appears in the Argus for March 2nd, 2015.