Focus in March

Julian and Wendy Bond will present ‘Southern India: a Journey through Time’ hosted via Brian Donlon’s Zoom account on Friday, 12th March at 7.55 for 8.00pm.  Brian will send us a link closer to the meeting.

The Bonds’ presentation will cover their journey from Chennai to Kochin, introducing us to the temples, religions and people they met along the route.  We look forward to a fascinating evening.

All are welcome.  Please advertise the meeting to anyone who may be interested.  For further information, please contact Barbara Smith on 01477 537301 , or, barbara.smith47@hotmail.com

Focus on Blood Bikes

I have just heard from Carol Redfern of Blood Bikes Manchester confirming that Chair, Paul Redfern, will present ‘Blood Bikes Manchester’ on Friday, 5th February at 7.55 for 8pm via Zoom conferencing.  The meeting will be hosted by Brian Donlon – details and link to follow.

Blood Bikes Manchester was formed in 2011 by a motorcycle club whose members decided to put their passion for riding to good use by forming what became later known as Blood Bikes Manchester.  By January 2012, they had formed the Charity and acquired 3 bikes, 1 support car and a hospital willing to trial the charity.  Since going live with Tameside Hospital’s Pathology Laboratory, the charity has expanded both in size and in the variety of tasks it undertakes for the NHS.

The Redferns will donate the fee to Blood Bikes Manchester.  For further information about the meeting, please contact Barbara Smith on 01477 537301, or at barbara.smith47@hotmail.com

Barbara Smith

Focus in October

Trish and Will Litchfield will present ‘Santiago and Easter Island’ via Zoom conferencing on Friday, 16th October at 7.58 for 8.00pm. 

Meeting details and password will be emailed to all who wish to participate closer to the date.  The meeting will be in two sessions with a short ‘refreshment break’ between them.  All are welcome. 

For further details, please contact Barbara Smith on 537301 or at barbara.smith47@hotmail.com

Focus in September

As the protocol for the reopening of the Methodist Church Hall to groups is, as yet, unknown, we’ve opted for a socially distanced open-air icebreaker in September.  This will be a walking treasure hunt, of less than 1.5 miles around the village, followed by an opportunity for ad hoc refreshments at a central location.  Please meet in the shopping precinct alongside the sensory garden at 2:30pm on Saturday, 19th September.  You may wish to bring your own pen and clipboard.  Please contact Barbara Smith on 537301 or at barbara.smith47@hotmail.com if you would like further details.

Looking forward to seeing you all again after a six-month gap.

Barbara

Focus in August

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and uncertainties about when the Methodist Church or Hall will reopen, we’ve opted for a socially-distanced open air icebreaker on Saturday, 19th September.  This will take the form of a walking treasure hunt, of less than two miles around the village, followed by an opportunity for ad hoc refreshments at a central location. 

Please meet in the sensory garden alongside the shopping precinct at 2:30pm on Saturday, 19th September.  You may wish to bring your own pen and clipboard.

Looking forward to seeing you all again after a six-month gap.

Barbara Smith

Focus Secretary

Holmes Chapel Focus Group

Sadly, the final three meetings of the 2019/2020 Focus session were unable to take place owing to the coronavirus pandemic, but we look forward to meeting again as soon as circumstances allow. 

We hope to reschedule ‘Blood Bikes, Manchester’ with Paul and Carol Redfern and ‘Amazing Morocco’ with Anne Vaughan for this coming autumn.  We plan to defer our excursion to Manchester, including a guided tour of the People’s History Museum, lunch and a visit to the Science Museum to the equivalent date, Saturday, 15th May 2021. 

If anyone can suggest further speakers/topics, please contact me at barbara.smith47@hotmail.com or on 537301, as soon as possible.

With best wishes,

Barbara