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Bulb Planting.

As in previous years the Society has purchased and planted 20kgs of daffodil bulbs. The site this year was the grass verge in Pinfold Lane adjacent to Wystan Court.

Willington Power Station Site.

At a further presentation by RWE nPower, organised by the Parish Council, a timetable was presented for possible construction of a new Station on the site with a completion date of 2015/16.

Future Programme.

The dates for the remaining two events in the 2009 programme are November 5th and December 5th.

In November Nicholas Smith, former MD of John Smith Clocks, will give a talk entitled “Tower Clocks through the Ages.”  Ashley Franklin the writer, photographer and broadcaster has very kindly agreed to judge the entries in our annual photographic competition again this year and he will reveal the winners and comment on the entries. After Nicholas’ talk the photos can be studied over cheese and wine.

Our Coffee Morning will be on Saturday December 5th in the Village Hall between 1030a.m and 12.30p.m. The children from Repton Primary School will put on a music/poetry performance and there will also be a display of their art. The charity this year is the Derbyshire Communities Foundation which makes grants to voluntary and community groups - the very successful Village Party received such a grant this year. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

The 2010 programme is attached to this newsletter and the Committee hope that you will continue to support it.

On January 7th Derrick Conway is giving a talk entitled “Reshaping Health Services for Derbyshire – The Royal Derby Hospital.” Derrick, as firstly the Assistant Project Director and latterly as the Assistant Estates Director, has been closely involved with this project from inception to completion including the transfer of acute services from the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Also in January on the 23rd The Society has helped the Village Show Committee arrange for Howard Drury, who presented Central TV’s “Gardening Times” from King’s Heath Park in Birmingham for 10 years to give “Forty Years of Gardening Tips” during a bring your own food, drink and glasses evening. It will be a talk full of ideas and tips to get over those awkward problems and how to get the best out of your garden, together with a few tales covering forty years of gardening. Tickets are £4.50 from Frances Wimbush  703180.

On February 4th Dr Tom Corfield,Assistant Organist at Derby Cathedral is going to talk about English Music.

And then on February 13th Bill Smith and Gypsy Jazz return for another  great bring your own food, drink and glasses evening of not too noisy music. The young jazz violinist, Ben Holder, has been booked to play. Tickets available from Alan Webster (701838) at £7.50.



Thursday January 7th “Reshaping Health Services for Derbyshire -The Royal Derby Hospital” with Derrick Conway, Assistant Estates Director.

SATURDAY January 23rd Joint event with the Village Show Committee. Howard Drury, who presented Central TV’s “Gardening Time” programme for 10 years will be giving “Forty Years of Gardening Tips.” Bring your own food, drink and glasses. Tickets £4.50 from Frances Wimbush 703180

Thursday February 4th “ Englishness in Music' – with Tom Corfield, Assist. Organist Derby Cathedral

We often say of  Elgar or Vaughan Williams, for example, that their music sounds typically English.  What exactly do we mean?  Is the Englishness definable or does it defy any sort of analysis?  The talk offers a few thoughts together with musical illustrations

SATURDAY  February 13th   Another Jazz Concert with Bill Smith and Gypsy Jazz. Bring your own food, drink and glasses. Tickets £7.50.

Thursday March 4thThe Galapagos Islands – a Volcanic and Biological Laboratory” with Colin Bagshaw.    Followed by the Annual General Meeting.

Thursday April 1st “A Day in the Life of a Nightingale Probationer Nurse circa 1874” with Pat Smedley, who previously gave the talk on Florence Nightingale.

Thursday April 29th Coach trip to Cambridge and guided tour with Richard Morris, former master at Repton School.

Thursday May 6th “The Salt Industry” with Andrew Fielding, co-author of the Shire book of the same title.

Thursday June 10th Evening visit to the Roundhouse (recently imaginatively renovated and now part of Derby College) for a guided tour. ( Members and guests only using own transport.)

Friday June 18th Coach trip to the Anderton Boat Lift and Wollerton Old Hall Garden.

Thursday July 1st “Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin” with Richard Morris, former master Repton School.

Thursday September 2nd “Bats” with Kevin Reynolds – Staffordshire Bat Group.

SATURDAY September 11th Coach trip to Liverpool and guided city tour with Hilary Oxlade (Blue Badge Guide).

Thursday October 7th “The Craft of Thatching” with Master Thatcher David Wood.

Thursday November 4th “From Pursuit to Passion to Profession” with Ashley Franklin and results of the photographic Competition.

SATURDAY December 4th Coffee Morning 10.30a.m – 12.30p.m. Free Entry - details later.

Unless otherwise stated all talks/events are held in the Village Hall, Askew Grove and start at 7.30p.m. Charges: Members £2, Visitors, who are always welcome, £3. For further details please contact Alan Webster (01283 701838).

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