Armchair Critics

We talk about anything in the arts which has been of particular interest to us. This could be theatre, film, opera, music, exhibitions or even books. The idea is that everyone is able to have their say, leading to lively discussions.


Wine Appreciation


The Wine Appreciation Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 10.30, normally finishing by 12 noon. Our regular venue is the Victoria Park Bowls & Croquet Club where there is plenty of parking.

Each meeting is themed on an area or style of wine. Each meeting begins with a short talk followed by a tasting of seven wines. Members may taste and spit, but mostly they choose to taste and swallow! The meeting is very social with chat throughout the tasting on a large range of subjects.

We like everyone to use the same type of glass, so new members will be expected to buy one on joining, from Laurence. We split the cost of the wine between us with the money being collected during the meeting. This is usually around £7. We always welcome new members. Please contact Laurence Hanison as shown above.

Joyful noise!

No experience necessary and no audition – just come and enjoy singing in a group and have fun and laughter with us.  We meet from 10.15 to share coffee and chat, and sing from 10.30 to 11.30.  We sing a variety of music – songs from shows and films, folk music, traditional songs of various kinds etc. and are always happy for members of the group to suggest new songs for us to try out.

Weekly sub of £3 (or £30 per term) towards professional pianist’s fee and includes the cost of refreshments.


Freestyle Embroidery & Textile Art

For those who want to learn or brush up on embroidery skills, or more experienced stitchers who want to take their skills beyond cross stitch or patchwork, this group  runs largely as a self help group.  Tuition and support are provided by an enthusiastic textile artist and other group members with particular expertise.  A wide variety of methods are covered including hand and machine embroidery, applique, beading and multimedia to produce pictorial or abstract fabric art; 3D objets d’art, clothing or home furnishing items (for example scarves, cushions, toys).  More advanced techniques such as dissolvable fabrics, felting, fabric dyeing, block printing and shibori are taught from time to time.   The aim is to produce both individual and joint projects, with a view to presenting a small show of the group’s work  once every two years or so.  Members are expected to work in their own time between group meetings.  1st Wednesday of each month.