Some changes to the Group’s constitution were approved, relating mainly to the committee structure.
After three years in the post, Sheila Whitfield stood down from the Chairmanship and was thanked for her services. Maggie Cobbett was elected as the new Chairman with Caroline Slator continuing as Treasurer and Peter Page as Secretary. Janet Barclay, Carol Mayer, Susan Perkins and Christine Summers complete the new committee. Peter Hicks will be President.
The committee will meet soon to begin drawing up a programme for 2020. Watch this space!
This has been quite a week for Carol and Kate (see posts below), culminating in the launches of their new collections.
A packed room very much enjoyed the readings from all three poets. Hazel Cameron isn’t a member of our group YET, but would be very welcome to join us!
RWG made a very good showing in this year’s Anthology with Lindsay Trenholme winning first prize for ‘Bottled Ocean’and seven other members – Carol Mayer, Christine Summers, Ian Gouge, Kate Swann, Maggie Cobbett, Susan Perkins and Sheila Whitfield – also having one or more of their poems included.
Also pictured are the indefatigable Andy Croft and Sarah Moor, who seem to have been omnipresent throughout the Festival. We’re very grateful to them and to their colleague Philip Trewhitt for all their hard work as well as to Simon from the Little Ripon Bookshop for manning the stall at many events.
Unfortunately Susan was unable to attend this event, so we’ll look forward to hearing her poems on a future occasion.
There was a good audience turnout for this event, with short talks on different wines and cheeses interspersed by poetry and song.
It was unfortunate that the original positioning of the festival banners was beyond the reach of the sole microphone, but they were moved part way through the evening to give a better background to performers.
Participants from RWG were Sheila Whitfield, Carol Mayer, Daphne Peters, Maggie Cobbett, Ian Gouge, Kate Swann and Christine Summers – who performed with her husband Dylan. An enterprising gentleman from their table was able to improvise a microphone stand for them! Audience member Lizzy Goddard also read one of her poems. The photographs below show the performers in the same order as above.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the adjudication of the Artistic Licence competition has been postponed to the meeting on Tuesday, 26th November.
The meeting on Tuesday, 1st October will now feature a series of writing challenges.
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