Chairman’s Introduction 2020-2021

Hope you’re all keeping well and staying safe.  Not a lot to report obviously.

A little about myself.  I started my Circle life as a member of Huntingdon Ladies’ Circle in Cambridgeshire and served several post including Circle Chairman.  I was also Area Secretary when one of our members became Area Chairman.  I am a Brummie but left to live in the south then moved to Cambridgeshire where we lived for many years and our two daughters grew up there.  I was a Medical Secretary.  We moved to Sutton when David took up a new job in Aldridge and I joined Sutton Coldfield Tangent and was Chairman there.  I worked for a while at the Queen Elizabeth.  Sutton Tangent has now de-affiliated and just meet for lunch once a month.  I was very happy to become a member of Lichfield following my year as Helen’s honorary member, which is a much active club and I am very honoured to be your Chairman, even if it is virtually!  Thank you for your support and I only hope I can do so as well as Mary.  My honorary member, Pauline Atchison is a friend from Sutton Coldfield Tangent, her husband Barrie is one of David’s honorary members.  My daughter are married, Claire lives in Broadstairs and has 2 children and Jo lives in Walthamstow and has 2 boys.  All four children are similar ages and we Zoom and Facetime to stay in touch in these times.  Miss the hugs.

We received a request from Lichfield Ladies’ Circle via Viv asking for our help in sewing scrubs bags or donating hand creams and lip balms. Many thanks to those ladies who were able to help.  I know several of you may not be able to go out for 12 weeks due to various health conditions or those of your loved ones.  Ladies Circle will be very happy to help with shopping etc.

Tangles Chairman Sharon and Circle Chairman, Steph are also honorary members.

If you’re getting bored, National have organised regular quizzes which are operated through Zoom and are on their website.

Happy news is the arrival of Mary and John Ward’s twin girls.  Congratulations from us all.

Hope to see you all in the not too distant future.



4th May 2020

April 7th 2020: Chairman’s final message

This afternoon the Executive have made club history by holding our very first Executive and Handover meeting on Zoom. Thanks to Pearl’s excellent guidance and some help/hindrance from our husbands we all eventually made it to the meeting. Even Mac attempted to join us for a short time! I for one have learnt a new skill but needed loads of help from my daughter.

Pat set it all up for us with a little help from David. Zoom is certainly not very flattering although my daughter did show me a tab to improve appearance, however it did nothing for me!

As you all know our AGM has been postponed until we can all meet again in safety, but as some decisions needed to be taken we thought a virtual meeting was the best way forward.

Jennie took minutes of the meeting and recorded all decisions taken. She will be sending a copy of these to everyone shortly. All officers for the year 2020/2021 were elected with a unanimous show of hands apart from Vice Chairman. Could this be you?? Anyone interested please contact Pat, I know she would be delighted to have your support.

Reality stepped in at changeover as I couldn’t pass the Chairman’s jewel through the iPad screen to Pat as they do in “Through the Keyhole”. Everything is now packed away in the Chairman’s case ready and waiting for Pat.

I can’t believe that a year has passed since Roe handed over to me last May. I have really enjoyed being your Chairman despite feeling that I had so much to learn at the start. Thanks to you all for giving me such terrific support and encouragement from the very beginning.

An enormous special thankyou to our Exec, my “Dream Team” for always being there with guidance, advice and gentle reminders. They have organised such an enjoyable and memorable calendar for us all. I have a small thankyou gift for them but that surprise will have to wait.

Attendance has been stable this year and we look forward to welcoming a new member into our club. Beverley has been an Honorary member this year and will join us fully at our AGM.

December and January were especially sad for both 41 Club and ourselves losing so many of our members. We were all so sorry to lose Pat Burbridge who had been a member since the 1980’s and Chairman twice.

A huge welcome to Chairman Pat and her new Exec, and I am sure that you will all give her the great support that you have given to me. We all wish her a happy and enjoyable year once restrictions are lifted.

Keep smiling, keep talking, and above all keep safe.


Mary     April 7th  2020

March 2020 : Chairman’s message

Chairman’s Meeting March 3rd

We were all so lucky that the rain stopped and the sun shone for our walk from Cross Keys up to Cathedral Close and Chapters for lunch. Twenty five of us enjoyed a leisurely lunch of good, home cooked fresh produce in the Garden Room before the short walk round to the West door of the Cathedral.

We were met by Neil and Robert, our two knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides who were both passionate about the history of our beautiful Cathedral. I have lived in Lichfield on and off for over thirty five years and I thought that I knew much of its past  but that seemed nothing compared with the detailed knowledge of our guides, who recounted history from before St Chad to present times.

I was particularly interested in the “Lichfield Angel” and Chalice which had been found in a recent archaeological dig in 2003 under the altar in the Nave, and the Gospels of Mathew, Mark and part of Luke which were all on display in the Chapter House. These three finds were thought to be from the early 8th  Century. We were also able to view the Vestments room with some of the original coal tile floor, and Dr Johnson’s prayer hole, neither of which I had seen before.

Special thanks to Ruth for being my chauffeur for the afternoon and for organising the raffle which was won by Jackie Littlewood. Also to Pearl who liaised with Chapters and arranged our enjoyable lunch.

In February I attended 41 Club’s Ladies Lunch, a new venture and format which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately the floods caused by Storm Dennis prevented several members and guests from reaching the venue. I also joined our coffee ladies’ group for lunch at Bistro 1709. We have received a letter from Pauline thanking us for the flowers, which was passed around at our meeting. I sent a card on Tangent’s behalf to 41 Club to congratulate them on their 65th Charter and to wish them a good evening. I understand this was displayed on top table.

I can’t believe that my year is almost over and we are already planning for the next. You will be pleased to note that Pat has been busy recruiting for your new Exec and we have just one position left to fill, that of Vice Chairman. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far, and to everyone else please do think seriously about standing. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year, especially because everyone has been so supportive and encouraging with advice and gentle reminders.

Our AGM is on Tuesday April 7th at The Old Vicarage, Branston. Pearl has already sent the details to everyone. Please remember that subscriptions are due in April and Helen will be advising on the amount at the AGM.

Diary Dates

Tuesday March 10th  Exec meeting at my house at 3.00pm. We will be discussing the National AGM agenda, and if anyone would like to register a comment or vote, please e-mail me beforehand. I sent the agenda (which Jenny prepared) to everyone a week ago.

I look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.


Mary   March 8th  2020

Bistro 1709

February 2020 : Chairman’s message


February Meeting

After such a sad January it was good to see around 30 of us at the Old Vicarage in Branston for last Tuesday’s Speaker Meeting. We were all delighted that Hazel S, who is recovering from a recent operation, and our honorary member Mary Jones could join us. Ruth R lit the Friendship Candle and Jane Boulton said grace.

Thanks to Pearl for organising all our menus, and to Liz for arranging our Speaker Steve Geale, who spoke on “Stafford Gaol and how to get there”. Steve had taught IT and Maths to inmates for 12 years. He traced the Gaol’s interesting history from its beginnings in the 12th century to 1794 when the present prison was built, and on to present times when it has become the home for sex offenders – Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris to name just two. One of its most notorious prisoners was William Palmer the Rugeley poisoner who was executed there together with other notable murderers.

Roe ingeniously ran our raffle without tickets and prize and Mary J drew out my name. I am looking forward to my surprise at the next meeting. Thanks Roe.

Along with many of you from both our Tangent and 41 Clubs I attended the funerals of Barrie Hopkins and Pat Burbridge in January. This reminded me of the warmth and support of the RTBI family to which we all belong. We all send our heartfelt sympathy and love to their families.

I took flowers on Tangent’s behalf to both Viv and Pauline and we all hope that they will soon feel able to join us again at our meetings. We send them both our love.

Diary Dates

50th Anniversary lunch   The National Association of Tangent Club’s 50th Anniversary lunch will be held on Saturday 12th September 2020 at the National Conference Centre near Birmingham. Tickets cost £55. Details to follow.

Chairman’s meeting  Our next meeting is on Tuesday March 3rd. It will begin with a light lunch at 12.30pm at Chapters in the Cathedral Close. Following this at 2.30pm we will have a guided tour of the Cathedral.

Please e-mail me your requests for any areas that you would particularly like to see on the day. Pearl will be sending details shortly



February 9th  2020