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

January 2020 : Chairman’s message


January 2020 New Year Meeting

A Happy New Year to all our members, although this year has begun with much great sadness for both our 41 and Tangent clubs, the funeral of Start Wyss and the deaths of Barrie Hopkins and Pat Burbridge. We send our love and sympathies to their families.

At the beginning of January, despite the abundance of colds, coughs and flu bugs, seventeen of us enjoyed an evening of chatter and catching up on everyone’s Christmas festivities and activities over a relaxing meal at the Royal Oak in Kings Bromley. My grateful thanks to Pearl who coped so calmly with ever changing last minute attendance numbers, and to Roe for organising the raffle which was won by Jane Hartley.

On Sunday December 29th many of us joined our other halves at 41 Club’s Chair’s Christmas drinks party. Thanks to Andrew and Lyn, our hosts, for making us all so welcome in their home.

On a sadder note Cynthia Tipper and I joined several Ladies Circlers on Friday January 3rd, painting and decorating Dementia Memory and Kindness stones in preparation for Stuart Wyss’s funeral on January 9th.  Of the over 200 who attended his funeral about half were members of the Lichfield Round Table Family – Round Table, Ladies Circle, Spires, Tangles, 41 Club and Tangent, as this has been such a big part of Stuart’s family life. We send our love to Viv, Hannah and Sam.

It has been my sad duty to send news of the deaths of Barrie Hopkins and Pat Burbridge this month. Barrie’s funeral is on Wednesday January 15th at 2.30 pm at Fradley Crematorium, and afterwards at Darnford Moors Golf Club Lichfield. We send lots of love to both Pauline and Hazel. The January coffee morning has been cancelled for this reason.

Pat has been a lifelong member of Lichfield Ladies Circle and Tangent Clubs, but her health has prevented her from attending many recent meetings. We were all delighted that she could join us in November at our floral demonstration evening, and take home one of the arrangements. We will all miss her. Pat passed away on Saturday January 11th, and as soon as I have details of her funeral I will e-mail everyone.

Jennie has asked if anyone would like to take over the Bulletin “Chatter”; please contact her if you are interested.

Diary Dates

February 16th 2020  41 Club’s Ladies Luncheon at The Fairlawns Hotel, Aldridge. Please contact David Dimeloe for more details.

March Meeting – March 3rd  As the majority of you have requested to have lunch before our visit to Lichfield Cathedral, I will forward more details once all has been arranged.

Our next meeting is on February 4th at The Old Vicarage, Branston. Our speaker is Steve Geale who is talking on “Stafford Gaol and how to get there!” Sounds intriguing, so I hope that lots of you will be able to come and join us.



January 12th 2020