Report from the National Conference in Torquay

Sue Jay very nobly attended the Tangent National Conference in Torquay on behalf of Lichfield Tangent 116.

Her noblesse was rewarded by having to stand for a long time in the cold and rain on Friday night during the President’s banquet, due to a fire alarm!!

A brief summary of her report is given below:

  • 4 new clubs have joined the National Association, but 27 clubs have disaffiliated, mainly due to an ageing membership
  • President Jill announced that £15,000 had been raised for her chosen charity, Round Table Children’s Wish
  • Candidates for posts on the National Executive spoke and the results of elections were announced before lunch
  • The new Vice President is Tracey Pickin
  • National subs are to be increased to £6.50

Sue spoke at the lectern in our name (wow!!) asking what the cost implications would be if Tangent were to take a more active role in planning National Conference.  41 Club would need to approve this too, but the proposal was approved.

Sue Hill was installed as the new National President for 2019-2020. Her theme for the year is “With Courage Nothing is Impossible” (a quote by Sir William Hillary, Founder of the RNLI in 1824)

Her chosen charity is RNLI – this will be jointly supported by 41 National President Andrew.

They are looking to raise £50,000 to be able to buy five rescue water crafts to be placed around the country and suitably named after 41/Tangent

Diary date for 2019: 21st September, National President’s Charity Lunch at Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club, Cheshire. £35, application form on the Tangent website

A big THANK YOU to Sue for attending Conference on our behalf.


New Chair at Annual General Meeting

Chairman’s introduction 2019-2020

Like many of you I was unable to attend our AGM. My dear husband had booked tickets for “Les Miserables” in Birmingham as a surprise, and only remembered to tell me the date in early March.

Is it a first when both the incoming Chairman and Vice were not present at the AGM?

Thank you all for your support and trust, I have so much still to learn about Tangent and shall be relying on the advice and experience of you all.

For those of you who don’t know much about me I was a founder member of Lichfield District Circle, and privileged to be elected as founder Chairman. When John’s job took us to Sheffield we both transferred into Sheffield Ladies Circle and Round Table, and I became Chairman again. On our return to Lichfield ten years later (John’s job move again), I was too old to return to Circle.

I was delighted when Ruth asked me to be an honorary member of Tangent during her year as Chairman and have enjoyed my role as Treasurer over the past two years.

I am looking forward to the year ahead and continuing the good relationship we have with both Lichfield Ladies Circle and Lichfield Tangles, especially as my younger daughter is a member of Lichfield Circle.

An enormous thanks to all the Executive Officers who volunteered to continue, or take on new roles. They have a wealth of experience to plan for a memorable year ahead.

I look forward to seeing you all at our meetings throughout the year.


Mary      April 7th 2019

Lichfield Tangent Website

You may be aware that we have been experiencing issues with the website since January. Since then a lot of work has been going on in the background and this is now almost complete. We have moved to a new Web Host and are running a commercial package including Security Certificates. The website address has changed to and most Browsers will now show a closed padlock which may be green indicating that the site is secure. The site should load a lot quicker too. DC & AK

Message from Chairman Roe – March 2019

A brief walk through Alrewas’ past

This March found 23 of us enjoying excellent food and company at The Old Vicarage followed by a very interesting and informative talk and slide show about Alrewas. Liz’s friend Lynne Ingram described Alrewas as the “perfect village” due to its location and amenities, then went on to tell us about some of its very interesting past. Kate Horton said that she had learned quite a lot of things about Alrewas that she was unaware of although she has lived there for more than 40 years.

I attended 41 Club Ladies night and thoroughly enjoyed the evening although was a little surprised at the low attendance. The low numbers have prompted 41 Club to reconsider the current format of Ladies night and we have been asked what our preferences would be. They have suggested changing to a mixed lunch or dinner with an entertaining speaker rather than a formal dinner dance. It all depends on what we ladies would like or prefer.

It was my sad duty to inform everyone that Mary Bailey died on Monday 25th February after suffering a long time with cancer. Mary’s funeral is on Wednesday 20th March, 11.30am at St Michael’s Church. As a number of the coffee club members intend to go to the funeral this month’s coffee meeting is cancelled.

My year has gone very quickly and our next meeting is the AGM. We all know what this means! Lichfield Tangent Club will be looking for ladies to fill the following posts:


Vice Chairman





Speaker Secretary

Coffee liaison


IPC and Raffle             Roe Andrew

None of these posts are difficult or onerous so please have a think about them, even as job share if you prefer.

The AGM is Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at The Old Vicarage, Branston. Please remember that our annual subscription is due to be paid in April, Mary will be advising us on how much we will need to pay at the AGM.

I look forward to seeing you there



Message from Chairman Roe – February 2019

Lichfield Tangent – February Meeting

Our February meeting was at Mabel’s Tea Rooms or “Mabelling” as it is known in our family.

Nineteen of us ventured out in the rain to Curborough to consume copious amounts of tea, sandwiches and cake. We were served in the traditional fashion with three tiered stands, tea in pots and china crockery. I am sure that Mabel’s thought that I must be undernourished, being gluten-free, as I was served double the quantity of food for a normal appetite. It didn’t go to waste – goody bags were taken home and much appreciated.

Brenda won the raffle – she was delighted and Pat Dimeloe was relieved, as she kept saying “if I win again, I shall ask them to draw another ticket”.

By the time you read this missive, Ladies Night will have been and gone. I am really looking forward to a brilliant evening out in my posh frock.

Another Tangent year draws to a close with only one more meeting before the AGM. Could I urge members to please think about taking a post on the executive committee, the jobs are not difficult and filling them all enables us to run smoothly as a club.

Our next meeting is Tuesday 4th March at the Old Vicarage. Pearl has circulated the details.