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News of this year's Annual General Meeting

Laura's Bio:
Laura Grevel has performed her work from the wilds of Texas to Austria to Switzerland to the wooly East Midlands.  A perfomer and writer of fiction, blogs and essays, she got back into spoken word accidentally at Nottingham Poetry Festival 2018. Poems have been sprouting ever since. Now a member of Nottinham's DIY Poets and a participant in Big White Shed events, she grows performance pieces that are an eclectic tribe - from enthralling prose poems to quiet moments to dynamic character sketches to rythmic stompers. Her written work has been published in U.S. anthologies and newspapers and the DIY Poets' Zine.

Latest news on Laura's activities

Laura is aiming to make an appearance at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. To see the video that Laura has submitted to back up her application, click here. It's called "Water those Women".

To get details of any events email: or phone Alan 01530 222500 or check our Facebook page

Food news: following the first ever (and very popular) raclette evening,members have borrowed our grill to have their own raclette evening at home.  

We've now bought a second grill, so that's even easier to arrange. 

Just contact Phil or Penny and we'll sort out collection.

The grill includes a kit with everything you need for up to eight people. You supply the people - and the cheese, of course. A small donation to the Association is all we ask for in return. Try it out!

Past Newsletters

“Grey and sad” – this was how one member of the party described her preconceived idea of Liverpool. By the end of the weekend, she and everyone else had a new picture of this exciting city.
52 people from the Shepshed and Domont areas spent a long weekend in Liverpool. This was a chance to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.
We did a tour of the sights of the city, with a brilliant bilingual guide Julie, taking in the shopping centre Liverpool One, the art galleries, Chinatown, the Ropewalks district, the site of the Cavern Club, and (of course) Penny Lane, finishing up with visits to the two cathedrals. Later we visited the Beatles Story, an exhibition of the Beatles’ music and lives.

That evening we had an excellent dinner at a restaurant on the waterfront.
The next day we went on the Mersey, with views of the magnificent waterfront and the Liver building, and also of the Birkenhead side. We visited the museum of Liverpool, and the slavery exhibition – an eye-opener for all of us.

Dinner on the Saturday was at the Philharmonic dining rooms, one of the architectural gems of Liverpool, famous for its ornate urinals (as well as for the quality of its fish and chips). The evening finished with a sing-song – Beatles numbers, and some folk songs.
The last morning found us in Port Sunlight, a model village just outside the city, built by the Lever brothers for workers at their soap factory. It has hundreds of listed buildings, including an art gallery with a collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings.

The visit ended with the English party returning to Leicestershire, and the French to John Lennon airport, all looking forward to meeting again next year.

A few photos by Christine Marchand - more to come
Albert Dock
Meal at Albert Dock restaurant
Clockwise from top left: view of Albert Dock, Outside the Cavern Club, Port Sunlight Village, Eating at a restaurant at Albert Dock