Visit to Oakham Treasures This was yet another excellent Y’s Men’s outing organised by Mr Bendrey. For the editor and his party though it didn’t start off too well. We arrived an hour before we were due as I, the Editor, didn’t bother to check times shown in the Youngster and then having expected heavy traffic that would delay us, found the roads largely empty. For a while we worried that we had come on the wrong day. We started the visit with a meal.. It was just too good to be true. It didn’t cost very much. It was very, very tasty but it was just too big for our elderly stomachs. In the end we all had to eat and eat until our plates were cleared. Nobody needed to play the Oliver Twist role that day. Maybe as it was a museum and we were surrounded by artefacts we grew up with we all felt that we were children again and had to eat up all we had been given because there were lots of poor children in Africa who were going hungry and would love to have what we were offered. There are six halls at Oakham packed with ‘Oh yes, I remember it well’ exhibits. We couldn’t possibly see everything but we spent a long time trying not to miss the many items of interest. Much of it had been bought by the owner, Keith Sherrell. Some rooms contained collections of bizarre objects like tractor seats, Bells whisky bottles or rusty spanners which were donated (?) by their original owners. Some of it was individual items offered by people who had previously visited Oakham Treasures and thought the museum might like something that they owned. It seemed as if shops, with their shop fittings, had been transferred in their entirety to the museum. There was an old post office to bring back memories, tractor after tractor, packets of everything that we used to buy to eat or keep ourselves clean. Alan fancied the haberdashery shop imagining that it was Olya behind the sewing machine, Mike made a bee line for the writing implements to reinforce his title of ‘ink monitor’. Many of our visits organised by Mike would be enjoyable just for the company you share; this one was excellent for this and the fascination of the museum. Thank you Mike - yet again. And thank you Alan for all the pictures on the next page taken during the visit. Graham See the Picture Gallery page for pictures
Christmas Tree Sales - 2018 December 1st was a cold and wet occasion to accept delivery of our trees for sale in the Barn car park but four of us were there at 07.00 to receive 50 trees. We had advertised with large posters on the approach roads and put our event on Facebook. We sold from 08.00 until 15.00. We find that most of our customers are repeat visitors; some of them saying they have supported us since we started selling at the Barn in 1993 when we first moved our meetings there. Our efforts will result in a profit for our charity funds of about £230. Christmas tree selling is very competitive now with trees on sale at supermarkets, petrol stations and even our local pub car park.
By way of contrast I give below an extract from the Youngster Jan 1968 - 50 years ago. Well we nearly made it…As you all know, we stuck our necks out this year, to the extent of ordering another 250 Christmas Trees and due to our efforts at three sales points and two touring lorries we succeeded in selling all but 40 of the 1,000 trees. The bill is not yet available, but we should have made a profit of about £130. A Board meeting to be held soon will consider our financial position and make suggestion about where the profits might be allocated. Alan
Zwolle This is a name you will hear more of. Zwolle is a city of about 125,000, an hour by car or train east of Amsterdam. The reason you will hear more is because a group with links to the local YMCA wish to start a Y Service Club. Martin Vosjan came to the Regional Conference in Bristol last year and has been in regular contact with Lothar Riebling of Hamburg. They currently have seven people signed up and are ready to request Chartering as The Y Service Club of Zwolle. Part of the process of chartering a new club is that they must be given an orientation session to make sure they are aware of the objectives, background, procedures and responsibilities of being a YMI club. Lothar and I went to Zwolle last weekend and met six of the seven prospective members. We were welcomed and taken to the City Hall where we spent several hours giving information and answering questions. It is clear they are very keen to become a new club and say they will work quickly to increase membership. It is hoped that chartering will take place in March or April and when a date is fixed I would like to think some of our members could attend. Zwolle is a beautiful city with a great Saturday market, some lovely canals and many historical buildings. Alan
Peter Pan On Friday 4th January a quite large group of us went to the Bath Pantomime to see Peter Pan. It was quite an early start so Bob Gray was able to book us in for a meal at the Crown in Kelston. The Panto was excellent, enjoyed by all I think. A number of us ate at the pub afterwards, Bob, Jerry, Sam, Sandy, Anne, Mike and Irene Bendrey, Kath and I. Bill and Chris Bailey stopped in for a drink. A bonus for those of us eating fish and chips was a free drink which made the meal really quite cheap. A lot of banter at the pub rounded off the evening in a very pleasant manner. Many Thanks to Bob for yet again organising the whole evening for us. Mike McBraida