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Trips for 2018

Three social outings have now been announced for 2018. The full details and arrangements for booking can be found under the 2018 Events web page. Please clink this link: 2018 Events.  In brief there is a spring trip on 3rd May to Liverpool with an art and history theme (£22); a summer trip on 2nd August to Derbyshire to a stately home and gardens (£25); and an autumn weekend away 6/7th October in Leicester and its surrounds under the title:  “King Richard III Pork Pie and a Beer”.

Latest Book Club News (2018)

Book Club 1 were recently invited back to participate in another Radio 4 James Naughtie Bookclub programme (see photo),  talking to the author Andrew Hurley about his Costa Award novel “The Loney”. The programme was recorded at Liverpool University, and went on air on Sunday 4th November at 4pm (Radio 4, Bookclub).

Pictures of our 30 year celebrations in October 2016 are now under memories:

New groups:

Family History Group: This new group will meet at Eccles Library, the second Wednesday of each month from 10.15 – 12.15.  The first meeting is on 10thOctober 2018.  If you are interested in joining this group please contact Frances Healey (group convenor) – 0161 790 7287, or Sylvia Young (group leader) – 0161 790 9594. See web page Family History

Yoga Group: This new group will  start on Friday 26th February 2018 and will meet alternative Fridays from 1-3pm at Eccles library.  Those interested should contact the convenor, Ann Jackson on 01942 201125. see:

Handicraft Group: This group has now started and meets 10.00-12.00h on the second Thursday of each month at St Paul’s, Walkden.  Those interested should contact the convenor, Sylvia Young on 0161 790 9594, email:

Luncheon Group: This group started on 27th April and will continue on the fourth Thursday in the month at various restaurants/pubs in the area.  Those interested should contact the convenor, Judith Gibson on 0161 788 9173, email:

Art Appreciation Group: This new group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, meeting at various venues at times that may vary according to venue; details are now on our website. Those interested should contact the convenor, Beverley Robinson on 0161 691 0963, email:

History of Medicine: Sadly, this group has now finished.

General Notices

The latest letter from the Chairman to all members can be accessed via the link below. It gives notice of the AGM on Friday 19th January 2018.

Chairman’s letter December 2017

Friday Social meetings

These are now held at Eccles Town Hall, opposite the Gateway centre. A regular ‘Bring and Buy’ book fair is planned.   For the full programme with speakers etc please look under 2017 events

Backgammon Social Group: This group meets every other Thursday at Eccles Gateway. New members are welcome. The convenor is John Lambert tel: 0161 281 9265 – email: . Details are displayed on their web page.

Computer Group: This is another new group and is convened by Steve Webb, who can be contacted on  It is anticipated that a new session will be started again in 2018.

Quilting Group 2: With increasing interest and numbers a new quilting group has also started, however there may now be a waiting list for this too. Details can be found on the quilting web page.

Birdwatching Group: If you are interested in birds, why not join this group? More members would be very welcome.