Category Archives: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Report – 6 November 2017

  1. Apologies for absence were received from seven members. Two members have resigned.
  2. Update on our request for a speaker from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. We have completed their booking form, and have suggested dates of either 4th June 2018 or 2nd July 2018. More news next time.
  3. We talked about other options for meetings, including Medical Detection Dogs , a visit from the Fire Prevention Service, a discussion on recycling. More of these in the New Year.

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Current Affairs Report October 2017

11 members attended and two apologies were received.

The focus of today’s meeting was ‘Myself when Young’, our first careers. A great deal of fun and enthusiasm, and we learned a lot about each other. Some of us would follow the same career path again, even though the qualifications needed would probably have changed. Others among us would try another career, or develop one followed in later life.  We heard about life in a path lab, in a library, in a bank, in a Special Needs school, in the Bank of England, in a Planning Department, in the secretarial department of an Iron Works, in Africa, in The Print, in Interior Design, in the WRAF, and lots of other fascinating bye ways and opportunities. We heard about bans on married women being employed, on married women being debarred from working in the same office as their husbands, but also examples of equal pay as the norm – a battle still being fought today. Continue reading Current Affairs Report October 2017

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Report Current Affairs – September 2017

Two apologies were received and one member from the waiting list attended. Nine full members attended.

  • We have cancelled our visit to the Crown Court. When the new Court is ready, we may be able to visit that venue.
  • Today we had a visit from David Jones, Head of Community Focus for BCC and responsible for the Bucks County Library service. He gave us a first-class account of both his history as a librarian, and the present structure of the Bucks Library Service. It is plain that the financial situation both locally and nationally have placed many challenges before the library service. It is equally plain that David Jones and his staff have been creative in facing the challenges. Much remains to be done, but the County Library service is now flourishing, with each individual library having found a model which suits their local needs. We were immensely grateful to David for sparing time to talk to us, in such a positive and humorous way.
  • Next meeting: On 2nd October. We are juggling with possible topics, so will provide details later. The possibilities are that there will be an open meeting on ‘Our previous selves’, so that we each give an account of our early days in our chosen career.

At a future meeting we are to have a visit from a County Councillor, who came to talk to us a while ago, but this will have to be confirmed once his availability is known.

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Current Affairs report – 7 August 2017

Eight members attended, and apologies were received from four others. Two members from the waiting list were welcomed.

Details of the September meeting: on 4th September, David Jones, Head of Library Services for Bucks, will come to talk to us about the service.

We discussed whether it was feasible to go ahead with our planned visit to the Aylesbury Crown Court in November, in view of the access problems of the building. The consensus was that it was preferable to cancel this event but explore a visit to the new Crown Court when it opened in 2018. Access issues, we are told, will be resolved. We will pursue this and report back. Continue reading Current Affairs report – 7 August 2017

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Current Affairs Report – June 2017

Apologies for absence were received from four members, and two members from the waiting list attended.

We discussed possible outings or subjects for our next meetings. Several subjects are in the pipeline, including the visit to Aylesbury Crown Court, and a possible speaker from Bucks County Council.  There is also a possibility that Brenda will present an item on food recycling.  More on these topics next month. Continue reading Current Affairs Report – June 2017

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Current Affairs – April 2017

 

Three members sent apologies, and two members from the waiting list attended.

We had a discussion about our proposed visit to the Supreme Court. Decision was made that, in view of the travel difficulties, we would explore the possibility of a visit to the Aylesbury Crown Court.

Brenda gave a presentation on plastic waste, and especially on plastic bottles on the sea bed.  We were surprised to learn that the largest firms were not required to recycle their waste. Continue reading Current Affairs – April 2017

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Current Affairs – November 2016

11 members attended, and apologies were received from 4 members.

  1. We welcomed two new members, Anne Artus and Valaine Bell.
  2. Today there were several lively discussions. First we talked about Theresa May’s proposal to allow the return of Grammar Schools. Divided opinions, not surprising for such a contentious issue, though we saw the wisdom of providing young people with an education as far as ability will take them. Then on to talk about an MP’s decision to resign due to his fundamental disagreement with aspects of his party’s policy. Finally talk of the triple lock on pensions – is this too generous to pensioners?

The next meeting will be on 5th December at 2.30.

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Current Affairs – October 2016

11 members attended, and apologies were received from 4 members.

We welcomed two new members, Anne Artus and Valaine Bell.

Today there were several lively discussions. First we talked about Theresa May’s proposal to allow the return of Grammar Schools. Divided opinions, not surprising for such a contentious issue, though we saw the wisdom of providing young people with an education as far as ability will take them.

Then on to talk about an MP’s decision to resign due to his fundamental disagreement with aspects of his party’s policy.

Finally talk of the triple lock on pensions – is this too generous to pensioners?

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Current Affairs – 3rd October 2016

This was our first meeting in our new venue, the Committee Room in the Community Centre, and we were pleased with the room and its facilities.

Seven members attended, and apologies were received from six members. Some of us had seen Jean being interviewed on TV about David Bowie from the viewpoint of the more mature resident. We were all lost in admiration at Jean’s ability to speak off the cuff about one of our local celebrities. Continue reading Current Affairs – 3rd October 2016

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