Gloucestershire Echo - - NOSTALGIA - An­drea John­son

The speak­ers avail­able through the WI cov­ers a di­verse range of top­ics.

At our July meet­ing we had an in­for­ma­tive talk by author Glenn Slater. Hav­ing been a Char­tered Sur­veyor for many years he writes crime thriller ad­ven­ture sto­ries us­ing the pseu­do­nym Si­mon Fair­fax.

He re­galed us with a colour­ful ac­count of his research.

This in­cluded vis­it­ing the places he writes about; fir­ing the weapons and re­hears­ing the fight se­quences, to en­sure that his nov­els are plau­si­ble.

We’re not sure that many of us will be fol­low­ing in his foot­steps but it was an en­joy­able meet­ing and made us aware of the metic­u­lous plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion re­quired to pro­duce a book wor­thy of pub­li­ca­tion.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a group walk around Birdlip on one of the hottest days of the year.

For­tu­nately, most of the walk was in the par­tial shade of trees.

Films viewed by the cin­ema group in­cluded Yes­ter­day and Some­times Al­ways Never.

In Septem­ber our group will be trav­el­ling on the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire (Steam & Diesel) Rail­way from Chel­tenham Race­course to Broad­way.

Next meet­ing is onwed­nes­day, Septem­ber 4.

Ap­prox­i­mate time 10.30am Chel­tenham Race Course Sta­tion. (Ex­act de­tails to be con­firmed nearer the date)

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