FIRST IN PERSON MEETING SINCE LOCKDOWN
Monday 20 September saw a good turn out for our first indoor meeting since March 2020. Thanks to Andrew for suggesting the venue and to Ben the manger, who, together with his friendly, efficient team made us feel really welcome. The private room next to the cafe at Fenton Town Hall suited our needs perfectly. Apart from a little over reverberant acoustic, which might be improved with some soft furnishing, it seems ideal for our monthly get-togethers. The food and drinks are reasonably priced…and it is in keeping with the aims of the group to engage with the wider community. Fenton Town Hall appears to attract social, creative and community groups like ours with the ballroom upstairs being the headquarters of Restoke.
SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Steve B invited Maurice for coffee at the New Vic on Maurice’s birthday…Nothing unusual in that…the two often meet up socially. However, instead of heading left to the cafe, Steve steered Maurice in the opposite direction. How the team of organisers managed to assemble such a large gathering of people …not just group members but individuals from Maurice’s other connections …without him knowing…remains a mystery. Regardless, it was a truly joyful celebration with huge balloons, creative cards, like the one pictured above, swirling candles and loads of delicious cake. Unforgettable!
British Ceramics Biennial 2021
The Goods Yard on Glebe Street Stoke was the venue for this year’s Festival because of structural problems with the old China Hall at Spode Works. Apart from parking issues, the site proved to be an excellent choice. It was wonderful to see the contributions from local, national and international artists. The OLGBT Group can take pride in their own exhibits in the Stoke Makes Plates section. Well done everyone who participated and a big thank you to Sarah our inspiring teacher and expert guide round the exhibition.
MONDAY EVENINGS ON ZOOM
Our hybrid mixture of in-person and online meetings seems set to last for the foreseeable future. It was interesting to observe that there were roughly the same numbers of people at both…but not exactly the same faces. Although there is a common core body of members, it is clear that some individuals have their preferences for one kind of meeting over the other. We should acknowledge and respect these choices…but also be alert to the way members may change their preferences in the future. The kinds of interactions possible on Zoom are very different from the multiple conversations that can take place simultaneously in real life. Thank you to all participants for making both of them work so well.
As you can see from the above certificate, the group is now affiliated with North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention