Arts and Leisure Activities

We were previously known as “Leisure Activities”.

Now our remit has now been broadened to include “the arts”, such as music, drama, art appreciation, museum and theatre trips.

On this page, you can see upcoming events

read book reviews and try out our topical quiz.

See our Zoom Panto below!



Where The Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens.

For years rumours of the “Marsh Girl”, have haunted a quiet town on the North Carolina coast.

So, late in 1969 when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect the so-called “Marsh Girl”.  But she is not what she seems.

This book centres around Katherine Danielle Clark known as Kya, a wild and unkempt girl known as the “Marsh Girl”.

The book follows her life by being abandoned by first her mother, then her siblings and finally her father, leaving her to survive on her own.

Before leaving, in one of his sober moments her father teaches her to fish and gives her his knapsack to hold her collection of shells and feathers.  Unable to read or write and being laughed at on the only day she attended school, Kya records her collection using her mother’s old set of watercolour paints.

Kya makes friends with Jumpin, a black man who runs a trading station and trades fish for food and supplies.  Jumpin and his wife source clothes and other items for her.

Her friendships include Tate Walker who leaves her to go to university but later returns, and the handsome Chase Andrews, the popular quarterback and womanizer, when he is found murdered Kya is accused and arrested.

This book has something for everyone, nature, art, relationships, survival, a courtroom drama and a murder mystery.

A cracking read! says Sandra Barker, of the Arts & Leisure Committee

As it is summer and the gardens are blooming here is a Flower quiz for you to try:

The answers are all flowers.
  1. Hurry up, pussy’s in it
  2. Smart fellow with a majestic animal
  3. Father’s advice to daughter.
  4. Lady on a bicycle made for two
  5. Boy with an old fashioned pen
  6. Great city’s self esteem
  7. Necessary for a kiss
  8. Lucky Scottish lady
  9. Birds and a happy cat
  10. Pleasant veg found in a whistle
  11. Got up
  12. A cold fall
  13. Darling Bill
  14. Two girls
  15. Remember me
  16. Adam’s bloomer
  17. Best Policy
  18. Source of light and bread
  19. Drinking vessel for spreading on bread

Plenty of time to figure it out – watch this space for the answers in August.

Money Quiz answers from May
  • Reminder   12d = 1/-  (12 old pence = one shilling)
  • 20/- = £1 (20shillings = one pound)
  • £sd Answers
  1. A Knicker = £1
  2. Half a knicker. -  = 10/-
  3. Centre of Head?  -=crown = 5/-
  4. Half a crown                 = 2/6d
  5. Type of hair cut.  = bob =  1/
  6. Its a relief to spend one.= Penny = 1d
  7. Kind of sleigh –  Bob = 1/-
  8. Leather worker. Tanner = 6d
  9. Cost of one or two hot cross buns.  =1d
  10. One of Tommy Steel’s shows = half a sixpence = 3d
  11. Cost of Julie’s bird food = twopence a bag = 2d
  12. Enclosure for stray dogs. = Pound = £1
  13. Cost of a black stamp = 1d
  14. Old style bicycle.= Penny farthing = 1¼d
  15. Reigning Monarch = Sovereign =  £1
  16. A guinea =     £1/1/-
  17. Total = £5/1/9¼d

Spring Book Review & Quiz

We are going on holiday!

Click on the link, to download full details and the application form

Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Monday 6th- Wednesday 8thDecember 2021
Holiday in Harrogate, Wednesday 20th– Sunday 24thApril 2022


Outdoor Bowls Tournament

Thursday 12th August 2021

Download full details and the application form here

We continue to organise demonstrations, lectures, instruction and competitions in leisure and sporting activities

Among the regular events which take place are 10-pin bowling and darts tournaments. 

The Bridge Club meets on Wednesday mornings in The House and holds bridge lunches twice a year.


The Mah Jong Club also meets fortnightly in The House.

There are taster days for activities that members have expressed an interest in

Oh Yes, We Did!


Are we safe, is this contagious, will we go viral, will it happen again?  

Last night we were made aware that a number of females from a supposedly “in”/”un” - secure facility, attempted and then succeeded for almost half an hour, to take over the airwaves.

They called it a “panto”!  At this time of year?  Or was this an evil viral or even binary code word for something else?  No men were seen during the entire half hour and there has been some concern expressed for their well being, safety and sensitivity in being elsewhere.  Unfortunately, most of these women (for that is what they appeared to be!) were in heavy disguise and it was difficult to discover any identities of the miscreants.

Another seemed completely caught up with the subject of gold and the banking of bags.

She revealed that she was wearing a very expensive and therefore very small hat – had she purchased it with some of this coinage?

One of their number, dressed in silver and waving a star, sang a lot.


The “small p” police are now searching for the above silver-clad one, as well as one with pink hair and large glasses, who had paid unfortunate homage to an Australian Dame of some previous vintage.

Another wore a red hood and yet another had snow white hair and a penchant for ribbons.

They were accompanied by still more strange characters wearing flowers and disguises.  All of them were constantly interrupted by a final character wearing a black silk hat with antlers or such like sticking out of the sides.

Some signage was also displayed whether to attract help or to give a warning was not made clear.

Any person with information about this “virtual” takeover should keep it to themselves and hopefully not have sleepless nights.  There will be no reward except the knowledge that viewers participated in something that will probably not/possibly happen ever again???


It is to be hoped that normality will return in the next three to four months, we will be back on an A road with hopefully, either a satnav. that works, or a foldable map that isn’t upside-down, and that all will be once again ... ... NORMAL FOR NORFOLK!

By “A.N.onymous”

The committee will continue to strive to generate new and exciting opportunities for fellow members.

As well as arranging outings to places of interest, the Sub-Committee also organises the annual Federation holidays.

We encourage members throughout the Federation to submit new ideas and requests to us through the Federation Office, so we can add new pursuits as well as old favourites to the calendar.