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 read book reviews and try out our topical quiz.

See our Zoom Panto below!

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


David Mitchell – ‘Back Story’

This is not a novel, says Lesley Sanders

– If you were expecting David Mitchell the author of such books as Cloud Atlas, think again.  However this is David Mitchell, the comedian and he has written several books including ‘Dishonesty is the second Best Policy’ and ‘Thinking about it only makes it worse’.

‘Back Story’ rambles through David’s life experiences up to 2012, when he married Victoria Coren.  What he calls in the introduction “A misery memoir...a very personal journey, a manual for urban ramblers and a weight loss guide”.  He walks daily as a remedy for back pain and each chapter starts by describing the part of London where he is walking, and then digresses into memories of his life.

In the first chapter he begins the walk from his flat in Kilburn – “ ....and it’s on a Roman road.....  I get a sense that there is something genuinely ancient about Kilburn as a scuzzy little strip of development along the Roman road into London”.

His rambles include Primrose Hill, Regents Park, Fleet Street ending at the BBC with comments and thoughts on each place.  His memories ramble through his childhood, his school days, his time at Cambridge University and the friends (with familiar names) he made as a member of the Footlights drama group.  It is quite touching when he describes meeting and falling in love with Victoria, and then yearning after her for 3 years before they finally got together.

He describes auditioning for various TV projects – “the reality is that meeting new people and aimlessly chatting about ideas basically IS the TV industry”. While he says he still likes writing for sketch shows /sitcoms etc, he values his ‘panel show persona’, and all the opportunities for showing off on screen, in print and online that go with it.  That’s my idea of a personal nightmare scenario, but if like me, you find it entertaining to hear him digress into satirical rants on subjects that annoy or concern him, that is David Mitchell, and you will enjoy this book.

Here is a little quiz to take you down memory lane (depending on your age)

This year marks 50 years since Decimalisation,

Can you remember £sd? Or do you need to ask your mother?

What is the value of each of these in old money, and what is the total?

  1. One Knicker
  2. Half a knicker
  3. Centre of Head?
  4. Half a Crown
  5. Type of hair cut
  6. It’s a relief to spend one
  7. Kind of sleigh
  8. Leather worker
  9. Cost of one or two hot cross buns
  10. One of Tommy Steel’s shows
  11. Cost of Julie’s bird food
  12. Enclosure for stray dogs.
  13. Cost of a black stamp
  14. Old style bicycle
  15. Reigning Monarch
  16. A Guinea

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

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.