This meeting was to be the creative thoughts from the outing to Dudley Castle and Zoo a few weeks ago. You couldn’t have easily predicted the diversity of those thoughts, unless you knew the members who shared them as well as we do.
It was the general consensus that it was a great day out, not wholly because of the venue which raised many issues for people, but imaginations were stirred and the wide variety of ideas and thoughts were as follows:
- Val in absentia, shared a well-researched and comprehensive story of the involvement of the residents of Dudley Castle and the connections to Sutton Coldfield near where the group meets of course. The intricacies and double dealings of the monarchy and church were beautifully woven into the tale of one man’s ordinary life.
- Elizabeth gave a full and factual account of the day in an article style that could grace any magazine or paper, well done.
- Mike wove his interest of all things in the mind, around the historic ruins of the castle to intrigue us and stimulate the brain, all really fascinating stuff.
- Ann also write in a reporting style but included many historical, ghostly and zoological asides which brought the day alive in listeners minds.
- Irene, who was unable to join in the expedition, never-the-less recounted a visit purely from her imagination and fifty-year-old memories. It was amazingly accurate and the inclusion of those that did go, made it almost as if she had been spying on us.
- Nori had constructed a more fantastical, or was it a more realistic view of the surrounding and venue’s management. I considered piece which had as many questions as answers; a good sign in a written piece.
- Jude enthralled us with a skilful poem on the sadness of animal collections which had, within its rhythm and metre, much to make you think of the absurdity of such things.
- David recounted his view of the day with snippets of the good the bad and the unfortunately ugly which had caught his eye around the hilly estate. Read Here
All the articles stimulated great discussion on both the subject matter and questions raised. Wonderful as ever!
Next Meeting 7 August as this is a five Tuesday month remember!