We are a group of women who meet fortnightly on Wednesdays in Pakefield Church Hall, beginning at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated, and our aims are:
* Promoting friendship, support and social activities for women in the local community
* Raising funds for our three charitable causes for this year – Waveney Area Community Trust (Dial-a-Ride), East Anglia Air Ambulance and Cancer Research.
All women are welcome (whether or not you are a wife !) and visitors pay £2.00 on the door. Please contact our leader Marilyn Cheeseman for further information on Tel. 01502 528526 or just come along.
OUR LATEST NEWS….
CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) has been an important part of Pakefield/Lowestoft and Chris Comyn came to our meeting on the 20th February to tell members more of future plans for redevelopment which are already in hand. Sadly, The Grand Hotel is to make way for more laboratories, offices and car park, all of which are vital to provide protection for our fishing stocks and the environment. Scientists gather information and interpret the data for not only these important projects but also can measure tidal patterns in order to predict future weather. The report is then submitted to DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – a Government department) in order that, where necessary, legislation can be put in place to protect fishing stocks or whatever is necessary to protect the seas. Research is also being carried out to locate ships sunk in WW2 and now in danger of leaking oil. Chris is the Operations Manager of the Research Vessel Endeavour which is crewed by P&O staff with 17 scientists and laboratories on board, usually for about 30 days at a time, also reported by the BBC when their reporter was on board. CEFAS also assists other countries with water quality and their coastline.
Chris recalled sailing with Endeavour to London, mooring by HMS Belfast, to attend Heads of Government Meeting 2018 where government officials can be directly addressed and will be discussing the sustainability and protection of the world’s oceans. It’s a privilege to have such an important project in our town and Marilyn thanked Chris for his informative talk. Chris wanted the donation Marilyn was about to hand him to go to one of our local charities.
Martin Shultz came on the 6th March to talk – and sing – to members recalling “The Rat Pack”. At one time in the Met Police, he changed career to perform in West End shows. Members will be familiar with the names of the well-known members but, in fact, Martin explained, there were many famous members. When gathered one day, it was Laureen Bacall who remarked after a party that everyone looked like a rat pack and the name stuck. Probably the association with Frank Sinatra, who shared Nelson Riddle as their arranger, brought Mario Lanza into the Pack as a visitor. Martin gave a brief history of this mercurial tenor, discovered by Louis B Mayer, head of MGM studio. CUE: the song Lanza made his own – “Be My Love”.
Dean Martin – known as the King of Cool, had a long stage career with his partner Jerry Lewis. CUE : a song which captivates Dean’s laid-back style ”Memories are made of this”
Sammy Davies Jnr. – Mr Showbusiness – a man of many talents who had been performing from the age of three years.
Frank Sinatra – One of the greatest crooners of his time, he acted and directed many films, and was an ambassador for racial equality, having seen the abuse suffered by Sammy Davies. CUE:: “I did it My Way”! All these entertainers did not have the benefit of modern-day sound equipment and had to compete with big bands of the era.
Sinatra was a great fan of our own Matt Monroe whose life was cut short by liver cancer. CUE: well, so many to choose from – “Born Free”, “From Russia with Love” to name but a few but the one Martin closed with was the moving and poignant “Softly, as I Leave you”.
So ended a very entertaining and informative evening. Marilyn thanked Martin for recalling this musical era.
Dates for April : 3rd – make a greetings card. SATURDAY 6TH IS OUR SPRING COFFEE MORNING. PLEASE MAKE CAKES OR PROVIDE BRIC-A-BRAC, ETC OR JUST COME ALONG AND BRING A FRIEND TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR CHARITIES. 17th – Talk by Di Lammas.