Yesterday, June 7th, we had our third outdoor meeting in Alexandra Park, having skipped the previous (Bank Holiday) Monday. Unlike our last meeting, the weather was so gorgeous that we eschewed the bandstand, our usual venue, and gathered together comfortably on the grass under the shade of a huge oak tree. My only regret was that the necessity of afternoon meetings at the moment precludes so many of our members from joining us.
But we were still a motley and enthusiastic crew for both meetings, undaunted by weather, traffic noises and passing public (that’s the peoples and the pups!). Happily, Alvin has solved the problem of noises off by lugging along a mic, so very many thanks to him for that.
Last week’s theme was A month of Sundays and this week’s was The Stain. Of course not everyone chose to do the themes, but as always I am bowled over by the diversity of interpretations from those that do
Both afternoon readings encompassed the usual miscellany. There was a delightful reworking of the Mr Men book, a humorous look at neighbourly (?!) relationships, and an extremely touching piece on teenage embarrassment and friendship, as well as a very creepy story. To mention just a few among many others. And I do seem to remember something about someone’s favourite vicar, amid other gems, from the previous week. And several extraordinary and beautiful poems. Love, laughter, thrills and spills, a typical Shorelink potpourri of excellence.
One member came perilously near to transgressing our no politics rule with his passionate condemnation of what he felt was the selfishness of those who refused the vaccine, but judging by the reaction of the group I think we were possibly 100 percent in agreement with him anyway. As only three of the 126 people currently hospitalised with the Covid Indian variant have had both jabs, it felt like a bit of a no-brainer.
So, next week we meet in the park again, 3pm on or near the bandstand. And the theme was suggested by Sian, and is Dire Consequences.
And here’s hoping that normality is just around the corner. Sally