The Current Affairs Group 1 meets on the second Monday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m., usually in a private room in the Saracen’s Head in Balsall Common. (If this room is needed for a lunch booking, we have to re-arrange our venue, usually at a group member’s home, but this is likely to happen only rarely.)
At the previous month’s meeting, a ‘starter topic’ is chosen which we all look into before the meeting and discuss for the first half hour. Recent topics have included items as varied as ‘Mental Health and Young People’; ‘Loneliness: a new epidemic?’; ‘Fracking’; ‘The Catalan Referendum’; ‘Fat Cat Pay’ – and, of course, ‘Donald Trump’.
We then take turns to introduce an item of interest which has appeared in the media in the recent past. Items can be political or sociological, light-hearted or the results of recently-published research. Sometimes we discuss an item of local interest such as the Neighbourhood Development Plan and proposed new housing in Balsall Common and the surrounding district. We try to avoid ‘party politics’ but all views are valid and everyone has an opportunity to present his or her topic for consideration by the group.
We each pay for a cup of tea or coffee during the meeting and have also enjoyed a celebration lunch together before one of our meetings during the year.
If you would like further information, please contact Moya Melville on 01676 534938 or Pat Harper on 01675 443108.
Contact Co-ordinators or Moya Melville or Pat Harper