Basingstoke Civil Service Retirement Fellowship 09/22

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There were 44 members at the meeting held on Wednesday 3rd August who after the usual registration and refreshments were welcomed by the Chairman, David Cowling. He congratulated those with birthdays this month especially those with significant ones and then gave details of the forthcoming trips and events planned for the coming months. Following this The Welfare Officer, Christine Broadbent, gave us updated information on the progress of those members who had not been well.

Keep Your Hair On

Rainbow HairUnfortunately, our planned speaker for this month was unable to attend but fortunately Alan Jones offered to come and he gave us a talk titled “Keep Your Hair On!”. He gave a fascinating insight into something which we all take for granted but is at the centre of a multi-million pound business – HAIR. There are in general between 90,000 and 150,00 hairs on the head depending on hair colour and age The hair itself is dead, it is the follicle that is alive and grows for about 6 years before resting for 2 more. It is one of the most visible parts of the body and Alan pointed out that how it is worn, shown or hidden can either represent our personality or be a religious requirement. It also has many uses especially as it is very rich in nitrogen. It can also, of course, be used in the manufacture of wigs which have had many forms throughout the ages. He ended by displaying some of these which nowadays are mainly made in China and sometimes made from synthetic fibres.


Green BusesThe group’s next outing will be on Thursday 15th September with a visit to the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre and then on Thursday 13th October there is a “Do as please Day” to Brighton with time to visit some of the local attractions followed on Thursday 17th November with a trip to the Country Market, Bordon for your pre-Christmas shopping.

Anyone is welcome to come on any of these trips and if you would like join us please let us know.

Next Meetings

The next meeting is on 7th September with Alan Copland giving us “Tales of the Unexpected” and then on 5th October Alan Jones is giving us a presentation on Body Language.

The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon and all retired Civil Servants, their relatives and friends are welcome.  Further details about the group and information about our trips can be obtained by contacting –

— David Cowling

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