Basingstoke Civil Service Retirement Fellowship 11/23

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There were 46 members and 1 visitor at the meeting held on 4th October who after the usual tea, coffee and biscuits, were welcomed by the Chairman, David Cowling. He then gave apologies and congratulated those with birthdays this month before handing over to the Secretary, Tony Brazier, who detailed the arrangements for the Mystery Trip on 19th October and the Christmas Lunch on 14th December. He also asked everyone to collect a copy of the programme of speakers and trips for 2024 which was now available. Welfare Officer, Christine Broadbent had nothing new to report and was still in contact with those members who needed any assistance.

Travels in Tanzania

Glorious Sunset in TanzaniaOur speaker this month was Richard Court whose talk was titled ‘Travels in Tanzania’ and he started by stating that his interest in the country started while working there 15 years ago and was further enhance when his son undertook a climb up Kilimanjaro some years later.

He then gave us some facts and figures about the country and its geography where the main industries are mining and tourism. He followed this, with the aid of photographs and videos, by detailing his trips there. The main impression given was one of vastness, beautiful scenery, poverty and the friendliness of the people. Along with this was the abundant wildlife and sometimes close encounters with Lioness at restlions, leopards and elephants. He is planning another visit there early next year when he hopes to see more of the country and what it has to offer as well as further engaging with some of the locals.

Next Meetings

Our November talk is by Di Lewis from Citizens Advice and in December we have our usual Christmas festivities and buffet.


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 – csrfbasingstoke@gmail.com.

— David Cowling

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