“Good friends, good times, good causes”.

Dereham & District Tangent members have been busy once more over the past few weeks.

For those reading this, and not aware of who we are, Dereham Tangent is just one Club of many Clubs, who belong to the National Association of Tangent Clubs. We are scattered far and wide, reaching up to Scotland, down to Cornwall and across the sea to Northern Ireland. Each Club organises its own programme; we try to vary ours as much as possible so there is something of interest for all members. Many of us were members of Ladies Circle before joining Tangent but we now have ‘open’ membership for any lady over 45 interested in joining us and through this we have gained 14 ladies who do not have that connection. We have two meetings a month – one evening meeting, one mid-month afternoon meeting.

Back in early September some of our members went on a ghost walk in Norwich. It was a great evening and much enjoyed by those who attended. For our cuppa and chat meeting in September, we went to Norski Noo’s in Dereham and in October we were joined by members of Norwich Tangent at Bawdeswell Garden Centre, where many of us wore something pink as it was breast cancer awareness month.

Also in October we played carpet bowls at Dereham Leisure Centre; their members had the patience of saints, as many of us had never played before – it was great fun. Member Jane Bizley, organised a coffee morning at her home in aid of Myeloma UK, which is this year’s National President’s chosen charity. The morning was well supported and raised £230.

In November we welcomed our National President, Shirley Chard, to our evening meeting, which was held at Dereham Football Club. During the meeting the National President Shirley inducted our newest member, Linda Tate. Shirley and her husband had lived in Dereham many years ago so this gave them an opportunity to reminisce.

Our mid-month meeting was a wreath-making class held in Barton Bendish. During the end of October and the start of November several of our members manned the Royal British Legion poppy stands at Tesco and Morrisons, something we have supported for many years, with our Club Secretary, Julie Rowlatt, representing us at the Remembrance Sunday parade. For our last meeting for 2023 we frequented The Railway Arms for this year’s Christmas meal, attended by 28 members. It was a lovely evening with great food and lots of chatter. Instead of Santa sack gifts we chose to donate to Dereham Foodbank and other local charities. Our first meeting in the New Year will be our programme meeting, where we pitch our ideas for the coming year. If your suggestion is chosen, then it’s up to you to organise it! Next year sees Dereham & District Tangent celebrating its 35th anniversary, an excellent reason for a special gathering.

As we are all members of the National Association of Tangent Clubs we also like to attend some National events. In October two of our members attended the South West Regional Lunch in Hampshire, attended by 140 ladies. The speaker was most entertaining! The following month five Dereham members attended the South East Regional Lunch in Hemel Hempstead, which was attended by over 200 Tangent members.

As part of her National role, Jane Bizley met up with Broadland Tangent for lunch at Wroxham Barns in October and recently enjoyed a Christmas meal with North Norfolk Tangent, many of whom she knew from living in North Norfolk for many years.

To find out more information about the National Association of Tangent Clubs go to www.tangent-clubs.org

All Clubs are different but have the common link of fun and friendship. As you can see, we have a varied programme, with many different ideas coming from our members over the year. We also support local charities when we can, such as Leeway & Dereham Foodbank.

If you would like to know more about Dereham Tangent please contact our Chairman, Yvonne Wilson on 07798 896469 or yvonnecwilson@outlook.com or Jane Bizley on 01362 693153 or janeebizley@hotmail.com 

Jane Bizley
Immediate Past Chairman
Dereham & District Tangent 791