Monthly Archives: May 2020

May meeting – Tai Chi – Martin Gatter

Martin Gatter is a senior, international Tai Chi and Kung Fu instructor who would normally be running a range of classes in various locations including Horn Park Club in Eltham Road.  He is also a practitioner at the Complementary Health Centre in Manor Lane.
On Thursday 21st May, Martin gave us an introduction via Zoom to Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art, practised for its defence training, its health benefits and for meditation.
He covered:
neigong – feeling and controlling the body and understanding how that affects the mind;
qigong – energy circulation; and
tai chi – the beginner’s form (4 basic moves).
He also talked about the dynamic relationship between Yin (soft, restive, receptive) and Yang (strong, ambitious, dominant).
Martin spoke to us in a calm and soothing way as he taught us the moves and explained their significance.  He encouraged us to move in a gentle, floating way and the whole session was extremely relaxing.
We loved the story of one famous Tai Chi master who had acquired such a high degree of resilience in his body, that a small bird, resting in his palm, was unable to take off because of the complete lack of resistance in his hand.
By a stroke of luck, Martin has beginner Tai Chi classes starting this week.  They will be on Sunday mornings 9am to 10am. Sunday 24th and 31st May are free trial sessions. It’s £25 per person per month thereafter. If anyone is interested, could they send their email address to Martin at or text him on 07795 103336 and he will forward a Zoom invitation.


This is Billy Bragg’s tribute to the hard work of his local WI during the current crisis. Usually we would sing Jerusalem (with a nip of sherry) to celebrate our AGM at our May meeting. Our AGM has been cancelled until further notice but our meeting is next week. Details of meeting to come via… Continue reading

April meeting – When the Germans Came – Duncan Barrett

Over 40 of us logged in on Thursday 30th April for our first Zoom speaker meeting, and it was fabulous to see so many familiar faces. Well done everyone for mastering Zoom.He says he has copies of the new book plus all his previous ones if people would like them. Duncan Barrett talked to us… Continue reading

Friday night is Quiz night – Pick the Lockdown

Very many thanks to Quiz master Graham Hooper (right) for keeping us entertained last Friday evening with his ‘Pick the Lockdown’ quiz on Zoom. The six rounds were as usual cryptically themed with a common link to the seemingly random questions. Congratulations to the winners, ‘Stalag39’ followed by ‘Don’t Leave the Capitol’ and ‘Scandilicious’ in… Continue reading

Fundraising for AFRIL food bank

As the food bank is not able to operate as normal given current circumstances, we have contacted the team to ask how we can help. They have suggested making a financial donation, which we hope you will agree is a good way to continue to support this very worthy local cause, particularly in these difficult times… Continue reading