Today’s blog post is brought to us by CWC Treasurer, Elizabeth Ducie, who has a bit of a confession to make.
“Last September, Sharon Cook and I made a song and dance about CWC being ten years old! We ordered a birthday cake, opened a couple of bottles of fizz, and turned our monthly meeting into a bit of a party. It happened to be my birthday too, so I particularly enjoyed the celebrations.
A couple of weeks later, I sat down to write a brief history of the group for this blog. I pulled out all my old files and started reading through my notes about writing short stories from a shared opening line; writing as journalists; writing poetry and so on. And that’s when I spotted it: September 2009; October 2009; November…you get the picture!
We’d got our years mixed up! Last year we began our tenth year; this month we complete it: so we really are ten years old now!
And in that time, we’ve kept our membership numbers fairly constant at 18-22; we regularly get 15+ members to our monthly workshops. We’ve lost old friends and made new ones. We’ve had three Chairs; several Vice-Chairs; two Secretaries and two Treasurers. We’ve set up our own website and grappled successfully with the intricacies of GDPR.
We have launched two group anthologies plus a number of internal publications; taken part in Joint Arts projects with Photographers and Artists; and have seen multiple book launches from our members. We have run nine well-attended Literary Festivals.
We’ve moved home three times; and changed our day/time once. We’ve travelled around the County on various days out; taken over Harvey’s or Pottery Court Cafe on occasion for post-meeting lunches; and shared pre-Christmas lunch in several members’ houses.
Next month, I’m stepping down from the Committee after ten years. But I’m looking forward to many more years as a member and know it’s going to continue being a fun part of each month.
Happy Birthday, Chudleigh Writers’ Circle; and many more to come!”