Current Affairs 1
Coordinator Moya Melville
Following the relaxation of Covid restrictions in July 2021, the Current Affairs Group 1 has re-commenced meeting in person on the second Monday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. in the private room in the Saracen’s Head in Balsall Common. (If this is not possible, we re-arrange our venue to a group member’s home, but this happens rarely.) At the previous month’s meeting, a ‘starter topic’ is chosen which we all investigate beforehand and then discuss during the first part of the meeting. Topics this year have included ‘Independent Scotland: a good or a bad thing?’, ‘Should we have vaccine passports?’ and ‘Are GCSE and A Level public examinations still fit for purpose?’ We then take turns to introduce an item of interest which has appeared recently in the media. It can be political or sociological, light-hearted or the results of new research. Sometimes we discuss something of local interest such as the impact of High Speed 2 on Balsall Common or the proposed development of the village and surrounding district. We try to avoid ‘party politics’ but all views are valid and everyone has an opportunity to present his or her topic for consideration by the group. Chairing the meeting is shared amongst members: each member runs one meeting per year (always in an informal way) as there are usually twelve members. If you are interested in joining the group and would like further information, you are invited to email the Group Co-ordinator (click on the link above). Your name will be placed on a waiting list if there are no current vacancies. When we meet at The Saracen’s Head, we each pay for a cup of tea or coffee during the meeting and also enjoy a celebration lunch together before one of our meetings during the year.
If you would like any further information, please contact the Group Co-ordinator Moya Melville