A photograph of our unsung hero Maria Barnett, who is not only married to our “gaffer” Alan (enough excitement for anyone) but has had a few up and downs this year – notably down when their crazy dog Harry pulled Maria off her feet and smack onto the tarmac. Ouch! was not the word. Well it wouldn’t have been my word anyway! Despite very nasty bruising and a broken nose, Maria painstaking typed out each and every poem that made up the City Voices anthology “Connections” for sending on to the printers. Some of the submissions were hand-written, spell-check was erratic, and altogether it was a big ask for anyone. Alan himself was not very well for a few weeks, so Maria was also nursing her husband and to top the lot they had builders in! The very least we could do was to send Maria this lovely bouquet of winter flowers. Maria says she was “gob-smacked” when the flowers arrived and sends this thank you
Thank you all so much for the surprise gift that I received this morning, it was totally unexpected and it was a lovely gesture from you all, thank you once again. A very merry Christmas and New Year to you all and have a great 2017. Love Maria xx
The group ended the year on a high note with a celebration meal at the Victoria Lounge in Hanley. Our guest was Jayne Birch, who kindly judges our quarterly poetry and short story competitions. A very few of the group could not make it – all for very good reasons, but we missed you – so I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. The 2017 meeting dates are now on the web-site and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.