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News of AOUG in the South West (03)

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Exeter Group

The weather was poor for our trip to Powderham Castle at the end of June and the roses in the Rose Garden had taken a battering from the recent inclement weather, so we didn't explore the grounds and see all that is said to be there.  But we did a guided tour of the castle itself, in which the current Earl of Devon and his wife still live.  It is a fascinating place with a vast and chequered history - the historical details of which poured forth from our brilliant guide without any hesitation. For anyone with an interest in stately homes and castles, who lives within driving distance of Powderham, this is to be highly recommended. 

At the beginning of the year I tried to enliven the spirit in the group by putting several communications into verse. That seemed to go down rather well, so I challenged the members to respond in verse - with a prize for the best entry (to be judged by a small panel from non-contributors). Then, one member offered a prize for a poem, sonnet, limerick or other form of verse based on Donald Trump! So suddenly there were two competitions in tandem. The response was poor approaching the deadline, so I merged the two, with just one prize - and as ever, close to D-Day - more entries arrived; enough to make it a competition. 

By a very close whisker, Jennifer Bell won the poetry competition - and was awarded the prize at the March lunch. Ultimately there were fourteen entries, ranging from a single stanza to one of many verses. The winning entry is published in the Summer 2017 OMEGA. 

Raymond Prescott


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Michael Pearce
Exeter - Raymond Prescott 01823 652848
Cornwall - Liz Ashcroft 01872 862425
Bristol – Pam Day 07810 064676