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Carol Dawson,  Gamma.


For the second time Carol has co-produced a musical for the village children in Mallorca, Spain, where she now lives.
The musical , called Operation Musical, was basically about the triumph of true friendship over, fame, glory and mobiles!!

Some forty children took part aged 6-16 and the performances took place at 10.00pm. It was all home grown talent.

Fredi Claus wrote the lyrics, arranged the music for all comers and directed the orchestra. Carol trained the choir and directed them in the performances.
It was all in Catalan

Carol thought the children were marvellous and it was great fun.




Herstmonceaux Castle


Nine members of Gamma plus two husbands had a lovely meeting at Herstmonceaux Castle . Although the castle is most appealing we spent our time, outside. in the attractive themed gardens.  The castle  was built in the 15th century and was unique at the time because it is built of bricks. It was a most impressive backdrop to our wanderings.
     First we admired the perennials in the Elizabethan Garden. Striking were the tall thistles. The raised beds of the Herb Garden gave us much to talk about as many of the plants, eg. Evening Primrose, had been/were used for medicinal purposes. This led to the  Shakespeare Garden, a Knott garden with plants referred to in Shakespeare's writings. The scents of the Rose Garden pulled us forward.  A wonderful display intermingled with seven sundials, the largest of which was a marvellous piece of design and timekeeping. We wandered happily through the trees to lunch  and chatter.
     There was more to come!  We walked around the castle moat and admired the floating Lily Pads a la Monet!  Well, that is an exaggeration but it did remind us of Monet and that has to be good.
A lovely summer's day enjoyed by all.

Gloria Redston.  Gamma Chapter



On behalf of all Gamma members I am thanking Liz Malik for all she has done these past 4 years (2 concurrent biennia!)
     From an unsure start (don't we all start that way?) her constant efforts for the DKG GB have been magnificent.  Her enthusiam has shone through.
     We have consistently had the most interesting speakers and Liz has made a real effort to listen to the needs of the members and deal with all issues promptly and kindly.

Many thanks Liz.

Gloria Redston on behalf of Gamma Chapter.

 Diana Bell

Webmaster 2018 -----------



Written by Gloria Redston
(Gamma chapter)


Back in 2003 it was decided we needed a website.  We didn’t really know what we were talking about because no-one had any idea how one was built!  There were few around.  So. I took a couple of web-design courses, bought a program, ‘Front Page’, and the GB website had a very tentative beginning with very few members visiting it.
The aim was to provide current information, easily found, lively and colourful.
       It was not until 2007,  the year of the Regional Conference in London, that our website really came into its own.  All the planning and arrangements were there for everyone to see.  Afterwards several photos and tributes were put up. The site certainly made communication between members much easier. It was up-dated regularly and was jogging along gently if not making a tremendous impact.
     Initially, the DKG websites were very small (about 4mgb) of memory but that has increased exponentially in recent years so that we are free to make them HUGE if we have sufficient material.   I never imagined that I would still be the webmaster in 2018! From small beginnings websites are now so common that everything can now be ‘Googled’.

       But  it is really time for a change with new ideas.
Over the past year Diana Bell has been learning how to use our website with the plan that she will take over the running of it on July 1st.  I am sure that it will be run creatively, and I am most grateful for her willingness and efficiency. Please let her know if you would like to help her in any way.

I definitely have enjoyed being the webmaster.  It has kept me in touch with many members so thank you to everyone who has helped me over the years



The Brunei Gallery, SOAS

A set of serendipitous circumstances led some members of Alpha to visit a fascinating exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, part of SOAS.

‘China and Siam, through the lens of John Thomson’ is the first London exhibition devoted to photographs of Asia, by the legendary Scottish photographer. He set off for Asia in 1862 and over the next 10 years travelled to Siam, Cambodia, and various parts of China, and his pictures give an extensive record of life in these regions. He was the first person to photograph Angkor Wat. He had to transport all the bulky camera equipment, glass slides, and the developing materials on these journeys.

We were lucky enough (by another serendipitous chance) to hear a fascinating talk by Betty Yao, the co-curator of the exhibition.

Altogether the visit transported us to another world.

Barbara Kern 

The work of MIND with teenagers

Lucy Adams   and Sarah Ambrose

 Lucy and Sarah, in a very informal but informative manner told us a little of their work for the charitible oganisation, MIND.  It is important that children feel free to express their worries and that they are really listened to.  Sarah and Lucy regularly visit schools to mentor staff and to take assemblies.  They   offer training which includes Mental Health First Aid.

Their aim is to make sure that anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.



Anne Goldstein, visitor to Gamma meeting

Works of Feeling,
Pre Raphaelite Book Illustration
Amanda-Jane Doran

Amanda-Jane Doran, a local speaker from the Royal Academy, introduced us to the fascinating world of Pre-Raphaelite book illustration.  She has explored this in her curated exhibition ‘Works of Feeling’ in the RA Print Room.                             
Amanda-Jane showed us how these black and white engravings, created from boxwood blocks, convey great emotional impact. They also were suited for mass production.  Millais’ illustration ‘The Parable of the Sower’, produced in 1863 for the Christian magazine ‘Good Words’ made us all gasp with its beauty and detail.
     The talk explored the ways in which artists and engravers worked together to achieve these stunning works of art, explaining how the engraving trade was a way for working-class boys to enter an artistic profession.  Some artists, such as the perfectionist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, found the relationship with engravers more challenging.
     Our speaker helped us to interpret some of the images. Burne-Jones’ ‘Summer Snow’ is a portrait of William Morris’ wife Jane and the stylised trees and leaves in the engraving reflect the work of Morris and Co.  Millais’ touching romantic illustration ‘Love’ (1857) conveys his deep feelings for Effie Gray.
     We were impressed by the technique of Simeon Solomon’s religious work, with its sophisticated intensity of light and shade.  We felt inspired to find out more about his poignant life and art, especially as our own Museum contains work by his older brother Abraham.

Amanda-Jane’s talk certainly celebrated Victorian book illustrations as “magnificent pieces of work in their own right” and we thank her for her enthusiastic and knowledgeable presentation.

 Selfie taken in the cafe at the Museum of Brands

 Selfie taken in the cafe, Museum of Brands. Diana Bell Alpha Chapter


Museum of Brands

Founded in 1984 by consumer historian Robert Opie, the display began with some very old artifacts from the 1800s and then progressed decade by decade up to the present day. We saw the beginnings of advertising through looking at everyday objects: food, washing, hygiene, TV – those tiny screens, Radios, bikes, cigarettes, alcohol, games such as Monopoly, toys – yes the Barbie Doll and much more. Some items, such as Rimmel make up from the 1890’s, started out much earlier than I expected. It was interesting how often Royalty was used to sell products and I hadn’t realised how many patriotic wartime games were made. It was all quite nostalgic and there was lots of chat on what we remembered, for me Virol and Reckitt’s Blue brought back memories of childhood.

We then visited a new display, Pack the Future, focusing on sustainable packaging. Packaging protects, preserves, helps transport goods and provides information, then it is usually thrown away after use. There is much debate now on its use. Brands are continually evaluating their choice of material, making refillable packs, improving recyclability and sometimes concentrating the product to use less resources, all helpings to reduce energy, waste and carbon footprint. The display showed innovations by brands and packaging technologists to limit packaging. It was interesting to see that some, for example Cussons Talcum Powder, was now in much larger plastic containers, others such as Roses Lime Juice Cordial I felt had lost their brand image by re-designing the bottle shape. We wondered what would happen in the future with use of plastic, would they go back to metal, cardboard or find something new.

We watched the film ‘Women’s Representation in Advertising’ which showcased 10 well-known TV Ads and looked at the gender stereotypes. It was interesting to see the change from the Fairy Liquid advert “for hands that do dishes”,  to BT’s Beattie and the ‘ologies’ through to Sport England’s (2015) ‘This Girl Can’ campaign which showed women of all shapes and sizes exercising and playing sport.


 Alan Archer with several of the school children in Kabubu.

Sandra Blacker gives the Vote of Thanks to Alan.

'A Dream Come True'

The Quicken Trust

Alan Archer

On Saturday 20th January Gamma Chapter gathered at Beechwood School for the first meeting of 2018 and we were in for a treat.  Liz introduced Alan Archer who is a volunteer with the Quicken Trust in Hailsham.  He told us that from childhood he had dreamt of going to Africa and building a school, hence the title of his talk
                                      ‘A Dream Come True’.

The Quicken Trust was started in 2000 to support a village in Uganda called Kabubu which did not have even the basic necessities.  Much has been achieved in the years since then.  4,000 people live in the village, the High School now spreads over three acres, the Primary School, offices and conference centre over three acres and the Resort Centre, which with the conference centre generates income, over two acres.  There is also a Health Centre, a Laboratory, and an Orphanage.  Truly a village changed and  ‘A Dream Come True’. for Alan.

Carole Stirling.  Gamma Chapter

 Jo Corden


            JOANNA MARIA CORDEN 1947—2017:  AN  OBITUARY
Jo, a member of Alpha Chapter, died on the 16th December after a severe stroke on the 13th November. She had just reached her 70th birthday in August.
Jo was born in Bologna, Italy, where her Polish mother, having escaped the Russians during the war, had met and married an Australian Major. He was posted back home and she was given permission to live in the UK. She joined her brother, (who had worked with the Free Polish Air Force during the war), along with 3 year old Joanna, in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
After studying history at Sheffield University, Jo gained her Masters in Archive Administration at University College London. She worked for a year in Huntingdon before taking up an archivist’s job with Barnet Council.
Her flatmate introduced her to James Corden. They married in 1971 and had three children; Gregory, Andrew and Louise (my Goddaughter). Both boys are married, and there is now one grandson.
Having worked for many years as the archivist for The Royal Society, officially Jo retired in July 2017. Alpha members will remember Jo taking us into the archives and allowing us to see, and touch, many ancient documents, including those written by Christopher Wren, and introducing us to The Royal Society Summer Exhibition, what a treat.
Jo was a lovely, pleasant, kind and straightforward person with the most wonderful ‘velvety’ voice. Sadly she hadn’t been able to attend many DKG meetings for a while because of some mobility issues. She will be very much missed.

Diana Bell (Alpha Chapter)

 The Remarkable Story of C W Steel:  Japanese POW

Margaret Sargent kept us all rapt as she told the story of her father's experience as a Japanese POW during the Second World War.
Charles Steel had the misfortune to take part in two great military disasters of the Second World War - the retreat of the BEF culminating in the Dunkirk evacuation, and the Fall of Singapore.   Shortly before the latter he married Margaret's mother, Louise.   Within days of being captured by the Japanese, he began writing a weekly letter to his new bride as a means of keeping in touch with her, in his mind.
Margaret  inherited these diaries.   Part love letters, part diary, they describe the horrors of working as a slave on the infamous Burma-Siam railway and in particular the construction of the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.   She brought to life an uplifting story of a London Stockbroker who recorded both beauty and reality and shows how people can maintain their morale under even the most extreme adversity.
Thank you, Margaret for the vivid picture you had put in our minds of the horrors of war.
A full account of the talk will be in the January edition of GB News.
Gloria Redston   Gamma Chapter


Nine Alpha members and one brother braved the chilly weather to enjoy a guided tour of The Charterhouse, entrance pictured left. It is situated near the Barbican. Since the dissolution of this Carthusian monastery in the 16th Century, it has been a private residence, a boys' school and an almshouse, which it still is today. Our guide was enthusiastic and gave us many interesting facts. The residents are called brothers, although there is now no religious connection, they must be over 60 and in need of financial and social support. The latest resident is the first female and her real surname is brother!

Diana Bell, Alpha Chapter



Alpha Chapter had their meeting in the open on the 14th October. There had been a change of plan due to illness and our school tour had to be cancelled. We informed members - some of whom decided to come along anyway. After a delicious lunch we walked along to Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Gallery garden was an ideal spot for our meeting, the sun shone as we organised our programme for the next year. We then had an interesting visit to the Gallery. A good day out after all.

Diana Bell, Alpha chapter


Woodberry Wetlands

 Diana Bell Alpha Chapter

It was a perfect sunny day when Alpha members arrived at Manor Place Tube Station near Finsbury Park. Just down the road are the wetlands, opened in 2016 by Sir David Attenborough. This wetlands project was conceived by the London Wildlife Trust in partnership with Thames Water, entry is free. It spans 11 hectares of Stoke Newington’s East Reservoir and there is a reed-fringed lake and woodlands with the New River, built to bring water from Hertfordshire, running by.

There are many species of birds to observe and a café in the refurbished Coal House. We found it an ideal place for a pleasant walk.

Unity Harvey attends the  Norwegian State Conference 


I went to the historic Granavolden Guesthouse, which I recommend for its beautiful setting and superb food.  The Norwegian State President, Anne Marie Solstad, welcomed me to the Conference that was held there.  There were about fifty people present. It felt good to chat to friends I had met several times before and to meet new ones as the conference progressed.  The conference was well organized with “Generosity” as its theme.  The speakers, including the Dean Kirsten E.Almås who talked about generosity and how to belong to a community, were much appreciated; so were the musicians, particularly the singer and the violinist.  I enjoyed too, the report from Headquarters given by Hannah Fowler, Member at Large.  Participants were also able to visit the local museum, the church and walk around a nearby primary school. 
     When the conference was over, I stayed a few extra days with Anne Marie.  It snowed and I was able to build a snowman with her grand daughter, much bigger than the ones I can build at home.  The roads were clear so I was able to visit a brand new primary school - a treat, as it was very impressive!  I was also taken to see more of the countryside around an enormous long lake, another church, Babro in her house, a skilled weaver, a wood worker and a group of glass blowers.  My purse was much lighter when I returned but I shall enjoy looking at my purchases for a long time. 
I hope I shall remember this treasured journey for a very long while

 Great Britain Achievement Award

Evelyn Goodsell

 Evelyn with State President, Kathy Hodgson

 The Great Britain Achievement Award is our way of honouring a member for  something special. 
     Evelyn is a very active member who takes on responsibilities at every level, with willingness and initiative.   She has raised the profile of Great Britain in numerous ways. She is calm without fuss, going about DKG business willingly and whole heartedly, without ever expecting special praise or reward. She has presented workshops at International and Regional Conferences. She has worked on an International Committee, and been an International Speaker twice.  Evelyn has recently published an article in DKG`s eminent publication, `Collegial Exchange`, setting out Gamma Chapter`s work with the Pestalozzi International Village as a collaborative learning experience.’


 State Conference 2017 Highlights


Congratulations to

Evelyn Goodsell 

 Evelyn's article Pestalozzi International Village and a DKG Chapter: A Collaborative Learning Experience has been published in the 2016,Volume 83-2 issue of the Collegial Exchange. This article highlights the connection we, in Gamma Chapter, have with Pestalozzi International Village.

To read this article please follow the link.





Dorothy Haley
Gamma Chapter
died on 30th May, 2016

Area Representative for Europe
GB State President
First recipient of the European Achievement Award


For Memories of Dorothy

please follow this link