OUR AGM and 18th anniversary meeting saw chairman Joy Ridgewell and the committee returned.

Members of the group have been on a writing weekend at Ruskin College in Oxford.

This was a great learning curve and everyone felt they had improved and advanced their knowledge.

Some of our group went to see the musical Calamity Jane at the Thameside Theatre in Grays.

We are preparing for our Christmas Story competition and will also have more speakers in the near future.

The next meeting at the Hugh Delargy Close Hall, in Chadwell St Mary, is on October 16 at the earlier time of 7.15pm to 9.30pm.

We also meet on October 30 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.