The SCIFFLe group had a busy July, with a group trip to the Picturedrome cinema to see the superb ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. This was followed a few days later by an evening at Margaret’s, where two very enjoyable games of ‘Star Trek Scrabble’ were played. This version of the game is played in exactly the same way as the normal one, but with a board bearing the likenesses of the original ‘Enterprise’ crew, and the addition of a list of Trek-related words that could gain bonus points if used.
The group was delighted to welcome new member Debbie, seen in the photo with Margaret, Karen, Annie and Lesley.
Though small in size – just a corner of the pavilion bar – the exhibit was big on information about the celebrated astronomer. Filled with genuine articles from Sir Patrick’s home, ‘Farthings’, the corner was filled with books on astronomy and cricket, souvenirs and artwork, the old typewriter on which he wrote all his books and articles, and even a (toy) cat. Tankards hung from hooks on the ceiling, and a small selection of the hundreds of shot glasses which Sir Patrick collected were arranged over his ‘study window’.