Anderida Writers, Eastbourne


Heather Flood's two entries won first and second prizes in the poetry section of the Anderida Writers Annual Short Story and Poetry Competition, with her husband Tony and Patrick Chapman joint winners of the Short Story section. The event, held at Hydro Hotel on Tuesday, October 12th, was attended by 24 people, with actors Brian Capron and Susan Thacker superbly reading out the entries, which were judged by members giving marks out of 10. The full results were as follows: SHORT STORY COMPETITION - Joint 1st - Patrick Chapman (Monet's Revenge) and Tony Flood (A Furious Wife); 3rd John Newton (The Game); 4th John Newton (Four Stages of Christmas); Highly Commended - Jackie Farmer (The Balance). POETRY COMPETITION - 1st Heather Flood (The Time We've Lost); 2nd Heather Flood (If You Let It); 3rd Michael Racher (Not For-got-goon). 4th and Highly commended - Deane Smith (A Change is as good as a rest). The first prizes were £60, shared by the two joint winners of the short story section, and £50 for the winner of the poetry section. Additional excellent prizes were tea for two at top hotels the Langham and the Hydro; meals at other popular eateries Haberdashers Kitchen and Cafe Old Town, a £20 Waterstones voucher donated by competition secretary Francis Wait, and other prizes. The Anderida Accolade for services to the club was presented to chairman Tony Flood by Brian Capron.

Pictured above from left to right are: Michael Racher, Francis Wait, Sue Thacker, Brian Capron, Tony Flood, John Newton, Pat Chapman and Heather Flood.

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APRIL 13th, 2021 Anderida Writers overcame the covid restrictions by holding a DOUBLE AGM by email on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 after the previous year's annual meeting had to be postponed. This entailed Chairman Tony Flood sending out proposals in advance by email and members giving their votes by reply. Tony said: "This worked out extremely well. It gave members time to read through the agenda and consider the proposals. Their response through emails was excellent, with 100 per cent support for all the proposals and reports. "We scrapped last year's subscriptions because covid prevented us holding any meetings, and we have reduced this year's subscriptions from £26 to £20. Many people are taking advantage of this. If they wish they can pay £10 now and the rest when we resume physical meetings on Tuesday, July 13th with the Annual Short Story and Poetry competition at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne. The closing date for entries is Wednesday June 30th." Both Tony Flood and secretary Heather Flood referred to the sad deaths of Vice President Alan Baker and Ollie Cater, the husband of Anderida patron Tamara McKinley. Tony said: "Both were wonderful characters who will be sadly missed". Tributes were paid to former treasurer Roger Hardman, stand-in treasurer Laurie Wilkinson and new treasurer Francis Wait, together with Tony Flood and Francis Wait for both taking on several roles. There were also glowing tributes to Rod and Alistair Colley for their excellent work in maintaining the website as well as the Facebook pages for both Anderida and our new associated group South East Writers Network. Members can now visit these two Facebook pages to make comments and provide news, advice and opinions. Members voted that the award of the Anderida Accolade for outstanding service to the club should go to Tony Flood. It had previously been awarded to Francis Wait and Roger Hardman. The treasurer's report showed a healthy balance of £733.82 for the year ending March 31st, 2020 (a profit for the year of £215.50) . In the year ending March 31st, 2021 there was an even bigger balance of £756.82. ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Patron – Tamara McKinley; President – Tony Flood; Vice President – Brian Capron; Chairman – Tony Flood; Vice Chairman – Nigel Gearing; Secretary – Heather Flood; Treasurer – Francis Wait; Competition secretary – Francis Wait;. Assistant Competitions secretary – Dave Wells; Website editor – Rod Colley; Newsletter editor – Tony Flood; Membership secretary – Francis Wait; Facebook administrators – Alistair Colley and Tony Flood; Joint Social secretaries – Tracey Stringell and Dave Wells; Publicity and marketing officer – Tony Flood; Librarian – Francis Wait.

Actor Brian Capron of Coronation Street fame and actress Susan Thacker read out the entries for the Anderida Annual Short Story and Poetry Competition at the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne, on Tuesday July 9th 2019.
The winners of the two sections were John Ellick and Laurie Wilkinson. John Pipped Tony Flood by three marks to Win the Short Story Cup and a Fortnum and Mason hamper, while Laurie finished ahead of Heather Flood to take the Poetry Prize of £60.00.
Results were Short Story - 1st John Ellick (You have been Warned); 2nd Tony Flood (The Love of his Wife's Life); 3rd Dave Wells (Rupert's Revenge); 4th Yas Hudson (The Caretaker). Poetry - 1st Laurie Wilkinson (Humpty Dumpty Revisited); 2nd Heather Flood (Just A Boy of 18 On D Day); 3rd Yas Hudson (My Little Girlfriend).
Judging was done by those members present who gave marks out of ten for each of the entries on the theme 'Cleaning Up'.
Other prizes were a luncheon voucher for £20.00 for the Haberdashers Kitchen at C&H Fabrics; two theatre tickets for The Night Watch at The Devonshire Park Theatre; a box of Quality Fudge and books by Ellie Dean and Peter James.
The Night Watch, a thrilling and beautiful story from award winning, number one best-selling author Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, The Paying Guest and The Little Stranger), is at The Devonshire Park Theatre from Thursday 22nd to Saturday 31st August 2019.

Winners of the Anderida Writers Short Story and Poetry Competition are pictured with actor Brian Capron and actress Susan Thacker from left to right: Laurie Wilkinson, Dave Wells, Yas Hudson, Brian Capron, John Ellick, Tony Flood, Sue Thacker and Heather Flood.

The Anderida Writers Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday April 9th, 2019 at the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne.
Best Selling author Tamara McKinley was happy to continue as club Patron and Tony Flood as President, with actors Brian Capron and Alan Baker as Vice Presidents.
Former police superintendent Terence Walter joined by Tony Flood as Joint Chairmen, with publisher Nigel Gearing becoming Vice Chairman. The Anderida Accolade was presented jointly to Roger Hardman and Francis Wait for giving outstanding service during the past year.
Proposed changes to the constitution proposed by Francis Wait, were agreed as follows:
A. The number of officers can be increased if necessary to allow for joint holders of various positions.
B. The club can also elect an honorary President and honorary Vice Presidents as well as Patron and Inspector of Accounts, who should all be automatically re-elected if they are willing to stand and the Committee wishes them to do so.
It was confirmed that honorary memberships be given to (a) Rod and Alistair Colley in recognition of their work in hosting and maintaining our website and providing discounted filming/post-production to members amongst other services to all AW members including multimedia services if members wished to take up any or a combination of these available services; and (b) Terence Walter for one year as a 'thank you' for offering to be our guest speaker at two meetings. Votes of thanks were given to those who stood down from the Committee and to new Inspector of Accounts Charles Marshall.
A proposal by Tamara McKinley that those submitting entries to Flash Fiction competitions should pay a fee of £ 1.00 was accepted.

Those officers elected were:
Patron: Tamara McKinley
Joint Chairmen: Tony Flood and Terence Walter
Vice Chairman: Nigel Gearing
President: Tony Flood
Vice Presidents: Brian Capron and Alan Baker
Secretary: Heather Flood
Social Secretary: Dave Wells
Treasurer: Roger Hardman
Membership Secretary: Francis Wait
Competitions Secretary: Francis Wait
Assistant Competitions Secretary - Dave Wells
Joint Website Editors: Rod Colley and Alistair Colley
Liaison Officer: Alan Baker
Newsletter Editor: Tony Flood
Librarian: Dave Wells
Publicity and Marketing Officer: Tony Flood
Inspector of Accounts: Charles Marshall

It was 'all change' at Anderida Writers' annual Short Story and Poetry comeptition at The Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne, on Tuesday August 14th, 2018.
Francis Wait took the Short Story trophy, which had been won in the previous three years by Chairman Alan Baker, by finishing narrowly ahead of Beryl Teso. In the poetry section new winner Michael Racher pipped Heather Flood, who, like Alan, had previously recorded a hat-trick of victories. Mr Baker, who did not enter this year, and fellow actor Sue Shephard read out entries, and members acted as judges by giving each of them marks out of ten. The Theme, devised by our hard working Competition Secretary Dave Wells, was 'Wrong Direction' and there were seven prizes. The winner of each section received £50.00 and the other prizes were: two tickets for MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD at the Devonshire Park Theatre on Tuesday 6th; a luncheon voucher for £20.00 for The Haberdashers Kitchen at C&H Fabrics; a £20.00 voucher for the coffee shop at Sharnfold Farm; a £10.00 voucher at C&H Fabrics and an Ellie Dean book!
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The full list of winners were Short Story - 1st Francis Wait (Afterlife); 2nd Beryl Teso (The Escapee); joint 3rd Danielle Morris (How Many Wrong Directions Can You Take) and John Ellick (The Frustrations of Logging On); Poetry - 1st Michael Racher (Red On The Green); 2nd Heather Flood (Brexit Turmoil); 3rd Michael Fleming (Hello Norma Jean).

Pictured are readers Alan Baker and Sue Shephard with the winners of the Anderida Short Story and Poetry competition. They are from left to right: Alan Baker, Sue Shephard, Francis Wait, Michael Racher, Michael Fleming, Danielle Morris, John Ellick, Beryl Teso and Heather Flood.

Awards were made to out-going Chairman Mike Fleming and re-elected President Tony Flood at the Anderida AGM at The Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne, on Tuesday April 10th 2018.
Mike received a special service award to mark his fine work as Chairman and previously Vice Chairman and Competition's Secretary, while Tony was given the Anderida Accolade for his outstanding contributions over the past year.
Tony, who received a glowing tribute from newly-elected Chairman Alan Baker paid warm tributes himself to Mike, Jeff Fleming and Robin Kempe, who all stood down as officers.
They received votes of thanks as did Tamara McKinley and fellow best selling author Peter James, who Tamara had succeeded as Patron.
Alan Baker had decided to step down as Vice Chairman as he was unable to get to some of the winter meetings, but, in the absence of any other nominations, volunteered to be Chairman for a second spell on the understanding that Tony, as President, would take those meetings that bad weather prevents him attending.
Dave Wells accepted a nomination to set up from Assistant Competitions Secretary to Competition Secretary, with Alan Baker standing as his assistant.
Alan agreed, by taking this role he should not enter the annual Short Story Competition, which he had won for the last three years!
A rule change will enable anyone to attend as a 'guest' member up to five times each subscription year at £4.00 per meeting. Those taking advantage of it are asked to ensure that they hand Membership Secretary Francis Wait the £4.00 guest fee before the start of each meeting.
This should help anyone who might be deterred from paying the annual subscription of £26.00 in one go!

Election of Officers:
Patron: Tamara McKinley (automatically re-elected).
President: Tony Flood, proposed by Francis Wait, seconded by Alan Baker.
Vice President: Brian Capron, proposed by Tony Flood, seconded by Alan Baker.
Chairman: Alan Baker, proposed by Francis Wait, seconded by Roger Hardman.
Vice Chairman: Vacant.
Secretary: Heather Flood, proposed by Francis Wait, seconded by Alan Baker.
Treasurer: Roger Hardman, proposed by Tony Flood, seconded by Mike Fleming.
Membership Secretary: Francis Wait, proposed by Alan Baker, seconded by Tony Flood.
Competitions Secretary: David Wells, proposed by Tony Flood, seconded by Mike Fleming.
Assistant Competitions Secretary: Alan Baker, proposed by Tony Flood, seconded by Heather Flood.
Website Editor: Tony Flood, proposed by Francis Wait, seconded by Alan Baker.
Newsletter Editor: Tony Flood, proposed by Francis Wait, seconded by Alan Baker.
Social Secretary: Dave Wells, proposed by Heather Flood, seconded by Francis Wait.
Publicity and Marketing Officer: Tony Flood, Proposed by Francis Wait, seconded by Alan Baker.

       Mike Fleming (left) and Tony Flood with their awards.


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One of Anderida's newer scribes, Laurie Wilkinson, has already had a number of publishing successes within 3 months. Four poems in the poetry columns of the Eastbourne Gazette; two poems in 'Peterborough' pages of the 'Daily Mail'. The Eastbourne Herald featured an article on Laurie, on the publication of his book 'Poetic Views of Life,' which has already gained eleven 5* reviews on Amazon. And there is a video to view on the Sussex Newspapers Group website of Laurie talking about and reading from 'Poetic Views of Life.' A donation from each book sale will go to 'Help 4 Heroes.'Laurie’s poem, ‘Eye Line Smile’ was accepted into the Great British Write Off, and will be published in a book ‘A Way with Words’ on the 20th November. And his next book of poems, ‘More Poetic Views of Life’ will be published in December 2014.
At the Towner Art Gallery on Sunday June 1st, there was an awards presentation to winners of the writing competition, themed. 'New and Different.' Receiving prizes from MP Stephen Lloyd and the Mayor Cllr. Janet Coles, were Anderida members Heather Flood, Tony Flood, Robin Kempe, Hazel Elrick and Roger Hardman. Short listed were Jill Rutherford, Maria Louka and Lena Bowling.
More than 300 people attended the prestigious Eastbourne Herald’s Achievers Awards 2014 ceremony held at the Winter Gardens on April 25th. This is a yearly event to pay tribute to the town’s unsung heroes.

In the Resident of the Year category, Tony Flood won Highly Commended in recognition of his work as Chairperson of Anderida Writers, being a locally published author, joint leader, with his wife Heather, of the Creative Writing Group for the Over 50s Club and being the oldest members of the Sovereign Harbour vets Football Club.

The sponsor was Advanta Chartered Accountants and the framed certificate was presented by Malcolm Toghill. Tony followed in the footsteps of a fellow Anderida member, Dorit Oliver Wolff, who won a similar award in the same category last year.

Keith Ridley, editor-in-chief of the Gazette and Herald said, “Eastbourne’s sense of community means that this is always a very special night……the town should be proud of those who made it to the stage.”

L to R:- Tony Flood winner of a Resident of the Year Award 2014, MP Stephen Lloyd, Dorit Oliver Wolff, winner of a Resident of the Year Award 2013, and Heather Flood, Tony's wife.
My Life With The Stars
Venue: Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
Date: Sunday April 27th, 2014

REVIEW by Francis Wait

Tony Flood's jokes and amusing anecdotes about showbiz and sports stars provided plenty of laughs in his engaging talk My Life With The Stars at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre on Sunday.
Former Fleet Street journalist and Sky Television executive Tony enthralled us by spilling the beans about famous personalities he has interviewed.
There were stories from Tony's celebrity book of the same title as his talk about Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Joan Collins, George Best, Muhammad Ali, Kenny Dalglish, The Beatles, Britt Ekland, Patsy Kensit and many others.
On a few occasions he referred to his notes too much, but for the most part the Eastbourne author fully engaged with his audience. They responded immediately to his well delivered punch lines and self- deprecating humour, interspersed with secrets about Bruce Forsyth, Tommy Cooper, Sinatra, Presley etc.
Former West End actor Alan Baker introduced Tony, who last week won an Eastbourne Resident of the Year award, and also related some funny anecdotes of his own.
The Friends of the Hippodrome Theatre provided an interesting tour which took visitors backstage and into the dressing rooms where Charlie Chaplin, Max Miller and Peter Sellers once appeared. This added to a most enjoyable afternoon.

Above: Tony & Heather Flood with Jerome Farrow, from the Hippodrome Management Team. Picture courtesy of Eastbourne Herald.

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