IN October, members welcomed Joyce Carroll who took them on a nostalgic journey of her life.

Joyce, with her parents, left her roots in Ireland at an early age and travelled to South Wales where her father was employed in the mines.

She trained at a nursery nurse, working in Plymouth and Swansea, caring for unwanted babies and spent the next 11 years in a convent, which she emphasised were very happy years.

Following her decision to leave the convent she came to Birmingham and trained as a social worker and continued in this career until her retirement.

Later in October, chairwoman Jenny Johnson presented "20th Century part 2."

A large selection of memorabilia staged by members covering the period 1950-2000 proved most interesting and special events, some sad, some happy, were highlighted by Jenny, with recordings of popular rock and roll numbers of that era.