Wednesday 12th June    2019

The evening started with members bringing in their umbrellas and parasols for the Competition for the Best Weather Protector. This Weather Theme continued with the Speaker for the evening, Ian Currie, who delivered a talk on ‘Feathered Canyons and Ice-Cream Castles in the Air. A Guide to Cloud Watching’.

Prior to this Jerusalem was sung and the President and Treasurer relayed News , Notices and the Finances. A pretty bouquet of flowers was provided by Vivienne, for the top table, and she was enlisting help for the forthcoming afternoon tea.

Ian Currie, a local weather forecaster, has appeared on television programmes and makes predictions for vineyards and farms. He showed a number of slides illustrating the ten classifications of clouds. Then he explained how to predict the weather by looking at the skies and how clouds form patterns that are then followed by a sequence of weather. The topic of recent downpours was discussed amongst the audience.

Once the talk was over, tea and supper was provided and the raffle was called. The Bloom of the Month competition was judged ,with Gloria winning first prize for her Bottle Brush Flower, Monica being second with an unusual Campanula Glomerata (Caroline) and third place going to Anne with a Love in a Mist. Last month’s winner was Marianne Sharp with a Peony.

Finally the weather protector competition was fittingly judged by Ian who chose a beautiful parasol entered by Vivienne.

Kim Hopkinson

Next Months' Meeting will be on the 10th July, the Speaker being Ray Hale on the topic "Alfred Russell Wallace : The Man who lived in Darwins' Shadow" .

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon Englands' mountains green ?
And was the Holy Lamb of God
On Englands' pleasant pastures seen ?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills ?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills ?

Bring me my bow of burning gold !
Bring me my arrows of desire !
Bring me my spear ! Oh clouds unfold !
Bring me my chariot of fire !

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In Englands' green and pleasant land.