Wednesday November 8th     2017

Sue Piner welcomed everyone to the Annual Meeting and Jerusalem was sung. The cup for the overall winner of the
Bloom of the Month was awarded to Ann Wade .

Next year
Sidlesham W I will be 90, and to celebrate we will have a special lunch in February at ‘The Fox goes Free’ in Singleton, where the W I started 100 years ago, and a special outing in the summer to the Saville Gardens combined with a Thames river trip.

Gloria has volunteered to represent the WI at the 9 Lessons and Carols Service on December 23rd as one of the readers. She then gave a report on the Speaker’s Interviewing day in September, which had been a good day with several interesting speakers on various topics.

Gill then gave the Delegate’s Report from the West Sussex Annual Meeting in Worthing, where the guest speaker had been Dame Stella Rimmington, former head of MI5. She gave a fascinating talk, and left us plenty to think about.

Sue then handed over to Judy for the rest of the evening. The Financial Report was presented and accepted, followed by the Committee Report from Secretary Ann Holloway and the President’s Report from Sue. We seem to have been very busy last year, with good speakers, catering, outings , charity events and plenty of dining opportunities!

Three Committee members are standing down this year, with over 40 years service between them. Liz Smart, Mary Roe and Jeanne Carver were presented with plants and thanked by everyone for all their hard work.

Two people had offered to stand for Committee, so no ballot was necessary. Sue Piner was elected President for a second year, and thanked Judy, Ann and Marilyn as well as all the Committee for all their help and hard work last year.

Gloria reported that donations to the Food Bank had increased since the collection was at The Anchor, and wondered if members would like to bring special chocolaty items for Christmas, while St. Joseph’s would welcome socks and board games next month.

Monica won the Bloom of the Month with her Clematis Cirrhosa.

Next Month’s meeting will be on December 13th, and is the Christmas Party.

Gill Cook

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.