Wednesday 11th April     2018

It was that meeting in the year when the Committee are allowed time off for good behaviour, so having persuaded, (must look up the meaning of that word ) two of our fellow members to arrange and run the evening everyone breathed a sigh of relief. “Nothing goes that easy”.

Our President Suzanne started the evening by explaining that Gloria, who was supposed to be President for the evening, ably assisted by Sara, had been rushed into hospital with suspected appendicitis. Never the less the show must go on, and Zena had volunteered , ( another word to look up) to take her place.

Before handing over the reins to Zena, Suzanne presented Shirley and Jeanie with birthday bouquets for special birthdays that fall this month.

Zena started by welcoming Andrew Gibson, from the Chichester Canal Trust who gave an extremely interesting talk on the canal from its conception and after being in existence only a few years bankrupt up to the present time where it has become a thriving and exciting venture. Known not only for its very enjoyable trips along the two and a half miles of navigable waterway, but its care of the canal and its wildlife. There is a lot of information on the internet and they are always looking for volunteers to help. Sara thanked Andrew for a very interesting and enjoyable talk, full of lots of interesting little details.

Zena continued the business of the evening by first thanking the Committee for all of their hard work in the past year and giving each of them a posy of flowers arranged by Mary.

Gill gave a report on the Speakers Interviewing Day that she had attended and urged other members to consider attending, as they could be both interesting and in some cases extremely funny.

Zena breezed through the rest of the reports and matters of interest, as only a retired President can, so thank you Zena for stepping into the breach.

Time for tea, and a very good spread it was.

The raffle draw followed then with a bigger sigh of relief than usual, we all wished Gloria well and a speedy recovery, said goodnight to all, and Zena handed the reins back into the capable hands of the President and her Committee.

Bloom of the Month :
1st Monica - Viburnam, 2nd Val - Marsh Marigold, 3rd Ann - Tulip.

Next meeting 9th May 2018 at 7.00pm when all should have returned to normal and the Committee back in charge.

Suzanne Bone

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.