Wednesday 10th October 2019
The meeting opened with an enthusiastic rendition of Jerusalem and then Malcolm Wells MBE, the Speaker for the evening, began his presentation entitled So far so good.
He explained that when he left school at 16 he joined the Army to play Cello in a military orchestra. This took him to many countries and culminated in him playing for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and also Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Other highlights included his charity work with disabled people and then spending sixteen years as an ambassador for Canine Partners. More recently he has become involved with Literacy in a box a charity which supports schools in Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.
The audience enjoyed a lively 45 minutes while Malcolm entertained them with anecdotes about his time with the orchestra.
Judy thanked the Speaker and then Sue, the President, spoke about the photographs she had taken of the Harvest table in St. Mary our Lady Church and how wonderful it had looked. She discussed next months' Annual Meeting and asked if any members were interested in joining the Committee.
There was also a reminder to sign up for Carols in the Cathedral if members wanted to attend. Other social events in the run up to Christmas were discussed such as the Christmas Lunch and the Snowdrop Trust Coffee Morning. Anne, the Secretary, read out two Thank You cards from groups who had visited Sidlesham WI for Afternoon Tea.
A supper was provided by the tea hostesses and a raffle called. Then the Bloom of the Month competition was judged and First place went to Marilyn with her beautiful pink rose. Second place was Mary with a stunning, red hot poker and Third place went to Gloria with her Tibouchina, more commonly known as Glory Bush.
Before Sue drew the meeting to a close there was a reminder that the next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th November.
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.