Wednesday 10th April     2019

Is anyone else wondering where the last year has gone, because here we are at that meeting when the members of the Committee get their yearly evening off and the members run the show. This evening our President Suzanne handed the baton over to Rosemarie who was to be our President for the evening, ably assisted by Monica as her Personal Secretary. This evening the ladies were requested to wear their Easter Bonnets, and to wear them as we sang Jerusalem so that they could be judged later in the evening.

Rosemarie made everything look very easy ( although she said she felt as though she was doing penance for taking a year out ) as she swiftly dealt with the evenings' business. Firstly thanking Zena for the table arrangement , then giving out birthday cards to members with birthdays falling this month - especially Rosemary Brook who has a special birthday this year..

Zena gave a report on the Speakers Interviewing Day which sounded as if there had been quite a mixture of material, some interesting and some not quite so interesting.

The evenings' business over, it was time for our Speaker to take centre stage, we had all noticed a rather elegant lady dressed to kill in a very fetching 1920 outfit complete with a flower bedecked cloche hat...

This flamboyant character was introduced as Trudi and no she had not come to talk about fashion because this is how she always dresses, even when she is working in her garden. The theme was something she was equally passionate about, “Flowers and the Myths, Legends and Folk Lore that are attached to them..." For instance did you know that if you cut down a hawthorn without the permission of the fairies you bring down their wrath on your head, or that carnations first came to this country with the stone that William the Conqueror imported ? Or if you have a darker nature, the Monks Hood, Foxgloves and pip inside the Yew berry are deadly poisons.

The list goes on and is quite fascinating.

Trudis' garden is open to the public on the 16th June 2019 from 12.00 – 4.00pm - 33 Peerley Road, East Wittering, PO20 8PD .

Look for her, she will be the lady looking as bright and as colourful as her flowers in the 1920 outfit, and I am sure she will tell you stories about all her flowers.

Norma thanked Trudi for an interesting talk and certainly adding colour to our evening.

Time for tea, and the raffle. Just before leaving, Trudi was asked to make a presentation to the winning Easter Bonnet; Marilyn was the very worthy winner and received a lovely Easter Egg which I am sure she will share with Frank!

Thank you all for a lovely evening.

Bloom of the Month - Joint 1st Gloria - Lily and Margaret – Camellia
Joint 2nd Monica – Tulip and Ann – Tulip

Next meeting
8th May 2019 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.