Wednesday January 8th     2020

President Sue Piner welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the New Year, and Jerusalem was sung. Gill was thanked for the flowers, and Suzanne volunteered to do them next month.

Several birthdays were celebrated by singing 'Happy Birthday', and Ann Dobbins was presented with a plant to mark her significant day.

The Resolutions to go forward at the Annual Meeting were discussed, and 'Protecting helium' was chosen by the members. There was also a reminder that Annual Subscriptions are due.

The Speaker, David Bickerton , then gave an interesting talk about his Parents' War. He had found 150 letters exchanged between them from before they married and all through the war. His father had volunteered with the RNVR, and rose to eventually command a Motor Launch. He was involved in the hunt for the Bismark, and saw action in North Africa, Sicily and with Operation Overlord. His mother worked as a radar operator with the WAAF, and did vital work in that field. Their courtship was conducted mainly by letter, as periods of leave seldom coincided. They were finally married in 1945, in Penzance.

It was a fascinating insight both of the war, and the experiences of many couples. He was thanked by Sue.

After tea and the raffle, the Bloom of the Month was won by Ann Dobbins' Daphne Bohulu, with a wonderful scent.

Next month will be our 92nd Birthday Meeting , the speaker will be Susan Bishop on the 'Spectacle of Fashion at Barkers Department Store', and the meeting will be at 7pm.

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.