Wednesday January 10th     2018

President Sue Piner welcomed everyone to the first meting of the New Year and Jerusalem was sung. The 90th Birthday lunch at the ‘Fox Goes Free’ was finalised, and the menu discussed. Mary Coales has volunteered to take over the archives, and was thanked for this. ‘Happy Birthday ‘ was sung to Mary Roe.

The 5 Resolutions were presented, and members voted for the one they would like to go forward to the Annual Meeting.
The Awareness of Modern Slavery gained the most votes.

The Speaker, Lesley Boardman was introduced. Unfortunately, her projector decided to go on strike, but she painted a word picture of Bermuda and its history through the ages, from a centre of piracy to the quirky place it is today. Sitting in the Atlantic and warmed by the Gulf Stream, this collection of Islands are still home to descendents of the first settlers, and retain many British features. Ferries operate like request buses, and hire cars are banned due to the narrow roads. With no natural water, all the houses have stepped gable roofs to collect rainwater, which is a precious commodity. She lived there for 18 months and obviously loved it. She was thanked by Sue Piner.

Next month, Stonepillow would welcome donations of toilet or kitchen paper.

Web Site : Stonepillow

The Bloom of the Month was won by Ann Wade with her Chaenomeles.

Next month is the
Birthday Meeting, and the Speaker is Liz Smith on ‘The Artists' Wife’

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.