Wednesday 8 August dawned bright and warm when members, husbands and friends gathered for their 90th Anniversary Summer Outing which was to be a river boat cruise in the morning with ploughmanís lunch followed by an afternoon visit to The Savill Garden with a cream tea.
We departed Sidlesham at 8.30am arriving at Runnymede in good time for our 11am sailing. We all enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee in the Magna Carta Tea Rooms on Cooperís Green before boarding the Thames River Boat which was to take us up river towards Windsor and back to Runnymede Dock.
After a very relaxing couple of hours, during which time we were served a ploughmanís lunch, we returned to find our coach waiting to take us the short journey to The Savill Garden in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Commissioned by George V, the garden was created in 1932 by Sir Eric Savill.
We had plenty of time to explore this magnificent garden with its huge drifts of hydrangeas and summer flowering shrubs. After a scrumptious cream tea we climbed aboard the coach tired but happy for the return drive to Sidlesham arriving in the village at 6.45pm.
Wednesday July 11th 2018
President Sue Piner greeted members and Jerusalem was sung. A long list of apologies was read out - we wondered if people were watching the football!
Elizabeth Aylwin was presented with a plant and best wishes for her Ďspecialí birthday, and more cards were handed out for future birthdays. Sue thanked everyone who had made the open evening last week such a success, particularly Vivien for organising the food, and Frank and Marilyn for running the bar. The profit will be divided between our WI and Denman College.
It was agreed that the January meeting next year would be at 2pm, and we would still have August off. Members were reminded of the Croquet Day on August 6th, the outing on the 8th and the County Quiz on the 14th.
The Speaker, Mr Ian Everest, then gave a fascinating talk on A Sussex Farm in the 1950s . He grew up on a farm in East Sussex, and described the rather basic cottages that the farm workers lived in - now much altered and fetching huge prices! Farming methods were relatively unchanged until the Second World War - oxen gave way to horses as late as the 1920s in Sussex, but tractors didnít really take over until the push to grow more in the war. He showed a cine film of a year on the farm, and many people remembered a lot of the activities - haymaking, stooking, and thatched haystacks. The work was very heavy and labour intensive - the 1000 acre farm employed 20 men, whereas now there are only 2. Films of early combine harvesters were interesting - they were tiny compared with todayís monsters!, and it was noticeable that the cattle were all horned, not polled as they are today. A real trip down memory lane for many people. He was thanked by Sue Piner.
The Bloom of the Month was Marilynís Cosmos. The next meeting will be on September 12th , and it will be the Harvest Auction . Members were reminded to bring any produce to the meeting to be auctioned.
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.