Wednesday 13th June     2018

The meeting was opened by Sue Piner and the members of Sidlesham WI sang Jerusalem before apologies for absence were read out. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted and birthday cards distributed. A report was then given about the Annual Meeting of the WI which was held in Cardiff. The resolution on Mental Health was passed with 5945 members voting in favour and 103 members voting against. The speaker for the Annual Meeting was Dame Stella Rimington who was the Director of M15 from 1992 until 1996. Having been born in South London, and lived in New Delhi, before working in counter-terrorism, her life sounded fascinating and since retiring she has written 9 novels.

The Summer Outing to Savill Garden was discussed and the need for preserves, jam and chutney, to be donated for the Parish Fete. The Denman Bursary and the Margaret Moorhouse Bursary were won, with the winners being picked by a raffle, containing all the names of the current members of the Sidlesham WI.

The speaker for the evening was Lesley Chamberlain and having been welcomed to the meeting, she began her talk on Secret Sussex Gardens. Lesley trained at Brinsbury Agricultural College and is a qualified Garden Designer. She works as an Assistant County Organizer for West Sussex National Garden scheme and her talk was inspiring for the many gardeners present. Some of the gardens shown were in private hands and therefore she gave a rare insight into how these beautiful gardens are planted and designed. The gardens explored varied from cottage gardens growing foxgloves, marigolds and camellias to formal, walled, herb gardens and natural, wooded areas with an abundance of wild blue bells. The types of soil each garden had and the flowers that thrive in them were explained and this was accompanied with slides of the magnificent homes and gardens to be found across Sussex and the bordering counties.

After the talk delicious refreshments were served and Lesley judged the Flower Arrangement in a Teacup Competition, which was won by Ann Wade, who also won the Bloom of the Month, her Campanula being voted for by the members. The Archives of the WI were on display for the evening and an invitation to dig out any photographs of WI activities from 2015 to present day was expressed.

The date for the
next meeting was set for 11th July, with a reminder that tickets for the Open Evening, being held in the Church Rooms on 4th July are still available, with wine and cheese being served.

Kim Hopkinson

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.