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Clubs: Uplyme WI
10:12am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
We were pleased to welcome back our president Sue Kennedy and her first task was to read a letter from the charity Canine Partners who had been at the September meeting.
This was a big thank you as including the fee for the talk and the selling of their products plus donations, we had raised just over £90 which is sufficient to transport, with all the necessary equipment, a new puppy Ushma to her puppy parents prior to her training.
We will follow her progress with interest.
October sees three of our members celebrating their birthdays and posies were given to Wyn Symonds, Sylvia Marler and Mary Matthews.
Members were given information on our Christmas lunch to be held at Lyme Regis Golf Club and it certainly looks a mouth wateringly delicious menu. A coach has been booked for the carol service in Exeter and some of our members will be attending the autumn council meeting in Plymouth in late October.
As the weather had turned decidedly cooler we needed something to give us a really warm feeling and it was provided in no small measure by our speaker Val Sutherland whose talk was entitled “Choice Words”.
Val explained her childhood longing to become an actress and the difficulties she experienced with a very Victorian father who frequently told her girls on the stage “are no better than they should be”. However, with a supportive mother she achieved her ambition and she then spoke of three people she had met who had influenced her life, with the most important being Joyce Grenfell.
She performed a wonderful monologue by Joyce causing lots of laughter and a little pathos but as she said these monologues didn’t need props or scenery, the characters could be easily imagined by the voice and the timing.
Val took Joyce’s advice to get a second string to her bow and she became a teacher and from her experiences read us a short story written about one of her never to be forgotten pupils.
We were a captive audience and it all ended too quickly but will not be forgotten.
We look forward to our next meeting where as usual we would love to welcome visitors and new members. It will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 2.30 and the speaker will be Pauline Keach from a children’s hospice.