Trish chaired this meeting, Kathy still not able to resume her duties following her recent operation. Trish was ably assisted by Janet. Apologies included one from Verity, who is hoping to rejoin at a later date, Jim still having a long term health problem. Angela is away, sunning herself in Florida. Janet Wall is also suffering somewhat with a painful knee, we wish her well and hope she will come back to the meetings soon.
Apologies to Corrine Webb from this correspondent, Corinne won the January competition for a Christmas decoration, with a bell,and the accolade went to Sally Walker. Sally has also announced that she is unable to take up her position as our representative on the village hall committee because the meetings fall on a Thursday evening and Sally is already committed on Thursdays.
Wendy announced that Jack Fisher of Berhill had approached her with an offer of a gift of TV remote control boxes which he had hand made with the possibility of selling same to raise funds for our depleted coffers. This will be discussed and a decision taken when a sample box has been seen to see if this is a viable proposition.
Congratulations to Julie Gordon who has won the County Christmas Quiz competition, a first for Compton Dundon.
Skittles: We won our match against Pawlett W I – we will play Walton W I in the next round of the cup knock out competition at the Ring of Bells Ashcott March 6 at 8 p m.
Janet continues her long running campaign to reinstate the bus service around Dundon and has had positive feed back from the bus company – watch this space but Janet emphasised that, if this service is resumed, it is up to everyone in Dundon to support it.
Notes from the recent Business meeting:
Kathy Newell of Puriton W I is still trying to obtain a stall at the Glastonbury Festival (held at Worthy Farm Pilton)
Should this bid be successful, the stall will be in the Green Field and conditions include having 15 free passes for volunteers.
It is not yet known how much this will cost but money has been put aside. Thanks were received from the Music and Drama representative for the contributions to the recent Christmas concert where the theme was Old Time Music Hall.
Christmas Concert 2015 Monday December 7 at Puriton Church, theme Aspects of Christmas.
Janet Goodwin announced the winners of the league skittles, Middlezoy W I and Walton W I first and second respectively.
Spring Council Meeting, March 23 Westonzoyland village hall, Speaker’s subject Hobble Skirts and Harlem Pants.
Group Quiz Friday June 19 Woolavington village hall.
Scrabble: Meet at Angela Warren’s Tuesday March 17. No Ladies who Lunch this month.
Trish announced that Bucklers Mead W I will be our visitors in June – members to bring a plate of food. Trish is running a Savings Scheme for anyone who wishes to save towards the Christmas meal and next year’s subscriptions.
The village hall committee have purchased super new chairs, sitting is now much more comfortable.
Our Speaker, Dawn Lawrence whose subject is Endangered Species told us that her contribution to saving endangered species is to write poems which are subsequently sold in book form, funds going to saving animals. Dawn said her son inspired her, telling her humorous stories about camels whilst he was working abroad. Her first book featured 73 animals and the money raised was used for rain forest projects. Virginia McKellan, Joanna Lumley and David Sheppard are among the well known celebrities who are supporters of the same cause and the David Sheppard Foundation sells her books.
Following this initial introduction Dawn then read us a series of very well written,humorous poems featuring all species ranging from a glass frog who lives in the rain forests, Bengal tiger, polar bear, horned antelope from North America, snow goose ostrich, an animal who looks like guinea pig, sneezing monkey and tamarin monkey who is famous for its long droopy moustache and a jaguar. Dawn also told us of rescuing a baby hedgehog who without her loving care would certainly have died and which she subsequently took to a hedgehog sanctuary.Talking of water voles,Dawn said this animal should never be known as Ratty as in Wind in the Willows, as in most certainly is not a rat
Members were able to purchase copies of the poetry books written by Dawn. Frances thanked Dawn and said she was certain her grandchildren would love the books.
The competition for a Wild Animal in any medium was won by Gill Clothier with a handsome tiger head plate with Trish Cox second and Patricia Heap third. Flower of the Month: winner Sally Walker with sprigs of Daphne.
Next month’s Speaker, Amelia Draffin Wiltshire Farm Foods.Competition Favourite Plate. Visitors very welcome.