WI Report – May 017

WI Meeting Wednesday 10 May 2017

The meeting in our lovely Village Hall was once more graced with a stunning sunset. The meeting began with this month’s Speaker, Michael Malaghan who provided us with an amusing talk on his subject “It shouldn’t happen to a writer”.

Born in Leicester, he moved to Skegness whilst still a child, He began his career as a journalist in his local paper The Skegness Standard, which in addition to straight news also carried articles and features and Michael worked on the latter two. This led him to many interesting encounters, He told us of his visit to a Dog Training Class with his comprehensively naughty dog Toby, and of an anonymous visit he made to a Tassiographic reader who offered him a cup of tea, he said he preferred coffee (that wasn’t going to get his tea leaves read!) Once that little difficulty was overcome and he had drunk his tea, he felt she provided him with an accurate reading. He then came clean and asked for permission to review his visit explaining his reasons for arriving incognito, not wishing to influence the reading.  The Tea-leaf reader agreed and the article interested many.

He described meeting many interesting people as a journalist, and told further amusing anecdotes of his exploits.

In addition to Newspaper features, he wrote twist in the tale stories for ladies magazines (the names of which were familiar to many of us); a further development was writing for children’s programmes like The Tweenies and Chucklevision. Books for Teenagers followed, his first Greek Ransom was followed by The Lost Prophecies, and French Tapestry all adventure thrillers with a historical base, enjoyed as much by adults as the intended teenage recipients.

This enjoyable and amusing talk was followed by Tea and biscuits and our AGM and business meeting. It was good to welcome visitors and another new member this month.

The Competion for a Comical Greetings card was won by Pat Maddaford, with Diane Mitchell and Angie Castle second and third. Flower of the month was won by Joan Carbin with a beautiful and fragrant display of Rose blooms.

Next month’s speaker will be Dr Yvonne Varley on The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome and the Competition will be “A Childrens Book”. Visitors are welcome for which there is a small charge, we meet in Compton Dundon Village Hall on the second Wednesday each month at 7.30. There is plenty of parking and a warm welcome awaits

We are “Walking The World” on Friday May 12th at 6pm, which depending on the weather will start at the hall and end in the Castlebrook Pub. This is a national annual WI event which raises funds for ACWW – Associated Country Women of the World.

Sally Walker

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