Our October speaker, Diana Brand, gave an inspiring talk about her experiences working for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in Ethiopia after retiring from her job as a lecturer. Diana told us how, generally thought of as something that young people do just before or after university, VSO can benefit enormously from the experience and knowledge that older volunteers can bring. Despite some technical difficulties, which meant that Diana was unable to show her PowerPoint presentation, we were able to view a film of her travels through northern Ethiopia running on the screen behind her while listening to her talk.

We were very happy to welcome more new members to the group, and our President, Diana de la Rue, told us that the influx of new members over the past year means that we now have more who are willing to stand for election to the Committee. Members who had booked on the River Exe and Exeter Ship Canal trip on the 11th September reported a thoroughly enjoyable outing.

Following on from last month’s talk about the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, a visit with lunch has been arranged to Seale Hayne for Wednesday the 9th November, where our speaker, Emily Van Vliet, will be our guide.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday the 2nd November at 2.30 pm in the Committee Room of the Village Hall, when Dan Freeman will tell us about his career making wildlife film documentaries.

We are very pleased to welcome anyone who thinks she might be interested in finding out about the Lympstone WI. For more information please phone Diana de la Rue on 01395 274099 or find us on the village website.

Lindy Newton