Heather Stratford opened the meeting and Jerusalem was sung; she then introduced Ken Roberts an energetic cyclist who spoke of his 20,000 mile round the world adventure on two wheels raising funds for the Outward Bound Trust. Ken spent two and a half years biking from Plymouth into Europe on to Asia minor, China, Australia, crossed to Anchorage, through the USA on to Florida then home. He arrived home to snowy weather and a fall from his bike (named Emma) as he approached his home village in Somerset! Over the trip Emma needed 3 sets of tyres and 10 puncture repairs.
A number of members recently attended a whole day Autumn Showcase where a number of current issues were demonstrated including the display of pint bottles of milk adjacent to sandwiches and light lunches in supermarkets in a bid to promote our dairy industry, a member has also researched and produced a leaflet of local suppliers available in self catering establishments, libraries, tourist offices etc.
The regular litter pick has taken place and another is planned for late October.
The Furry Dance Committee were grateful for our assistance on the day and would like to help us do more business at next year’s event. The Flower Festival Committee also sent their thanks for help given and cakes baked.
Coming up, there is a trip to Exeter Royal Mail Sorting Office, Panto and Carol Service tickets to be had, plus Pamper Days and a Hand Bell Ringing Workshop.
Jean Young mentioned the TAP meeting this week when the talk will be on checking the water quality in our coastal areas.
Our speaker on November 1st will be Don Archer telling us about Chatsworth and the Crystal Palace
You can see that we are certainly not ‘Jam and Jerusalem’- you don’t need to be able to bake a cake, make jam or knit a tea cosy! So why not come and join us for fun friendship and food, plus being an influence on many local and national issues. Just turn up at one of our meetings which are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall, Chapel Road. You will be given a warm welcome. If you would just like to know more about us, contact Heather Stratford on 01395224759.

Terri Scott