At the meeting on 7th June, the use of a microphone improved the acoustic in the Methodist Hall.

Our speaker was Mr Michael Henderson, a journalist and author of See You after the Duration, who gave an account of being evacuated to USA in 1940 at the age of 8. He and his younger brother feel deep gratitude towards their American host family and despite being away for 5 years look back at their ‘adventure’ with fondness, although adopting the American culture was a challenge with language, dress and manners. He described the mixed emotions of being sent away including the parents’ guilt putting children’s lives at risk on the Atlantic Ocean.  Michael described the return journey which took 2 weeks and the re establishing of family life. He acknowledged that all evacuation experiences were not as fulfilling as his own.

Heather Stratford, our President, thanked Lindy Newton for preparing an attractive programme for the coming year.

A group enjoyed a visit to Burrow Farm Gardens and a visit to Cothelstone Manner is imminent. The WI will enter a scarecrow in the competition to run alongside Open Gardens; there will be a scarecrow building ‘Drop In’ at Lympstone Nursery on 24th June 9.30-1.00pm.

Litter picking is a regular fixture, now limited to Station Hill and Candy’s Field.

Ladies were asked to sign up for the Summer Supper on 25th July and to pledge help for the Furry Dance catering (5th August) and Flower Festival (8-11th September). Our next meeting will be Wednesday 5th July when Penelope Townsend will speak about Jane Austen in the West Country.

Anyone who may be interested in Lympstone WI will always be welcomed. For more information find us on the village website or come along to one of our meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at the Methodist Hall.

Terri Scott