STOKE FERRY & DISTRICT LADIES GROUP – July

Minutes of the meeting held on July 4th
Mrs Armsby welcomed 15 members.
APOLOGIES were received from Sheila Smith, Joy Beckett & Ann Prodromou.
ARISING Mrs Gillian Smith said that at present she only has 14 names down for the mystery tour on Aug 1st. She hopes that a few more people will come forward to make it viable, & will have a word with Harrods. Meanwhile she asked that members pay in advance if possible, & the money will be refunded if the outing has to be cancelled.
CORRESPONDENCE a letter was received from Carol Nicholas-Letch concerning the centenary celebrations to mark the end of World War one. The benefice will be holding a special service at Christchurch Whittington, & a planning meeting is to be held at a later date if anyone has any ideas to enhance the occasion.
Mrs Horgen gave a card to Mrs Hazel Hearne for her birthday later in July. There will be one member’s birthday in August.
No jobs will be needed for Aug, so these were arranged for September.
ROTAS
Teas Jean Carter & Yvonne Self
Door & raffle Wendy Quadling & Joy Beckett
VOT Janet Burns
The speaker will be Helen Cross, talking about providing water to deprived villages in Ghana.
Arrangements for the Harvest Supper will also be discussed in Sept.
Mrs Armsby then welcomed Keith Lawrence, the antiques expert, who is a frequent visitor to our meetings. This time his fun quiz involved identifying the use of 15 different spoons. This proved a bit difficult with such names as demi tasse & berry. However one team managed to guess all 15 correct. Keith then explained the history & value of his collection. He was thanked by Anita Horgen.
The raffle was won by Carol Thulbourne, Jenny Elsey & Gillian Smith.
The meeting ended at 9.15pm.
Claire Lankfer
(secretary)

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Phew. What a lovely summer basking in the sun on a sandy beach with clear turquoise sea as flat as a mill pond -and we are in England!!!
If the weather was always as good as we have had it for the last few weeks, who would want to go abroad?
As I write this at the end of a fantastic three weeks in Dorset I can only marvel at the wonderful adventure we have had.
A visit to The Eden Project in Cornwall, a visit to the Royal Signals Base in Blandford (not my choice) a short cruise along the Jurassic Coast learning about the World Heritage Site with it’s 250 million year old rock face and best of all going on a fossil hunt with about 50 other excited children – and adults – including us – to learn about the fossils that can be found on the beach at Charmouth, where we were staying, and being allowed to collect them and take them home!
The picture at the top is a stencil of an actual fossil called an ammonite and they are millions of years old. Before we went on the guided fossil hunt I thought it was looking for a needle in a hay stack, bearing in mind the number of stones scattered under the Jurassic cliffs, and so I persuaded hubby to buy me a real ammonite fossil from the fossil shop. It was not the biggest in the shop as some where many hundreds of pounds, but it was about 7inches high and was a dream come true as I am an avid collector of all things ancient – after all I love my hubby!
But, low and behold we found an ordinary looking stone on the beach, with tell tale crystal like lumps at the side we were told to look out for, and after calling to our guide, who gently hit the stone with a hammer, a baby ammonite was exposed- a creature entombed in it’s hiding place and not seen for millions of years.
That tiny fossil meant more to us than the bigger one bought in the shop because we had found it. To hold something that ancient puts into perspective what the world is all about and how small a part we humans play in the grand scheme of things.

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