Overstrand Evening WI. At our July meeting Mr Nicholas Luckett was our speaker and entertained us with his talk billed as “30 years of chalk and talk”. Now retired he has many memories of his long career as a novice teacher through to his years as a Headmaster. His placements took him from one end of the country to the other, from the Isle of Wight to Northumberland, and to places in between, and to many different schools. His memories, some sad and some hilarious, he summed up as “happy, sad and mad”. These included burst pipes, a hurricane which felled the oldest existing cedar in the country, identical twins who swapped identities for the day, a strange incident involving a starting pistol which caused the school pianist to fall to the floor, and a very sad incident of a child with an undeclared heart defect who died in a swimming pool.
The recent trip to Sandringham was greatly enjoyed by everyone who went. Our member who organised a beach clean reported a very worthwhile mornings work by members, visitors and villagers. Several large bags supplied by NNDC were filled. Well worth doing towards the `war on plastic` and will undoubtedly be repeated. Our delegate reported on the Annual meeting in Cardiff where the resolution on parity for Mental Health being on a par with any other health problems was passed. Overstrand WI will be following this up by informing themselves of ways in which they can promote parity in our own community with speakers and information gathering.
The craft meeting, always in August, will be taken over by a demonstration of Flower arranging and then members will make their own Flower Arrangement. We also look forward to a Garden Party at one of the members home during August. Members are asked to supply goods and help for the Car Boot on August 2nd.
Our meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Overstrand. New members from the area always welcomed.