Arlington WI: Alison Mills from the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon gave an interesting insight into objects from the attic. Here on show at the museum are about 70 photos in black and white showing farming scenes. The museum can get 75,000 visitors a year and entry is free to see a range of objects alternating from a total collection of 75,000 objects. The museum was founded to educate the people of Barnstaple in the 19th century, by bringing the world to them. Three pieces of elephant hair and a caterpillar from New Zealand were among a massive geological speciality. They have many minerals and fossils including Pilton Shale, and ammonites. In the last 20 to 30 years archaeologists have unearthed many items in different parts of Barnstaple including under the Civic Centre, Litchdon Street etc. The museum bought Brannam's archives before it ceased to be. Members were able to see many fascinating examples of social history, including Sir Bruce Chichester's cheque deposit for plates in safe-keeping, and John Gay's programme of his Beggar's Opera. Such an interesting evening and everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable time.
Refreshments were followed by the business of the evening. The August outing will be to Woody Bay with a cream tea to follow, on Wednesday, August 17. On Sunday, August 7, there will be a WI stall at Arlington Court Garden Party with bric a brac and cakes etc. The 75th celebration midday meal for members is booked for Friday, November 25, at Patchole Manor.
The DFWI is combining the two months of the annual meeting and resolutions into one month as from 2012, which was generally approved.
Competition for an old bottle: 1 Freda Down; 2 Jean Chugg; 3 Angela Legg. FOM: Jean Chugg. Raffle: Nancy Fry; Heather Jones; Elsie Roff; Gwen Wooldridge; Jean Chugg.
Next monthly meeting is on Wednesday, September 7, at 7.30pm. Speaker is Stella Hewett on Canine Partners. Competition is for a dog ornament.
Braunton Caen Rotary Club: In July each year all the officers for the complete Rotary International organisation worldwide change. The newly formed Braunton Caen Rotary Club is perhaps the only club in the world that bucked the system as their president did not change, but the President Elect did. Alan Cunningham has actually held both posts since the club's inauguration in December. The non handover meeting was held at a splendid barbecue evening hosted by Gerry Jones and Jan Lewis. With no outgoing president there was no-one in the club who could present Alan with his gong, which he was already wearing, so he was going to just keep it on, but as the Assistant District Governor, Edward Tanner from Bampton, Rotary Club of Exmoor, was present he stepped into the breach. All the other club officers renewed, so there were no changes to note other than there is now a president elect, Jan Lewis, a book distributor, to take over next year and bring the club inline with the rest of the world. Patrick Farrelly is vice-president.
"It did seem a little strange to take up the microphone to just say that it was an honour to keep the status quo and for the Assistant District Governor to mark his visit by just adjusting the chain of office", said Alan.
The club, an evening club, was formed by members of the existing Braunton club who could not make lunchtime meetings and in the short time that has lead to the unique presidential situation they now have 26 members which is quite an achievement in six months.
Chulmleigh WI: July began in great style for us, with a beautiful sunny day for our trip to Padstow. We were joined by several friends from our area and other WIs, and everyone seemed to enjoy the outing.
A number of our members also had a lovely afternoon at Lower Langaton alpaca farm a few days earlier. The owners, Ian and Rachel Waldron, run a highly successful herd of about 250 alpacas, mainly Huacas with some Suris. Ian took us through the fields to see them and we stopped some distance away to hear his interesting account of how they are reared. Within minutes they had wandered over to examine their strange visitors and were really curious and friendly. We also saw the special breed of sheep kept at Langaton, known as Easy Care, as they moult and don't need shearing. Finally we visited the free range egg unit, where packaging is highly mechanised. The hens have access to the field outside and are expertly guarded by a group of alpacas. Before leaving we also saw some of the garments and other products made from alpaca fleece, which is beautifully fine and dense.
Speaker at this month's meeting on July 14 was Claire Joselin from the Ilfracombe branch of the Dogs Trust, formerly known as the Canine Defence League. She described the work of the Trust, involving the rescue and rehoming of strays. Dogs are checked by a vet, microchipped, vaccinated and returned to their owners where possible. Advice and support is given to adopting families. The Ilfracombe centre was established 20 years ago, has 14 staff and costs more than £20,000 to run each year, supported by their charity shops, donations and legacies. The Trust is currently campaigning against puppy farming, that is, breeding of puppies by unqualified people in unsuitable conditions. They recommend that anyone buying a puppy should arrange to see it with its mother, where it was bred.
Winners of this month's competition for best photo of a dog were: 1 Claire Withers; 2 Pam Webber; 3 Elizabeth Aird. FOM was won by Eileen Elston; 2 Pam Webber; 3 Margaret Locker.
Forthcoming events include a trip to Exmoor Zoo on August 16 and a visit to Bath on September 22.
Next meeting will be on September 13, when the speaker will be Michael Henderson, with a talk entitled "See you after the duration". Competition is an American souvenir. Visitors and guests are welcome to join us at the Town Hall at 7.30pm.
Croyde WI: Croyde WI held its annual garden meeting at the home of Helena Patrides on Tuesday, July 12. The afternoon provided members with a lovely opportunity to have a good chat and time to catch up with each other. The weather was perfect and there was a competition for the best garden party hat which was won by Helena. Delicious food was served. There was a little business and dates for forthcoming events were given: August 12 is a meal out for the committee members who worked so hard last year; on August 14 there is a cream tea in the village hall, we have offers of food and would like as many as possible to come along and help on stalls, kitchen etc, this is from 3-5pm and is open to the public. In October there are three events to note: October 12 is the date of the Autumn County Meeting at Barnstaple; on October 15 Croyde WI will be having a Quiz evening in the village hall; and October 19 is the Lundy group social which will be at Lee. We have a busy and exciting time coming up.
Suggestions were asked for regarding our Christmas luncheon.
Four of our members are off to Denman College tomorrow with friends from Georgeham.
On September 13 at 7pm we begin our new session of meetings, starting with a games evening. Any ladies reading this report would be ever so welcome to come and join us in September and everyone is welcome to come to our cream tea in August.
Fremington Evening WI: President Susan Teague welcomed members and Jeanette, our guest, to this evening's meeting.
After the general business we welcomed David Mapp, our guest speaker, who spoke interestingly about his life and in general about the life of a lighthouse keeper before lights went on to being fully automated.
Four men per team at any one time were on duty for two to three months. The usual period in one area was two years and on occasion even three years.
David spoke of his time in lighthouses from Lundy to Orfness, Wolf Rock, Plymouth and the Isle of Wight. One of the photographs of Wolf Rock demonstrated the power of the sea when waves crashed almost to the top of the lighthouse. Fittingly, tonight's competition was for something nautical. This resulted: 1 Margaret Glass; 2 Delia Gardiner; 3 Lesley Wray. FOM result was: 1 Lesley Wray; 2 Delia Gardiner; 3 Susan Teague.
We look forward to the summer meal in August and meet again in the Church Hall, Fremington, on September 7 when fellow member Margaret Short will demonstrate flower arranging.
Those attending should bring along some foliage and a pair of secateurs if possible. Contact number is 01271 475231.
Georgeham WI: At their July meeting members observed a minute's silence remembering Aileen Young, vice-president, who had recently died. Aileen had been an active member for a number of years, during which she had also served as president. She will be greatly missed.
Marjorie Heywood had kindly invited members to see their newly installed "Robot" milking machine. Micro-chipped cows wandered at will into the milking parlour, lured by the strategically placed food, and once in position were washed and milked electronically, and were then free to return to the fields. All done without the presence of any human hand.
The micro-chipping enabled yields to be recorded automatically and it was fascinating to watch. Marjorie's promised tea and biscuits turned out to be a most welcome and tasteful supper. An interesting evening.
The Crafts Group had a break from their labours and went out for a lunch, followed by a visit to Carol Klein's garden.
Raffle tickets for the quilt they made in aid of the hospices are being sold at various venues throughout the summer and the draw will be made by Bishop Bob Evens, the Bishop of Crediton, on Saturday, September 10, in the Village Hall.
Arrangements were made for the Annual Summer Fête being held in the Village Hall on Tuesday, August 2, at 6pm.
As the planned speaker had been unable to attend, members had a bring and share supper, followed by a few games of beetle. Another enjoyable evening with plenty of time to socialise.
At our next meeting on September 14 Amanda Burred will be demonstrating beadwork, in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.
Holsworthy Rotary Club: Rotarian Paul Edwards, member of Tiverton Rotary Club and the District Governor, visited the Monday, July 11 meeting.
This was his second visit to the club and he thanked members for being an active club and supporting Polio Plus, with a target of £300 from each club this year.
Governor training takes place in the USA. Rotary has a worldwide membership of 1.2 million with 500 District Governors and 1,000 members in Devon. His aim in his year of office, is to promote projects and service to the community. He closed his talk by saying that we should all work together and increase the membership.
Vote of thanks from Rotarian John Westaway president.
Kentisbury WI: The July meeting saw a full village hall to hear Pat Soby's talk on Celtic patchwork. Patchwork was found in 3,500BC in the Egyptian tombs.
In the 1800s it became really popular with the Irish settlers in America. Celtic patchwork was developed by an Irish lady who wanted to keep her roots.
Beautiful quilts were made using the patterns of Celtic knots made out of strips of bias cut tape.
Pat demonstrated the technique of making the strips using special cutters and a marked cutting board.
Celtic knot patterns can be copied on to the material and the tape carefully sewn on them to produce a truly impressive quilt, cushion cover, wall hanging, or bag.
One or two ladies had a go and perhaps may produce a future work of art. Pat was at hand with advice and encouragement, showing pattern books, and recommending shops where tools of the trade may be purchased. Jenny Robinson gave Pat our sincere thanks for the truly inspirational demonstration.
The 50/50 stall had many interesting articles for sale and created interest. Customers were delighted with their bargains. Competition, a Celtic object, was won by Gail; 2 Viviane; 3 Gillian. FOM: Brenda and Christine joint winners; 2 Gillian and Viviane.
The August meeting is the summer outing, a visit to Tiverton for a canal trip.
South Molton Rotary Club: After a busy year Kathy Stanbury has handed on the baton to John Maxfield at the South Molton Rotary Club. In Kathy's year as president at South Molton the club has had a successful year and made a real difference in the town. Weekly meetings provide the backbone of the social life linked with the pleasure of giving service to the community in many different ways.
The Charity Shop in East Street celebrates its second birthday on July 23. The Rotarians and volunteers who have run the shop have ensured thousands of pounds could be given to local groups and individuals to help with their work.
ShelterBox is a Rotary charity and has been in the forefront of disaster relief, so badly needed in the last year, and has been fantastically well supported in South Molton whenever the need is known.
Rotarians working with South Molton Community College ensure crocuses were planted by students as part of a Worldwide Polio campaign. They helped support their community days and enjoyed doing mock interviews to prepare students for their next steps in work and education.
The club programme was packed with great social events like the Ascot Day event and visits included Fremington Quay and an alpaca farm.
John Maxfield takes over with the club in good shape with great ideas to carry on the mix of traditions and innovations with a warm welcome for new members.
John and his wife Sue moved to North Devon in 2008 after retiring from their art shop business in London. He was soon actively involved with the Rotary Club at South Molton, bringing his talents and interests to add to the club's vitality. John's interests include his grandchildren and their school in Bratton Fleming, bird watching, wildlife photography, fly fishing, cricket and learning to ring the church bells.
John said of his plans for the coming year: "As a vibrant Rotary Club we will be adding new projects to those that have traditionally always been part of our Rotary calendar of events. I understand that retirement homes for the elderly are often lonely places, particularly when someone has no close relatives to call on. We hope to be able to make visits to talk for half an hour and lift the spirits of someone who may well be quite lonely.
"Our Club plans to remain in close contact with the Community College is an important part of our Rotary agenda. Arranging mock interviews is just one way we can help students plan for the wider world of work.
"I am keen to see those who wish to learn more about the work of the South Molton Rotary Club join us over lunch. If you would like more information please call me on 01598 710051, we are always keen to invite new members to join.
"The South Molton Rotary Club will celebrate the start of the third year of the successful Rotary charity shop and we will be seeking out local worthy causes to receive funds raised from shop sales.
"Internationally, the club will continue to support the Rotary Kira Project by sponsoring a student. We will continue to support the Polio Plus Project. Rotary International as an organisation is very close to achieving the eradication of this disease.
"The need to continue raising funds for ShelterBoxes is an important one. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those in South Molton, surrounding villages and schools who have contributed to our appeals. Your contributions have helped provide vital survival equipment to those in disaster areas throughout the world.
"It looks like it will be a busy year, but I am really looking forward to leading our club through the next 12 months."