Wendy our President welcomed all members and also a visitor for the evening a friend of Mary Sibley. After the singing of Jerusalem and before the general business began, it was felt that a matter concerning the role of dual members standing on two committees concurrently had to be address with all present. A vote was taken on this issue and all present voted unanimously to put this bylaw in place. Wendy is to report back to the Trustee’s on the issue at their next meeting.
Byrony was thanked for the table flowers and Janet, Annette and Elaine for providing the refreshments for us all to enjoy after our speaker. Penny explained she would like the money for the trip to The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, an outing planned for July.
Walk 21 to Cookham in May had been enjoyed by all present and arrangements for walk 22 to Richmond and Ham House this month were finalised at the meeting. Walk 23 in July will be an evening walk around Bray followed by a drink at the Crown Pub.
Pam read out a report on the Group meeting held in the York Club, Windsor Great Park in May, then it was put to the members that the annual Garden Party in August would take place if anyone was interested. Several people raised their hands and Wendy offered her garden for the venue.
Wendy was pleased to report that our cake stall at Holyport Village Fair had raised £99.60p all proceeds will go to The Thames Valley Hospice, the Alexander Devine charity and our local Village Hall.
With no further business we were introduced to Mr. Brian Wood our speaker for the evening his subject “Investigation of Insurance Fraud”. Mr. Wood had first joined his local constabulary some years back which lead him into Insurance Fraud work with the company Sun Alliance. Mr. Wood had some very interesting stories concerning his work mainly to do with car crimes and household contents fraud. He had had a very varied life travelling to lots of parts of the country and making many arrests through his diligent work. Mr. Wood was thanked by Wendy for his informative talk. Mr. Wood’s paperbacks “The Ramblings of a Rustic Copper” could be ordered from him at the meeting, or on the internet.
A reminder that next months speaker will be the Charity Ambassador from Great Ormond Street Hospital. Our July competition will be for a Hanging Basket. The winning entry will be photographed and entered into the WI Sustainable Gardening Competition 2016. The members who had ordered their plug plants for the Village Show competition where able to pick them up from Wendy.
Wendy closed the meeting at 9.45pm .