After the most enjoyable visit to Ralph Court Gardens in June, members returned to Mamble Village Hall for the July meeting.

Secretary Lyn Bowen was thanked for arranging the W I display, when the Village Hall celebrated its Centenary in June. For the majority of its 97 years, the Institute has regularly used the Hall for its meetings.

Pauline Blumer has kindly offered her garden for the next meeting on August 6, weather permitting. There will be a Bring and Buy and a Cake Stall, starting at 2pm. In the event of poor weather, members will meet at Burford House for tea.

John Boynton of Kidderminster took us on a tour of Britain, illustrated by his many beautiful slides taken in the 1970s and 1980s. He has a particular interest in churches and cathedrals and he explained that the money to build them was raised or donated by wealthy landowners and industrialists. He also showed us many examples of bridges found throughout England, as well as natural features such as Chesil Beach and the white cliffs of Dover. His only photograph taken outside Britain was of the Town Hall in Calais, as it is visible from Britain.

The next meeting in the Village Hall will be on September 14 at 7.30 pm, when Bob Barker will speak about blackbirds.

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