Today the relief coach party travelled up to Royal Greenwich to view the Cutty Sark and to take a ride in the cable car.It looked very grey when we arrived but improved throughout the day so that by the time we swung out over the Thames, the weather conditions were ideal. We could see for miles and miles.The guide was excellent and coped so thoughtfully with our member in a wheelchair who was returning to Greenwich after an interval of 90 years and proudly told everyone that she had been eight when she left.Unbelievable, and with a bit of enlisted braking power we managed the downhill path in fine style.As we travelled up to London that morning, we read on the front page of the Daily Telegraph that to stay young and healthy in retirement one should join the WI. Case proven! We also had a mother-to-be on board which was lovely and added a topical note to the party.There is so much to see on this tour that I think it could be repeated next year when perhaps we will not have to disappoint so many members as this time, when we taken by surprise by how many wanted to come along.
The local WI Discussion Group met this evening and the topic was Health&Safety. The main point coming out of this gathering was that initially a lot of the legislation had been a good thing: it had removed many of the dangers and risks in the old workplaces where everyone was exposed to all sorts of dangerous inhalations and unprotected machinery. However, it had all become rather silly.Youngsters should be informed about risks but not over-protected; they should be allowed to play conkers, climb trees and play outside but taught to be aware of dangers.The culture of having to find someone to blame for insurance claims was a contributing factor which resulted in notices warning that water in the hot tap was hot and a walnut loaf may contain nuts.
This afternoon some of our members attended the Literary Lunch when Duncan McNair was the speaker.The hotel laid on a lovely meal and it was a pleasant occasion again. Duncan is a lawyer who has made a book out of writing letters to famous people apparently from a rather dotty lady called Mrs Morello and publishing the replies.He added a little advice on how to get our own efforts published, which really boiled down to "Keep trying!"
We went along to the monthly meeting expecting a talk and demonstration of cookery and found instead a talk on Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement which was expertly demonstrated. We listened to a very good report of the AGM at Cardiff and heard that a second attempt was being prepared to obtain funding for the activity centre planned for the town with the Town Council's support. The craft stall at the Young Farmers' event at Singleborough had been a disaster for us. Not because of a lack of craft items to sell nor a lack of helpers to watch the stall but because hardly anyone came into the barn where the stalls were sited.The organisers had unexpectedly demanded extra money for tables on top of the hire of the stall space.This was all very disappointing for the craft group who had produced over a hundred good quality items for sale. We shall have to find another outlet as soon as possible.