A t our July meeting our speaker travel writer Roger Butler gave a compelling illustrated talk on his travels in Morocco. Taking us on an imaginative journey through our nearest exotic country, he described the simple way of life of many rural Moroccans plus the exotic, lively markets and nightlife complete with snake charmers, acrobats and water-sellers in major cities like Marrakech and the capital Rabat. Many of us were surprised to hear how cold Morocco can be in the winter because of the snow-capped Atlas mountains in the north of the country. Here the farmers still grind corn by horse power and ancient techniques like winnowing, using the wind to separate the wheat from the chaff. Roger produced the hand-make rake which was one of his first travel souvenirs and epitomised to him the simple, timeless tools, still used in the primitive parts of Morocco. He judged the competition for a colourful holiday photograph which was won by Margot Hawkins and her vivid shot of cherry blossom in Japan. Second was Maureen Lindsay, with her picture of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at Cairns in Queensland, Australia. Jane Mills was third with her atmospheric photo of Silver Howe, overlooking Grasmere in the Lake District.
We will be enjoying a Pudding Evening on August 14th when members will sample a variety of different home-cooked puddings. We are staging a fund-raising coffee morning on October 13th from 10am in the Town Hall for the Air Ambulance. Our next meeting is on September 11th when the talk will be ‘True Tales of a Tour Guide – what happens behind the scenes” and the competition is for an unusual paper-knife.
Visitors welcome as always – just turn up and join us.