East Dean and Friston WI

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WE WERE lucky on November 10 to have for our meeting the only sunny day in a very wet and dreary week.

The President, Jean Warriner, welcomed members and four guests and thanked Renee Wicking for the beautiful bowl of roses and freesias decorating the table. Sylvia Sweatman then read the minutes of the October meeting and gave various dates for our diaries.

A board was circulated for those interested in playing canasta. Then we moved on to the annual meeting with reports firstly from the Treasurer Vivyenne Willings who presented the financial statement which showed a welcome surplus of £148. Sylvia then read the secretary Vicki Jancz report.

It has been a very full and happy year with some really interesting speakers. We have had regular book club and Scrabble afternoons as well as monthly lunches at various venues.

Jean now closed the annual meeting with her thanks to the committee and members for their loyal support.

The present committee are willing to stand for another year and Dorothy Stevenson conducted the vote for President which was overwhelmingly for Jean to continue for another year.

Now Jean introduced our speaker Mr Clive Wormald who came to talk about the work of Age Concern.

The charity’s premises opposite the Ashford Road entrance of the Arndale were mainly financed by the very generous donation in 1999 of William and Patricia Venton.

The centre provides a lounge and coffee shop and three lunches are served every week. Appointments can be made to give information and advice on pensions, benefits, legal matters and taxes. Age Concern also provides Home from Hospital and Befriending Services for the frail and housebound older person. Mr Wormald was thanked for a useful and enlightening talk.