At the July
meeting, it was announced that we are holding a coffee morning
on Saturday September 1st to promote membership of our WI. We
hope to encourage more women, of all ages, to join us. Ann Farr,
then, announced that we had made a profit of £200 at the
barbecue. Sylvia Morlidge thanked Ann and John for hosting the
event. £80 was also raised at the cake stall at the Fete.
There then followed "An Audience with Arthur Lowe: World
that Arthur Lowe was a world champion swimmer! A European champion
swimmer at the age of 75! Arthur went on to describe, intermingled
with amusing stories and anecdotes, how he came to achieve this.
Amongst other things he told us he was, at this time, on honeymoon
having been married for only 12 days; he originally came from
the Ladywood area of Birmingham having been born into a very
poor family; he married for the first time in 1960 and built
his own house in 1966, he is proud to have the same name as
the star of "Dad`s Army".
He first discovered his talent for swimming at about the age
of 7. His family could not afford a costume for him so he had
to borrow one and he took on various ways of raising money for
sessions at the local baths. During Army service in 1955 he
won a prize for backstroke. The prize being a carving knife!.
His record at that time was 2 minutes 55seconds but now, 57
years on, and after a lot of training his time is 2 minutes
Arthur Lowe has led a quite remarkable life and he now attributes
his confidence to speak at meetings to his membership of the
Speakers club. He gave us two saying which have helped him through
his life "Tenacity is a Talent" and "You are
what you want to be" and ended with "If at first you
don`t succeed don`t try sky diving".
We don`t have a meeting in August, but on the 12th September
Lee Figures will tell us about "Natural Health Remedies
for Common Ailments"