We were welcomed back after the summer break by Angela, our president, with the news that the barbecue at Carole`s house in August raised just over £200. A future event is the “Last Night of the Proms” on Saturday, 12th September. This event is to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the first WI. The live broadcast from the Albert Hall will be relayed on the big screen in the village hall. There will be champagne and victoria sponges on every table and union jacks to wave at the appropriate time.. We will all join in lusterly with the promenaders to sing Jerusalem.

The guest speaker for the night was Sherell Cunningham, a pilot, business woman and adventurer. After running a flying school in South Africa, she became the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Charter Airlines, based in Johannesburg and a Director for the Centre of Aviation Law in Africa. A single mother of two daughters told us about the role played by the”Dowager Duchess” (one of her aircraft) in what was a remarkable life story. Some of her adventures included escaping from rebel soldiers in Angola, being thrown in jail in Rwanda and being shot down in Mozambique.

Sherell was a nominee for both the South African “Women on the Move” and “Businesswoman of the Year” awards. She was inspired by her great aunt Beryl Markham ( the first woman to fly from East to West across the Atlantic against the prevailing winds) and her father who was a tennis coach to some of the great names in tennis. Sherell carried us all with her with the vivid descriptions of her life`s adventures illustrated with her lap top presentation. She and her daughters returned to live here in England, because South Africa was becoming an unsafe environment for them.

The next meeting will be on 14th October, when Captain Chris Rigby returns to talk about flying phobia. Not just for those who dislike flying. This talk is very informative for all flyers.