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 theDowager
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.