I am very reluctant to fall back on such an old chestnut of a subject as the weather to start this month’s Report, but the Summer is not turning out too badly (so far), and (more to the point!) this is also a quiet time for the Group, falling as it does between our Open Meetings of June and September.   This month’s edition of the Magazine is also due out just after the Apple Pie Fair, so I can’t tell how our Stand in the Village Hall fared either.   Still, here are a few things to remind you of.

The first is our next Open Meeting on FRIDAY 8th SEPTEMBER, which is also our AGM.   Our Guest Speaker will be Paul Rendell, who is an authority on all things Dartmoor, and his illustrated talk will be all about Witches, devils, hairy hands and wild animals that are both legends and folklore on the mysterious place which is Dartmoor.

So, “Hairy Hands, Devils & Black Dogs” is the title, and if you are walking home after the Meeting it may be best if you brought a friend!    Paul has spoken to us before, and his talks are always interesting and informative.

As you will know, the AGM part of the evening is when you will be able to renew your Membership (or to join us if you are not a Member !).   The annual subscription is still only £5 and entitles you to free entry to our Quarterly Meetings (except our Christmas Social Evening, for which there is a small charge).   The free coffee and biscuits alone are worth the subscription!    And as it’s the AGM, may I say on behalf of our Committee, that we greatly appreciate your continued Membership and support.  We are always looking for new Members, and a few new faces on our Committee would not go amiss either !     If you need a little encouragement, I can confirm that our programme of Speakers for next year – 2018 – has already been arranged, and again contains subjects which we have not had before.   We look forward to seeing you !

This also seem a good time to remind you about our proposed visit to Kents Cavern, which was mentioned at our last Meeting in June.   This was suggested after the very successful illustrated talk at our March meeting about “Kents Cavern and the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark”.    If we can raise a party of at least 20 people, we will be able to have a private guided tour of the Cavern for £8 per person.   The visit has been provisionally arranged for Tuesday 12th September at 2.00 pm.    We will be taking names (and payment) at the AGM, but if you wish to book early, you can ring either our Secretary Derek (529859) or Tony (521419) to do so, and for more details.

I would also mention that the visit will be open to all – ie Members, non-Members, spouses and friends.

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