One of the pleasures of being involved with our Parish Magazine and Website, in addition to preparing this monthly Report, is also the pleasure of helping to assemble the 200-plus Magazine copies at the end of each month, required for sale to the (hopefully) eagerly awaiting readers on the 1st of each month. This task is the final (and probably the easiest) step in the much longer process undertaken by our Magazine Editor, John.
This final step is carried out by a few regular helpers in what has become a “conveyor belt process”, interrupted (but rarely stopped) by occasional short conversations about nothing in particular! The feeling of a job well done makes it all worthwhile.
And now to something perhaps equally worthwhile – the Quarterly Open Meetings of the History Group, the next of which is looming on the horizon. Our September Open Meeting always has an extra element of importance, inasmuch as it is also our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. We always strive to make our Open Meetings as interesting as possible, mainly through our choice of a Guest Speaker and the choice of subject they will present to our audience. We have been fortunate, throughout our existence, in our choice of Speakers and their subjects, and their high standards and knowledge of their subjects, and most of the audiences at our Open Meetings go home having been informed and entertained, and tell us so, which, again, makes it all worthwhile.
Our next Open Meeting is on FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER, and our Guest Speaker will be Paul Rendell, with an illustrated talk entitled “Nature in the Garden”. Paul has spoken to us in the past and his talks are always very informative and interesting. He is an expert on, and Guide for Dartmoor, and his talk will appeal to gardeners and lovers of nature alike, of which we are sure there are many in Marldon. As always, the talk will start at 7.30pm, in the Main Hall. Admission is free to Members, and £2 to non-Members (including coffee and biscuits!)
Our AGM is also the time to renew your Membership of our Group, (and also to consider joining us if you are not a Member) and we sincerely hope that you will be able to do so. Our annual subscription is still only £5, which entitles you to free admission to all of our Open Meetings (except our Christmas Evening, for which there is a nominal charge). Also, as a Member, you will be able to borrow (without charge) from our ever-growing collection of books with a Marldon/Devon interest.
Look out for our posters and flyers on the Village Notice Boards. Members will be notified directly, by post, delivered to your door or by e-mail. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th .
Tony Chidlow .. Chairman