I’m sure there are many residents of Marldon, (including many readers of this website) and even more of our “neighbours” in our adjoining conurbation of Torbay, who (like us) are not “natives” of our particular popular corner of South Devon but newcomers from “up country or elsewhere”. I’m also sure that many of them (like me) suddenly realise that they have now lived in “sunny Devon” for longer than they lived elsewhere, including their birthplace. “So what?” you may say, but it is a significant milestone I think, which you may be reminded of when you are not in Devon and are asked “where are you from?”. My reply is usually “well, I was born in Stoke-on-Trent, but I’ve lived in Devon for most of my life”. This sometimes brings a response tinged with a little envy, often followed by various comments on both sides about the perceived differences in the weather! Having the recent extremes in the weather, as seen on the TV nightly, I am hoping that it will abate for our next Open Meeting, and that we will have the above average attendance that our Speaker and his talk deserve.
“Walking the Zambezi” is the title and our Speaker will be David Lemon. David is an experienced Speaker, author, adventurer and journalist. He has spent a large part of his life working and walking (!) in Africa, and is a new Speaker to us. His greatest achievement is perhaps the subject of his talk, becoming the first person in recorded history to achieve this epic 2,000 mile journey – and at the age of 70 ! We will be seeing many photographs of the wildlife and sights taken on his epic journey, and I think I am right in saying that this is the first time we have had this type of talk at our Open Meetings.
As usual, the Meeting starts at 7.30 in the Village Hall, and admission is free to Members and £2 for non-Members This includes coffee and biscuits. Members will have received our usual flyers in good time, and our posters are on the Village Notice Boards and other usual places. We look forward to seeing you there.
Tony Chidlow .. Chairman