As our regular readers will know, our Quarterly Open Meetings are, in the appropriate months, the mainstay of our Reports in the Magazine and here on our Website. Our Secretary Derek is responsible for booking our Speakers, and does a splendid job, not withstanding that good Speakers are a vanishing breed , especially those who we have not seen before. Almost without exception, our Speaker and his subject are interesting and informative, sometimes humorous, and always well presented.
I’m sure you will be pleased to hear that Derek has booked our Speakers for the remainder of this year (2020), as well as Speakers for next year (2021), including Phil Badcott (who recently told us the story of “William of Orange and his Glorious Revolution of 1688 in South Devon”) and also Dr. Todd Gray, from Exeter University, who is always much in demand.
Unfortunately, this month, we cannot tell you about the talk scheduled for Friday 6th March, which would have been “Walking the Zambezi” and given by David Lemon, who would have been a new Speaker for us. This would have been a talk the like of which we have not had before, and I know that many Members were looking forward to it very much. The dreaded “c- word” has been the subject of much official and unofficial advice to individuals and organisations and groups (even as small as ours and others which regularly use the Village Hall), but in the end, with a few exceptions, leaving the decision to take such advice was left to the individual or group.
Taking into account that probably the majority of our Members fall within the “most at risk” group selected by the Government for “special advice” and that a large number of them are reluctant to come out after dark anyway, our Committee took the decision earlier in the week of the talk to cancel our Open Meeting scheduled for 6th March. We ensured that all of our Members were notified by various means , and our posters (which are on all the Village Notice Boards) had “Cancelled” stickers securely attached to them. Our Speaker David Lemon was contacted and understood and agreed with our decision. In the hope that everything will be back to normal in due course he has been re-booked. The Committee apologises for having to take this step, but we trust that you will agree that it is “better to be safe than sorry”.
Tony Chidlow .. Chairman
This is just a friendly Hello to the Congregation from Australia,I was many years ago living with my Family in 50 Marldon Cross Hill,thechildren then some in the School there,It was always a dream of FRANK TO emigrate toAustraliaafter his 18 years service in the Royal Navy.He got his wish and sadly we came back to celebrate our 50 years GoldenWedding and had alovely service in St Matthews Church where we were Married.It was lovely day but the following day I lost him ,so I had to return to Australia without him.He was interred in a grave in Marldon Church,Ihad a double plot so as he will be beside me for my resting days..His name on the stone is Frank Reginald Evans.I checked recently to the Gentleman in charge to make sure I will still be able to come back to Rest In Peace beside him.My Mum,Dad,BrotherDerek Ryan,Beryl Ryan nephew Andrew Rees and Jean Rees my sister Mary Reese’s Sister-in-law are all up there.I am 88 now and have not been well for a long time but still keep going,my family all Know what my wishes are, for me to join them aa one day,My two eldest Sons know of my wishes,they are in Kent andNorfolk..Pray that you area all keeping well in England,been nice to talk too friends every where Godbless you all,my love to everyone,Doreen Robinson my dear late Husband Malcolm JamesRobinson whom I lost over 2yrs ago,Franks name was Frank Reginald Evans he was 68 when he passed away,we both had Great Faith in our dear Lord,Amen,
On Thu, 2 Apr 2020 at 8:09 am, Marldon Local History Group wrote:
> MLHG Secretary posted: “As our regular readers will know, our Quarterly > Open Meetings are, in the appropriate months, the mainstay of our Reports > in the Magazine and here on our Website. Our Secretary Derek is responsible > for booking our Speakers, and does a splendid job, not wi” >