Early in the month there was a dining out evening at the Golden Ball in Boxworwth then, following on from his talk to us at the WI Group Meeting in June, a small group of us recently took Jeffery Archer up on his offer for us to visit the sculpture garden at his home in the the Old Vicarage at Grantchester. We were warmly welcomed by the housekeeper who, to our surprise and delight, had prepared fresh coffee and a delicious coffee sponge for us. She introduced us to the history of the Old Vicarage, which includes of course the period when Rupert Brooke was lodging there, then having been warned about some slippery locations in the gardens we were left to wander around as we wished.
Afterwards we strolled along to the nearby Orchard cafe on Grantchester Meadows for lunch. A memorable day for us all.
Following our summer break there was a good turnout for the monthly meeting on the 21st. After the usual welcoming refreshments and the business reports the meeting was formally closed so that our speaker, Kerry Botha, could talk to us about the background of the Forever Living company which focusses on the farming of Aloe Vera plants and the production of associated wellbeing and beauty merchandise. Several members are already keen users of some of the featured products but there seemed to be mixed feelings about actually drinking those aimed at improving inner digestive health! Kerry finished by offering members the opportunity to order items from her.
Members have donated a large number of daffodil bulbs which will soon be planted around the centre of the village so that everyone can enjoy them next Spring.
The October lunch will be taking place at Slepe Hall, St Ives and the next meeting will be held on 19th October when, in a change to the original programme, Geoff Heathcock will be talking about the work of the RNLI. It is hoped that Geoff Lambert will be telling us about Medical Detection Dogs at a later date.