Westerham & AGM

The blessings of an English garden were graciously bestowed upon the twenty or so members who wisely accepted the kind invitation of Barbara and Derek Childs to their home at Halstead, near Sevenoaks on 14th July for a buffet lunch. On manicured lawns in gentle summer sun, as bees bumbled about the buddleia with Gaieté de coeur, we enjoyed such delights as broccoli and nut quiche garnished with mouth-watering salads, followed by strawberries and cream.

This was an agreeable prelude to our AGM at Westerham where the 13th century Parish Church of St. Mary’s stands just off the village green. The formalities of the meeting installed our new President, Roger Gentry, and three new committee members, thanking both Malcolm Hall and Ian Payne as they retired following their three-year term. Our President, Barbara Childs, coming to the end of her two-year term, was presented with a bouquet of flowers, a token of our appreciation for her tirelessly productive work. Kevin Grafton was elected Treasurer, replacing David Brock who has retired from the post after six years’ excellent service, magically balancing our books every year.

Before tea and an interesting talk by Bruce Nuttal on glass etching and his work on the glass screen of Westerham’s Resurrection Chapel, we had a short organ recital by Paul Isom. The organ, with its unusual carved and decorated Swell box, was built by Lewis in 1871 for Wymondham Abbey before it was installed at Westerham in 1883. It was rebuilt and enlarged in 1962 by Kingsgate Davidson with electric action and a new console.

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