Fortunately the weather in July was excellent and so our major event of the month, a putting competition, went ahead as planned.
Resident Hugh Edmondson very generously offered to sponsor a putting competition between residents, purchasing a small cup to be competed for at this event and subsequent competitions! He also donated bottles of wine for prizes and afternoon tea for all present. Unfortunately, he was so busy ensuring that other residents were able to enjoy the afternoon that he was unable to fulfil his original intention to compete himself. The winner was June Baldwyn who received the winners cup and the runner-up was Jim Coote. Both received a bottle of wine.
The first talk was entitled “Birding Around the World”, and was given by an outside speaker, Stephen Custance-Baker. During an eight year period he and his wife travelled in six continents to experience the scenery, architecture, food, people and wildlife. His talk concentrated on the latter, particularly the wide variety of different bird species they came across which were well illustrated with his own superb photography.
The second talk was by the retired mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams who had honoured us with a visit to Blagdon Village last year during her term of office. She outlined the functions she had attended and the many visits she had paid to organisations in the area during her year as Mayor. It was a very busy programme which sometimes entailed two or three commitments in a day. She had enjoyed it all but was quite happy to resume normal council duties as one of three councillors representing Wellington. Her talk was accompanied by a backdrop of photographs taken by her husband.”