West Buckland Friendship Club

A TOTAL of 62 members plus seven who were with the club or the first time braved the rather foul weather to join together for the February meeting.

As usual, the meeting started with the chairman welcoming everyone, especially those who were new to the club, and distributing cards to those members whose birthday fell during February.

The business part of the morning was quickly dealt with and those who had signed up for the Exeter trip were advised of arrangements. Once members arrived at the Cathedral coffee would be available and this would be followed by a choice of two tours – one around the Cathedral and the other a tour of the roof for a panoramic view of Exeter. This would be followed by sandwiches and a bit of free time before returning home, certain to be well received by members.

The meeting then moved on and the speaker for the day Yvette Staelens was introduced. Yvette gave an enlightening and very interesting talk on the ‘Lost Singers of Somerset’ in which she went through some of the trips that Cecil Sharp made to Somerset in the early 1900s to meet folk singers and collect those songs for posterity.

The talk really was very interesting and members even ended up by joining Yvette in a rendition of one of the old songs.

The next meeting will be on March 2 when Tony Cooper will be telling the club about ‘my time in the Metropolitan Police’.