Club Meeting Monday 12th November 2018

The Club held its monthly meeting at the Dursley Community Centre, over 50 members were present with President Martin Lee in the chair. After welcoming guest speaker James Showers he thanked Past President Roger Davis for standing in for him at the Dursley Remembrance Service

The President gave a very positive report on the recent visit to the Brunel Museum in Bristol. Organiser Colin Wyatt was thanked in his absence.

This month the Club has arranged to visit the Everyman in Cheltenham to see a production of “The Messiah”, a comedy with an impressive star line.

Looking ahead to the New Year, two past presidents Tom Potts and Brian Lamerton are putting together plans for a wine and cheese evening in January. Past President Brian Lamerton gave details of what should be an entertaining evening provided by Godsells Cheese and Majestic Wine.

In February we plan to visit the Oakham Treasures Museum followed by a pub lunch, and in March we will be back in Bristol to see the “new” Bristol Old Vic and the Georgian House Museum./p

April brings the 2019 annual holiday, a four day visit to North Wales based at a hotel in Caernarfon commencing on 1st April The proposed itinerary includes visits to Caernarfon and Beaumaris Castles, the Welsh Highland Railway, a cruise on the Menai Strait and a visit to a slate mine.

President Martin’s year will finish with the Annual Lunch which will be held at the Barn at Berkeley.

Speaker of the day James Showers began by describing how he started his funeral company (Family Tree Funerals) in Stroud after the funerals of his parents, where each had different emotional outcomes. This raised the question as to why some funerals are better than others and led to him opening his company. The company has been operating for fifteen years and used the principle of memorialisation in working with the bereaved families.

James then suggested that members should ask questions which would lead to a two way conversation. This different approach led to a very interesting and stimulating two way flow which James handled with much humour but also with great sensitivity. The range of topics included the intricacies of internments and cremations together with his experiences of some very different family requests. James also explained the origins of funeral wakes and some of the differences between funerals in the UK and the USA.

The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Robert Jennings. There being no further business the President closed the meeting and members retired to the bar followed by lunch.