Overstrand Evening WI


Our Speaker


For our March meeting we were fortunate to have a local historian (ex head teacher of the well renowned Belfry School, Overstrand) Tim Bennett, give an illustrated talk about Gervase Phinn, author and schools inspector, and now something of a showman.


As our speaker read well chosen extracts from some of Gervaise Phinn’s books, members were almost beside themselves in helpless laughter.


Gervase Phinn, a Yorkshireman, took his inspiration from the settings and colourful characters who populated this area. His book titles often mirrored the locations, such as “The other side of the dale”.


His text was wonderfully descriptive, immersing us in its humour. One example featured a young pupil who repeatedly said that a relative of his had “65 roses”. Uncomprehending initially, Mr Phinn realized what the lad was conveying, was in fact cystic fibrosis – rather less pleasant than aromatic flowers.


Information and Discussions


The following business seemed rather pale in comparison, but amongst other things, an invitation for four of our members has been received from a member of Barford WI, soon to be holidaying in the village, for afternoon  tea and cakes – right up our street.


Possible activities for Norfolk Day July 27th, and a Wellbeing meeting in August were also discussed.


New faces and visitors, are warmly welcomed to our meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.



March 2019 Meeting Report

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