Funtington and West Stoke W.I.
Our February meeting was held during the afternoon of February 21st. The meeting was started by Benny entertaining us with one of her very amusing stories before we moved on to the short business part of the day.
The speaker this month was Mr. Anthony Paulson-Smith, who spoke about the origins of place names. Mr. Paulson-Smith has written over seventy books and has been interested in this subject since he was a very young boy and discovered that the word’ only’ began as ‘one ly’.
The Downs comes from the Old English word of ‘Dun’ meaning hills, whilst Funtington comes from ‘farmstead near a spring’ and Stoke means ‘a special place’.
Mr. Paulson-Smith was very happy to answer questions about place names and the origins of many amusing names were explained.
Our next meeting in the Village Hall in West Ashling will be on Wednesday March 21st, starting at 7pm. The speaker is Michael Olding, talking about the history of Stanstead.
Here we are in March probably swapping rain/snow for wind – but getting nearer spring despite having daffodils out in garden in December and January.
Our meeting was well attended as usual,members having had time to consider the Resolutions and cast their vote,this is usually difficult and needful of considerable thought as all are issues that need attention.
I wont mention Maggies pre-meeting lunch again but must just say it was just right for a very cold day. Still many plans outings and meeting to arrange plus the rest of business and notices.
Our speaker James Weston gave an interesting and informative talk on Greenland – its nature and history,it is interesting to learn how people adapt to the conditionsnof the land they inhabit leading to a greater understanding all round. We enjoyed our usual social time plus of course-tea and biscuits. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday in each month at 1pm-3.15pm optional lunch 12.noon. at The Fishbourne Centre,Blackboy Lane. Further details:-
Sec.Beryl Reynolds T.774350.e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org