Vanessa's  SEPT message

It feels absolutely ages since our last meeting. I hope you all enjoyed the hottest Summer on record and are now looking forward to getting the sweaters and boots back out of storage. I do love the seasons and would hate to live somewhere where it's the same all year round. Summer was beautiful but now I'm really looking forward to the trees turning those glorious colours, and winter walks with pale sunshine, a nip in the air and hot chocolate at the end.

Our meeting next week should be a corker. We have two professional actress types coming to lead a discussion event based around the short book 'The Machine Stops' by EM Forster. You still have time to read it if you haven't already, but I'm assured you'll enjoy the evening even if you can't be bothered to read the book. We'll also be having our annual book swish, where you bring in books you've read and swap them for some new reading matter to keep you entertained as the nights draw in. (I love nothing more than snuggling under a blanket on the sofa with a good book, a cup of tea, and the sound of the rain lashing at the windows). This year we've decided to limit the books to three per person, so that the committee isn't left with a mountain of books to heave off to the charity shop.

We do still have a couple of places for the trip to Eltham Palace on Friday 14th at a cost of £26. Just bring your money along on Thursday.

Also, don't forget our collection of sanitary products for needy ladies(tampons particularly welcome), and smellies for the sick. Looking forward to catching up with you all.

Much love Vanessa