On Monday last week weatherman Jim Bacon spoke to a packed Village Hall of Steeple Bumpstead Agricultural Society members.
This is not the first time that Jim Bacon has been to our society. It is exactly 20 years since his last visit.
That meeting has been remembered for years as the first time our usual venue, at the Congregational Chapel Lecture Hall, was full to the point of ‘standing room only’.
With members’ wives asking if they could come to this meeting we were facing the prospect of having to limit attendance in some way, so we considered looking for an alternative venue.
Fortunately we were told that the Village Hall was free. It was immediately booked, and we
let it be known in the village that the meeting would be open to anyone.
It became obvious that this was a good decision when Jim walked into the hall and saw it
full with over 100 people.
Jim loved it, but it did cause some concern in the kitchen when it came to providing refreshments at half time.
Jim could command a high price for public speaking, which would greatly exceed what we could afford.
However, he, very generously, only asks for a donation to charity, and for very many years, his chosen charity has been the Quiddenham Children’s Hospice, which is now part of the EACH charity.
Coincidentally, EACH has just started a fundraising campaign to rebuild/replace the Quiddenham hospice, so we took the opportunity to do our bit to support that project. The society made out a cheque from our funds and at the interval we went round with a bucket for donations for this worthwhile cause.
We raised a magnificent total of £1,220 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended for their generosity.