The speaker for October was Janet Gibbs, a member of the Canasta Group, who talked to the membership about her time living on the Island of Guernsey.
Janet lived on the Island for six years, working for a private bank at the time when off shore accounts received tax benefits. Her husband,was a policeman. Guernsey to some conjures up Guernsey cows and the German occupation, but Janet told us so much more. The second largest of the Channel Islands and once the home of Victor Hugo, whose home can be seen today and is, as you would expect, very much decorated ornately in the French style. With a speed limit of just 35 miles per hour it is strange the racing driver Jensen Button should be a resident!
In addition to its’ dairy industry, Guernsey was a grower of tomatoes but sadly in the 1987 gales many of the greenhouses were destroyed and remain today mounds of debris because of the difficulty and cost of removal and disposal. Janet brought with her some very stylish jewellery designed by Catherine Best who has a workshop on the Island of much interest to the ladies!
The talk was both informative and interesting it is always great to hear from a member.
Penny Thomas 4th October 2018