THE chairman opened the July meeting and welcomed members and one guest, Pauline Peachey.
Members then heard the sad news of the death of Ken Burton, our president’s husband.
The chairman introduced the speaker Jim Ducker, who gave a very enjoyable and well-informed talk on the life, poems, songs, books and stories of Rudyard Kipling.
Born in India to a very English family, Kipling was liked by many for his great works, despite being described in later life as a warmonger and a racist.
Mr Ducker said that when he was at university he was often asked to impersonate the great man in plays and, from the photographs of Kipling on display, he looked so like him that it was hard to believe they weren’t related.