Time for tea
Seahouses Probus Club held its annual general meeting, opened by retiring chairman Ian Wilkinson, who inducted new chairman Chris Hull and was presented with his ex-chairman’s tie.
After birthday greetings and apologies, the business of the AGM was carried out. The officers were re-elected en masse, and Tony Willis confirmed as vice-chairman.
All reports were accepted, including the secretary’s, which highlighted the fact that we still had room for more members. Anyone wishing to join should call 01665 576236.
We were then introduced to our speaker, Mrs Isabel Gordon, who spoke on Dying For A Cuppa – A History Of Tea.
She entertained us with an exemplary lecture. We were told of tea from China and India, Japanese tea ceremonies, of Charles II and Catherine de Braganza’s love of tea, and how the Opium Wars were due to the British trade imbalance caused by the purchase of Chinese tea.
The secrets of how tea is produced and how the plants were obtained, together with tea clipper tales, were only part of an absorbing lecture.
After a question and answer session, thanks were given by Gordon Cowan.