At our January meeting, Roy Zaman gave a fascinating talk about his time in Fiji. Accompanied by Sue ( our Treasurer) he spent three years as Casualty Notifying Officer. There are 2000 Fijian soldiers in the British Army, and as an ex army officer, Roy was responsible for supporting familes, and breaking news of death or injury . He was moved by their response – they always thanked him for breaking that news. He set up support systems and a branch of the British Legion for retired soldiers. As Fiji consists of 300 islands, he often had to travel considerable distances .
In describing his work, Roy was able to cover history, geography, politics and social history, in what proved to be a very entertaining evening. Did you know that ”Fiji” should be called “Viti”? Captain Cook was rather deaf and misheard the name!
Next month, there will be a guest speaker after our short AGM.
Due to the Parish Hall renovations, February and March meetings will be held in Coulston Village Hall.