Dan Mitchell – October 2021 Meeting Report
Wellington WI held their October meeting in the Baptist Church Hall and were entertained by Dan Mitchell who joined members and guests online from his home in Wales. Dan is a multi-talented chap who combines love of the natural world with a passion for education and a very light-hearted take on life. His day job is at the Museum of Wales where he talks about dinosaurs, one of his great passions, to children. Previous jobs have included undertaker and stand-up comedian, the skills from the latter coming in very handy when engaging with small children and WI members.
Dan’s light hearted romp through his life touched on some of our favourite animals, with Dan providing some interesting facts on them as we went along. Did you know that cats are terrified of cucumbers or that in prehistoric times sloths up to 6 metres long roamed the earth, very slowly? His enthusiasm for the natural world was infectious and inspired us to think about why things are, as well as how they are.
When he’s not entertaining or educating, Dan is a writer who has been commissioned to write a radio drama about mythology and epilepsy, having been diagnosed with epilepsy as a child. He has also performed stand-up comedy at the Hammersmith Apollo and supported Eddie Izzard and Ross Noble on tours. In his spare time, he told us, he was about to start a PhD, having been a returner to further education at a later stage in life. A truly entertaining and inspiring speaker who was enjoyed by members and guests alike.
After a coffee and cake break, members and guests heard updates on WI activities before settling down to wrap and fill shoeboxes which will be distributed by the YMCA to Somerset residents at Christmas.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th November at 7.30 pm. Guests are most welcome, but please email [email protected] or call 07773350459
if you’d like to come along, so we can ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place.
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