Summer’s truly over and autumn brings us all together again with new ideas, a sense of purpose and a desire to enjoy the activities we have in store.
However mention has to be made of the passing season which has been particularly busy: with the Jubilee Tea Party for the elderly of the parish, hosted by the Mayor of Winchester at the Village Hall. So, on a sunny, Sunday afternoon, freshly brewed tea served in china teacups, beautifully decorated tables with a myriad of cup cakes and delicious homemade faire amid the soft melody of musicians and singers, a grand top-table, lots of chatter, old acquaintances and new – the one hundred strong gathering was a lovely occasion. An honour was given to Betty Daysh for all her hard work for the photograph displays. The thankyou cards which followed all agreed ‘Do it again!’ It was a tremendous effort by the team Dianne, Nita, Sheila, Bridget, Margaret Jones and Katie Shepherd and all those who helped. A ‘well done’ is also due to Nita for organising the River Trip and Windsor visit which was a really good day out and well attended by wives and partners. Another event was a trip to the Living Village in Gosport where the art of making shoelaces and ink was taught by authentic characters in the dress of 1642.
Our September meeting’s talk was given by Sarah Hudson from the charity Naomi House and Jack’s Place; respectively children’s and teen’s hospices. It was an informative talk about how £5,500,000 per year is raised to ease their lives and those of their families. A touching fact was that the rent for the Naomi House premises is 14 red roses. They rely on many volunteers to provide support for the respite care, emergency care, ‘end of life’ and bereavement care and sibling care. Their corporate and private fundraising is bolstered increasingly by 14 shops in 7 counties. Three more shops are due to open next year. Their website has so much more information should you wish to donate to this worthy charity.
An email was read from our already missed Pam Horton who recently moved but is settling into a new WI – they’re everywhere! We wish her well in her new home.
Please remember our JUMBLE SALE on Saturday 6th October at 1.30 in the Village Hall.
Next month’s meeting is on Tuesday 9th October – *the competition is ‘a flower in a decorated box 6” or less’. See you there!