W.I. Report – October

As we look back over the very warm summer, we can be happy with the way that our WI has progressed. In June about 20 members attended a willow basket making workshop in Waltham Chase Village Hall. They spent the day making simple willow baskets (not the deep shopping one) and some adventurous members made willow garden plant supports. We were all inspired. This was also the day of the WI’s AGM held in Cardiff and one of our members rose in the middle of the night to catch the coach at Fareham. She was rewarded by an enjoyable day and listened to Speakers Griff Rees-Jones and John Humphries of the Today programme. The following day, we assisted in helping the Village Hall committee with the Parish History in the Hall.

June was also our Garden Meeting, although yet again it was held in the hall owing to damp and chilly weather; the strawberry tea tasted just as nice. In July we visited Shedfield WI in the Study Centre to enjoy another strawberry tea and keep good company.

Our July meeting was a talk by the Reverend Tom Johns, who recalled how reluctant he was to become a prison Chaplain, but continued ministering to the prisoners; he told many a prisoner who said they didn’t want to be there, that he also didn’t want to be there. He had some light-hearted stories to tell.

August saw several members visit the Hambledon garden and beautiful house of our W.I. Advisor for the Group Autumn Meeting and have yet another strawberry tea. It must have been the only day this summer when the heavens opened at 3pm, but all 72 members retired to the conservatory and anywhere else we could fit. It was a very enjoyable day nonetheless. There was an interesting walk in Winchester, guided by a member who had lived in Winchester and the following day about 10 members went on a local walk and met up with others to have a meal in the Black Dog.

September is upon us and we went to Brighton to have a look at the Pavilion. The weather was warm and sunny, except for a five minute deluge, The food and drink festival was on and so was the London to Brighton Charity bike ride; so with a walk around The Lanes, and some visited the Choccywookydodah cake shop and saw the wonderful creations – as seen on TV, followed by a stroll along the pier, we all had a great day out.

Our Speaker this month was WI member Jean Johnson, who told us about her progress with the Resolution to decriminalise Prostitution. Jean and her colleague Shirley were prompted into action by the murder of six prostitutes in Suffolk a few years ago and her aim is to persuade the Government and Local government to put into place safeguards for the health and safety of these women. Jean and Shirley have been to Amsterdam and New Zealand, to see how they handle this situation. and have met influential people, but she says that it is a hard slog! If you want to know more, you can Google Jean Johnson; or go on the NFWI website.

October 5th is the date of our Jumble Sale and the 22nd our Autumn Conference held in the Anvil, Basingstoke. we always have something to look forward to!

The October meeting is a social evening and if you would like to join us, you can call in the Village Hall at 7.15 on the second Tuesday of the month.

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