At the September meeting of the WI members and visitors were warmly welcomed, then were asked to keep a short silence in memory of founder member and former president Jean Fuller, and former member Betty Southgate who both had sadly died since the last meeting.
They then enjoyed an interesting and very entertaining talk by Susan Scrivens about her introduction to and adventures in beekeeping, accompanied by an excellent slide show.
After a break for refreshments, members were told of our successes in the Minster Show with first prizes for both the co-operative entry and in the walking fancy dress where six members dressed as Suffragettes paraded with placards bearing past national resolutions. Their Teddy and Soft Toy tombola stall provided by individual members, raised a generous donation for the Dementia Support fund at QEQM hospital.
Later business included reports on an enjoyable Bat and Trap evening followed by fish and chips, and an excellent coach outing to tour the Houses of Parliament. Future plans include a Thanet group meeting in October, Minster WI Annual Meeting and a Dabble Day in November, the Christmas Party in December and an Open Tea Party to celebrate the Centenary of the WI in East Kent in 2019.
Minster WI members were very interested to hear from nurse Vicky about the extra care and support given to Dementia patients when they have to be admitted to hospital for other health concerns. They are identified with a forget-me-not above their beds so that staff can easily see that they may need extra understanding.
Decor is often arranged to make the surroundings less ward-like and a room is set aside to be used as a lunch club venue. Some are able to have i-pads to watch old television programmes or films to help stimulate memories. Regular carers and family members can spend more time with them.
Members had already voted to support the local hospital’s Dementia Support Appeal and had raised money by selling donated plants and holding a coffee morning. With donations made by members at the
meeting the total collected amounted to £186. 96. Members also voted unanimously to give the profits from their forthcoming Teddy and Toy tombola stall at the Minster show to the appeal, with a
request that the money raised should be used for the benefit of patients at QEQM hospital.
We have also enjoyed a very special strawberry tea this month, and although there will be no regular meeting in August, we have planned a Bat and Trap evening followed by a fish and chip supper
on Tuesday 14 August.
At our June meeting we had Pete Allen talk about ‘Mr Garricks Fireside – A personal history of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane’. After leaving school Pete had gone to work for the Theatre Royal at the front of house where he stayed for 5 years.
This was a really interesting talk and Pete not only covered the history of the Theatre Royal but also talked about many of the famous actors and actresses he met whilst working there.
We also had a plant sale to raise money for our local chosen charity East Kent Hospitals Charity-Dementia Appeal (QEQM)
Tuesday 10th July 7.30pm Minster Village Hall – Vicky Adley Fundraising and Development Officer-East Kent Hospitals Dementia Appeal.
Our May meeting was our Annual Resolution meeting. This happens nationally and this year‘s resolution was ‘Mental Health Matters’. The NFWI is urging all members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health and take action to make it acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues and to lobby Government for better support for mental illness. After the resolution was put to our members it was discussed and we voted to support this resolution.
We had also decided to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding and members came along dressed in red, white and blue, in tiaras, union jack outfits and two members even wore their wedding dresses!! The homemade canapes and fizz were delicious and also helped to set the tone.
Our meeting on June 12th is a talk by Pete Allen “Mr Garrick’s fireside-A personal history of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane” – all are welcome.