October was our craft and social evening. Members enjoyed making Christmas cards, painting Bondaweb, knitting and crocheting poppies for the Minster 2108 WW1 commemoration and playing darts. Nicky had asked members to bring along small hotel samples of toiletries that she made into packs that we donated to the Oasis women’s refuge in Margate. It was a lovely social evening and Zara won the limerick competition about the WI!!!!
14/11/17 WI Annual meeting-for the election of the Committee and President
12/12/17 WI Christmas meeting/party with buffet dinner -members only
19/12/17 Carols at the Lychgate – WI to make mince pies and help with refreshments
What a great speaker we had at our September meeting. Philip and Sally own Barnsole vineyard in Staple and Philip gave us a fascinating talk about the history of wine right from the romans to the present time. Due to global warming there are now a growing number of vineyards in Britain (17 have now been planted around Canterbury) and as the weather is now too warm in the champagne region of France more and more of the famous champagne names are now planting vineyards in Britain-Taittinger in Chilham and Pol Roger in Hampshire! We also got to taste three of their delicious Barnsole wines……. another successful evening.
Next WI meeting – Tuesday 10th October – Craft and Social
Crafts include painting, Christmas card making, knitting/crocheting poppies and darts. All welcome
WI Quiz – Saturday 21st October – 7pm for 7.30pm – see our Calendar for full details
At our last meeting before our summer break our speaker was Gehad Honsey. He gave us a fascinating talk about the Mercy Ships and their amazing charitable work. This old car ferry had been converted into a floating hospital which had 4 wards, 6 operating theatres and 1 ICU. Before he retired Gehad was an anaesthetist who gave up his free time to work on the Mercy Ship. The boat sails into ports in West Africa and provides free surgery to men, women and children who would otherwise not be able to get this medical care. All the staff on the ship, doctors, nurses, cleaners, cooks etc are volunteers and since 1978 the charity has carried out 79,000 operations.
- 08/08/17 Bat and Trap and Fish and Chips on the Rec 5pm
- 12/09/17 WI meeting-Philip Watts, Barnsole Vineyards – Kentish Wines
- 15/09/17 Trip to Chatham Synagogue and Dockyard
At our June meeting our speaker was Philip Bowman. He has bought the Old Chapel in the High Street in Minster and talked about how he had restored it into the beautiful building it is now. He brought along a photo album which charted the progress of the renovations which he passed around for the members to see. He also talked about his finance and investment Management Company and the services they offer.
We held a plant fundraising sale and members could buy a plant for £1 -all the money raised will be sent to our chosen charity ‘Thanet Families in Need’
We have several outings to look forward to in the summer months for members to enjoy
- 5th July-Strawberry tea at Eden Hall-limited places
- 7th July-Minster trip to Wildwood meet their at 10.30am adults £11.45, seniors £10.45. BYO picnic
- 8th August Bat and Trap and fish and chips on the Rec meet at 5pm
Our July speaker is Gehad Honsey talking about the Mercy Ships