At our April meeting we had Eddie Smith give us a talk on ‘Heights to Hats’. She started her working life working as a member of the cabin crew for BA but after 38 years with them, when voluntary redundancy was offered to her, she decided to go to college and she trained to be a milliner. She has now converted her garage into a workshop and makes some beautiful hats. Eddie talked to us about the process of hat making and had also brought along some of her hats to show the members.
Members were reminded that our May meeting on 15th May is when we discuss and vote on this year’s resolution-‘Mental Health Matters’ but we are also going to be celebrating the Royal wedding and will be serving drinks and canapes and members are encouraged to dress appropriately-in red, white and blue, tiaras…..even wedding dresses!!
New members and visitors were warmly welcomed and Jerusalem was sung, then Minster WI enjoyed a relaxed and friendly meeting in March, with many members trying out crafts – cross stitch Easter cards, glass painting and making a quirky fabric chicken paperweight – whilst others enjoyed socialising and playing board games.
The competition for a plate of 6 iced Easter biscuits was won by Jo Thorne by popular vote, and entries were added to the treat of special refreshments of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Members were reminded about fundraising plans for the year, starting with our Wine and Wisdom quiz night in the Village Hall on Saturday 21st April, where we will be serving our generous ploughman’s supper for £6 per ticket. (For more details see our Calendar link).
Advance notice was given that our May meeting will be postponed for one week to Tuesday 15th May as the Minster Playhouse will be using the hall on our usual evening.
Each year Minster WI awards a bursary to one member towards the cost of a short residential educational course at the WI Denman college. This time the draw was won by Dorothy Butterworth. Congratulations Dorothy!
Our Speaker in April will be Eddie Smith, talking about a career as a milliner.
Our February speaker was Peter Mockeridge a local caterer and baker who has previously done the food for our WI Christmas Party. He brought along all his own ingredients including his oven and with the help of two of our members made lots of different types of breads for us to try including focaccia, sour dough, bread sticks, pizza, and flat breads. They all tasted delicious.
Dates for your diary
13/03/18 WI Meeting – Craft and Social
23/03/18 Hever Castle trip – Dazzling Daffodils
As usual our December Meeting was our Annual Christmas Dinner. We always invite 2 members from each of the other WIs in our group. The delicious buffet was provided by Peter Mockeridge and as well as Warwick entertaining us with Carols and Christmas songs some of our members did a ‘turn’ on the stage. Jo deservedly won the table top decoration and some fortunate members won the fab hampers that we’d put together for the raffle.
We also made mince pies and served refreshments for our Village Civic Carol Service at the Lychgate outside of St Mary’s Church, which has become quite a tradition and is a lovely way to start the Festive Season.