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.
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