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
May is our Resolutions Meeting when we discuss the resolutions that have been written by and voted on by members countrywide.
Nicky talked about the structure of the WI so that the newer members would understand how and why we vote for Resolutions.
Jan had gone to the Resolutions lunch and is our delegate who will be representing us at the NFWI AGM in Liverpool and will vote accordingly. She talked about each resolution and gave the reasons for and against each one. Following a question and answer session and discussion members voted for each resolution.
Alleviating Loneliness -voted ‘for’ the resolution
Plastic Soup – keep micro plastic fibres out of our oceans – voted ‘for’ the resolution
- 13th June-WI Meeting – Phillip Bowman – Restoration of the Chapel
- Refreshments at Old Oak Cottage Minster Open Gardens – 17th & 18th June
- Strawberry Tea 5th July – members only