Our first speakers for 2019 were Graham and Malcolm from Serv (Service by Emergency Response Volunteers) or more often known as Kent Blood Runners. They are volunteer riders and drivers who transport essential blood products and samples to accident and emergency hospitals throughout Kent and they also support local hospices. Their services are provided free of charge and the volunteers use their own vehicles and phones to run the service overnight and at weekends. In 2018 they did nearly 4000 runs!! An amazing charity that helps save the NHS money through their own generosity of their time and free transportation and can only operate with the help of public donations and talks.
Dates for your diary
12th February WI Meeting – Craft and Social
12th March WI Meeting – Pelvic Floor – John Shervington – all welcome
16th March Wine and Wisdom
Our November Meeting was our Annual Meeting and we elected the committee for the forthcoming year. Morven Hammond is now our new President for 2019 and we look forward to an exciting year ahead. While the new committee had a brief meeting, members enjoyed drinks and canapes and the chance to socialise.
2019 is the Centenary Year for the East Kent Federation of WIs and we have lots of exciting events and trips planned. If you would like to try our WI please come along to one of our meetings, we would love to see you. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
11th December Christmas Party
8th January Talk by ‘The Blood Runners’
Our October speaker was Howard Smith who gave a very interesting talk on 1950s Britain, which included a slide show of pictures and films from the Picture Post.
Our November Meeting on Tuesday 13 November at 7.30pm is our Annual Meeting where members elect the new committee and from the committee a President, Secretary and Treasurer are voted for. All members are welcome and we are providing drinks and canapes.
Saturday 17 November – Dabble Day – members only
Tuesday 11 December – Annual Christmas Party meeting with buffet and entertainment
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.