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North Waltham WI - April

On 10th March 2016 we celebrated North Waltham WI’s 80th Birthday Party in magnificent style at the School Hall. The guest list was impressive, headed by Maureen Levenson, WI Federation Chairman for Hampshire, along with fellow committee members, Sue Attrill, a regular guest at our birthday parties, and Alison Woolford, Jean Pennington, Loddon Group secretary, representatives from Oakley and Deane WI, Cliddesden WI and guests from the village.

After the business part of the meeting we were treated to a viewing of the magnificently embroidered tablecloth produced by members of our Loddon Group to celebrate the Centenary of the formation of the National Federation of the Women’s Institute. Each WI in the group had created their own design to represent their particular WI and then had beautifully embroidered or appliqued their design onto a square of material which was eventually attached to the long tablecloth, with spectacular results. Ann Evans was our talented lady and she has produced a beautiful representation of our WI showing the village pond and familiar landmarks around it. The Centenary Cloth was much appreciated and Ann’s efforts in particular received a huge round of applause.

After that Carolyn introduced Sophie, Deborah and Samantha, the ladies from Bonmarche, who had organised the Fashion Show for us. Sophie presented the models who were volunteers from our own WI, and Deborah and Samantha dressed them. The models, Debbie, Barbara, Carla, Alison, Carol, Linda and Rosina had spent a jolly hour choosing the outfits they wanted to model on a previous occasion. We were treated to summer daywear fashions confidently modelled and the first on the catwalk was Debbie stepping out in an attractive spring floral dress. Barbara wore black trousers with a blue and white pattern teamed with a beautiful white jumper. Carla wore Slim-leg jeans, navy and white striped jumper and a smart navy blue jacket with a navy blue bag. Alison wore Slim-leg white jeans, floral blouse and a summery, bright mustard-coloured mac. Carol modelled grey classic-leg trousers, a pretty David Emanuel cream top with necklace included. Linda had chosen smart navy long trousers, a striped navy and white top, a white/blue lemon floral scarf and a white jacket. Rosina wore grey trousers, a short-sleeved wrap-over blouse, and a grey cardigan, completing the outfit with an elegant grey suede jacket.

Glamorous evening/wedding wear clothes were modelled next, starting with Debbie’s great choice of a black jumpsuit with a black and white overlay and a black handbag. Barbara had chosen a beautiful David Emanuel black and white floral dress with a matching jacket, a great wedding outfit. Carla wowed us with black patterned harem trousers teamed with a David Emanuel pink sequin and lace cowl top, Alison wore trendy floral trousers with a white top and a long red cardigan with a bag. Carol looked very elegant in a navy blue dress ruched at the waistline and a navy and white jacket, another potential wedding outfit. Linda wore navy blue cropped jeans with a smart white gilet, a floral grey and mauve three-quarter length blouse with a navy blue handbag. Last but not least Rosina wore a glamorous David Emanuel black and white striped, sleeveless dress with a floaty, full skirt, black lining and black ribbon belt. The Bonmarche staff and all the models were thanked for giving us an inspirational fashion show, encouraging lots of us to give the store a visit in the very near future and snap up some of these terrific clothes.

But that was not the end of the evening. We still had the buffet of delicious food made by WI members to enjoy. As we queued for food we were able to see in close proximity the wonderful birthday cake made by Barbara and decorated exquisitely by Alison, with an amazing picture crafted in icing sugar of aspects of our village complete with bunting! There was a varied and tasty choice of salads, meats, cheeses, pates, quiches, and much more. We were spoilt for choice in desserts as well, all washed down with fruity punch. The finale was a helping of Barbara’s lovely fruit cake and then the raffle. Thanks were given to Carolyn and her committee, to everyone who made or bought the food, to all the helpers on the day, and to the donators of raffle prizes. We had a fantastic evening! Why not come and join us as a guest, a potential new member, or as someone who is interested in listening to a particular speaker? You will always be very welcome. If anyone would like to come along or would like more details please contact Carolyn Brown. – Email: carolynbrown50@googlemail.com

Next Meetings:

Thursday 14th April 2016 – John Pitman is giving a talk on, ‘Village Life in the 1940s’. A nostalgic trip down memory lane for some of us!

Thursday 12th May 2016 – Annual Meeting and Election of New Committee. Presentation of the resolution. A chance to see what the WI Trading Post has to offer.
Sue George


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