Our last meeting on Thursday 8th March 2017 was our 82nd Birthday Party when we were joined by several guests from the Hampshire WI, Church Crookham WI with whom we are twinned and local guests, all of whom were warmly welcomed to the meeting.
Following on from the business, the birthday celebrations began. We had a wonderful buffet supper – thank you to everyone who provided such a wonderful spread of food. This was enjoyed by all and several guests commented on how delicious the food was – our speaker told me that she has been to numerous WIs and our food is up there with the best! And a birthday party wouldn’t be complete without a cake – and we all enjoyed a slice of the iced fruit cake.
Then it was time for the entertainment provided by Trisha Lewis who bought a sense of fun and Joyce Grenfell style observations of the WI in the early 1960s. Trisha became a WI speaker over 10 years ago after being a professional actor – following her introduction to the speaker world Trisha realised what fun it is and has created several talks. Trisha has spent time going through the Hampshire WI archives extracting numerous amusing events that occurred at WI meetings and events. Trisha had several costume changes during her talk as she changed characters, the main one being that of a President giving her annual report. Amongst her amusing stories were those about the different competitions within the WI including music, country dancing and how many items can you fit in a matchbox! Some things have changed in the WI, however, there are activities that haven’t changed, one of which is the campaigns supported by the WI. In the early 1960s, the WI supported the Freedom from Hunger campaign which raised about £185,000.00, approximately £3.3 million in today’s money! Other campaigns in the 1960s included dental care, road safety and divorce reform – the proposed campaign for 2018 is Mental Health Matters. For members and guests who were part of the WI in the early 1960s a lot of Trisha’s talk brought back memories and there were several comments about how true a lot of the examples were.
12th April 2018 – This is a return visit for John Richards who spoke to us in October 2016 on ‘Life under German Rule in Guernsey in WW2. This will be a follow-up talk: ‘Life as a Refugee in England from Guernsey during German Rule’. This will be an open meeting.
10th May 2018 – Resolution Evening and AGM – Following the business, we will have a chance to chat over a cuppa!
Why not come along as a guest, a potential new member, or as someone who is interested in listening to a particular speaker? We are a cheerful group of ladies and we do have fun! If anyone would like to come along or would like more details please contact Carolyn Brown.