Holyort W.I. Monthly report for June

Jen, our new President welcomed us all to the Holyport W.I.’s June meeting.

Shan, was called upon to tell us about the Skittles Evening proposed for the 16th of July at the Jack O ‘Newbury public house.  A book was circulated for members wishing to go this event to enter their names if interested.

Janet announced the next walk, it will be held on Thursday the 21st June. We will be walking along the Long walk to the Copper Horse having a picnic and then waiting for the Queens entourage to pass by on its way to Ascot Racecourse.  Janet informed people she had sent a cheque for £80.00 on our behalf to the ACWW for the ‘Women Walk the World’ Dali appeal. This money had been raised on one of our walks, plus the sale of plants.

Jen announced that the collection for Barbara Goodhew’s chosen charities ‘The Parish Charities’ had amounted to a total of £93.00 and this has been forwarded.

Annette F had kindly bought and made up some name badges, Jen thanked her for her kind gesture. Ann M took names and orders for food for our Quiz night on June the 22nd.

Our Institute raised £114.00 for Holyport Fair , this year on cakes only. Jen thanked everyone who had helped on the stall and for contributing the cakes.

Before refreshments Jen introduced Mary, one of our members who was giving a talk with slides on her travels by Narrow Boat on the canals of the Midlands.

Mary told us that she and her husband acquired the Narrow Boat a few years ago,  actually building it themselves. The boat has several berths, with a wood burning stove. It is fully equipped with cooking facilities , showers and toilets. Mary described her journey, which started beneath Spaghetti Junction flyover in Birmingham traveling towards Dudley. She said on one particular part they encountered a tunnel stretching one mile long. It was so narrow that years gone by they would have had to push the boat along using their legs.  This journey took them on to the Black Country and there they were able to visit the Black Country Museum. The other tunnel they encountered was in Netherton, it was two miles long. The slides she showed us were of the lovely countryside and the many bridges. She showed us the old stables on route where the horses that towed the boats in days gone by were housed, and all the very interesting points encountered along the way. Carole was called upon to give Mary a thank you for her most interesting talk.

Jen asked members if there was anyone who could attend the Service of Collation and Induction of the Rev. Ainsley Swift, the new Vicar of Bray. Unfortunately this coincides with our July meeting, therefore nobody was available to attend and so Jen will send our apologies.

The meeting came to a close at 9.55pm.

Next month Barbara Hately will be speaking on ‘The Changi Red Cross Appeal’. The July competition will be for  a flower arrangement ‘A Patchwork of Flowers’ predominately red. Size 12″x12″x12″.`

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