On Thursday the 13th of February Holyport Womens Institute held their birthday meeting in the Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green. Katherine Martin had come to the meeting to judge our competition, this month was it was for a Green Heart in any medium. Twenty members were present, due to the time of the year many members were unable to attend. Jen our President invited Pat M and Pam M to cut the birthday cake. Pat had kindly made the fruit cake and Pam had iced it. On returning to their seats a toast was raised to Holyport WI’s 64th birthday. The meeting continued with dates for our diaries. Penny gave a brief report on Windsor Great Park’s birthday party. Penny was also collecting money for our Fish and Chip suppers for next month’s meeting. A card for Carole circulated for all to sign, to wish her speedy recovery after her operation. Walking Netball was mentioned this is being run by Maidenhead WI. Forms went round to be filled in by members this was to select the new committee for next year. A sheet of paper also circulated for members to enter their name against the many jobs needed to keep the group going. Refreshments, table flowers, birthday posies, the vote of thanks and the reading out of the County Newsletter every month. Jen introduced one of our members Bryony Hum and husband, who gave us an interesting talk on one of their holidays in Costa Rica. With the aid of slides Bryony was able to describe her experiences in the country and there were many. Bryony explained that Costa Rica had 5 tectonic plates and 112 volcanos, with the Pacific ocean on one side of the country and the Caribbean on the other. Their travels took them to many places of interest, butterfly sanctuary, Cocoa plantation and museums to name a few. Everywhere they looked they encountered wild life. Insects, Iguanas and the lovely birds around their hotel. The slides included photos of the black turtle, oriole snake, squirrel monkey, racoon, lizards ,turtles and crabs. On their trip in an inflatable boat they saw many howler monkeys and crocodiles. They braved a rope bridge to see many animals and birds in the natural rainforest. At the end of the talk a vote of thanks was given to Bryony and Joe for a throughly entertaining and interesting talk. Pauline J won the competition for the best Green Heart, Mary came second and Pat M third.
The meeting closed at 10 o’clock.