HOLYPORT W.I. Monthly Report for January

On Thursday the 10th January 2019 Holyport W.I. met for their monthly meeting. Jen our new President welcomed a visitor for the evening Jackie Cox and wished us all a very happy New Year.  Visitors are always welcome at the meetings for a small fee. Jen asked us all to stand and sing Jerusalem and after the apologises for those members unable to attend the meeting she asked Pam to present the birthday posies of cream/orange roses with narcissus to five members having birthdays in January.

Wendy circulated a book for names of those wishing to attend Denman College for the day in May. Several members put their names down to attend. The day would begin with coffee on arrival, a Flower or Cookery demonstration followed by lunch. In the afternoon a tour of the college followed by a cream tea. The price would be £40pp, all members going to share cars. Walks 47 and 48 were announced followed by the resolution forms being distributed. Most members paid their subs to Penny during the evening.

Pauline L our new secretary asked members to consider joining the committee as voting for a new committee will soon be taking place. It had been decided by the committee after a vote was taken at the last meeting that for six months we would change our refreshments requirements to just tea/coffee, cake and biscuits.

We were reminded that next month their will be a competition for chocolate truffles, also that the recipe will be sent out to us all by e mail.  As it is our birthday meeting next month Kathy offered to make a fruit cake and Pam volunteered to ice it. We were all asked to put our names down for the yearly jobs of table flowers, posies and refreshments etc, Debbie collected the names. Wendy was collecting stamps for the Hospice appeal.

Ann has volunteered to organise the “Green Challenge” some of the members took up the challenge to complete the form every month Ann to brief us on this next month.

Our speaker for the evening Jaye Windmill came next with her talk on The Length and Breadth of Britain, she entertained us with her many stories of a walk she and her husband had completed some years previous. They started at Lands End in the April and completed their walk in July of the same year at John O Groats. She had many tales to tell us of the adventures they had on the way up to Scotland. Their encounters with the terrain, traveling through Cornwall, Devon and Somerset over on the west side of the country some places where very hilly.  Also about the people they had met along the way, the Gloucester village where men every year throw cheeses down a hill and run after them. The scarecrow event in one of the village on route.  The rough weather and hard slog up to the Lake District and then into Scotland. We were all enthralled by their sheer determination to do this walk averaging about 12- 16miles per day. Many found memories for her and her husband to enjoy.  Wendy gave the vote of thanks from us all.

After refreshments the raffle was drawn. Jen announced that Bryony and Angela had won the flower of the month competition.

The meeting ended at 10 o’clock.

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