Our July meeting started with our President Jen welcoming a visitor for the evening Jackie Bray. Our speaker for the evening was Barbara Hately, her talk with slides was on” The Changi Red Cross Quilt.”
Some of our members had made a patchwork of flowers in red and various other colours. Ms Katherine Martin had come along to the meeting to judge the various displays for us, the winner will receive the annual Helen Hellyer Cup.
Without delay we proceeded to the speaker for the evening Barbara Hately. First question she asked us was, has anyone visited Singapore and had they managed to visit the Changi Jail Museum, a few of our members had visited Singapore but not the museum at Changi. Barbara was very knowledgeable on her subject. She told us that the Japanese had invaded Singapore in 1942 and had taken all the foreigners in the region to Changi Jail, the Japanese had insisted that Changi should be referred to as Jail and not prison. The wives and children had been separated from their husbands. She told us the women came up with a clever plan to make embroidered quilts for the infirmary in which they would put their name on their embroidered square therefore it would send a message to the menfolk that they were alright. Firstly though they made a quilt for the Japanese, then the Australian and the British quilts were made. The material they used was used rice sacks. She told us we could visit the website to view these quilts which are still around after all these years. A fascinating talk and there were lots of questions put to her at the end of her talk. Pauline J thanked Barbara for a very interesting talk. There was a short break for refreshments. Shan and Jan P provided the refreshments for the evening
Janet announced the next walk, Mary is organising this walk all those going will be finding the answers to clues around Datchet village. Jen announced that all proceeds raised at Bryony’s Garden Party in August will go to ACWW. Shan told members of the final arrangements for the Skittles evening in Binfield.
Jen was pleased to announce that our Quiz evening in June raised £361.00 for our funds. Penny had been our representative at the National Annual Meeting in Cardiff, although she had written a report herself due to the shortage of time at our meeting she suggested we read the report in our WI Life magazine. The 2018 resolution, which was passed with 98% of the vote, calls on WI members to recognise the importance of parity and take action to make it acceptable to talk about mental health, as it is about physical health. Other speakers at the meeting had been Huw Edwards and Dame Stella Rimington.
Katherine Martin announced the winner of the 2018 Helen Hellyer Cup competition Ann M came 1st followed by Carole second and Bryony third. Katherine was thanked kindly for judging the competition.
Carole won the flower of the month competition.
The meeting came to a close at 10.05pm
The next meeting will be on Thursday the 13th of September.