In 2018 we put together a book about some of the events that took place over our first 100 years. Click below to view this book.
Unfortunately our booked Speaker Mike Jarrold was unable to join us due to being unwell. Thanks to Jenny W. who devised two quizzes for our members to complete and provided a dish of sweets on the tables for them to enjoy. There was also a sheet, on each table, asking for members ideas for our WI in 2023.
Members were able to pick up a pattern and wool for a knitted or crotcheted Teddy bear to make for a children’s charity.
We held an extra meeting in August, to replace the January meeting that had been cancelled due to Covid, where members enjoyed a picnic together in the grounds of the Constable Hall.
Later in the month we enjoyed a meal at the Brantham Bull.
We were also pleased to help with selling cakes at The Lion over the bank holiday and raised £138.50 for ‘Over the Rainbow’ a charity that supports children with life limiting conditions.
Our Speaker at our July meeting was Norma Howell who, with the help of her husband Rod, showed us some slides and videos about Medical Detection Dogs and Medical Alert Assistant Dogs. These explained how dogs are trained to recognise various aromas to identify those people who may be suffering from different illnesses such as Cancer, Parkinsons and Malaria. The Medical Alert Assistant dogs are trained to identify odour changes that are emitted prior to an emergency so that they can alert that person to take preventative action such as those with Type 1 diabetes and those with severe allergies.
We were also pleased to welcome five new members and two visitors.
We enjoyed a Strawberry tea at Janet and John’s Garden Party and were fortunate to have some great sunny weather. Our Craft group had a sale of some of their makes and we also had a Plant stall and a Lucky Dip book stall.
Our new Gardens group met for the first time and enjoyed visiting Helen’s garden.
Our walking group enjoyed an evening walk around Dedham ending with a welcome drink at the local pub.
Members were pleased to provide sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and cakes for the afternoon tea that was held at the Constable Hall in celebration of the Jubilee where some members of our Craft group had contributed to the red, white and blue bunting.
We celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by wearing a hat to our June meeting where Anne Reeder, a milliner, gave an interesting talk on the History of Hats going back many thousands of years BC. This was illustrated with a selection of slides. She also told us that a Milliner is a maker of ladies hats whilst men’s hats are made by a Hatter. Anne then gave a demonstration as to how she makes a hat and then left us to view and to try on, if we wished, the variety of hats that she had brought with her.
Our walking group enjoyed a walk through the woods at Mistley, at the end of May. This included a visit to ‘Old Knobbly’ the historical 800 year old oak tree
Some of our members enjoyed the production of ‘Gainsborough and the Modern Woman’ at the Constable Hall.
At our May meeting we discussed our 2022 National Resolution ’Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD— under-identified, under-diagnosed, mis-diagnosed, under-supported’. All our members voted in support of this, and this vote will go forward to our National AGM. This was followed with a Fish and Chip supper that had been delivered to us from Riverside at Manningtree.
We also collected Toiletries for Lighthouse the Ipswich Women’s refuge centre.
We enjoyed a cookery discussion at The Lion followed by a delicious lunch of Skate with new potatoes and salad with a dessert of Cherry Bakewell.
Our April Speaker was Rachel Gardiner who has recently set up her own bakery business in the village. She gave a brief review of her life and how, following some difficult times, she felt it was now time to follow her dream of baking cakes and desserts to order at ‘The Potting Shed Bakery’. She also explained where she sourced some of her ingredients. Rachel also donated some delicious tarts for our refreshments.
We are looking forward to a variety of activities in the coming months and members were asked to sign up to those that they would like to attend.
Our March speakers were Robin and Sue Franklin where Robin explained the different ways of writing poetry. This was then illustrated by the two of them reciting verses that he had written in an entertaining way. The evening concluded with a selection of delicious cakes supplied by some of our members to enjoy with our tea and coffee.
Our craft group have now moved to the Benneworth Lounge once a month to accommodate our extra numbers and they are also joining in with the Craft mornings at the Lambe School on the first Monday of the month.
Jan Derbyshire, from the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding, was our February speaker. She gave an extremely moving talk on the various ways they support both children and adults through horse riding. As a charity they rely heavily on volunteers and donations.
Carol, June and Dorothy were presented with a silver cup in appreciation for all that they have given to our WI over many, many years.
Also at the meeting, our craft group were pleased to share the completed blankets that have been put together from the scarves that our members have been knitting over the past year.
Our Walking group enjoyed some mild and sunny weather on their January walk from Cattawade and through Brantham with a detour to visit Brantham church.
Sadly we decided to cancel last weeks meeting and also our Craft group due to the current Covid situation. To make up for missing the meeting members were sent a copy of a quiz, on Suffolk villages, for them to complete . We are also hoping to provide further opportunities for social get togethers during the year.
Hopefully things will be back to normal for our February meeting.