- 20th March - 8:00pm : Hollingbourne Meadows Trust - By Shaun Cardwell & Ben Williams.
- 17th April - 8:00pm : 'Blackthorn Lyres' - By Agnes Reynolds.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

WI News January 2018

It seems like only yesterday that we were enjoying our Christmas Party in December. The tables were decorated with Penny Smith's classy centrepieces. Thomas, a young magician, entertained us on arrival with intriguing card tricks performed so close up that we should have been able to spot the sleights of hand! Our members cooked the delicious hot supper of chicken casserole, fish pie and steak-and-kidney puddings and further excelled themselves when it came to desserts. Five Gentlemen washer-uppers were conjured up and seemed to spend a lot of time laughing over their task! We enjoyed Christmas Readings, singing together in rounds and, by accident, one carol to the tune of another'. The Secret Santa produced some creative gifts, which we have eaten or sprayed or written in. Mickey the Magician did not really saw off Mary's head, but we had a good scare in the process — his act was very funny.

We were pleased to be invited to read a lesson at All Saints Carol Service and we enjoyed more caroling at the Sugar Loaves. 

We are seriously busy now rehearsing for the West Kent Federation Centenary Show, which takes place on 28th April at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Sidcup. I am proud to tell you that Hollingbourne WI has been invited to open the show and perform another dance number. Both pieces were choreographed by Mary Henderson and Jane Orgill involving feather dusters, tabards, then glamorous silk scarves and sparkly flowers — all this on a circular stage…

Our speaker on Tuesday, 20th February, will be Louisa Coomber, who will be talking about KIMS Hospital, the story of its founding and its ethos. There will be a presentation of an interactive tour of KIMS hospital. This will show the audience all areas of the hospital, how they work and what services are provided. The talk will be kept open and interactive to allow the audience to ask as many questions as they would like.

Tickets are £3 on the door. We start after 8pm when the business part of our meeting is over. We hope to see you there.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI

Saturday, 30 December 2017

WI News December 2017

Our final speaker of the year at the November meeting delighted members and visitors alike. Simon Ginnaw’s superb presentation ‘A year in the life of Mote Park' combined beautiful photographs with a soundtrack of birdsong of the Park's resident birds.

He told us about the history of the Park and its buildings, including long tunnels which open up in the estates beyond its borders. Simon's knowledge and love of Mote Park were so well communicated to us in this brilliant talk - making us realise what a gem we have on our own doorstep.

As members of Hollingbourne WI we are entitled to join workshops and themed days organized by our West Kent Federation; which is why we could enjoy a Home Economics Day at Sevenoaks, featuring a very sophisticated Floral Art demonstration, and 'Sloe Seduction' which used the humble sloe combined with chocolate and gin to make delicious treats.

We visited Bearsted WI Hall to enjoy a Christmas Cookery Demonstration (with samples) and we sang carols at All Saints Church, Bearsted, where Jenny Cox read a John Betjeman poem.

Another early celebration of Christmas was enjoyed at The Great Danes 'Mamma Mid party. Our varied interpretations of Abba outfits got us into the mood to enjoy the singing and dancing. There was a Christmas dinner, shopping and more dancing. Our thanks to Sue Woodhouse who organized for twenty of us to have a great time together.

Not such good news on the Darts tournament. We lost to The Farleighs 2 0 and then to Yalding by the same score. The consolation was that we did spend some time with some old friends and we enjoyed two wonderful suppers.

We hope that you all enjoyed the results of the leaflet drop, jointly completed with the Meadows Trust, and that you will support our local businesses and charities.

Six of us got together for our annual Christmas wreath-making morning, using local greenery and all looking very different. As I write we are in full preparation for our Christmas Party followed by a long lie down.

The Pancake race is on Thursday 8th February 2018 - see announcement.

Our first speaker of the year truly lives up to the WI motto 'Inspiring Women’. Philippa Joyner is a working mum of two who commutes from Hollingbourne to her place of work in Mayfair. She uses her journey time to write books for children, basing the protagonists loosely on her own family. 

In her illustrated talk, THE ANOUKA CHRONICLES - A CONTEMPORARY NARNIA, Philippa will tell us how she became a published author and she will also read from her books. Being read to is one of life's pleasures and we are looking forward to our first treat of the year.

Tickets are £3 on the door. We start after 8pm when the business part of our meeting is over. We hope to see you there.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Safari Market

Many people visited Hollingbourne for the Annual Safari Market organised by the Women’s Institute and the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust.

 Janice Butler looking after the knit and natter stall. All the items were made by W.I. members.

Other stalls in the Cardwell Recreation Field.

Mary Henderson and friend on their second shift in the Cardwell Pavilion kitchen. Many bacon and sausage rolls were made and sold.

Janice Butler (Right centre) standing with the Meadows Trust Car Park Team. From left to right, Sam Shaw, Ben Williams and Simon.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Royal Hospital Chelsea Visit

On the 15th of September the Hollingbourne W.I. along with the Royal British Legion visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

It was an interesting visit with so much history, and a lovely environment for the retired gentlemen. Surprisingly there were three ladies in residence as well!

 Aerial view

Our Guide Dave

 Three views of Courtyards

 The Great Hall - the dining hall 

The Chapel completed by Christopher Wren in 1687

Towers of remembrance - The Chelsea Pensioners have unveiled their very own ceramic poppy display to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

"Pensioner on a Bench" purely for tourists! 

As demonstrated by Christine!!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Trout Farm Visit (Harrietsham)

On Friday the 18th of August we visited The Parkwood Trout farm in Harrietsham, where we enjoyed a picnic, before being treated to an interesting tour by the owner. The Trout Farm is run by a Mother and Son team.

Jane Deaves and Mary Henderson trying out the swing near the picnic area.

Before the guided tour we all decided to take lunch (self-provided picnic) by the lake. Tea was kindly provided by the owner.

The guided tour begins...

Feeding time! The owner threw in some food for the fish which gave the impression the water was boiling 

I wonder who's feeding the ducks?

Ah, it's Penny and Mary...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Games afternoon at the pavilion

Playing French Boules in the gravel court next to the Cardwell Pavilion.

Joy and Edna play Jenga, whilst Jane watches on.

Janice and Joyce playing 'Four-In-A-Row' whilst Jenny watches on.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Beetle Drive

W.I. Members spent an enjoyable evening sampling delicious food taken from our "90 Cook Book", which was put together to celebrate our 90th anniversary last year by Margaret Weaver and Lesley Long. The evening ended with a hilarious Beetle Drive!