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Thursday, 31 May 2018

WI News May 2018

Our May meeting was our Annual Meeting, when we discussed the Resolution ‘Mental Health Matters’ which will be put to the AGM of the National Federation of the WI, this year held in Cardiff..  Jane Orgill organized the lively debate amongst our members and we voted to back the resolution.

This was followed by our elections which was overseen by two Tellers from Leeds WI. Janice Butler was re-elected as President and has agreed to serve for another year with additional help from all the members. Nine committee members were elected and their roles will be decided at the next meeting.

Janice and I took the number 13 bus to Leeds to join a District walk led by Sadie, around Leeds footpaths, to admire the bluebells and the truly stunning views of Leeds Castle. A delicious cream tea at the George rounded off a great afternoon.

Our darts team attended the final of the Federation Darts Tournament at Tovil Working Mens’ Club.  Whilst we felt that our scoring was as good as the winning team from Catford we are seriously thinking about getting some coaching help!  It’s the doubles you know.

The Lunch Club really enjoyed their visit to the Pepperbox at Ulcome, thanks to Sue’s organization.
We spent a great morning at the Sugar Loaves watching the Royal Wedding – brilliant audience participation followed with a nice Barbeque in the evening.

Jenny, Janice and Leslie represented Hollingbourne WI at the West Kent Federation Centenary Garden Party. Dressed to the nines they enjoyed the gardens of Marlborough House School at Hawkhurst. There was a craft and produce display, an exhibition of memorial books with hand painted pictures representing all the Federation WIs (including Rosemary Pollock’s page for Hollingbourne). They were entertained by the Lindy Hop Dancers and a talented soprano singing well known classics

Four of us sang at the Proms in the Park in Maidstone on a sunny Saturday in May as part of the Hazlitt Choir.

We enjoyed Hollingbourne’s Fete in June, dressed as Suffragettes, following the Heroes theme! Our Hook a Duck was really popular again and the highest score was hooked by Hadley, who won Penny Smith’s Duck Cake to share with her family! Thank you to everybody who had a go.

On Tuesday 17th July at 8.15 The Blackthorn Lyres will be demonstrating their modern handmade instruments in a programme of short pieces. The lyre is a chamber instrument which lends itself to quiet listening – soothing the soul, beautiful and therapeutic. We would love to share with you this rare opportunity to enjoy a unique musical experience. We advise that you phone 880433/382 to secure a seat.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Games afternoon in the Sugar Loaves

On 8th of May we held a games afternoon in the Sugar Loaves.

There were six ladies and the games played were Ludo, Othello, as well as Tiddlywinks which Jane cheated at. 

A lovely afternoon with of course cake and biscuits.

Monday, 30 April 2018

WI News April 2018

Mary Henderson organized an evening at the Hazlitt Theatre to see Maidstone's Amateur Operatic Society's production of ‘Guys and Dolls'. Nothing amateur about this production. 'Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat! was rendered with so much gusto - terrific!

Our March meeting was a lively two-hander — a presentation by Shaun Cardwell and Ben Williams about the history and daily work of the Meadows Trust. We realised how lucky we are in Hollingbourne to have such an enterprising and forward-thinking organization looking after our green spaces.

Janice, Jane Deaves and Jane Orgill went to the Federation's ACM in Tunbridge Wells. There was the usual rigorously-presented 'business' report of the year followed by the exciting speaker, Baroness Floella Benjamin - actress, presenter, broadcaster and parliamentarian. So inspiring.

Our quiz in March was a jolly affair. The Quiz Master, Cat Brown, suffered a nasty attack of laryngitis on the day, but her parents, Jackie and Chris, came to the rescue. From setting up the technology to presenting the questions, the whole event ran very smoothly - including the newspaper, foil and sellotape creative round. A good time was had by all.

Lunch Club ventured to the Fish on the Square in Lenham; an attractive restaurant with wonderful murals! The charms of Lenham include an antique shop, and a bakery, which seem to have a licence to cook the biggest buns in Britain.

Having caught the Quiz Bug we sent a team to the Loose W.I. to try our luck. We have close associations with the Loose ladies, born of the W.I. Darts' competition.

Sue Woodhouse and I attended a Home Economics Day at Ditton, We heard Craig Brown, of Fare Share who distribute supermarket goods to charity, Gillian Waines Perry who told us the fascinating history of Afternoon Tea, and a talk about Sustainable Fish, with a fish filleting and cookery demonstration.

As I write, we have heard the bad news that The Blackthorn Lyres have cancelled their appearance with us due to illness, so we are organizing a members-only social event.

Our meeting in May is a members' only affair when we elect our committee and President. We discuss the annual Resolution — Mental Health Matters - which will be voted on by The National Federation of W.I.’s at the ACM in Cardiff.

We look forward to seeing you all at our Hook-a-Duck Stall at the Hollingbourne Fete. It is a test of skill for all ages, with lovely badges, and of course - if you are really lucky - you could win a family cake to share, designed and baked by Penny Smith.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Centenary Show

Hollingbourne ladies appeared in the show. They were " The Jazz Scarves"

A most enjoyable show and evening.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Quiz Night With The Loose W.I.

Janice, Mary, Jane, Edna and Christine attended quiz night at Loose W.I. We had a lovely evening where we had tea and cake and we didn't come last!!! We came 6th out of eight teams and we only had five people on our table. Most tables were eight plus.

Jane deep in thought.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

WI News March 2018

In February, before the snows, Jean Talboys and I went to the Older People's Forum (i.e. over 55, so by that definition you are bound to be older than somebody) held at the Hazlitt Theatre. There were presentations by The Citizens Advice, Stroke Association, The 'Involve Choir' and the Border Agency. The latter gave a riveting talk about how our borders are protected and illegal immigration is detected. 

Our March speaker was suddenly taken ill. However, her family rallied round and her father, the well-known orthopaedic surgeon Mr Clifford Stossall, took over the role of describing the work of Kim's Hospital. We also enjoyed a far- ranging question and answer session which addressed a lot of members’ individual queries. 

Our 'Jazz Scarves' dance team went to The Rose Bruford Theatre for a run- through of our forthcoming performance in April for the Federation Centenary Concerto. How can a 4-minute and 1 ½ -minute routine seem to be so long? Mary Henderson and Jane Orgill put us through our paces and the Round Stage does not seem so scary now. 

Snow stopped play as it did for us all, but we were able to enjoy the fabulous photos of the Pancake Race in the Kent Messenger, Early March saw seven of us having a Pamper Evening at the kind invitation of the Leeds WI — Body Shop foot soak and facials with sandwiches, tea and cake. We danced home on our pepper-minted feet. 

The Blackthorn Lyres are a friendly group of amateur musicians who are certain to charm and delight. They will tell us about the history of the ancient lyre and demonstrate their modern handmade instruments in a programme of short pieces. The lyre is a chamber instrument which lends itself to quiet listening as the sound is described as both beautiful and therapeutic. We would love to share with you this rare opportunity to enjoy a unique musical experience. 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

Friday, 23 March 2018

Quiz Night In The Village Hall

A great evening with 11 tables and lots of fun. Alverston Green were the winners and the Loose WI sadly the wooden spoon winners.

The contestants start to arrive and settle themselves in.

Joyce selling raffle tickets.

And the raffle prizes.

Each table of the eleven table was allocated a name of a plant.

The food platters waiting to be served to each of the tables.

The scorers Mary and Hilary

And the quiz prizes. Wine for the winners & wooden spoons for the losers.

The creative category. Tables were provided with aluminium foil and newspaper. The intention was for each group to make an outfit for one of its team members. The hilarious results can be seen below...

Jane reading one of the props!

The scores are totalled.

Wine for the winners (Alverston Green).

And wooden spoons for the losers (Loose WI).