Tuesday, 15 July 2014
NORTHDOWNS DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING.
The 9 institutes in our District got together in Hollingbourne Village Hall, with the chance to meet old friends and find out what was happening around the Institutes We also heard plans for the 100 birthday of the WI (in addition of course to HOLLINGBOURNE's own 90th Birthday in 2015)
The competition this year was for an Edible Necklace
There were some made of sweets, one of chillies, vegetables etc, and the best one of all was -
A necklace of wild strawberries. It stood out amongst all the others!
Who made it? - Hilary Lucette of course from Hollingbourne,
who always has good ideas and the ingenuity to carry them out.
Our speaker was Ray Spiller who played music and had a good line in old fashioned jokes. His music was from the 50's and 60's and brought back many happy memories of our youth.
Monday, 14 July 2014
Twelve of us set off from Hollingbourne in convoy, so as to qualify for a discounted group admisssion.
we arrived in bright sunshine in stark contrast to a very wet start to the day.
Away from the popular events there were quiet corners to contemplate the beauty of the gardens.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Eltham WI, visited our Safari Market last year and asked us to join them in a visit to the Palace.
We joined four members of Eltham WI for a pleasant lunch on a lovely day, at Tudor Barn in Well Hall Pleasance which was built in the 16th Century. It was owned by William Roper who married a daughter of Sit Thomas Moore - Lord Chancellor of Henry VIII, it was also the home of Edit Nesbitt (Author of the Railway Children) A Flying Bomb exploded nearby in 1944 . Through its life it was built and rebuilt with the final restoration in 2002 and the Tudor Barn was back in Business. The gardens were lovely and it was hard to believe we were so close to London. Four other members joined for the second part of the visit.
We moved on to Eltham Palace, the original of which was the childhood home of Henry VIII, since 1930 it was owned by the Courtauld family who built on to it and travelled the world collecting ideas for their home. They were keen horticulturists and this shows in the 19 acres of garden. The Palace reflects the glamour and allure of the 1930's fashionable society. The bedrooms had built in furniture, the bathrooms had sunken baths. There were telephones in every room. Even the Racoon had his own room! We were able to watch old cine films of the family and their guests which brought it all to life - it was fascinating. Hollingbourne's 7 members are now firm friends with the 8 from Eltham and we hope to see them at the Safari on 7th September.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Our Easter meeting, started with reminiscences of a Trip 7 years ago with Inge Hack to Nuremburg, and Egglofstein when we visited the Easter egg villages of the area. The weather had been perfect and it was one of those lifetime experiences we will never forget.
We started with a choice of Easter Bonnets made by Hilary and Margaret, which sat daintily on our heads all through the meeting (and on the trip home, to the surprise of our other halves)
Following on, Mary led us singing a round of 'hot cross buns' finally culminating in a 4 part round - we were then in the mood for a story.
Margaret read us two Easter items from her father's WW2 book 'My War' - firstly making Hot Cross Biscuits from dry Army Biscuits., and secondly in Epirus Greece, 1945, as part of a support group , when the Local people celebrated Easter with Easter Lambs and coloured hens eggs, having finally rid themselves of the occupying forces.
Two finished eggs - worthy of Faberge?
Special refreshments - Lenten Pies - an old recipe from Janice's family,
and Mini Simnel cakes (from a Lakeland recipe) of Margaret's
And finally the ultimate chick and the ultimate Easter Bonnet. - Rita had knitted 28 chicks - all it seemed with different expression, and containing a Cadbury's Cream egg.
We went home very contented with our evening - except for Rita, who was home ill in bed!
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Ascot race course was the venue for 500 WI presidents recently - (actually 1000 as there were 2 days of 500 each) This was just in the South of England, and other parts of the country were hosted in other top spots.
Hollingbourne's joint presidents Ria Moon and Val Williams went along and of course a major talking point was the food provided - Posh sandwiches.
The background of this picture has an advert for tote betting, so maybe they had a flutter, who knows?
The purpose of the day(s) was to review all aspects of managing our WI and spoke of new initiatives in IT training. They were introduced to all the Board of Executives of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, and told of plans for the 100th Anniversary of WI in England. This is to be in 2015.
(2015 is also the Anniversary of 90 years of WI in Hollingbourne. Watch this space in the next 18 months, for our own celeb rations)
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The mental capacity of Val Williams and Rita Moon has gone up in our estimation as they won First and Runner up prizes in the Written Quiz that has been circulating for several months
The Gift Box that Hollingbourne donated was snapped up quickly for £10. It contained a Kit for a Japanese Patchwork cushion provided by Margaret Weaver.
Our first speaker was Joy Kemp who gave a comprehensive background to Midwifery in Britain and abroad in support of our recent resoslution regarding the necessary increase in Midwives in this country.
Then finally Michael Portillo -
A charming man, with who came resplendant in one of his famous coloured jackets.- and advised us that he had two new ones awaiting him at the tailors. He told us of his career and the workings of Westminster with some anecdotes of MP's. He was not afraid to answer difficult questions and
This is the picture you have been waiting for -
A picture of MICHAEL PORTILLO'S leg.
Presumably the brown boot, slim trouser and pink jacket. The story goes that Hilary had chatted to him about childhood friends they had in common, but the platform was high and Hilary is short, and the photographer made a boob!
We always have excellent speakers at these events and he was no exception.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Anew idea - a lunch once a month- starting in Hollingbourne Village
to enjoy a friendly chat and some delicious food.
At the same time continuing with our ' Save our High Streets ' Campaign
14 of us descended on The Sugar Loaves and chose from a wide menu, some stuck to the Pensioners Menu, while others decided to go the whole hog with a choice from the Main menu
Ham egg and chips
The verdict - a great success. Sparkling repartee (maybe it was the alcohol that helped)
and delicious food which was cooked especially for us, and the chance to make a new member welcome and find out something about her life. We shall be dining each month (the second Tuesday of the Month at 1 pm) and hope to visit The Dirty Habit in April - Why not join us?
Thursday, 6 March 2014
DONT FORGET TO CLICK ON EACH PHOTO FOR A LARGER PICTURE
Once more the handmade Pancakes were ready
The whole of Hollingbourne School, Mums and Dads, Grannies and Grandad's, WI Members and friends were here for the races.
Mary Henderson started every race with instructions -" toss the pancake at each chair on the way"
Most of the children took no notice however and just ran as fast as they could.
Alan Williams collated the winners on a scoreboard and hereby apologises for any discrepancies and mis-spellings in the names -
The first winner was Ryan Bibbins
Next Jack Bryce
speedy competitors and lots of onlookers.
The cheering was loud for these runners
Pancakes in mid air
An energetic start to this race - looked like the Olympics
Hugo Chaussy pretending he wasn't really there
Juliet de Banzie
Mrs Tong was a winner for the first time
The Men's race became a little confused
Daddy Bibbins came out in front
The School Cook Mrs Payne was a delighted winner
The Wi Race was won (once More) by a Lenham Member!
The WI Ladies winner was from LENHAM!
Val Williams ( in black)and Sadie Curtis (in Red and black) were out to win this grudge race
and at the line it was Val Williams who crossed first with a grin on her face.
Rita Moon looking on also smiled -after all, it was only a Walking Race!
A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, with refreshments available in the Pavilion
Thanks to all the helpers ( who Made the Pancakes, held the winning ribbon, gave out and collected the pans, gave out the eggs, awarded the rosettes, made the tea, washed up, cleaned the floor etc.etc. )
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.