Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Having learned how to make Japanese folded patchwork, at a West Kent Day School,
(see previous Blog)
It was time for Margaret to pass on the skill.
Seven members JANE, SUE, JEAN, MARY, RITA, HILARY AND VAL
spent a happy two hours, cutting, ironing and stitching.
It is a good craft, one square can become a coaster, a Christmas decoration or a Christmas Card,
5 can become a square box, and 12 - 16 can become a cushion cover.
Each of the seven chose a different central fabric and these were the results.
Members went home with the fabric to create their own masterpiece. -
One among us suggested making a kingsize bed cover -
I imagine this was idle chatter rather than a definite plan, but who knows - we shall see.
Friday, 18 October 2013
One of the WI's aims is to provide education/training for its members.
Today FRANK, provided First Aid Training to Preserve Life, Prevent the Condition Worsening and Promote Recovery. - i.e. Initial assistance to a casualty for sudden illness. The most important point being to ring 999 or 112 for paramedic.
1. After Heart attack and Stoke, Peanuts are the third most prominent Killer in the UK.
they can get stuck in the throat and you choke, ( and those eaten from a bar saucer are probably full of germs)
2. For items stuck in the throat - administer
a) 5 back slaps b) 5 abdominal Thrusts at the base of the ribs, holding from behind.
do this up to three times and the 0bstruction should move.
c) If the person becomes unconscious don't worry, they will stop coughing, and begin breathing
3. If you discover a person unconscious . remember D R A B C
a) D- Danger - have they been gassed, electrocuted etc - there may be danger to you (a helper)
tap them with the back of your hand (you will not be electrocuted)to find out if they are conscious
b) R - Response - talk to them, are they replying?
c) A - Airways - Lift chin to move head back and clear airway. Is there an obstruction?
d) B - Breathing? Place hand flat on the stomach to see if it rises and falls.
e) C - Circulation
Having checked the airways for obstructions, the nose is squeezed, and the mouth blown in twice.
Pressure is applied to the heart -( Halfway between the nipples)
Press down firmly 15 times with one hand above the other. (to the timing of Nellie the elephant)
This can be repeated i.e. 2 breaths, 15 presses, until the patient breathes.
So make sure you collapse in front of a local Trained WI Member!!!
If you want to join in such a class, contact us and we can put you in touch with Frank.
Monday, 16 September 2013
The day dawned grey, but could have been much worse weatherwise, and it did not stop our valued customers driving from all parts of Kent to get here.
There were all kind of stalls
An Open Air affair with a million videos & DVD's and a very smiley faced seller
Secluded affairs where one could be discrete in ones purchases
Very 'Home and Garden' Affairs with Oast house, stream and accompanying ducks.
One even with a notice attached to the house saying 'MAKE ME AN OFFER' - whether she was saving on House Agents, or just selling her unwanted treasure we didn't ask.
This ' Invitation to our Deck', was also publicised by streamers (out of picture)
attached to the two poles in the front.
attached to the two poles in the front.
Some even managed to squash into a gap between houses
Items on sale were many and varied, with a Dinner set worthy of Downton Abbey.
This buyer was obviously delighted with his Man of Wood a unique momento.
What I always wanted - an outdoor wheeled table/drinks trolley, plus an electronic musical machine
purchased and wheeled off before I get could there!
Socks had been converted magically into all kinds of animals and were selling well.
Children has a fantastic collection and at just the right height.
This year the Pavilion was selling everything at £1 - one person's trash was another person's treasure.
Joyce had previously cooked and sold our hot food, and this year was the turn of Mary Henderson and her friends to provide this service.
We also needed -'Tea Ladies' Rita, Sue, Hilary, Joy and general dogsbodies, Jane, Margaret, Val and Janice.- and our two man team of Gazebo erectors Jim Henderson (WI husband) and Moray Dennett who has no affiliation to the WI, but gives his time and we are so grateful.
Our Tea and Hot food tent was popular, as were the Craft stall from Bearsted Green WI
and the Cake stall from Leeds WI.
and the Cake stall from Leeds WI.
West Kent Federation Chairman Sheila Miles paid us a long promised visit with her Husband
The object was to visit as many stalls as possible and note the name of the individual picture displayed at each site. There were 6 people who got them all correct so a draw was necessary for the outright winner who was ROBIN DEARLE OF HOLLLINGBOURNE.
These 6 will receive a free map for next years Safari.
Satisfaction is what we aim to provide, and finally a picture of a very satisfied customer leaving one stall having just purchased his NEW BICYCLE from them.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
Friday, 13 September 2013
Has our hot summer finally gone - well Probably - but Saturday 14th September is our Famous Safari Market with 48 Garage sales around the village so lets hope for a decent day.
Let's remember the things we did together during this last couple of months.
A motley crew, but looking happy outside Chilham Castle .
(This picture is from 2012 - just to remind us of last years good day)
A trip to Hadlow Agricultural College Garden Centre. - Broadview Garden Centre. We wandered through 10 acres of Garden, though the long hot summer had effected the ' beautifully maniured gardens' and they were not at their best. However we eventually found a beautiful Japanese `Garden which was worth it.
Joyce and Rita taking it easy.
We finally finished by purchasing some plants and had a cream tea in the Tea Room which was delicious and particularly enjoyable when we discovered WI members had 10% discount!
Everything was provided including instruction and we set to work. The round fabric, and the two squares were the start , and with some ironing, pinning and stitching we ended up with one square. (Bottom left hand side) There were 15 more to do.
This was a fantastic event where we started with Zumba from Nichola - everyone joined in even those awaiting knee replacements - and proceeded to Belly Dance with Ann, who gave the history and demonstrated things she could do but we could not!
There was also Folk Dancing, Line Dancing and in the afternoon Scottish dancing with Kilts and tartans swirling around. A wonderful day, and look out for Hollingbourne's own BELLY DANCE evening in the 2014 programme. It will be an open evening for all to enjoy.
Monday, 22 July 2013
Adriana and her husband are keen walkers, and have just returned from walking the Calderas in the Canary Islands.
When she joined the WI she suggested that our members might join her and her walking friends to really explore the footpaths in our local area. Each month she has a walk planned and anyone who is interested can join her. The walks are differing lengths and can be from 4 - 10 miles. If you are interested contact us and we can put you in touch. She describes her April to June walks here with a photo of Bluebells taken when the weather was cold and wet.
On the 18th of April eight of us set off for Hucking Forest. We were expecting to see an array of bluebells, but unfortunately, due to the long winter, we found we were far too early and nothing was yet in bloom! However, we still enjoyed one of the last meals at the Hook and Hatchet before it stopped trading (Yet again!). A month later four of us set off again for Hucking Forest and this time we were not disappointed, the bluebells were out in all their glory, although more striking in the late evening light they were still stunning and some wonderful pictures were taken.
The May W.I. walk was a circular walk, starting and finishing at the Dirty Habit. The walk took us passed Allington Farm, up to Colyers Wents and passed Coopers Farm, then crossing the road just north of Hollingbourne Hill and on to Gotteridge. We then descended Drake’s Lane to pick up the Pilgrims Way again and then on to our final destination, The Dirty Habit, where a good lunch was had by everyone.
The June walk was also circular, however, this time we stopped for lunch at the Black Horse in Thurnham. The outward route was via the North Downs Way, briefly pausing at Thurnham Castle. This part of the walk had some spectacular views, but was not for the feint hearted as it was quite challenging with some steep inclines. Despite this we all managed to arrive at the pub safe and well and in surprisingly good condition! After lunch we returned to Hollingbourne along the much easier Pilgrims Way.
Saturday, 20 July 2013
Well, this year the rain it rained, and the wind it blew!
However over 100 people Hooked a duck, and the winner Katie Millbrook won this wonderful Cake
with the highest score of 97 for the three ducks she hooked.
The cake was made by a member, and she may be willing to take orders for similar creations
(ring the WI number for contact)
We had advertised the Templeuve Twinning on our stand with the tricolour hanging at the rear. The 60 strong French contingent seemed to enjoy themselves, especially the Mayor of Templeuve who graced us with a kiss for Rita the President, and a donation of £3.70. As she told us, he said that the kiss was worth more, but that it was all that was left in the kitty.
Maybe not the best day, but our ducks enjoyed the weather, money was made for local causes and at least our Gazebo did not blow away.
June was the anniversary of 95 years of the West Kent Federation of WI's
and a day long Celebration was held at Aylesford Priory near Maidstone and 8 of us were there with over 1000 members.There were demonstrations of all aspects of modern WI life : We trialled various sports activities and took away instructions for knitting plastic bags, and atoms!
Each WI was encouraged to enter the competitions and exhibitions with items prepared in advance.
One was a Pin Cushion. - Ours was was made by
Sarah Cheetham - Neat, attractive and functional.
Our final Challenge was for a Scrapbook documenting how we had celebrated the 95 years within our own WI's. We had to complete ten different challenges each involving 95 efforts.
i.e. Swim 95 lengths, make and sell 95 cup cakes (See previous Blog) , collect 95 recipes, Skip 95 times (See previous Blog) - this was enjoyable and every member joined in. One which was little effort, involved each members contributing 95p towards the flower arrangement that our District (Northdowns) was preparing for the Priory. The results were amazing and depicted Inspiring Women though the ages and two are shown below.
Edith Cavell 1865- 1915 More Humane Treatment of Prisoners of War
Dame Edith Smyth 1858 -1944 - Womans Suffrage.
The whole event took a lot of organising and 6 of our Members volunteered to be Stewards on the Day thoroughly enjoying the interaction with so many other members from West Kent.
Hollinbourne also volunteered to 'Do their Party Piece'
a singing and dancing version of SINGING IN THE RAIN. .
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
30 Members of Northdowns District WI's got together for a Craft afternooon ON the North Downs.
Outside a pen full of Chickens, Ducks, Geese and Turkeys crowed, quacked, hooted and gobbled at us. The Really Smelly Flower Company also operates from the same site, and we checked on the field full of Peonies and Roses which had been growing (slowly) this year - There is a Flower Open day on 15th June and with the sun we have had this week, they should be a fantastic sight by then.
To find out more about this operation -
www.thisartofmine.co.uk ; Blacker and moore.com - The really smelly flower company
OVERHEARD during the afternoon
Val (looking out of the window) "What a lovely spot"
Sue ( having been painting spots on her vase for an hour or so )- "Which one"
We left our afternoon's work with Kate, Gemma and her other staff who glazed and fired it.
A selection of work by Hollingbourne Members.