- 18th September - 8:00pm : ‘The Abel Label’ - By Katie Ellis.
- 16th October - 8:00pm : ‘Fire Safety in Your Home’ - By Melanie Quinn.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

HAPPY CHRISTMAS .... with lots of laughter

LADIES OF LAUGHTER - was the name of the morning that 5 members attended in Bearsted on 8th December. -  Laughter releases endorphins (what are they?), inhibitions (wow can't wait) and a lot else besides.   The workshop showed us how it increases internal jogging and helps to boost the immune system whilst reducing stress and tension.  We practiced eye contact, pretend laughing and silly singing. The message is that laughter is good for you - even fake laughter - 
and surprise surprise  'Women smile more than men'
As an outsider this picture tells me -

1   Joyce was trying 'pretend laughing',
2   Mary was doing  'internal and external jogging',
3   The Ho Ho HO's in the middle were the tutors  and are wearing the wrong socks.
4   Janice had released her endorphins - and is looking slimmer as a result.
5   Val is about the start 'silly singing' and
6    Jane's inhibitions were slowly dissolving.

It is just as well it only lasted a few hours or the ramifications could have been catastophic.

Our Christmas Party on the other hand was a much more sedate affair - though as you can see the bottles were on hand to ensure a good time. We had  a delicious meal of shepherds pie and roasted vegetables with a choice of sweets,  and a few husbands volunteered (maybe that's not the correct word) to do the washing up. A lovely evening with guests from other WI's -  our physical exercise was a progression dance ( where some did not progress), and we finished off with a selection of carols to exercise our lungs.

On  January 15th 2013,   the Boxley Handbells will be entertaining and encouraging us to 'have a go',  so come along and join in. The meeting starts at 7.30 with the Bells at 8.15. See you then.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


No  -  it's only 5th December, and we were visited by a three toed friend today -
A pheasant out for a morning stroll.
There has been so much to get involved in over the last couple of weeks. - Next year is the 95th Birthday of the WI in West Kent and we have been challenged to do lots of  "95's"-
 this one was to make 95 cup cakes - which we then sold at the Hollingbourne Christmas market.

We then had a fun evening of Darts with High Halstow and Bearsted Green WI's
 at The Sugar Loaves Pub  Hollingbourne.
We made Christmas Wreaths. - Sarah in the middle, is a very smiley person usually, but  whenever the Camera appears she is as determined to be serious, and not smile -  Next time we must think of something funny to say at the appropriate time.
We took a trip to Stalephurst nurseries to see their Poinsettias which are fantastic at this time of year. 
A visit to Dobbies in Ashford was also available with a Cream tea to make it really worthwhile.
The District Carol Service at Holy Cross Bearsted drew members from our 9 local WI's and a chance to meet old friends and hear the Christmas story once again.

Tuesday 11th December is our Christmas Party, and we would love to see you there so please ring 01622880433 to make arrangements - Bring with you - one Christmas card, and a 8 inch table decoration for the competition,  your  beverage of choice, and we will provide the food and the fun.

                           Happy Christmas

Just one more thing  -  when ever our advertising notices appear and say 'OPEN TO ALL'  - that is exactly what we mean - male, female, children  and or aliens - see you there.