Saturday, 20 July 2013
........"A Dancing Troupe"..... - 95 years of West Kent WI's
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. .