A lovely Spring Walk at Hillhead
Botley WI March 2018 Meeting
Ben Cross – from Crosslands Flower nursery – came into the meeting positively full of energy and convinced us all that we should be buying English Grown flowers. His Grandfather had dedicated his life to growing Alstroemerias and Ben was able to give us an insight into the work and effort they carried out in making their nursery as environmentally friendly as possible. Saving water; economising on electricity; using recycled plants, soil , wooden planks and poles, etc. were all part of the scheme for their 50 different varieties. Members were able to buy bunches of Alstroemerias that had been picked that morning and were on sale –saving air miles that so many of these lovely flowers usually have to go through. Spread the word was Ben’s motto!
On May 13th Hampshire WI are holding a WI FEST celebrating our centenary on Eastleigh Rec and Botley WI will be holding a hoop-la stall. Can members please bring a Jam Jar filled with a surprise (even jam!) so they can be”hooped” – next meeting if possible.
It has been decided to have an afternoon “Meet Botley WI” in the Market Hall between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday June 16th. Cost for tea or coffee and cake will be £2. It is hoped to encourage people from the new Boorley Park to come – there will be various displays on new and old Botley WI’s events.
The Group quiz will be held on 3rd July at Whitely; the Lyburn Farm visit is on the 4th July and the Market Hall Curling Match between Botley and Burridge & Park Gate – which had to be cancelled on the advice of not driving out in the snow – has been re arranged for 5th July.
The next meeting on April 19th will be Terri Robinson speaking on the “History of English Canals with Painting Demonstration” at 7.15 – 7.30 in the Market Hall. Visitors and new members are welcome.
It had been suggested by one of the Committee that next year Botley WI could possibly arrange a visit to see Calendar Girls which is coming to the Mayflower Theatre and a show of hands showed the enthusiasm for this. Money was collected at the meeting to reserve the tickets.
Botley WI arranges Coach Outings; Coffee Mornings; Walks; Craft; Reading Group, etc. and takes part in events organised by Hants Federation for Skittles; Music and General Knowledge Groups, etc. It is a member of Bishop’s Waltham Group and has a membership around 55. Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday evening at Botley Market Hall at 7.15 for 7.30. and new members and visitors are very welcome. The two long colourful containers outside the Market Hall have been planted with attractive pansies, grasses and spring bulbs and are continuously being cared for by Andrea Champion and Wendy Bassom as part of Botley’s Community Project – Botley in Bloom.
List of Forthcoming Events
April 19th History of Canals with Painting Demonstration by Mrs Terri Robinson
May 13th WI FEST 10.30 to 4.00 Eastleigh Recreation Park Celebrating Centenary of HFWI
May 17th Annual Meeting
June 21st Nature Rambling in Surrey by Mrs Mary Braddock