[Botley WI April Meeting 2018
Terri Robinson was the speaker at this meeting and she gave a very interesting talk on the History of English Canals with painted demonstrations. As she had been an artist she had found Canal Painting – often referred to as “Roses and Castles” – as being very absorbing. She had brought along many of the delightful articles she had decorated with her canal painting.
On May 13th Hampshire WI are holding a WI FEST celebrating 100 years on Eastleigh Recreation Ground and as Botley WI will be holding a hoop-la stall and many members had donated jars containing various items to be ” hooped”. Botley’s stall will be near the Tea Tent and a list was circulated for those who would be willing to help on the day which is from 11am – 4pm.
“Meet Botley WI” will be held in the Market Hall between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday June 16th and flyers will be distributed to encourage people from the new Boorley Park to come. There will be various displays on Botley WI’s present events as well as those from the past. The Group quiz will be held on 3rd July at Whiteley and the team was arranged; the Lyburn Farm visit is on the 4th July with travel arrangements yet to be made and the Curling Match between Botley and Burridge & Park Gate on the 5th July will be in the Market Hall. Wendy Bassom gave a report on the Autumn Council meeting which several members had attended
The annual walk round the Dutton Estate at Hinton Ampner will be Wednesday 25th April to see the bluebells and hopefully it will be fine weather!!
A lovely Spring Walk at Hillhead
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
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