Botley WI Meeting November 2017
This meeting was an Open Meeting and members, many husbands and friends were all welcomed by President Clare Harding . Jeremy Prescott – with his interesting slides was an excellent knowledgeable speaker from the War Graves Commission and spoke on WW1 Sacrifice and Remembrance. The audience were mesmerised by the unsettling facts and figures he was able to produce of the huge numbers of those who had lost their lives – so many in the first few days of fighting. He emphasised how important it was for people to continue talking about relations and friends who had suffered so much so the horrors of war could be passed on to try and prevent any others happening. The Commission have 2600 sites to maintain.
Together with 29 other local organisations Botley WI would be participating the Christmas Tree Festival by decorating a tree in Botley Church from Friday afternoon 8th December to Sunday 10th December with the idea to promote local organisations and what they offer. All will be welcome.
The Christmas Card walk would be on Saturday December 16th starting from the Market Hall at 9.30am and previously written Christmas cards were handed in. There would be the usual stops – firstly at Boorley Green and then finishing in the Market Hall where a selection of soups and bread would be on offer. Carols would be sung on the way. Members were reminded that the Christmas Party would be on 21st December so would they please bring a plate of food to be shared for the refreshment table. Those who wished to partake could bring a food or drink wrapped present around £3 to add to the mix in Santa’s Sack.
The next meeting on January 18th 2018 will be discussions on the Resolutions which can be found in WI Life. Members who have not yet paid their subs were reminded that £41 was due and cheques were requested as well as payment for the Festive Dinner in February. The Spring Council Meeting will be held at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday 21st March 2018 when Anton Du Beke will be the afternoon’s speaker.
The forthcoming WI Coffee Morning announced at this meeting was then held on Saturday 18th and members were asked to come and support it with bringing cakes, books and bric-a-brac. This successful event proved to be popular with members and visitors who do like to have a get-together when there is more time to socialise!
There are still spaces on the coach outing Val Dean is organising for the WI to Northumberland starting Monday 11th June 2018 for 7 days (6 nights) . Hadrian’s Wall; Cragside House and Gardens; Alnwick Castle and Garden; Woodhorn Colliery Museum; Seahouses for a cruise including 2 hours on Holy Island ; Bamburgh Castle; Kielder Water and Hexham, etc. are all on the list of proposed visits. Anyone or friends interested contact her.
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 of the month 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
New Year Dinner
|21st December||WI Christmas Party|
Discussion on Resolutions
New Year Dinner
British Alstroemeria and the cut flower industry