Botley WI’s entry to the Festival of Christmas Trees in Botley Church 2017
Botley WI February 2018 Meeting
This month was the evening of our annual New Year Dinner. Over 40 members attended at the Market Hall and were greeted by the Committee who then hung up their coats and distributed the table menus which had previously been personally selected. It makes a very social atmosphere on these occasions when there is time for people to talk to each other over their meals. With this year’s different catering team serving three courses to each person and then finishing with tea, coffee, chocolate sticks and shortbread nobody went home hungry! President Clare Harding led the vote of thanks to the caterers.
It was 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.
The curling competition between Botley and Burridge & Park Gate WIs is on Thursday 1st March at 7.15 – 7.30 when 12 members from each side would be entered – with the possibility of mixing them up. Spectators on the stage would be welcomed.
With all the rain we have had recently the walking programme has been adjusted so that we don’t add to the possibility of turning the footpaths into muddy baths! The next walk will be to either West Meon or Hillhead on 21st February.
At next month’s meeting on 15th March in the Market Hall from 7.15-7.30 Ben Cross will be talking about the British Alstroemeria and the cut flower industry. He will also have some flowers to sell.
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
March 15th British Alstoemeria and the cut flower industry by Ben Cross
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