Botley WI August 2017 Meeting
With chairs all facing the stage members had a very good view of Mr and Mrs Gracefield who had come to invite us to meet this Naval Captain and his Wife. Tall and handsome in stature Mr Gracefield appeared in a full dress uniform from the Georgian Period and later changed into a range of Naval apparel which continued past World War dress to the present day. It was very interesting to learn about the clothes – most of the outer garments had been made of wool – which were worn for different activities and occasions. His wife was able to tell little background jokes about some of the clothes which made a very entertaining presentation.
President, Clare Harding, was pleased to welcome Jane Hollingsworth as the new treasurer and she was widely applauded. Clare also thanked so many members for joining in the WI Day which had been held the previous week in the Market Hall. Members all agreed what an interesting and vibrant day they had enjoyed and it was suggested it might be an annual or bi-annual event.
Money for the Skittles evening to be held on October 10th at the Phoenix Pub in Twyford was collected and members selected their choices from the menu. The Craft group had had a successful workshop and many heart shaped underarm cushions had been made which will be passed over to WI House to be distributed to hospitals with the aim of helping people who had suffered with Breast Cancer . The Christmas Coffee Morning – open to all – would be held on 18th November and members asked to put the date in their diaries. Details for the Autumn Council Meeting to be held on 31st October were given and money collected. Next month would be Botley WI’s 25th Birthday Meeting where members from other Institutes had been invited. Members were asked to bring a plate of food to be shared by all. The meeting at the Market Hall starts from 7.15-7.30 on 21st September when Erica Mags will be the entertainer with the Sensational Voices Choir
Botley WI Day – July 26th 2017
This was the first time a day like this had been arranged for members by Botley WI. President Clare Harding and the WI Committee had planned it all very well with about 36 members attending. There was no pressure at any time and those who did not wish to join in any events and just watch still enjoyed themselves. Members had been advised to wear loose clothing and soft shoes for the first session which started with gentle exercise. Before long most people were enjoying marching round the room swinging their arms ! Many laughs later small balls and stretchy bands were also on view.
A Tea and Coffee break came next and then came a most interesting talk on Hearing Loss Awareness by Austen Tonley accompanied by slides depicting the inside of the ear and its function. Austen worked for the NHS and now works for Leightons in Southampton. He reminded people that although wearing hearing aids may have been a stigma in the past nowadays they were so small many people were not aware that others were wearing them. Speaking about how to help those with hearing aids Austen suggested making sure you are facing the person you are talking to, speaking slowly and clearly. Advancements in technology also meant arguments between couples one of whom wanted the television louder and the other softer could now be catered for!
The next session was “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” by Julie Raines who came from the skin care factory – Charlie Locks – based in Owslebury . Julie explained that all the products that their relatively small company produced were from natural sources and advised which products could help people’s problems. Demonstrating on a lovely face of a WI member she then passed round to the audience various pouches containing creams as well as mist sprays. The packaging pouches were made in an environmental way with no plastic pearls as well which everyone was pleased to hear!
At the lunch break Wendy Bassom had been in charge of the fish and chips ordered in advance from Hedge End and it arrived hot in boxes with condiments as well and was very well received with comments from many of how tasty it was. Tables were cleared and then ready for the next session.
Veronica Mason is well known in Botley for her wonderful floral arrangements in Church as well as at other events. She had consented to come along to give members a flower arranging session. She then very kindly raided her garden for an enormous number of different sized and variety of pieces of greenery as well as obtaining many different flowers . She had 3 different types of arrangements on display and members were able to choose which type of oasis in a container they preferred. Many people were able to take home two arrangements with some being passed on to missing members.
After the tea break John Sherbourne was there with his instrument for a Singalong session. Many tunes from the past and different Shows were played – some more well known than others . John had a very strong voice which helped many people with the words along the way. It was a restful way to end the day.
The hall was swept; the chairs put away; the washing up and return of cups to the cupboards ; the rubbish put outside and everything cleared away as members left with their hands full with their floral arrangements . It was the end of a very satisfying enjoyable day and a great tribute to the small WI Committee who had arranged such a successful occasion.
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 geraniums and other flowers 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
|21st September||25th Birthday Party – Erica Mags – Singsational Voices Choir|
|19th October||Where and What is it in Hampshire? Part 2||Jill Daniels|
WW1 Sacrifice and Remembrance. War Graves Commission
|21st December||Christmas Party|