Botley WI’s walking group spotting a snow bunting April 2017
Botley WI’s Report for 15th June 2017
Many Botley members were present to hear Anne Coleman ‘s talk on the Mistletoe Path – an Introduction to Modern Drudism. Anne came from the New Forest and outlined the fact that Druids and Druidism are found all over the world and are taught how to think and not what to think. William Blake was one of the well known people who had become a druid. The organisation will be 300 years old in September. Stonehenge takes a big part in this particularly as the Summer Solstice approaches.
The treasurer announced that £100 has been donated to ACWW raised through the Coffee Morning and Pennies for Friendship.
Birthday cards were distributed and the sweet pea which won the flower of the month was much admired. Wendy Bassom gave a report on the National WI’s Annual General Meeting which she had attended as a delegate. Members were asked to make sure they were signed up to the Botley WI Day which will take place in the Market Hall on 26th July from 9.30-3.30pm and is free to members. It will feature gentle exercise; a demonstration of skin cleansing; a talk on hearing; a therapeutic flower arranging session and might even be ending with a sing-song! Wendy Bassom is in charge of ordering fish and chips for those who require them. The Annual Evening Walk down to Hamble River and back to the Market hall will take place on 26th June starting from the Mortimer Road Car Park at 6.30pm
The Craft Group had had an excellent outing to the National Needlework Archive in Newbury using the Botley Minibus with Graham being the driver. Everyone found it a most interesting afternoon and the party were able to see the “Country Wife Mural “ which is being restored and refurbished there by many volunteers. This mural was hung at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and since then has been in various places including Denman College. It is 15 ft wide as well as being very long so it needs to be carefully cleaned and restitched where possible on an enormous table. All those who went hope to go back and see it again when it is finished and hanging up. A fascinating visit.
The next meeting will be Tasha Ault speaking on Pet Therapy on July 20th in Botley Market Hall at 7.30 when visitors will be welcome.
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 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
|20th July||Pet Therapy||Tasha Ault|
|26th July||Botley WI Day for members . 9.30-3.30 in Botley Market Hall|
|17th August||Meet a Naval Captain and his Wife – from the Georgian Period to the present||Mr and Mrs Gracefield|
|21st September||25th Birthday Party – Erica Mags – Singsational Voices Choir|