Hello and welcome to Arford WI’s web page.
Never heard of Arford?? It is a small hamlet within the boundaries of Headley Village near Bordon. Over 50 years ago the young mums of Headley wanted to join a local WI, but because the meetings were held in the afternoon when they were unable to leave their small children, they formed their own evening WI and called it Arford.
We actually meet at the Church Centre in Headley Village GU35 8PP and many of our members are from Lindford, Whitehill, Bordon and Grayshott. So you don’t have to live in Headley or Arford to be a member.
We meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 8pm and we try to make our meetings as varied and as interesting as possible.
Our monthly activities include “stitch and bitch”, lunches and walking. There are quarterly friendly Scrabble “competitions” and outings to local attractions/events are offered throughout the year. In addition we take part in the WI Group skittles and quiz competitions
If you would like to know more about ARFORD WI, please email us: email@example.com. You may also like to visit our Facebook page (link below)
3 February 2021
A very belated Happy New Year!
Arford WI is alive and well. We had a great virtual meeting last week. Over 20 of us managed to dust off our technology skills to listen to Judy Theobold give us an entertaining account of her life: from secretarial school, through the police and on to journalism.
The rest of the report today will be thanks to one of our members who has written an Arford WI Covid Diary.
It began with a whisper from the East, before rumbling across countries and continents until it arrived with a bang on our shores! It was the Coronavirus! – a deadly respiratory influenza. Age was the defining factor, with the seriousness of the illness increasing markedly in the over 70’s and in those with underlying health problems.
The Source (not 100% proven) was a meat market in Wuhan in China. Soon their hospitals were filling up. The Authorities clamped down. The town was completely cut off from the rest of China – no public transport, people confined indoors and mask wearing mandatory if going out for essentials.
We still weren’t too concerned but then gradually it spread to other countries in Asia before reaching Europe, at first in Italy, then in March to our shores!
Now we were worried as we watched country by country close schools, shops and workplaces, following China’s example. The number of cases in Britain was rising then accelerating till finally a Lockdown was imposed towards the end of March. Schools, restaurants and cafes, hairdressers and offices closed, with people working from home, where they could. Those who were unable to were put “on furlough” and given 80% of their wages by the government. The employers were supposed to make that up to full pay!
Schools were still open for the children of key workers.
The “key workers” had to keep going and did seemingly willingly, which was admirable. They were all the NHS staff, carers, shop workers, refuse collectors, bus and train drivers and perhaps others.
(A Pandemic is officially upon us and the rest of the world!)
Only food shops remained open and food shopping on-line became popular if you could register!!? We have to mention the shortage of toilet rolls, and some other items due to unnecessary panic buying!
An” Arford WI in Touch” WhatsApp Group was formed as a support system and has been a bonding experience. Some quotes from this will feature in the diary.
“I have just been to Sainsbury’s it was awful”
“Did you know that Headley Deli has flour”
“I bought a very large bag of flour would anyone like some”
“Country Market is doing a Click and Collect”
We were not allowed to have anyone in our houses so Face Time and Zoom became our lifeline if we were lucky to have a computer.
“I spoke to my Grandchildren today but the picture wouldn’t work, quite a relief sometimes!”
“Just a thought, when all this is over, I am going to be grey and have a new hairstyle”
“Perhaps there is a U-Tube video our husbands could watch so they can cut our hair?”
“My husband does his and the result is indescribable!”
The weather was glorious which lifted our spirits.
“Thank goodness we are heading towards summer rather than winter “was a common feeling as was the appreciation of our beautiful countryside for our one permitted piece of exercise! We knew we were lucky to have gardens to enjoy the sunshine.
I think we were all aware that other people were not so fortunate. Some people had no gardens and might be trying to work from home while caring for young children. It was difficult for parents to suddenly have to become teachers and carers. People living alone would be finding it very lonely.
“The current situation has made me more emotional than usual”.
“Another day dawns in splendid isolation. What shall I wash today?”
“At the end of this Lockdown we are going to have one heck of a Party. Maybe we can have a WI Hoolie?”
Despite the gloom and doom and the isolation, there were some positive aspects to the Lockdown. We had quieter roads and even quieter skies. “Just seen a rare thing (an aeroplane) trundling across the sky”
Reply “what was it? A UFO?
The air quality was better. Those living with young children had more family time. Life generally was more relaxing. There was no clock watching!
A whole new vocabulary was spawned- social distancing, furlough, herd immunity, R number, circuit breaker, bubble, unmute! Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4 took on a completely new meaning! Office workers had extra time at home and for exercise, often gaining two extra hours in the day without travelling to work. There were a lot of contented dogs, delighted to have their owners’ company. Quizzes were shared round the Group and funny videos kept us amused. Jigsaws were very popular.
Arford WI commenced their meetings on Zoom. It was good to see people albeit, virtually. It was tricky to get the voices synchronised properly, but everyone agreed it was “better than nothing.” One of our members gave an amusing and interesting account of her driving revision” test” for over 80’s!
All this time the number of cases had been rising and far too many people had died, even health workers. There was an acute shortage of P.P.E. (personal protective equipment) to begin with. Intensive Care units were often filled to capacity with people on ventilators. We felt enormous gratitude to our nurses and doctors in the NHS and also felt immensely proud of them. Someone suggested that we show our appreciation by having a synchronised “clap for carers” at 8pm on a Thursday evening.
Thursday evenings became a special time for us to applaud them! Some people met neighbours for the first time as they all stood outside their front doors.
“We have just been out – it was lovely. We heard cheering and clapping and we saw our neighbours. The sky was amazing.”
“yes, everyone out down our road too.” Cars tooted their horns, people sang in the street and played instruments. It was a happy time.
As time went on we heard news that one after the other company had closed its doors – Edinburgh Wool shop, all the Arcadia shops, Debenhams, Laura Ashley, Monsoon, Cath Kitson and others. Some closed their shops but remained trading on-line. The High Street was looking bereft! Small businesses failed and more people were in need of support. The demand for Food Banks grew enormously. We felt cocooned from all this hardship but felt sad that is was happening. However, on 30th April it was” Time to celebrate”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told us” we are over the peak”!!! Ha Ha, in retrospect, how wrong was he!
We managed to celebrate 100 years since VE day by having socially distanced street parties. At some gatherings a selection of Vera Lynne songs were sung. It was hard to hold back the tears while singing “We’ll meet again?” We now had the beginnings of small steps back to normality as some of the restrictions were eased.
“I went to the shops today, no queue but no flour.” Everyone is making their own bread!
“The field was dotted with couples picnicking – just thrilled to be out and doing something different- small pleasures”
We began to feel more confident about leaving home.
“Tried to start my car- every light on the dashboard flashed but nothing worked- flat battery!!”
“Feeling positively invigorated this morning. I have spoken face to distant face with six different people”.
Since the onset of this upheaval, some things had been in great demand. Bicycles were hard to purchase, puppies and kittens were as well. The interest in Camper Vans grew.
It was announced that GCSE’s and A-Level exams were cancelled and results would be determined by an algorithm!
Mask wearing now became mandatory in shops and public places. Pam Ayres wrote a poem :
“Oh somebody make me a beautiful mask, of shimmering silk, brocade or damask,
Sequined, and spangled, my visage to cup, in fabric that won’t make my glasses steam up!”
Some ladies made masks and showed themselves wearing them on What’s App. “I can’t see all of your face, but the top half looks fed up”
Answer “Well observed, there is no laughter in those eyes”.
“Wearing a mask inside your home is recommended – not so much to stop Covid 19 but to stop you eating!”
Helen Deighan was our Speaker on the June Zoom meeting.
Numbers of cases were still falling so hotels and rented houses were available for holidays.
Travelling had been very difficult since March with very limited flights and over demand. One Arford member was stuck in Spain till the beginning of July. Restaurants were opening again with mask wearing until seated.
“We ate at the Royal Exchange today. Take warm clothes as all the doors were open for air flow which felt like a blast at times”
By the end of July, we were feeling confident enough to have a socially distanced cream tea garden meeting in a corner of Headley Village Green. About thirty ladies attended and it was a very happy afternoon. A splendid cream tea of scones and cake was provided by the committee. This meeting also served as a very concise and protracted Annual Meeting.
The number of new cases of the Virus was still fairly low and we were out and about more but the rule of six indoors and out was still in place. Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor announced the “Eat out to help out “scheme, whereby we could have 50% off the cost of a meal up to the value of £10 per person and as many times as desired. This was to give the Hospitality industry a welcome boost. This continued into September.
There was a spell of very hot weather, which reached the high 30’s.
When the results of the GCSE’s and A-Levels came out there was great consternation and dissatisfaction.
This resulted in a U-turn by the government and the students grades were determined by Teacher Assessment instead of the algorithm!
At the end of the month, the committee decided to have a face to face meeting, which took place, spaced out, in Headley Church in the afternoon. It took the form of a Gardeners Question Time with three of our expert WI gardeners. They were the very able Panel. It was a great success and a very welcome change.
September / October
This freedom and sociability were sadly not to last! With the return of students to Universities so returned the Virus with renewed vigour. Many students spent their first few weeks of term ill or in Isolation.
There were some “firsts” within the WI however – one of our members produced our 1st Newsletter.
A WI Reading Group was formed.
The topic for our September Zoom meeting was “Where Do Medicines Come From”, then in October one of our members took us on a tour of her Dolls House.
By the end of October things were getting bad again and another Lockdown was looming!
Just in time it seemed, because this was becoming the general feeling. “It’s been a rotten year, and I’m getting fed up with it”, we had some welcome news. Pfizer/ BioNTech announced a Vaccine that was 90% effective! Wonderful news! This was followed a few weeks later with the news of another successful Vaccine from Moderna, an American Drug Company.
We had another Lockdown imposed to last for four weeks so again we were not allowed to have anyone in the house and could only meet with one person outside in a public place, not in gardens. This time schools and shops remained open. The Children had been back in their classrooms since Easter.
Later in November, another Vaccine was announced. This time it had been developed by scientists in Oxford working with the drug company Astra Zeneca to be known as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Everything about WI was now on Zoom – Speakers Selection, Council Meetings and the Resolution meeting.
Denman College had been sold and the proceeds were to go to facilitate on-line learning to be called “Denman at Home”. There would be Cookery and Craft Courses as well as Talks.
The Lockdown began to pall, spirits drooped. It was pleasing therefore that WhatsApp provided some light relief. “I loved that video, very cheering”. “Brilliant, I needed a good giggle.” However now that we could see “light at the end of the tunnel” we renewed our determination to obey the rules and keep safe.
We managed to have a walk this month.
Our Christmas Party took on a very different look, on Zoom. We played games – “guess the baby”, “Kim’s game “, and a finding and fetching game which was somewhat energetic! It was good fun. We signed off with a seasonal rendering of “We wish you a Merry Christmas”.
On the following evening most of us tuned in to the Group Carol Concert. Again it was a successful meeting. We began with a quiz then each WI provided a Christmas reading. Representing Arford, one of our members gave a splendid rendition of Nigel Slater’s memories of Icing a Christmas cake.
The Bordon Belles performed and were hilarious. “I haven’t had that much fun at a Group Carol service for years”.
Christmas “goodie” bags were delivered by the committee and were very much appreciated.
The vaccination programme began.
We had been told early in the month that we could celebrate Christmas with three other households for five days. However, as the situation worsened with many new cases of Covid 19 (due they said to a new variant of the virus emerging), this was changed to only Christmas day and there was to be no overnight staying. We now had much of the country in Tier 4 and people in this Tier were told not to travel. Many people’s plans had to change at the last minute, but everyone thought this was the right decision to keep us safe.
A thought many of us had at the end of a dismal year was how much we had enjoyed our WhatsApp Group news. “None of us knew what lay ahead when this Group was started in March”. “The chats, pictures and videos have been a joy!”
We left the EU on 31st December!
We must mention the huge cost of this pandemic. The total estimated debt for the year April 2020 to April 2021will be an addition 94 billion pounds!
January 2021 began as it ended, shrouded in uncertainty and anxiety!
“Who would have thought that a hypodermic needle would be a symbol of hope for the world in 2021!”
As the vaccination programme advanced so did the Virus! Hospitals were filling up and more and more cases were occurring.
Schools were just about to resume the new spring term when Boris told us that a new National lockdown was being imposed, number 3! Schools were to close until February half term at the earliest. At home, on line learning would resume.
On the first week of January we had news that the Covid daily death toll was its highest since April, with well over 1,441 people dying! In total now over 80,000 people have lost their lives to Covid 19- a shocking statistic!
Good news, some of our older members have had the “jab”!
Doctors appealed to us to stick to the rules as the hospitals were near capacity and a real emergency was emerging. PLEASE stay at home was the message.
So to finish:
What might the enduring symbol of the coronavirus that turned our world upside down in 2020 be? Might it be those Thursday evenings of spring and summer when, at the stroke of 8pm, we overcame our national traits of embarrassment and reserve and ventured out to the doorstep to applaud doctors, nurses and key workers banging saucepans and nodding or chatting to neighbours in a synchronised “clap for carers”.
Or might it be the first sign that trouble was coming this way, that footage of Italians singing to each other from their balconies, while in their lockdown.
Or a chequerboard screen of faces as Zoom became the prime means of face-to–face contact with those who didn’t live under one roof. It could be a gesture, the elbow bump?
It could be something more hopeful. It could be the pictures of Margaret Keenan aged 90 becoming the first person in the world to get the jab!
Perhaps the lasting motif will not be a scene but an object. The simple mask, an item that once seemed alien and even frightening but became commonplace!
We will certainly remember “HANDS-FACE-SPACE” and even when we can be freer it will take time before we feel completely at ease.
For most of us what we have missed most is the HUGS!
Here are some reflections from another member:
Covid was not a welcome arrival in anyone’s life and there are not many silver linings to that particular cloud. I learned a few things that have stretched my capabilities, most of them related to the computer. New skills like using Zoom, and buying nearly everything on-line for a start. I have enjoyed the WhatsApp group and it had been incredibly useful for providing answers to obscure questions. There is such a wide range of talent in the WI, and so little of it is fully appreciated by more than a handful of people. There have been lots of suggestions about how to celebrate the freedom that will come when Covid restrictions are lifted and I think one of them could be a display of WI craft making, cooking skills and gardening ability.
Normal life will be very welcome when it does return as it is the small things I miss most – a cup of coffee with a friend, popping into a shop without a mask, cuddling the grandchildren to name a few.
I won’t miss having to use my computer all the time, especially as I know full well that whatever I know will become obsolete in a few months’ time. The whole thing is getting away from me and the faster I run to catch up, the faster what I learn becomes useless. My grandson uses terms like fruit loops and plugs. Well I thought you ate one and potted-on the other, but it seems I am totally wrong – but I can’t tell you what these things are as I have no idea.
Eight months have past and if anyone is reading this in the future they may wonder “why?” But all of us in the present know it is due to what my daughter tells her sons: “Bob the Bad Bug”! Also some lack of time and laziness on my part.
Luckily many others in our WI have been very busy the past several months with zoom meetings, the occasional walk when allowed, a socially distanced summer garden party on the Headley Village Green and a recent addition: a book club (Zoom of course).
Tomorrow during the Zoom meeting we will be treated to a talk on Victorian doll houses by one of our members.
Yesterday we had a walk in the woods around Headley.
1 February 2020
At our January meeting we were enthralled with the true story of one of our member’s ancestors. Joseph Jewell and his wife, Mary Ann, were two of only 10 survivors from the shipwreck of the General Grant that sank on 14 May 1866. There were 83 passengers and crew aboard when she sank off the Auckland Islands, almost 300 miles south of New Zealand. The story of how they survived for 18 months on a deserted island until rescued was fascinating. As all good storytellers do, our speaker left us wanting to hear more about the numerous attempts, some fatal, to find the wreckage and the gold that was suppose to be on board. The photo shows the Jewells in the seal skin clothes the survivors were wearing when rescued.
14 January 2020
The hardy walkers that met up in the cold and wet today were rewarded with signs of spring and a warming cup of coffee in the local deli.
Apologies for not posting more often. Hopefully if anyone visited this page they were able to go to our Facebook page for up to date information.
We mourned the passing of two of our long standing members in 2019, but the first day of 2020 brought the news that a member is now the mother of a healthy baby girl: the first baby in our WI for quite a while.
At the May 2019 Annual meeting, new committee members were chosen, and Samantha Downs is now our president and has been doing an amazing job.
The rest of the year flew by with interesting meetings, enjoyable lunches, sociable walks and friendly Scrabble. Stitch and Bitch continues to meet monthly, and excursions included a trip for Christmas shopping and a cream tea on a horse drawn barge.
The next walk is on Tuesday, 14 January: meet at Headley Church Centre at 9.30am.
The next meeting is on Thursday, 23 January at 8pm at Headley Church Centre.
Please see our Facebook page for up to date information. https://www.facebook.com/arfordwi/
I missed posting on April Fools’ Day so all that follows is true. I was never a good joker anyway…
- Thursday, 4 April, 12.30pm: Lunch at Squires Garden Centre, Frensham
- Wednesday, 10 April, 9.30am: walk: meet at Headley Church Centre
- Wednesday, 10 April, 7pm: East Hants Borders Group meeting, Liphook Church Centre
- Wednesday, 24 April, 2.00pm: Stitch & Bitch
- Thursday, 25 April,8pm: Monthly Meeting with demonstration of Bollywood Dancing (maybe the start of a second career….)
- Tuesday, 7 May, 2pm: Scrabble
Please contact us for details.
2 March 2019
Hope everyone has been able to enjoy the spring-like weather the past couple of weeks. Now that it is meteorological spring, the storms are on the way!
Upcoming Arford WI Events
- Wednesday, 6 March, 12.30pm, Lunch at Duke of Cambridge Pub
- Tuesday, 12 March, 9.30am, meet at Headley Church Centre for walk at Frensham Little Pond
- Wednesday, 27 March, Stitch & Bitch. Message us for details.
- Thursday, 28 March, 8pm, Members Only Social Meeting, Headley Church Centre
Upcoming East Hants Borders Group Events
- Spring Group Meeting , Wednesday 10th April, Liphook Church Centre 7pm; Speaker: Kerrie Ellis – Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise. Hostess: Liphook; Competition: Any homemade accessory in any medium – 1 item per person. Numbers by March meeting
- Quiz, Tuesday 11th June, Liphook Church Centre 7.00pm
- Skittles, Friday 20th September, Headley Village Hall 7.00pm. There will be a raffle and an American Supper
- Autumn Group Meeting, Tuesday 24th September, Kingsley Centre 2.30pm; Speaker: George Yates – From Lancashire Witches to the Magic Circle
1 February 2019
Lovely snowfall overnight: just enough to make it look pretty before it melts away quickly (hopefully!)
February is often cited by people as the most depressing month, but it doesn’t have to be: join us on Wednesday, 6 February for the monthly lunch. It will be at The Temple at Liss. Meet there at 1230.
Then you can enjoy our monthly walk on Wednesday, 13 February. Meet at the Headley Church Centre at 0930.
If you are still feeling down, come to the “Stitch & Bitch” for friendship and laughs on Wednesday, 27 February at 2pm. Contact us for details.
And final, come to the monthly meeting on Thursday, 28 February at 8pm at Headley Church Centre to hear a talk about the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania
8 January 2019: walk in Bourne Woods, Surrey
6 October 2018
September was a busy and exciting month with an East Hampshire Borders Group skittles competition, a Group Cream Tea, participation in the Headley Fete and an open meeting in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Arford WI. We were very fortunate to have Hampshire WI president, Maureen Levenson tell us about her interesting and varied time in the WI.
- Wednesday, 10th October: Monthly Walk, 9.30am, Headley Church Centre
- Wednesday, 24th October: Stitch & Bitch, 2pm-4pm
- Thursday, 25th October: Monthly Meeting, 8pm, Headley Church Centre: talk will be “Dreams Come True” about the children’s charity
- Monday, 29th October: Autumn Group Meeting, Whitehill Village Hall, 2.30pm. Talk will be “Mr Clay’s Freckles” by a speaker from the Jane Austen Museum and will be about make up in the Regency Period
- Tuesday, 27th November: Christmas Shopping Outing to West Quay Shopping Centre, 9.30am to 5.30pm, leaving from Headley Church Centre (pick up in Grayshott as well). A few seats are still available, friends & family welcomed, £10
Please email us for additional information.
27 August 2018
Do hope everyone is having a pleasant Bank Holiday and is not too upset by the shortening days and cooler temperatures.
Despite the title of our programme for August, “Every Night Something Awful”, the evening was anything but. Mr Alan Grace told us all about ENSA: Entertainments National Service Association. ENSA was set up in 1939 to provide entertainment to British troops, military personnel and staff in hospitals and civilians in munitions factories. Mr Grace held our interest with stories, audio clips and photos of some of the many actors who joined ENSA.
- Lunch Club: Tuesday, Sept 4th, 12.30pm, Jolly Drover, Liss
- East Hants Borders Group Cream Tea: Friday, Sept 7th, 2pm, Headley Church Centre: bring and buy stall
- Walk: Tuesday, Sept 11th, 9.30am, meet at Headley Church Centre
- Headley Village Fete, Saturday Sept 15th: we will be providing tea and cakes and having a display in the Village Hall: helpers needed
- East Hants Borders Group Skittles Competition: Friday, Sept 21st, 7pm, Headley Village Hall: team supporters welcomed: bring a contribution to the American Supper
- Stitch & Bitch: Wednesday, Sept 26th, 2pm
- Open Monthly Meeting in celebration of our 50th Anniversary, Thursday, Sept 27th, 8pm, Headley Church Centre. All past Arford WI members are especially welcomed to attend. The speaker’s topic will be Women Workers in the Dockyard During WWI. Please bring any Arofrd WI memorabilia for display.
Looking for a volunteer to host the next friendly Scrabble: date and time of your choosing.
Please email us for any additional information.
4 August 2018
The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Arford WI took place on Thursday the 26th of July: the last sweltering day before the welcomed weekend of rain and cooler temperatures.
We had a good turn out of members despite the need for fans at the Headley Church Centre. We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco, listened to golden oldies played by a talented local duo, had a sumptuous buffet, watched the cake cutting by the first president and the current president, enjoyed the delicious cake and finally danced the night away to the great music.
So, the second 5o years begins. We can burn off those celebration calories on Wednesday the 8th on the monthly walk. Meet at Headley Church Centre at 9.30am.
The monthly Stitch and Bitch will be held on Wednesday, 22 August at 2pm.
On Thursday, 23rd August our speaker at the monthly meeting will be telling us about the Entertainment National Services Association that provided entertainment to the troops during WWII. The meeting at the Headley Church Centre starts at 8pm.
Two reminders: The non-refundable deposit of £10 for the coach outing to West Quay on 27 November will be collected next month. And all past members of Arford WI are welcomed to our 27 September meeting.
- Friday 7 Sept: cream tea in honour of the 100th anniversary of Hampshire WI and the Blackmore Whitehill WI and the 50th anniversary of Arford. Headley Church Centre, 2pm. Donation £2. Friends welcomed as well as members.
- Saturday, 8 Sept: Headley Village Fete: WI volunteers needed to bake a cake or serve teas.
Please email us for further information on all the above.
1 July 2018
Summer is either one third over or two thirds left depending on your outlook on life. And most of us find ourselves in a very unusual frame of mind: hoping for some rain soon!
Our speaker at our June meeting took us back to the days when a holiday at the British seaside was the height of fashion. We enjoyed the reminiscing, especially the “sing a long” titbits (although any of us raised in America might have been at a loss for the words!)
- Lunch: Wednesday, 4 July, 1230, Three Horseshoes, East Worldham
- Walk: Tuesday, 10 July, 0930, Headley Church Centre
- Stitch & Bitch, Wednesday, 25 July, 2pm
- 50th Anniversary Party, Thursday, 26 July, 7pm, Headley Church Centre: Members Only
East Hants Borders Group Events
- Cream Tea, Friday, 7 September, 2-5pm, Headley Church Centre
- Skittles Competition, Friday, 21 September, 7pm, Headley Village Hall
Save the Date: We will be taking part in the procession, mounting a WI display, and serving tea and cakes at the Headley Village Fete on Saturday, 15 September. More details next month.
Invitation to all former Arford WI members: join us for our Open Meeting on the 27 September to help us commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Arford WI. The meeting starts at 8pm in the Headley Church Centre and the speaker will be Colin Lay who will be telling us about “Women Workers in the Dockyard During WWI”
1 June 2018
- LUNCH CLUB -Tuesday 5th June, 12.30pm, at The Flying Bull, Rake. GU33 7JB
- WALKING GROUP – Wednesday 13th June, meet 9.30am at the Church Centre
- SCRABBLE –Tuesday 19th June at 2pm
- STITCH & BITCH: Wednesday, 27 June, 2pm
- MONTHLY MEETING-Thursday 28TH June, 8pm: Speaker: Sheila Willis – “Beside the Seaside”: piers, saucy postcards, deckchairs, donkeys etc.
- CHANGE OF DATE: East Hants Borders Group’s cream tea has been rescheduled from 16 June to the 7th of September
1 March 2018
Happy St David’s Day and the first day of meteorological spring! Not the best of weathers with the snow and wind. Hope everyone is inside and warm! Photo was from last week and shows the native daffodils that were planted in honour of Arford’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, starting to come through.
March events start off with the monthly lunch on Tuesday 6 March, 12.30 for 1.00pm, The Links, Liphook.
A week later, Tuesday, 13 March, we will be walking off that meal on the monthly walk: meet at Headley Church Centre at 9.30am.
Our meeting on Thursday, 22 March at 8.00pm is a social evening with a range of crafting activities on offer, although those of us without a crafting bone in our bodies will still enjoy the companionship and cake!
Companionship is on offer as well at the monthly “Stitch and Bitch”: Wednesday, 28 March, 2.00pm.
Arford will be hosting the Spring Group Meeting on Thursday, 19 April, at 7.00pm at the Forest Community Centre, Bordon. Please come support the East Hampshire Borders Group and enjoy the talk and competition (both are about hats).
For more information, please email us.
1 February 2018
Hope everyone is staying warm despite the chilly February winds. At least the sun was out today!
At the January meeting, Julie Gallagher talked about doorstep and telephone scams. Her talk was timely, entertaining and interesting. In addition, the question session afterwards provided more invaluable tips to help us avoid becoming victims of fraud.
Business at the meeting included a report from the two members who attended Gardeners’ Question Time at Sparsholt College and notices about future openings for committee membership and a welfare officer in May. Also, the president reported that we raised £73 at the trading tables in Nov for our 50th celebration this year and £127 was raised at our Christmas party for the RNLI.
Activities for February include:
- The lunch club ladies are enjoying themselves today at Applegarth.
- Wednesday, 14 February: Walking Group: meet at Headley Church Centre at 0930
- Thursday, 22 February: Monthly Meeting: 8pm: Headley Church Centre
- Wednesday, 28 February: Stitch & Bitch: 2pm-4pm
Upcoming group & county events:
- Thursday, 19 April: East Hants Borders Group Spring Meeting: 7pm, Forest Community Centre, Bordon. We are hosting so all members are encouraged to attend and to help with refreshments
- Centenary Concert: The Anvil, Basingstoke, 17 March 2018. Closing date 16 February 2018
- 2018 Huxley Cup: Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June 2018. Staging day Thursday 14 June 2018
- flower arrangement competition
Please email us for further information.
14 December 2017: Christmas Party
1 November 2017
The October meeting was well attended and welcomed back a popular speaker. The room was filled with laughter as Ann Chance explained why she was “Seasick in Sinai”. It was refreshing to realise one did not have to have slides to paint an extremely vivid picture of a place where few of us have been.
Upcoming events in November:
- Tuesday, 7th: the lunch this month is an afternoon tea! Meet at the Chocolate Frog, Oakhanger at 3pm
- Wednesday, 8th: meet at the church centre at 0930 for the monthly walk
- Wednesday, 8th: crafting group (places have been allocated)
- Thursday, 9th: Scrabble at 2pm
- Wednesday, 22nd: Stitch & Bitch at 2pm
- Thursday, 23rd: Monthly Meeting at 8pm: resolution short list discussion & fund raising for our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Arford in 2018.
Preview of December Events
- Wednesday, 6th: Christmas Lunch at Alton House Hotel
- Friday, 8th: East Hants Borders Group Christmas Carol Concert at 2.30pm at All Saints, Kingsley
- Thursday, 14th: Christmas Party: members only
Please email or message us for more information.
1 October 2017
I imagine many of you are as surprised as I am that it is already October. September went by in a flash. One of the highlights was our tour of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on a glorious autumn day. We were joined by several members of other federations in the East Hampshire Borders Group. Our excellent tour guides were from The Sandhurst Trust. See photos below.
Future activities at Arford WI:
- Daffodil Planting to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Arford WI in 2018 – Monday, 2 October, 2:00pm, Headley Church Centre
- Lunch Club – Thursday, 5 October, 1230pm, The Royal Oak, Wrecclesham
- Walking Group – Tuesday 10 October, 9.30am Headley Church Centre
- Craft – Wednesday 11 October (places have been allocated)
- Autumn East Hants Borders Group Meeting – Thursday, 12 October, 2:30pm, Liphook Church Centre
- Stitch and Bitch – Wednesday, 25 October, 2pm
- Monthly Meeting – Thursday, 26 October, 8pm, speaker: Mrs Ann Chance – ‘Seasick in Sinai’.
Email us for more information.
26 August 2017
Hope everyone is enjoying the return of summer this Bank Holiday Weekend.
Arford WI got the weekend started early on Thursday with an intriguingly titled talk: “Penguins in the Desert: Secrets of Abu Dhabi. Dr Frances Hurd ‘s memory of her time in Abu Dhabi as an inspector of schools was in stark contrast to what most tourists encounter. The information was extremely thought provoking.
On a lighter note, here are the upcoming Events for September:
· Wed, 6 Sept: Monthly Lunch Outing: Meet at 12.30pm at The Jolly Farmer, Blacknest
· Wed, 13 Sept: Monthly Walk: meet at Headley Church Centre at 9.30am
· Wed, 13 Sept: Monthly Craft Activity: places have been allocated by ballot
· Fri, 15 Sept: Pamper Evening sponsored by Blackmoor and Whitehill WI at Whitehill Village Hall, 7.30pm. Entry £2
· Sat, 16 Sept: Arford WI will have an information table at “Here’s Headley” from 10.30am to 4.30pm
· Fri, 22 Sept: Macmillan Coffee Morning hosted by one of our members from 10.30am
· Wed, 27 Sept: Monthly “Stitch and Bitch” from 2pm to 4pm (neither activity required: just an excuse for a friendly get together)
· Thurs, 28 Sept: Monthly Meeting at 8pm.: talk will be about how the charity “Canine Partners” helps physically disabled people
For details, please email us.
Garden Meeting 27 July 2017
30 July 2017
Great news: our quiz teams came first and second in the East Hants Borders Group competition recently. Congratulations and good luck to the first place team that will represent the group at county level.
August activities start off with the Lunch Club on the first at the Spread Eagle in Liss, 1230pm.
The next event is a special fun afternoon to raise funds for our 50th Anniversary celebrations next year. One of our committee members will be hosting a fun afternoon of games, refreshments and a handbag and scarf sale on Friday, 4 August from, 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
The monthly walk is on Tuesday, 8 August starting at Headley Church Centre at 0930. If the weather cooperates, we will head to Thursley Nature Reserve to admire the heather and dragonflies before an optional stop for blueberry picking.
The crafters meet on the 9th. Places have already been allocated by ballot.
Bramshott WI is hosting a cream tea at Liphook Church Centre on Monday, 14 August at 2pm.
There will be a Friendly Scrabble get together at our president’s house on Tuesday, 15 August at 7pm. It has been a while since we had Scrabble in the evening so hopefully our members who cannot attend day activities will be able to share in the fun.
The penultimate activity will be the Stitch and Bitch on Wed, 23 August at 2pm.
Our monthly meeting on Thursday, 24 August at 8pm. The talk will be “Penguins in the Desert: Secrets of Abu Dhabi” given by Dr Frances Hurd.
For details please email us.
23 June 2017
All the members who attended the monthly meeting last night must still be chuckling to themselves. Gwen Appleton, a perennial favourite with our WI, amused us with her observations on how growing older affects our health, diet, exercise, social sphere and personal relationships. A top tip: later in life marriages: register your gift list at a pharmacy!
Events in July
- Lunch Club, 6th at 1230 at The Hen and Chicken in Upper Froyle
- Crafting Group, 12th at 1015: there may be available spaces
- Walking Group, 12th, meet at Headley Church Centre at 0930
- Stitch & Bitch, 26th at 2PM
- Annual Garden Party (members only) 27th at 7PM
For details, email us.
6 June 2017
Hopefully everyone is staying dry this morning; It will be better tomorrow, especially because it is Lunch Club day! Meet at 1230 at Frensham Garden Centre.
Next Tuesday, 13 June, we meet for a walk at 0930 at the Church Centre: keep the power of positive thinking: it will not rain, it will not rain..
Wed the 14th is the crafting group day for all the lucky ones who have reserved a place.
And an activity that does not depend on the weather: Stitch & Bitch on 28 June at 2PM
The East HANTS Borders group annual quiz is on Monday, 26 June, 7PM at Liphook Church Centre.
Our June meeting is on Thursday, 22nd at 8PM and the talk will be “As good as it gets-how to grow old disgracefully”: advice that will come in handy in 20 or 30 years……
For details, send us an email.
On the warm evening of 25 May, Arford WI members gathered for the AGM and “Mini Show”. After a short monthly meeting when both resolutions that will be considered at the national meeting in June were supported, and a tea break when members could admire all the show entries, business of the AGM began.
After the presentation and adoption of the financial statement, budget, annual report, and President’s report, it was time for the awards. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the mini show were announced. The theme of the show was Jerusalem (see photo of the winning needlework entry). Then individual members were honoured for the most flower of the month winners, highest accumulative Scrabble points and contribution to the running of the WI by a non-committee member.
Flowers were presented to committee members who were stepping down and our secretary of 8 years was thanked for her long service.
Our committee member who expertly plans our speaker programme told us about the interesting topics that will be discussed in the coming year.
A round of applause followed the announcement of the committee members for the coming year. All members realise what a fantastic job they do for us.
At our April meeting yesterday we were treated to an entertaining talk by John Pitman. Not only did we learn “what the butler saw” we were able to examine many items that were used in stately homes in the Victorian and Edwardian times, both upstairs and downstairs
In addition to the speaker, the “Flower of the Month” competition provided us with a particularly difficult choice this month.
As always, the crafters impressed us with their skill by displaying several photo frames and small boxes.
Lunch Club: 2 May at the Flying Bull, Rake, 1230
Spring East Hants Borders Group Meeting: 2 May, Kingsley Centre, 7pm
Walking Group, 10 May, 0930, Church Centre
Craft Group, 10 May (places have been allocated)
Scrabble, 12 May , 2pm
Stitch & Bitch, 24 May, 2pm
Annual Meeting and “Mini Show” (theme, the poem “Jerusalem”), 25 May, 8pm. Note this is a members only meeting.
Group Quiz, 26 June, 7pm, Liphook Church Centre: more team members needed, please
We are looking forward to our social evening meeting on Thursday, 23 March. We will play various table games and enjoy cakes made by our hardworking committee members.
Upcoming events (email us for details)
- Lunch Club, Thursday, 6 April, 12.30pm, Royal Oak, Wrecclesham
- Walking Group, Tuesday, 11 April, 9.30am, Headley Church Centre
- Craft Day, Wednesday, 12 April, 10.15am (places have been allocated by ballot)
- Friendly Skittles, Friday 21 April, 7pm, Whitehill Village Hall (hosted by Blackmoor and Whitehill WI)
- Stitch and Bitch, Wednesday, 26 April, 2pm
- Monthly Meeting, Thursday, 27 April, 8pm, Headley Church Centre
- Scottish Dance Evening, Friday, 28 April, 7pm, Headley Village Hall
- East Hants Borders Group WI Meeting, Tuesday, 2 May, 7pm, Kingsley Centre
February 2017 Walking Group
February 2017 Lunch Club
The New Year activities will kick off with a scrabble afternoon on Tuesday 10th January to be held at the President’s house at 2.00 pm and then on Wednesday 11th, there will be a walk. Anybody who wishes to participate will be welcome and the group will meet at the Church Centre Car Park at 9.30 a.m
The May meeting was also the Annual Meeting. The Committee for the year 2016-2017 was appointed. The outgoing president was thanked for her efforts over the past year.
The monthly craft meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th June, for basic card making instruction and for those who were not chosen in the ballot for places in the class there will be a get together at 10.30 am at the Chocolate Frog for morning coffee and gossip.
Stitch and bitch will be held on Wednesday 22 June at 2.00 p.m.
A small group of Lunch Club regulars met at The Temple Inn, West Liss on Thursday 2nd June at 12.30 p.m where they enjoyed an excellent meal and wide ranging discussions that put the world to rights.
The June meeting heard Mr. John Sandy talk about his experiences as a Prison Governor. He pointed out that criminals are sent to prison as punishment, not to be punished. He talked about the ways in which attempts (frequently successful) are made to educate and rehabilitate the inmates especially when they are habitual re-offenders, and entertained the members with some of the tragicomedy of the prisoners attempts to circumvent rules.
The July meeting is a private members only garden party to be held by kind invitation of one of our members. If it rains alternative arrangements have been made.
The Lunch Club meeting was held on Tuesday 5th July at 12.30p.m at Applegarth Farm Restaurant where a group of ladies enjoyed the excellent food and lively discussions. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd August, venue to be announced later.
The walking group met at the Church Centre in Headley on 29th June but due to the inclement weather instead of proceeding to the planned walk at Chawton, they went for a walk around Ludshott Common before retiring to Applegarth (a favourite venue) for coffee and cake. Weather permitting it is hoped that the Chawton walk will now take place on the 27 July.
Craft Group for July is pencil drawing but the class is fully subscribed. For anyone else there will be a gathering at Forest Lodge on Wednesday, 13 July, for Coffee, Cake and general chat.
The Scrabblers met on 19 July, despite the heat, for a sociable afternoon of concentrated thought, tea and delicious homemade biscuits.
Unfortunately the rain arrived on the day of the Garden Party which made the lawns at the hostess’s garden rather soggy so Plan B had to be actioned. Instead of an al fresco picnic the ladies had to make do with meeting in the Church Centre as usual but nevertheless everyone enjoyed the social get together and the delicious puds supplied by committee members.
On Wednesday, 3 August, several “Ladies who Lunch” enjoyed an al fresco meal at the Holly Bush in Frensham and as an additional outing there was an evening get together on Wednesday 10 August at the Fox and Pelican. This gave members who cannot make the daytime venues a chance to join in but at an evening get together.
Craft this month will be Padded Boxes and for those who have not been chosen for the class on Wednesday 10 August, there will be a coffee meeting at Applegarth starting at 10.30am.
The July walk around Chawton was very successful and the August Walk will take place on Tuesday 10th August. Walkers will meet up at the Church Centre at 9.30a.m as usual before moving off.
August saw the walkers traversing the new footpath through the Bordon Enclosure which proved interesting and invigorating. The Crafters started making decorative padded boxes and these were much admired when they were displayed at the meeting.
The talk entitled “The Sewing Room” proved to be an entertaining account of a mystery written by a seamstress over 100 years ago and found in a notebook amongst the family papers of the speaker Mrs. Heather Wylde.
The 1st September saw a group of ladies enjoy lunch at the Greatham Inn and then of the 6th September many of the ladies were delighted to accept the invitation to coffee and the opportunity to view the glorious quilt that one of our members has been constructing for many moons.
The Crafters met on 14th September for instruction in working with Parchment and on the same day another group went walking.
Stitch and Bitch will be on 28th September (the fourth Wednesday in the month as usual) and, as listed, all members will meet on 22nd September at the Church Centre when the speaker will take us on a journey of discovery about felt.
The Lunch Club will be at the Crown Inn in Arford on Tuesday 4th October and there will also be a dinner meeting on Wednesday 12 October at the Greatham Inn.
October is a busy month as the Autumn Council Meeting for Hampshire Federation takes place on the 18th October at the Anvil in Basingstoke and it is the Autumn meeting of the Liphook Group of WI’s on the 13th October at the Church Centre in Liphook – an opportunity to meet up with members of other local institutes.
The October meeting was a change from the originally planned evening. Due to unforeseen circumstances the event took place in the Church as the Church Centre renovations had not been finished and then on the morning of the meeting the planned speaker was obliged to drop out due to family problems and it was impossible to find a replacement at such short notice. However the early arrivals enjoyed listening to the choir as they finished their practice and after the usual business matters had been completed the ladies enjoyed the chance to chat and catch up with each other in an informal get together.
Lunch Club was held at The Mill Tavern at Shottermill where the group who attended enjoyed excellent meals and as usual put the world to rights and then the November walkers went for a stroll around Alice Holt Forest before going to the cafe for the usual refreshments and warm up.
The November meeting will be held as usual in the Church Centre.
It is with great regret Arford WI has learnt that one of our founder members, Wyn Nixson, has passed away. Wyn was originally a member of the now defunct Headley WI which met in the afternoons. Then in 1968, Wyn and a group of other younger members of that WI, decided that as they all had young children it would be much easier to meet in the evenings so that their husbands could babysit for them whilst they enjoyed an evening out. Arford WI was duly founded and Wyn was an early President. She went on to become a VCO (now known as a WIA) for Hampshire Federation. She has continued to play a big part in the life of Arford WI and until recently organised our outings. Wyn will be missed by all in her wide circle of friends.
The November meeting heard a lively talk about the importance of fresh clean Water in developing countries. The importance of providing water and sanitation to impoverished villages in African countries was outlined and it was pointed out that these basic necessities helped to improve health and education for struggling communities.
The Lunch Club held their Christmas meal on 1st December at The Mill at Elstead. 26 Ladies sat down to an excellent lunch enlivened by Father Christmas hats, crackers, party poppers and lively conversation. A great start to the festive season.
The group Carol Concert was held a St Mark’s Church in Bordon. Arford Bells and the Blackmore and Whitehill WI Choir contributed charming interludes between the readings and carols. This was followed by Coffee and Mince Pies which gave those attending a chance to catch up with friends from other WI’s within Liphook Group.
On 14th December, the Crafters enjoyed a lively planning meeting ready for 2017 followed by another festive celebration lunch, this time at the Fox and Pelican in Grayshott, during which members were thanked for opening up their homes to hold the craft sessions.
The Christmas Party held on 15th December ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of the Committee who organised the event. The entertainment skits were much appreciated and the nibbles which everybody had contributed were enjoyed by all. A fun and sociable evening was very much appreciated by all who were able to attend.
Finally as a respite from all the Christmas preparations several of the members enjoyed an impromtu Stitch and Bitch meeting on 21st December at Christine Leonard’s home where they were treated to a delicious selection of cakes and mince pies with cups of tea after an industrious afternoon of stitching and good conversation.
Hoping everyone had a Happy Christmas and with best wishes for a Great and Prosperous New Year.