Thursday, 24 June 2021

Around the WI



YVONNE, our president, welcomed all members and visitors to our June meeting.

Forthcoming trips and events were discussed prior to the introduction of the main event, a “craft evening with a difference”.

Members had brought craft items with them and were asked to explain them.

The array of items was an excellent example of how many traditional crafts are still being used.

Many members explained how they had revisited crafts they had been introduced to as children and were now producing items in a variety of textiles, mediums, sizes and colours. These included garments, altar hangings, cards, toys, jewellery, linen and gifts.

The vast range of crafts on display included cross-stitch, knitting and crotchet, needlepoint and embroidery, tapestry, woven bead jewellery, stuffed toys, quilting, creative felt work and appliqué using a variety of unusual textiles such as silk and leather.

Other items included sketched pictures, handmade boxes using papier mâché and wood, papercraft stationery encompassing lace and button, handmade bags for lavender and soap, lino printing and delicate ribbon embroidery.

Benson WI meets at the village hall on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.

The meeting on July 20 will be the members’ summer tea in Dorchester.

If you would like to join us for our meeting on August 17 you will be made most welcome. For more information, please call Lin on (01491) 836800.


IT was almost flaming June for the latest meeting when president Pat Eades welcomed a good number of members.

Those celebrating birthdays in June were Peggy Burchell (who was to be 90), Miriam Gilmour, Joan Mills and Jean Pryke.

The amalgamation of the South Chiltern and Witheridge Groups has taken place and it will now be known as the Beechwood Group. It will consist of Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Stoke Row, Peppard, Shiplake and Harpsden WIs.

There will be two meetings each year with the first at Peppard on October 26.

The group convenor will be Pat Eades, who volunteered to take on the role for the coming year.

Each WI in Oxfordshire has received a £5 note from headquarters with the intention that it be turned into a much larger sum for the benefit of Denman College.

It was decided to use it to buy a raffle prize later in the year following the current fund-raising for the 75th birthday celebrations in September.

Audrey Fox invited 10 members to her beautiful garden for a tea party on June 23 at a cost of £2.50 per head with all profits going towards Harpsden WI funds.

Members were reminded of items in News & Views, namely the Murder Mystery event in aid of Denman College to be held at Didcot Civic Hall on October 3, Dr Phil Hammond at Oxford town hall on the October 24, the Literary Lunch at Benson on the July 27 and the Taste of Denman event on September 12. The annual science lecture organised by the Oxfordshire Federation will be held at Didcot civic hall on September 5 when Nicola Petrie, a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon, will give a talk entitled “Of guinea pigs and women — a novella on the evolution of modern plastic surgery”.

Her subject is in no way gory and should not alarm people.

On the same bill is Dr Jane Quinlan, a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management. Her subject is entitled From Sherlock Holmes to House — the rise and fall of morphine”.

The Oxfordshire Federation is appealing for second-hand books for the sales tables at county events.

Pat Williams is running an outing to Kew Gardens on August 2, leaving Henley at 9.30am and returning at 4pm.

Names were taken for the 75th anniversary lunch on September 14. This buffet lunch will be held at Henley Golf Club and will cost £20 each.

The celebration cake is already in the making and when this is cut a glass of Prosecco will be provided.

On September 15 and 16 the WI national flower competition is being held at Greys Court and there will be a special entrance fee of £5 for WI members.

Pat Eades introduced Roger Askew, who spoke about Savill Gardens in Windsor Great Park.

In 1931 it was the wish of Eric Savill, who was the deputy surveyor of woods for Windsor Great Park, that a woodland garden be created. He asked George V for a piece of land and was given a boggy, undulating area that was overgrown.

A collection of 51 azaleas and rhododendrons were brought from Japan, which form the magnificent display now visible.

In the spring the small narcissus and fratilleries appear in the grass, together with primula japonica.

At one point, Savill decided that a wall was needed in the gardens and it was constructed from the remains of bomb-damaged buildings in the East End.

Mr Askew showed many slides of the beautiful areas of the gardens and especially attractive were the alliums, which numbered 4,000 a few years ago. Another beautiful slide was of the tulip tree, which evoked a “wow” from members.

On one occasion a tree was struck by lightning and it was discovered that metal plant labels which had been taken to the tree by jackdaws had caused the lightning strike. Another nuisance in the gardens are rabbits.

In the Fifties a “village in the park” was created with a sports ground for cricket and bowls. It was opened by George VI on July 7, 1951.

At this time, the bog garden was rechristened by the King as “The Savill Garden”.

In the hot summer of 1976 it was realised that gravel gardens ought to be constructed.

The national collections of many plants are held at Savill Gardens, namely rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolia and hardy ferns.

Some new greenhouses were opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother which carried on the royal connection, which the gardens have always had.

Still on that theme, Mr Askew said the bouquet carried by the Duchess of Cambridge at her wedding to Prince William came from Savill Gardens. Recently constructed is a circular rose garden with 3,000 plants. This should produce a spectacular display in June next year.

The vote of thanks to Mr Askew was given by Suzanna Rose.

The competition was for a rose and the winner was Pam Hails with a specimen thought to be called Handel. Second was Joan Hoyes with her Korresia and third was Judith Young with her  Compassion.

The next meeting will be held at Harpsden village hall on July 13 at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Nick Brazil on the topic of “In the footsteps of Poirot” and the competition will be for a souvenir of a journey.


MARGARTET SPRATLEY opened the June meeting by welcoming all members.

Monthly business was discussed prior to the introduction of the evening’s speaker Colin Oakes, who gave a talk on “Swinging London in the Sixties”, which brought back many happy memories.

The vote of thanks was given by Molly Carter.

Members had experienced a busy month. A trip to see Lottie’s War at Windsor Theatre Royal was enjoyed by several members.

The walking group met at Mill End and enjoyed a riverside walk, led by Helen Balkwell.

A group of members joined the Buckinghamshire Federation visit to the Hindu temple at Neasden and greatly enjoyed lunch and an informative day.

Several members joined in celebrating the Queen’s birthday in Hambleden village.

Teas were provided by Christine Hatfield, Audrey Ambrose and Jan Sambrook.

A visit to Hampton Court Flower Show had been arranged.

The next meeting will be the summer party on the river aboard Hibernia on Thursday, July 14, leaving the Hobbs of Henley boatyard at 7pm.The speaker will be John Dunsterville on the subject of “Rock ’n’ roll in a rocking chair”.

We normally meet at Hambleden village hall and visitors and new members will be most welcome. For more information, call Helen on 07889 539605 or Jo on 07803 505665.


A VERY successful private outing to Stratfield Saye House took place on June 8 for 42 members, husbands, partners and friends.

The house lies on the Berkshire/Hampshire border and has been the home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817.

The visit included very detailed tours in small groups with well-informed guides who made our visit extremely interesting and enjoyable.

We were given a tour of the house and a talk and everyone enjoyed lunch from the Wellington Farm Shop, which was served in the tea room.

This was followed by a walk through the grounds, passing the grave of Copenhagen, Wellington’s favourite charger, ridden at the Peninsular campaign and the Battle of Waterloo, the American Garden, the Pleasure Grounds, the flower and kitchen gardens and the rose garden.

A substantial amount of money was bequeathed to the first Duke of Wellington, or the Great Duke as he was known, after Waterloo.

This enabled him to buy a house and estate worthy of a great national hero.

After considering many far grander properties, he chose Stratfield Saye, intending to build a far greater property on the site but the bequest did not quite cover the cost, so Wellington set about making the existing house more comfortable and convenient.

Being a practical man, he was very satisfied with the result. He lived in the house from 1818 to 1852.

The house remains a family home, much used, rather than a museum and contains a fascinating insight into the Great Duke’s interests and mementoes. The majority of the wonderful and famous paintings are in Apsley House, the London home of the family, but there are still many paintings at Stratfield.

There is an exhibition of some rare examples in the print rooms as well as many pieces of French furniture and some Roman mosaics from nearby Silchester set into the floor of the entrance hall.

There is also a special talk in the stables on the Great Duke’s magnificent funeral carriage in bronze cast from melted down French cannons captured at the battle of Waterloo and built in four sections in only 18 days.

This exhibition also houses mementoes of his long life as a statesman and soldier in the service of his country.

Forthcoming events are as follows:

August 3 — Garden party at Heron’s Creek from 2.30pm to 5pm by kind permission of Philip and Kate Emerton.

September 7 — Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation. Speaker Gaye Warren.

October 5 — “This thing called ballet”. Speaker Sue Drew.

Meetings are held in the Hannen Room, Mill Green, on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.

Visitors are always welcome. Please do come along if there is a subject which particularly interests you.


AFTER leading members through the agenda, our president Liz Waterfall introduced our speaker.

Virginia Lawrence, an ambassador for Denman College since her retirement, gave us an informative talk with slides about history of the college and how it became a place of learning for all members of the WI.

Among other things, we learned that Denman is a Grade II listed Georgian building which constantly requires expensive maintenance. We also heard about some of the many and varied courses available, where new friends are ready to be made.

Pamela Davies gave an account of her first memories of Denman and gave a very personal vote of thanks to Virginia for her talk.

Members then enjoyed tea brought by Lenora Bowden and Molly Lindlaw.

To this the committee added a celebration birthday cake with candles and a glass of “bubbles” with which to toast Her Majesty the Queen on her 90th birthday.

Next month we will attend a garden party with the theme of “summertime” kindly hosted by our president.


WE all love pearls and at our June meeting we heard a fascinating presentation from Frances Benton on her “Passion for pearls”.

She gave a very entertaining talk on the history, myths and legends surrounding pearls, the good and the bad.

She explained how natural and cultured pearls are formed and shaped by inserting different tiny objects, such as a sliver of bambo, into the oyster shells.

Unusual shapes and colours could be sold for phenomenal amounts of money.

Frances had brought a wonderful selection of pearl jewellery for us to admire and buy.

Anne Francis, delegate at the National Federation’s annual meeting in Brighton, reported on the highs and lows of a very entertaining meeting.

Both resolutions, one on help for dementia patients in hospital and the other on food waste, were passed after some spirited discussion.

Final arrangements were made for the outing to Waterperry Gardens and members were reminded of the summer tea party in August.


PRESIDENT Margaret Pyle welcomed everyone to our 53rd birthday meeting, including our visitors Marlene Voke and Jean Sheppard and members from Caversham, Chazey and Sonning Glebe WIs.

She thanked Barbara Andrew for the roses, saying they would be included in the raffle.

Margaret also said that an apology had been received from secretary Mary Robinson as she was on holiday in the Lake District.

Margaret told us that the record of the May meeting was available for anyone who wished to see it.

She then told us of the forthcoming group events — Scrabble, the book club and the walking group, weather permitting.

The cinema group hoped to go to see Mother’s Day, starring Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston, at a date to be decided.

The knit and natter group was also to meet but instead of knitting for Buscot Ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital it had been suggested that twiddlemuffs be made for the hundreds of unfortunate people who suffer from dementia.

Several members said they would help. Good luck to all.

After all this chat we were transported to an ancient café in steamy downtown Marrakesh for a display of belly dancing.

This was performed by members of the Rachel Bennett School of Bellydance who gave an excellent performance, despite the fact that it was blowing a gale and very cold outside.

After the performance members were invited to join in and this caused much hilarity.

We were then brought back to Emmer Green for a cup of tea and all the scrummy cakes that had been produced by members and displayed by Yvonne Wright, followed by the raffle.

A few of us went to the Caversham group meeting at Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall on May 25.

This was a very enjoyable evening with the local presidents giving their annual reports.

This was followed by a talk by Erik Houlihan-Jong entitled “A chocolate experience”.

Erik talked about how the cocoa beans were harvested and the different types of chocolate that were available. He also handed round samples which we were able to taste.

After his talk there was a short question and answer session.

This was followed by a cup of tea or coffee and the lovely cakes that had been made by members.

We meet at St Barnabas’s Church hall in Emmer Green on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm and would welcome any visitors.


THE president Joan Jolley opened the meeting on June 15 with the news that our new group would be called the Beechwood Group.

There would be two meetings a year, one during the day and one in the evening.

Joan then reviewed items of interest from News & Views, including the literary lunches, the evening talk with Dr Phil Hammond and the visit to the Black Country Living Museum.

She announced that Sue Lines would be taking on the organisation of some future outings and that she was always looking for good ideas.

Members were reminded about the trips to Kew Gardens and to Waterperry. The next walk will be on July 12 and will start in  Benson.

The speaker for the  afternoon was Harry Dunn who talked about “The long and winding road to being published”.

He explained that he had taken up writing late in life after retiring from the BBC.

He had read a lot of American crime fiction while he had been waiting around at book launches — part of his job at the BBC was to promote the corporation’s book sales.

He decided then to start his first book, Smile of the Viper, but put it away in the back of a drawer for many years.

When he did get it out again, he rewrote it a couple of times and sent it off to many different publishers.

He received 12 rejections and some didn’t bother to reply but he was encouraged by one publisher so he kept going.

He sent the first three chapters of his new book Caffeine Nights and they liked it, so he was asked to send the next 50,000 words.

Eventually they phoned and said they would publish it. It was more than a year before it was actually printed.

The book’s main character is Jack Barclay, a private investigator based in London.

The books are also available on Kindle and some have been sold in America. Writing a novel can be a lonesome task. Harry always tries to write from the heart and to entertain the reader.

He advised any potential writers in the audience that the first few lines are the most important.

Scripts are often sent out by the publishers to readers to judge the worth of a new novel and they need to be hooked right from the start.

He explained that there is a craft to writing and it is good to have someone to keep the writer on track and to advise on chapters, formatting and plot and to check for mistakes and continuity.

He has also written short stories — some with plots based on real-life crime.

He would encourage everyone to write something — he thinks that we have all done things that are interesting and that others will want to read about.

He suggested joining a writing group and making notes every day and also to always carry a notebook and write down overheard conversations.

Then Joan introduced Pat Eades, the president of Harpsden WI, who was the delegate at the National Federation’s annual meeting in Brighton.

She gave a very comprehensive report on the highlights.

Janice Langley had given an excellent welcoming speech and talked about the Denman Appeal.

Rhona Fairhead, chairman of the BBC Trust, was the morning speaker and had been very entertaining.

The resolution on care in hospitals for patients with dementia was passed with a large majority, as was the second resolution on food waste.

The second speaker was Baroness de Souza, the Lord Speaker.

Pat said how much she had enjoyed going to the meeting and that it had been a long and interesting day.

Joan Jolly then announced that the meeting would celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a glass of fizz and a cupcake taken from an amazing display in the shape of a large 90.

A royal quiz was completed while tea was prepared.

After the usual tasty tea, the winners of the Associated Country Women of the World flower of the month were announced as Lynn Boros and Barbara Rowlett.

The winner of the competition for a favourite teapot was Brenda Nicholls.

The July meeting will be the summer party.


JENNY WARD, our president, welcomed 38 members and five visitors to our June meeting.

This was a joint celebration of Sonning Common WI’s first meeting in 1956, 60 years ago, and the 90th birthday of the Queen.

Jerusalem was sung and everyone joined in with much enthusiasm and a sense of pride.

There were scrapbooks on show from the first early meetings and members were encouraged to view them during the refreshment break.

Apologies were recorded and the announcement given that one of our earliest members, Carol Wilson had sadly died.

She had been an active and popular member until she became ill and will be missed by everyone.

The usual financial report was given followed by a fund-raising report by Gill  Hayward. Thanks were given to all members for their continuing contribution to the success of our monthly coffee mornings.

The next one is on July 27 and is open to all and members of other WIs are always very welcome.

It was reported that the funds raised at our September coffee morning will be sent to the Denman College appeal and this was agreed by members present.

Further fund-raising for the appeal will organised by our president Jenny Ward and committee members Carol Townhill and Jane Handley with car boot sales during the summer months.

A request was made for donations of items for them to sell.

Sue Hedges, Alison Bishop and Sue Frayling Cork, together with Irene Lindsay, president of Peppard WI, attended the National Federation’s annual meeting in Brighton.

Both Irene Lindsay and Sue Hedges had written reports and copies of these were given to each member to read at their leisure.

Both resolutions were passed at the meeting.

As usual, our members who attended reported that they had had a wonderful day with inspiring speakers and a sense of celebration with many wearing red, white and blue.

The singing of Jerusalem was very emotional.

The women encouraged other members to attend in future.

Sue Hedges pointed out various items on the Sonning Common WI news bulletin, including an update on the Denman bursaries, which we were encouraged to apply for.

There was also confirmation that Sonning Common WI would be part of the newly formed Beechwood Group with Stoke Row, Greys, Shiplake, Harpsden and Peppard WI. The first group meeting will be at Peppard war memorial hall on October 26 and we will be looking forward to meeting members from these WIs.

Pat Eaves of Harpsden WI will be the group convenor and Sonning Common WI wishes her every success in this role.

Our speaker for the evening was Tony Boffin, who is a volunteer guide at Nuffield Place.

He was able to give us a fascinating and detailed account of the history of Lord Nuffield and his home.

Lord Nuffield was born in Nuffield in 1877 and initially wanted to be a doctor and he maintained a lifetime interest in medicine.

He was also a keen engineer and this led him to start a bicycle workshop, making bicycles at his parents’ home.

This was very successful and he then started to design and make motorcycles and he had to find more and more buildings as his fledgling company grew at great speed.

He visited Henry Ford in America and came back with plans to build a car of his own design and the Morris motor car empire was born and factories built.

He and his wife lived a quiet, fairly frugal and simple life at Nuffield Place and neither saw the need for modernisation and new home furnishings.

If an item did not have a purpose, it was not needed.

The house is very much just as it was when they both lived there.

He became Lord Nuffield in 1934 and he was one of the first great philanthropists of his age and he donated his fortune to mainly medicine and hospitals, never forgetting his initial desire to study medicine.

Lord and Lady Nuffield did not have children and his title died with him. The house is now owned by the National Trust.

Tony gave us a fascinating insight into the mind and working life of Lord Nuffield and we were all left feeling that we, as a nation, will be eternally grateful to him for his contribution to engineering, medicine and philanthropy.

Tony’s talk and film were even more interesting as Nuffield Place is so close to home for most of us.

Mairwen West gave the vote of thanks and the audience applauded loudly.

Our summer visit will be to Nuffield Place.

Following our speaker, a cake to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and our 60th birthday was uncovered.

The splendid cake was made by a relative of Jane Handley and was in the form of a padded cushion with a gold crown on top.

Jane’s husband Eddie made a plaque to accompany the cake and thanks were given to them both.

Photos were taken and then the cake was cut and distributed to be enjoyed with a glass of wine.

A toast was made to Her Majesty the Queen and Sonning Common WI and the National Anthem was sung.

The raffle was then held. The flower of the month competition was won by Jo Denslow with Sue Hedges and Carol Townhill joint second and Jenny Herman fourth.

The competition for “royal memorabilia” was won by Beverley Porteous with a delightful royal scrapbook that she made when she was nine and was full of wonderful cuttings, photos and Beverley’s handwritten royal stories.

Second was Pam Gross with a rare book containing original photographs of Princess Alexandra and third was Barbara Pike with a coronation mug.

Jenny thanked everyone for coming to our celebration meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.


OUR meeting was on the subject of Georgian cookery and we learnt several facts about how the Georgians used to eat and even sit down at their tables.

Did you know they used to have floor-length tablecloths to tuck into their necklines to catch the debris from the mountains of meat they used to eat?

Serviettes only arrived later, an idea from France, and then the tablecloths got smaller such as we have now.

We have done two catering jobs this month to help our funds and provide a service to a visiting group for lunch and to the Woodcote coffee shop.

Our craft and book groups have met for a social chat among the hobby time.

We look forward to an evening walk along the river in Henley this month followed by a meal in the town.

We have an outing planned for August to include both walking and eating too.

Our next meeting is also a social one with a barbecue in a member’s garden, which should be fun.

The month’s birthdays were celebrated with flowers and there were some lovely blooms from gardens for the competition.

We also had a display of some very old kitchen implements and the usual excellent supper was served.

At least two members are going to Denman this month for a day and we began our fund-raising for the college with a raffle. This will be ongoing until we have raised a significant amount to send in for their appeal.


KATH GOMM, our president, hosted our summer garden party for members at her home in Pyrton on the evening of June 8.

Our theme for the evening was the Queen’s birthday and we all wore a corsage of red, white or blue. The weather was lovely, so we enjoyed our delicious food outside.

Tom, Kath’s husband, presided over the barbecue, cooking sausages, spare ribs and homemade burgers.

Kath had also cooked a very tasty salmon to accompany the salads while side dishes were provided by members. To follow there were scrummy desserts and a cheese board.

For our delight the Watlington Concert Band played a selection from the musicals.

Thanks to Kath and Tom for hosting this lovely evening.

Our next meeting will be in Watlington town hall on August 10 at 7.30pm.

Our speaker will be Nicola from the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

In September there is to be a social evening while at October’s meeting Adam Stevenson will be speaking about “An ordinary day”.

If you would like to come and meet us, you will be warmly welcomed. For more information, please call Kath Gomm on (01491) 612939.


MEMBERS attended a craft morning in early June, when WI member Kay Troughton demonstrated how to make lavender bottles (sometimes referred to as lavender wands).

There was a good deal of chat and laughter and everyone achieved at least one lavender bottle to take home with them at the end of the morning.

Later in the month a party took a coach to Waterperry Gardens.

It was a fine day and not too hot, so everyone enjoyed a leisurely wander through the eight acres of gardens to see the herbaceous border in full bloom, the “canal” with its water lilies and statue of Miranda from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, formal alpine, knot and rose gardens and a riverside walkway.

Many were tempted to purchase plants from the garden shop.

We also looked at the church with its Saxon chancel arch and the Museum of Rural Life.

Waterperry has an interesting history, from when Beatrix Havergal set up her “School of Horticulture for Ladies” in the late Thirties.

During the war it became a market garden operation, producing much-needed food.

This was our annual outing and proved to be a relaxed, informative and pleasurable day.

On July 19 we will resume our normal business meeting followed by a talk and demonstration by Christine Brewster on making baskets and potholders etc from recycled materials.

We are also encouraging members to bring in “Something recycled” for the competition.

Meetings take place at Goring Heath parish hall, opposite St John’s Church on the B471, on the third Tuesday of the month, starting at 10am.

We have a wide variety of activities and visitors are welcome. For more information. please call 0118 984 1696.


BETTY THOMAS welcomed members to the June meeting.

Our thoughts are with Ann Larden and her family on their sad loss of Joe.

Audrey played the piano as we sang Jerusalem. Birthday buttonholes made by Hazel Tagg were presented to Sylvia Atkinson, Jan Clegg, Gillian Seymour, June Higley and Stephanie Toole.

We had a lovely tea thanks to Hazel Tagg, Jenny Gough and Kathy Tarrant.

Irene Lindsay from Peppard WI sent a report of the National Federation’s annual meeting in Brighton.

The guest speakers were Rona Fairhead, chairman of the BBC Trust, and Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker.

The resolutions were both carried. The meeting had finished with a Last Night of the Proms-type session and a rousing version of Happy Birthday.

Our speaker this month was Lillian King, who told us about Project Linus and how it all began.

Lillian bought with her the beautiful quilts that had been donated to give to seriously ill, abused, bereaved or traumatised children and those leaving care or being adopted from birth to 19 years.

The bloom of the month and the competition was won by Carole Shelley-Allen. Well done!

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month in the village hall and new members are very welcome.


MID-JUNE and five birthdays to celebrate! It was almost a full house for last month’s meeting.

Val, our president, explained that Greys WI now belongs to the Beechwood Group of WIs, joining Peppard, Stoke Row, Sonning Common, Shiplake and Harpsden. Pat Eades is our convenor and the next group meeting will be in Sonning Common on October 26.

A few places were still available for a visit to Kew Gardens on August 2, organised by Harpsden WI. The cost is £26.

Members enjoyed an excellent lunch with lively conversation at the Rainbow Inn in Middle Assendon on June 10. Our next get-together will be at the Butcher’s Arms in Sonning Common on July 29 (12.30pm).

The Valley Road Primary School Dance Club, under Julie Green’s direction, then took the floor and gave us a stunning display with a flavour of Rio carnival followed by dances depicting Olympic events, synchronised swimming and martial arts. The 17 pupils had created the dances themselves in their free time and gave us a lively and enjoyable performance.

We all relaxed over tea and when it was time for the children to return to school we sang a rousing Happy Birthday to the Queen.

Members then joined in a simple quiz which caused much hilarity.

Suzanne Thetford won the competition for a dancing figure. The competition at our next meeting is for “A flower from your garden”. The next meeting will take place on July 20 and you can bring a friend as we will be fund-raising towards the upkeep of Denman College.

Cream teas will be served at £5 a head, to include a raffle ticket, and there will be a tombola.

Greys WI had received £5 from the National Federation of WIs to start us off.

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