Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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SHIPLAKE

THE December meeting is always the Christmas party and, as usual, the Memorial Hall was the perfect venue.

There was a pretty Christmas tree put up by the primary school children and decorated by the WI committee.

The tables looked stunning with green and red baubles and candles in a lovely arrangement created by Ursula Davies.

Members were greeted with some Christmas carols and a seasonal drink.



Rachel Lloyd, the president, welcomed visitors from Peppard, Dunsden, Remenham and Harpsden WIs.

As this was a party, she kept the business to a minimum and reminded members to bring the forms for the selection of the resolutions to the January meeting.

She also told everyone about the appearance on Mastermind of a daughter of one of the members. Rachel then introduced the afternoon’s entertainment — a jazz trio comprising Patrick Moore, Jamie Howell and Jan Steele, playing double bass, guitar and saxophone.

They played a wonderful selection of well-known tunes, finishing with some popular Christmassy ones.

While tea was being organised there was a quiz to name a selection of Christmas films, which proved more difficult than at first sight!

The food for the sumptuous tea was provided by donations from all the members.

After the raffle, at the end of the meeting, everybody took home a small gift from Santa.

The speaker at the January meeting will be Stewart Linford, who will be talking about making bespoke furniture.

For more information, call Rachel Lloyd on 0118 940 3975.



COCKPOLE GREEN

ON Wednesday, December 10 president Adrienne Rance welcomed 32 members to Crazies Hill village hall, which had been beautifully decorated by the residents’ association, complete with a festooned Christmas tree.

Members settled down to a delicious Christmas lunch prepared by local resident Nikki Alston with excellent help from her daughter Abbie and student friend George.

Once again, children from Crazies Hill Primary School charmed us with a selection of songs, beautifully sung under the guidance of Mrs Shell.

The children had quite a busy schedule with a concert at Loddon Valley leisure centre on December 14 followed by a Christmas carol service at St Mary’s Church the next day.

A raffle was held in support of the Associated Country Women of the World with eight table decorations of lovely cyclamen plants being offered as prizes.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 21 at 2.30pm, when our speaker, Mr Maden, will talk about “Making your life easier with a computer”. Interested? Please call Selina Avent on 0118 940 3426.

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