Saturday, 31 July 2021

Stoke Row WI

IN common with most other WIs, March was our annual meeting when we elect the committee for

IN common with most other WIs, March was our annual meeting when we elect the committee for the coming year.

With our current president retiring, we happily elected Jeanette Creewel to be our new president.

A few reports of the past year’s events and some prizes given out and the business was over.

Many members were thanked for their contribution to keeping our WI busy, friendly and happy.

We then moved on to our normal meeting with all of the current announcements of visits and extra groups that meet in between our monthly  meetings.

These continue to be well attended with members choosing to go for a meal, have a swim, a walk, tea at a member’s house, or do some craftwork for an afternoon.

There is always something to suit most interests, if only we can fit it in.

Our own member Jane Probitts gave an interesting and enlightening talk on her journey from ordinary member to the national WI board and all that has entailed in between.

It was a busy but exhilarating life with a few royal encounters into the bargain plus the odd politician.

Some interesting Victorian items were displayed for us to choose one to take to the coming group meeting at Cleeve. The winner was a mourning brooch with an interesting story to it.

The walking group had a good, sunny walk of about five miles through the woods at Checkendon.

We were pleased to reach our destination, which was a member’s house in Checkendon, where she had kindly prepared a special St Patrick’s Day tea for us with much appreciated extra large tea cups and shamrocks in evidence.

Several of us manned the coffee morning at Woodcote on the Saturday following our meeting.

Members had made some very tempting cakes for the many customers to sample. It is not compulsory to make, or even like, cakes to be a WI member but it certainly helps!

We will receive our new programme next month and a preview reveals some intriguing speaker titles to keep us interested.

• This report was accidentally omitted from last week’s WI reports for which we apologise.

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