Category Archive: WI Monthly Newsletter

W.I. Newsletter October 2022

Bollywood came to Abbotts Ann this month courtesy of Annabel Brash from Farnborough.  Apart from her day job, Annabel has been a fitness instructor for approximately 30 years and runs regular exercise classes including sessions in care homes.  She started by giving us some background to the Bollywood film industry which is more …

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W.I. Newsletter September 2022

We were back in the Village Hall for this month’s meeting following our summer break and our President Lynne Lucas welcomed all those attending.   We started with a Minute’s silence in memory of our dear late Queen who sadly died on 8th September.  Her Majesty had been a WI member for many years and, …

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W.I. Newsletter August 2022

Not a lot on our calendar this month as traditionally we do not have a formal meeting in August, and we had to cancel our planned visit to Tyntesfield.  The effects of the Pandemic are still being felt unfortunately and we just could not make the trip viable financially.  Very disappointing, but understandable. …

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W.I. Newsletter July 2022

This month started with our walking group meeting up to do a very local walk, partly due to the reduction in numbers and because the forecast was for a hot day.  We started by walking around Bury Hill Ring and then strolled on to Rooksbury Lakes.  We finished with lunch at the Poplar …

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W.I. Newsletter June 2022

Whilst H.M. The Queen was in Scotland for Holyrood Week our members celebrated her Platinum Jubilee at this month’s meeting. Sue George took charge of the event, planning an afternoon tea menu (but consumed in the evening) with an array of savoury treats, small sandwiches, scones (baked by Julia Rowling) with jam and …

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W.I. Newsletter May 2022

At this month’s meeting we said thank you to our outgoing President and Treasurer/Secretary Julia Rowling and Helen Clark, but before that we indulged in Fish & Chips, followed by ice cream, organised by Lynne Lucas & Aileen Catterson. All very delicious. Before stepping down from their respective posts, Helen and Julia presented …

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W.I. Newsletter April 2022

Several members met earlier this month to enjoy a walk from the Hare & Hounds at Charlton Down through Enham Alamein, returning to the pub for lunch, which they all enjoyed.  There was also a chance to catch up at the coffee morning on Maundy Thursday in the Sports Pavilion.  This monthly event …

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W.I. Newsletter March 2022

Unfortunately, both Covid and the return of the cold weather, along with snow flurries during the day, meant a much-reduced attendance at this month’s meeting.  However, those absent missed a treat. We started the evening with our speaker, Tor Reynolds from Wild about Wine.  Tor gave us some background of her career, explaining …

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W.I. Newsletter February 2022

There was a good turn out for our first in person meeting of 2022 and we were delighted to gain a further member to our Institute. We are delighted to welcome so many new faces as well as, of course, pleased to see more familiar members.  Our two Programme Planners (Aileen & Lynne) …

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W.I. Newsletter January 2022

Spirits were raised (not alcoholic ones, although wine was involved!) this month as 32 of our members gathered at Esseborne Manor for a post-Christmas lunch, such a welcome start to the New Year.  There was much chatter as members took their seats at their allotted table and their pre-selected three-course lunch was served.  …

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W.I. Newsletter December 2021

It was so lovely to be able to gather this month for a Christmas themed party.  Given the circumstances sensible precautions were followed, but we were delighted to see a room full of women, including many new members, ready to have a great time. We started with a Snowman Drive – a wintry …

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W.I. Newsletter November 2021

We were delighted to welcome several new members to our meeting this month. The successful Fizz, Canapés and Chat evening has resulted in 13 new members so far and we are hopeful there will be more.  Unfortunately, the power cut occurring in the village, and beyond, late afternoon caused some confusion.  Not all …

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W.I. Newsletter October 2021

WOW!! Never in our wildest dreams did we expect such a brilliant response to the flyers that were distributed around the village.    A very big THANK YOU to all you ladies who not only read it, but who also took the big step of coming through the door to meet us.  Some of …

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W.I. Newsletter September 2021

A Fish & Chips supper enticed members to attend our delayed Annual Meeting this month – they were collected by two of our members and were served first, by the committee, which gave us all a chance to chat and catch up with each other. Then it was on to the business of …

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