WI Newsletter – April 2011

Our members were asked to imagine what it would be like to lose one’s sight over a period of six months. This is what happened to Vanessa who is a member of Andover VIPs (Visually Impaired People). Vanessa and her husband, who also has a degenerating muscle condition, came along to give us an insight into the activities of this local charity started in 1992. It is an opportunity for people with sight problems to come together socially, after all they still want to go on holiday, try new experiences and have a good laugh, but life is more difficult if you cannot see. Our members supported this local charity last year with the proceeds of our coffee mornings and donations in lieu of Christmas cards, funds much needed by this very small, local charity.

Other activities continued this month as usual and President Sue George gave us plenty of dates for our diaries. We are off to visit the garden of our February speaker, Patricia Elkington for our June meeting, some of us are going to experiment with different techniques at Denman College in July. Perhaps it had better be explained at this point that we will be learning to paint with water colours!

In August we are off to Tyntesfield near Bristol, which is a National Trust property currently undergoing major restoration and if you wish to help us fill the coach, then please give Sharon King a call on 01264 335630 (£22.50 including coach and entry, unless you are a member of the National Trust in which case entry is free).

Next month we will be talking about libraries and mega farms – never a dull moment in the Women’s Institute.

Diary Dates:

10 May – Coffee Morning

14 May – Walking Group

17 May – Reading Group

26 May – Resolutions & Social Time

28 May – Lunch Club

11 June – Walking Group

25 June – Lunch Club

28 June – Reading Group

30 June – Garden Meeting – Crawley (weather permitting)

Sharon King