WI Newsletter – February 2005

Thankfully, our speaker for this meeting brought along with her a touch of spring and the promise of summer, which was very welcome as it was a very cold evening with the continuing threat of snow flurries outside.

Sara Purkins came armed with examples of her work, which included bouquets of paper flowers including roses and lilies as well as her greeting cards, which illustrated a variety of different techniques. A new addition to her portfolio is the idea of a memory book. She displayed an album she is compiling, which includes not just photographs of an event, be it a day out or a birthday party, but also other mementos, such as the entry tickets, and invitations etc. Each page can be themed to fit the occasion. Such a simple and effective idea.

After a quick demonstration, however, it was our members who were put to work on this occasion, as we all had to make a paper daffodil (see picture above of my very poor effort!). Sara of course, made it look very easy, as experts do. She very kindly came round to help and most of us managed to have a stab at it, some better then others of course.

We all had a good laugh and it was a fun evening, just what we needed.

Before the hard work began, the members were delighted to hear that all the tickets for the Angela Baker evening had been sold and indeed, we have a waiting list. There were a few gasps when it was revealed that we will be catering for up to 170 people – we will be discussing the arrangements in detail on 10 March.

I was able to report, in her absence, that Vice President Jill Reynolds had sent our first parcel of 12 jumpers out to Zimbabwe and would be sending another shortly. We will then wait to see if there is any feedback before sending the remainder. The response to this project has been amazing and I thanked everyone who had contributed.

We have been lucky enough to secure tickets for a visit to Clarence House on Saturday 01 October, names are being taken and if anyone reading this newsletter is interested please get in touch with us, as this trip is also open to non- members. Assuming a full coach the cost should be approximately £15.

We are now bracing ourselves, as March will be a very busy month. We start with the second round of the Federation skittles competition, then its the group meeting, followed by the Spring Council Meeting and finally of course our own meeting, when we will be welcoming Rev’d Nicky Judd who will be talking about being a woman priest.

Don’t forget anyone is welcome to come along to a meeting, as a visitor, if they wish to hear a particular speaker. You really will be most welcome.

Sharon King