WI Newsletter – June 2014

WI Logo2We are in the midst of the World Cup (yawn, yawn) and Wimbledon (Ace!) at the moment and our new doubles partnership of Kate Bennett (President) and Lynne Lucas (Secretary) stepped onto Centre Court, well ok the village hall, and served up a delightful evening of updates and entertainment. They suffered a little from pre-match nerves, but soon settled down to give an assured performance.

We were reminded to put our names on various lists for all sorts of lovely events and outings in the coming weeks and months including a cookery demonstration at Waitrose next month, the Autumn Meeting in Basingstoke and a jewellery workshop in October here in the village.

The rather depleted walking group did a local ramble, and then collected some of the lunch club for a combined get-together at the Black Swan in Monxton, which is now under new management. The Supper Club enjoyed their evening at The Greyhound in Stockbridge and plan to visit the Boot at Houghton next month.

We then learnt that we should be wary of family challenges and to look out for weeder’s knees. Our guest speaker, Jane Arnold explained that several years ago, on a post-Christmas lunch walk she and her brother decided that they were in a bit of rut and playing it safe. They decided they should do something out of their comfort-zone; her brother gets sea sick so took a cruise to the Arctic Circle to see the northern lights and Jane became a life model. Yes, that does mean she takes her clothes off to pose for artists.

Now she is used to it, she is quite relaxed about it all, but it doesn’t come without its drawbacks, it is not the safe option. Just try striking a pose for several minutes and you will soon discover that the muscles become stiff and sore, which can lead to some interesting moments. As Jane is a popular speaker on the “circuit” I will not give away too many of her anecdotes, but she has been hospitalised following a fall from a tottering chair and she resorts to make-up on her knees if she has been working in the garden!

The laughter revealed that our members certainly enjoyed her entertaining and amusing anecdotes.

Our next meeting is an away match, as we are travelling to Salisbury for a cookery demonstration on 31st July.

Diary Dates
09 July – Coffee Morning
10 July – Supper Club
12 July – Walking Group
26 July – Lunch Club
31 July – Monthly Meeting – Cookery Demonstration at Waitrose in Salisbury

Sharon King