WI Newsletter – November 2006

We’ve done it, we have now finished walking the Test Way – it has only taken us 19 months to walk 44 miles! That’s not the whole story of course – we actually did it in nine stages – the last one being on the 18 November when we walked from Combe Gibbet to LInkenholt. It was a glorious autumn morning, which came as a pleasant surprise as the previous day had seen prolonged torrential rain. Naturally, we celebrated our achievement with lunch in the nearest pub. We have enjoyed our rambles so much; we plan to continue walking next year, where and when has yet to be decided.

We took part in Hampshire Federation’s annual skittle competition again, and for the second year running we came second in our heat, unfortunately this means we do not progress any further.

Our Annual Meeting always takes place in November and this year we had four members of the existing committee standing down and four new nominations – this meant a straight swap and no need for an election. No change in President, but we do have a new Secretary. Wendy Casson, new to our committee, has kindly volunteered to take on these responsibilities, as Sheila Lockhart wanted a break after five years in the post.

The new committee then voted in three Vice-Presidents for our 90th Anniversary year, Cecilia Cotton, Sue Hancock & Jacquie Wilson. The remainder of the duties will be allocated at our first committee meeting of 2007.

No further entertainment had been planned, so I plundered my email in-box and found some “funnies” to share with the members, followed by refreshments and a chance to catch up and chat to each other. Our meetings are so busy these days; this was a very welcome rare opportunity.

Forthcoming Events:

14 December – Christmas Celebrations

25 January – American Indians of the Plains

20 February – Pancake Morning 10.30 a.m. Village Hall

22 February – Have Gavel Will Travel – Derek Drew (Toastmaster)

Our December meeting will be all about eating as it will be festive celebrations in the Village Hall, but we can sit back and let someone else do all the work, as our usual excellent caterers will be providing the six-course meal.

Sharon King