WI Newsletter – September 2007

With the fete on the first day of September this year, it was a busy start to the month for our members as we continued with the tradition of providing welcome refreshments for the many visitors to this popular event – the cakes and scones being homemade of course. We sold out and which was reflected in our increased takings. So thank you to everyone who baked and/or helped on the day.

There was very little on our calendar for the rest of the month, but as usual, we met in the Village Hall at the end of the month for our monthly meeting. On this occasion, we were particularly pleased to welcome Mrs Jane Benson who gave us a summary of her year as Hampshire’s High Sheriff.

The role has a long tradition going back over the centuries, but Mrs Benson spoke in particular of the many ceremonies and events she attended, some very formal others less so. She travelled many miles during the year, mostly driving herself all over the county and beyond and met a wide variety of people from different spheres of life, including a brief chat with Her Majesty in the garden at Buckingham Palace.

The Hall was particularly full, as we had invited members of other local institutes to join us and as it is our 90th year, three of our members had created a special cake to mark the occasion – Mrs Benson kindly assisted with the ceremonious cutting of the cake.

Well done to Diana Cooper, Sheila Lockhart and Judy Wickham who spent many hours putting this delicious cake together.

Diary Dates:

01 October – Danebury Group Autumn Meeting

25 October – 7.30 p.m. Village Hall – Clive Judd (change to programme)

27 October – Walking Group

30 October – HCFWI Autumn Council Meeting, The Anvil Basingstoke (ticket only)

06 November – Book Club

29 November – Annual Meeting – 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

Following on from September, we are lucky to have such a wealth of local talent and next month, Clive Judd, recently retired as Assistant to the Mayor of Test Valley, is going to reveal what it has been like to have a different “boss” every year.

Sharon King