Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Women's Institute - September Report

Nocton and District WI - September

Never mind Jam and Jerusalem, for many the WI is all about friendship, fun and food and there was an abundance of all three elements at the September meeting. The room was buzzing with chat and laughter and our ever growing membership was swelled further by three more new members. It was also a privilege to welcome Chris Morgan, Chair of the North Lincolnshire Federation (NFWI) and the Vice Chair, Joan Wines. Chris is planning to attend, through the year, every WI within the NFWI a huge, but in her words, pleasurable undertaking.

Within the business section of the meeting the “Care not Custody” WI campaign was discussed. This campaign began seven years ago when, very sadly, a WI member`s son committed suicide whilst in prison. A gifted and talented man who suffered with schizophrenia, he ended up in prison when there wasn`t a secure place available for him. This campaign is back in the fore front as funding issues and changing government plans make this tragic case more likely to re-occur.

On a much lighter note the success of the Tuesday weekly swimming sessions was discussed and members were also encouraged to think about entering the Christmas Wreath Competition being held again at St Andrew`s church in Potterhanworth. Our very talented member Ann won the competition last year and it was suggested that the entries this year might reflect the WI centenary and/or what the WI represents.

There was a full feedback from our wonderful Centennial Garden party in August with thanks, flowers and bubbly being given to Francis who had made the magnificent celebration cake. Members were encouraged to view the slide shows running on two laptops of the photographs from the afternoon and the plan is for every member, past and present, who either attended or responded to the invitation, to receive a group photograph as a memento of the day.

This was an Open meeting and during the break for tea and delicious cakes we were pleased to welcome three gentlemen who came along for the evening`s talk on “Extraordinary Bread making” from Linda Hewitt. Linda`s talk was fun, fascinating and inspirational. As always with talented people she made her craft appear easy and her ability to produce delicious breads with an amazing selection of fillings and additions was wonderful to see and sample!! She even suggested and demonstrated a bread wreath for the Christmas wreath competition. Bread making by hand, with bread makers or using mixers was all discussed and I am sure that her e mail box will be full of requests for her recipes from those present.

The competition “Toppings for Bread” was won by Julie, with Maryann second and Jane third and Frances won the main raffle prize, a bottle opener to beat all openers with a bottle of wine to accompany it. Linda however very kindly added some delicious loaves of bread and a bottle of Rapeseed oil, the magic ingredient in all her bread baking, as additional raffle prizes.

The October meeting is our annual Bowling event at Washingborough followed by a meal and November brings another open meeting this time given by Ann Barnes on “Easy Christmas Floral Craft”. Why not come along and give Nocton and District WI a try; you will be very welcome. We always meet on the second Monday of the month at 7.15 in Nocton Village Hall. For more information please ring Jane Kania 01526 323633.

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