January 2018

Chris welcomed us all to our January meeting and said how lovely it was to see new faces, both guests and visitors. Our 2018 programme has been arranged by Cath Corfield and I know there will be a wide variety of speakers, something to suit everybody. After us all enjoying a lovely Christmas Lunch at The Cliffe Ludlow, in December, Chris presented the Competition Cup to winner Ann Tyler and the Flower of the Month Cup to Sue Phipers. The Craft/Walking/Cinema and Lunch groups are all very well supported. The SFWI are producing a Centenary Recipe Book ‘It’s Not Just Jam’ and our Institute has been allocated the Canapés and Starters section. So for us all to be involved in the ultimate choice of recipe to be entered for selection, we had a Social and Food Tasting Evening. There were about eight entries and each competitor had provided tasters of their chosen recipe and then we all voted on our favourite. We will be having another tasting session in June when a winner/winners will be selected from both sessions then the recipe/recipes will be submitted and hopefully included in the new book. Sue and Ann, our Social Secretaries have been very busy already booking another Stratford trip in May, a couple of days sightseeing and a visit to the theatre to see King Lear. After 2017’s successful trip to The Manor Hotel in Devon, the venue has been booked again for October. After listening to the reports from those members who attended last year I’m sure the places will be snapped up very quickly. We were also given a list of six likely day trips and asked to tick those that were of interest to us. Sue and Ann work very hard in trying to find something to please all our members and we really do appreciate their hard work…….it’s not that easy trying to organise a group of WI ladies!!!!! Both our raffle and produce table were very well supported. The WI still seems to have difficulty in shaking off the ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ persona even though new Institutes have been set up by younger members. Why don’t you come along and join us, see for yourself and make up your own mind, you can be assured of a warm welcome, a cup of tea and make some new friends. Our next meeting is at Ashford on 14th February and the speaker is Alison Wakeman telling us about Bees and their importance to the environment. The competition is Something Stripey…..but not a bee. SMW