Our November meeting was held at 7.30pm on Monday 13 November 2017 at the Village Hall as usual. On this cold evening we enjoyed the company of 40 members and 1 guest. November birthday posies were handed out to Evelyn Bartlett, Finola Shaw, Jackie Eley, Rita Elson and Lizzie Tindell and the award for the 2016 Flower Trophy Champion was, very belatedly, handed out jointly to June Helyer and Jean Colton. The stalwart that is Pam McKinley gave a precis of her recent trip to the Autumn County Meeting where she was our representative. She gave an account of Maureen Levinson’s speech recounting what other WI’s are doing to celebrate their centenaries; this was followed by the guest speaker, Val Cawsey, whose speech entitled ‘Growing Old Disgracefully’ was met with much hilarity and then an Elvis impersonator called Alvin who gyrated cheerfully for the ladies!
Our own forthcoming celebrations for our 100th Birthday in February 2018 were given an update by Louise Parker and Di Fletcher. Plastic pint pots were handed out to members to fill for the Brockenhurst Village Christmas Fun Night where we will be manning a stand and selling them. We have taken the decision to run our own WI website so www.brockenhurstwi.org.uk will be going live soon – watch this space. And finally ….. our skittles team didn’t come last this year in the group skittles, we came 3rd (out of 4), a great victory for Ruth McDermott and her team.
We were reminded of upcoming events including the Group Craft morning on 17 November, the ladies lunch on 23 November, the Group Carol Service on 1 December and the Christmas Fun Night on 8 December.
After all the business we had a fun and crafty evening with Sally Ovenden from the Just So Studio who brought along clay balls for us all to turn into porcelain masterpieces, there were a lot of saggy sided pots and lots of chatter so we’re not holding our breath for the results.
The next meeting will be on Monday 11 December 2017 in the village hall at 7.30pm – you are always welcome to come and join us and you can be assured of a friendly face.