This month we had our AGM and was helped by our WI Adviser. We do have a change of some of the Committee Members which is inevitable, however the President was re-elected. Information about the current committee can be seen here.
We also had our Flower of the Month Competition in aid of ACWW. Maureen was our winner..
We also held a raffle and also continued our shoebox collection of toiletries to support Ukraine refugees staying in Brockenhurst.
Long service awards were also presented.
Our speaker was Alice May Tomkins who illustrated her talk entitled “The House That Sat Down”.
Alice, her husband and four children moved into a 150 year old thatched Cobb House. On July 20 2014 Alice returned from her job as a Practice Manager for a GP surgery. For some unknown reason she parked by the garage instead of the front door as usual. Two cracks suddenly appeared in two walls in quick succession and the house literally sat down. The roof remained intact as did the ground floor extension at the back. Over the course of 14 months she coped with living in a tent and then a caravan. Fortunately the extension housed the kitchen and a bathroom so they were able to use that area. The four children ages varying from 17 years to 7 years all coped at school. The house was rebuilt with foundations and concrete.
Alice found once they had moved back in she suffered mentally and emotionally. She began to paint to get through this time and was diagnosed with PTSD. Her paintings of the children, the house, flowers and animals are lovely and inspiring. She also started writing and wrote a trilogy of her experiences. She now gives talks and has a part time job as a School Librarian. Through her experience of this traumatic event she promotes self care and an outlet – in her case painting for health.
Her parting words “Be brave and believe in yourself, you can do it.”
Our next meeting on June 13 2022 is about the work of the New Forest Verderers. For more information, please contact us.