Thank you all for rejoining us this year. We are definitely not back fully yet, but we are getting there. All we need is a bit of sunshine and our summer events will be fabulous. Well done to our hostesses , I know it is a bit scary but you did brilliantly. For those of you that thought I was a bit quiet, I have lost my voice. Thanks to Marcelle for deciphering my random agenda and delivering it. I left early as it was too hard to not talk!!!
If there are any places you would like us to organize a trip to or just a restaurant that you fancy visiting just let one of the committee , as on your 2022 programme card, and we will arrange it. It is nice to know what kind of places you would like to visit etc.
Last month several of us went to the Annual Meeting of the East Kent federation. It really was a good meeting, with all the usual business plus Helen Sharman as guest speaker. Next years meeting will take place on 22nd March in Folkestone. It is from 10.30-3.30 and worth putting the day in your diary. It is a good day and a chance to get to know how WI really works. We always drive, so there is a lift available.
Our first fundraiser for three years was a great night, despite covid taking a few hostages! We raised £279.30 . Huge thanks to Steve and Sue as always. We don’t have a date yet, but we will have a wine tasting evening in September which shouldn’t be too taxing, but will definitely be a fantastic evening.
The Table Top sale raised a very respectable £152 despite very few people attending. Maybe just one of those days when we all had something else on. If you have any ideas for a fundraiser please let us know.
Our monthly (ish) coffee will take place at the Tea Room, Bredgar and Wormshill Railway at 11.30 on Wednesday 25th April. Please let me know if you are coming as I need to let them know, 07729828959.
We have a Felt Brooch Workshop in the VH on Tuesday 10th May 2.15. Please let Donna know if you want to come along. You will need an apron, towel, safety pin, needle and cotton.
The trip to Chatham Synagogue is 19th May at 6.30pm. We booked this following the recommendation of several other groups. If you would like to join us but haven’t put your name down please let me know asap. There is a lift available if you need it. It is near to the little theatre in Rochester.
We are visiting a local garden in Oare, a few of us visited last year in torrential rain but this year we have been promised sun! We will meet at 10am at Pheasant Barn, Oare on June 30th. The visit costs £7. IF you need directions just follow one of us. Please can you let me know asap as the garden owner needs numbers. We may well have lunch afterwards if you fancy it.
We will be visiting Downderry Lavender Nursery, nr Hadlow on the 6th July 11.00. the cost is just £7.50, lifts available. If you’ve not been before it is a fabulous place.
To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee year, we are having our Garden Party on Thursday 2nd June at 7pm in Janice’s Garden, Rose Cottage, opposite the village hall. We would love you to come in your finest garden party dresses or in Red White and Blue, crowns and tiaras optional! There will be prosecco, music and Janice’s beautiful garden. We have been promised a visit by the Queen too! Please let us know asap if your name isn’t on the list. For this year we ask that you bring your own food and any extra drink you want. It will be a lovely evening.
Milstead w Frinsted are celebrating their Centenary with an afternoon tea at Torry Hill on Saturday 21st May 2-4.30pm. We will be providing an afternoon tea and a glass of prosecco. Lady Kingsdown has kindly allowed us to use her gardens for this really special day. If you have looked at your Centenary book you will see that we started as Milstead with Kingsdown. Please let us know if your name isn’t on the list yet as we need numbers for catering.
There is a Congratulations card available online to send your best wishes to the Queen. IT is on our FB page – Milstead with Frinsted Women’s Institute. It is a private group so don’t be shy.
Our actual 100th year will be celebrated with a meal on Thursday 24th November in our village hall. We have got a caterer arranged so we do not have to do the hard work on our special night. We really hope that you will all join us on this once in a lifetime event! Due to the fact that you will be paying for the meal we are not going to have our Christmas meal for this year only.
The cost is £30 per head, bring your own drink. There may be a little fizz too.
The menu is
Potted Ham Hock, pineapple chutney and sourdough
Or Brie, caramelized onion tartlet
Breast of chicken, pressed leek and serrano Boulanger potatoes
Or Butternut squash, mushroom and spinach wellington
Lemon Posset and shortbread.
If you have any dietary requirements, allergies etc. please let me know. We really hope that as many of you as possible can make it. It will be a lovely evening.
If anyone would like to join in a book club, please let us know.
The Centenary Rose was planted outside the Village Hall , it should soon look lovely. Donna’s husband is very kindly making us a plaque to go on the wall marking our 100 years. He also made the banner on the railings by the hall. If you have any printing or signage needs etc. please get his number from Donna! Thank you both for all your support.
I am sure you all enjoyed this month’s speaker. Judy really brought the reality of rationing to life. Can you imagine!
Next month , on MAY 12TH our very own superstar bank manager Donna will be taking us through all the frauds and scams that take place. Definitely not to be missed. We will also be discussing the resolution ‘Women and girls with ASD
and ADHD – under identified, under diagnosed , misdiagnosed and under supported. If you have any personal experience and would like to share your experience please let us know. Maybe you could share at the May meeting.
Please call me on 07729828959 if there is anything you want to know about WI Angela xx
April 27th 11.30 coffee at Tea Room, Bredgar Railway
May 10th 2.15 Felt Brooch Workshop
May meeting 7.30pm on the 12th May.
May 19th 6.30 Chatham Synagogue
May 21st Centenary afternoon tea at Torry Hill 2-4.30pm
June 2nd Jubilee Garden Party Rose Cottage, 7pm
June 30th 10.00am Garden Visit Oare
July 6th 11am Downderry Nursery
July 7th Monthly meeting Colour and Fashion
August 4th Monthly meeting How to enjoy your driving
September 1st Monthly meeting Queen Elizabeth II
October 6th Monthly meeting Understanding special needs
November 3rd Monthly meeting Delivering like a Diva
November 24th 100th Birthday Party at the VH 6.30pm
December 1st Monthly meeting Chocolate demonstration
Words by Angela Coleman