February 2015 Newsletter

Sorry we had to rush things tonight but we have a lot of exciting outings and things to look forward to this year.

Welcome to our two new members, look forward to seeing you both next month.

Bapchild WI is having their birthday party 19th February at 14.30 (that’s 2.30 in old money) if anyone else would like to come with us please let me know ASAP.

The Coffee Morning at Frinsted VH is in aid of Motor Neurone Disease. Please come along on the 7th March from 10.30-12.30 and support your WI and this worthwhile charity. It is our turn to man the cake stall so we need donations of cakes and any good quality bric-a-brac. If you can’t come please bring your donations along to the meeting on 5th March.

Please try to come along to our quiz night, as Lyn said it is a big fundraiser for us but most of all a lot of fun. For just £7 you get a good quiz and a lovely supper. Try to get as many as you can together but if you can’t please come along and join a team. The date is 27th March 7 for 7.30pm. Bring your own drink.

BBC1 this Monday 9th at 19.30 – Inside Out will feature the East Kent Baton journey.

Outings in date order:

20th February 2pm – Rodmersham Coffee shop. Please let me know if you are coming so I can give numbers to Paula.

6th April Easter Monday 1pm – a visit to Jane Wilcocks’ Spring Garden, suggested donations of £5 to the Pilgrims Hospice, tea and cake weather permitting.

20th May 7pm – Fashion Show at Bredgar VH. Tickets £7 from Mandy or Denise.

27th May time to be confirmed – a tour of Doddington Place House and Gardens plus a talk from Philip Johnson from Johnson’s on Growing Sweet Peas. The cost is £5 plus £5.99 for a cream tea.

16th June 2pm at Faversham – a visit to see the Magna Carta in historic Faversham, for further details see www.magnacarta800th.com. This exhibition is free.

20th June – we are going to Walmer Castle for a tour and afternoon tea by coach to celebrate the WI’s centenary. Times and price to follow but we would really like to fill the 33 seater coach that we are booking. We will be paying for the coach. Partners or friends are welcome although there may be a charge depending on numbers. This will be a fantastic day and the more of us the more fun we will have!

19th July Sunday 11.30am – a tour of ‘Call the Midwife’ at Historic Dockyard Chatham £12.  If you haven’t already put your name on the list hurry up as the places are going fast!

September date of be confirmed – a visit to Belmont House and Gardens. If you are interested please let Mandy or myself know.


Other dates for your diary:

Have a go day Saturday 7th March at Chartham VH is just £5 per person.

The ACM 2015 will be on Wednesday 25th March at Margate and promises to be an excellent day. Tickets should arrive soon.

There will be an audition day for speakers at Bobbing VH Monday 13th April with the morning session starting at 10.30am – pay on the day.

Spring Garden Day 15th April at Canterbury Academy £10 per person.

Group meeting 16th April at 7.30pm at Rodmersham VH. This is open to all and is just £1.50. The entertainment will be Morris Dancers. Joyce has said she will make an Easter Bonnet for the competition. Well done Joyce.

Resolution debate and lunch at Chartham VH £5, closing date 27th March. This should be a lively debate and an excellent chance to find out more about this important part of the WI’s role in politics.

Other information

East Kent Federation are asking members to look in their cupboards and donate any unused , unwanted craft items, sewing items, materials, crocheting, knitting, wool, threads, anything you bought but never used. They can make good use of it. You can either take it into Canterbury to the office or if you bring it in to us we can take it there.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a bursary to Denman College just put £1 in an envelope clearly marked with your name and name of our WI and we will take it to the ACM in March.

If you haven’t paid your subs can you please send a cheque to Katie ASAP. The booklets and programme cards are all ready and the sooner we can get this done the sooner we can update our member list.

If any of you have any ideas for stretching £20 as far as it will go please let myself or Lyn know. The idea is that EK give each WI £20 and the WI uses that money and makes it go further. So far an idea of a raffle has been put forward.

We are starting a WI film club (as well as our Book Club). We will be using the cinema in Sittingbourne or Faversham. Barbara will organise the first trip and we will see how it goes from there. I for one will be going! If you are interested can you please let me or Barbara know?

Well I think that is it, apart from a huge thanks to Sue for the cards, I don’t know where she gets the patience or time to cut out all those tiny pieces of paper. Thanks Sue.

Next month Thursday 5th March we have Steve Wood coming to talk about the Shelter Boxes.

The hostesses are Andrea, Sue Pennells and Barbara (is that right Barbara?).

See you for coffee on the 20th at Rodmersham.


By Angela Coleman