MAY 2022



Hello Girls

Well done, Donna, I think we are all a little bit more aware of some of the scams that are around and reassured that our banks are doing all they can to help us and prevent these awful people from taking what is not theirs! I think we must all keep vigilant and discuss it with someone if we are not sure if a call or email is genuine or not.


Next month, Thursday 2nd, will be a little different as it is our Garden Party to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee. This year it in Janice’s Garden, Rose Cottage, opposite the village hall. We start a little earlier at 7.00pm. You park as usual in the village hall car park. If you would like to wear red, white and blue, with or without a crown, that would be great. We are asking you to bring your own food and drink if you want. We know some people find it a little late to eat whilst others haven’t had their dinner by that time, so it is entirely up to you. There is a jubilee quiz and Jeff is providing music. Please try and come as it is lovely when we have a really good turnout.


OF course, before that, next Saturday 21st 2-4.30 we are having an afternoon tea at Torry Hill. All you need to bring is yourself, in a posh frock, or not! We have full access to the beautiful gardens so weather permitting it will be fantastic. All we ask is you bring any drink that you want and a CHAIR. There will be a glass of fizz as you arrive. This event is to celebrate 100 years of Milstead with Frinsted Women’s Institute. An incredible feat for a small village largely due to the hard work of many women over those years. At a time when lots of WI’s have been lost, we have managed to thrive. If you are not on the list, please let me know if you would like to come along.


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 on Thursday 30th June.

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 of July 11.00. the cost is just £7.50, lifts available. If you’ve not been before it is a fabulous place. 


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.


The Centenary Rose is doing very well 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.


Last month’s speaker was very complimentary about you all. Judy said you were a very lively group of ladies! I can’t disagree with that.


. A date for your diaries is Friday 23rd September. Denise and her husband will be doing another wine tasting for our fundraising. The evening will start at 7pm. The cost is just £10 each. You do not need to know anything about wine (or even drink wine!) as it is just a bit of fun and a chance for a nice evening together. We will have a list out soon.


If you would like a WI diary for 2023, please let Dilys know. They cost £7.


Thank you for your input in our discussion on this year’s resolution ‘Women and girls with ASD / ADHD under-identified, under diagnosed and under supported’.  I shall use the discretion vote you gave me and let you know the outcome in July.  



Please call me on 07729828959 if there is anything you want to know about WI Angela xx



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

September 23rd Wine Tasting 7pm £10

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 Colleman