May 2015 Newsletter

Milstead w Frinsted WI Newsletter May 2015

If you weren’t able to join us last night you missed such a good evening. The speaker Ray Spiller took us through all the hits of the 50’s to the present peppered with some of the funniest jokes we have ever heard! We may have to have him again.

Some sad news is that several of our members have been very unwell lately. Jean Slate has had a nasty sudden operation and is recovering at home, Viv has had a digital cochlear implant and now has to wait 4 weeks before they turn it on and let’s pray she will be able to hear! Lastly Sue Pennells has had a dreadful accident in Cuba and has been flown home for surgery on her leg.  Our thoughts are with all these brave ladies and their families at these difficult times.

The result of our resolution meeting was that we were unanimously against the resolution but we have given Lyn discretion to vote as she thinks is appropriate at the AGM in the presence of the Her Majesty and the Princess Royal.

Orders are now being taken for the WI diary for 2016 £3.80, orders to Katy please.

Upcoming Milstead w Frinsted events:

The Rotary Club have their fashion show at Bredgar Village Hall on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm.

We are going to see Far From the Madding Crowd next Thursday 21st. the film starts at 8pm. If you would like to come contact myself or Barbara for a ticket £5.50 and for any further information.

We are meeting at Doddington Place for a talk on sweet peas and a walk around the gardens with lunch/afternoon tea on Wednesday 27th May at   10.30 see you there! We have places available still if you want to come.

Sue Porter is involved in a Food and Produce Fayre at Stockbury on 30th 11-4pm. Admission is free .there will be plants, meat, pies, cheese, olives, honey and so on.

Sunday 19th July is the Call the Midwife tour at Chatham dockyard it is booked but if you want to come please let Mandy know and she may be able to book another place.

Our Centenary Celebration will take place at Walmer Castle on Saturday 5th. We will be paying for the coach all you have to pay for is your entrance to the castle and/or gardens and lunch. Mandy needs final numbers as soon as possible as she wants to get it booked. Please come if you are able as it will be a brilliant day.  Plus ones are invited too. So there is no excuse!!

Friday 11th September will be our annual Beetle Drive; don’t forget to put the date in your diary as it really is a good evening!

The Top Team Quiz is the 14th September. For new members this is an inter-WI quiz. Four members of each WI form a team and take part in a quiz, round after round until there is a winner. Suffice to say we haven’t done particularly well in recent years so any new members are very welcome- please!!!! Don’t worry, we don’t take it too seriously.

Mandy is trying to book us a trip to Belmont House and Gardens next year as they couldn’t accommodate us this year.


Other upcoming events:



Lynsted with Teynham are having an Edinburgh Woollen Mills fashion show on 20th May at 2pm Teynham VH. Admission £2.50.  Ann and Dawn are going so if you would like to join them please let me know and I can get you a ticket.

Faversham WI is holding a talk at the Fleur de Lys Hall, Faversham on the Magna Carta as part of the 800 year celebration. The date is 26th May with 2 sessions at 1pm or 3pm. The cost is £5. There will be sandwiches and scones, cakes and tea/coffee. The exhibition is on next door at the Alexander Centre. If you are interested please let me know ASAP as we only have 2 tickets left.

June 10th is the date for the Group lunch at Hempstead House. I have the menus and money for the ladies who have already expressed an interest but I still have 3 places left. So if you would like to come please let me know ASAP.

Tunstall WI is celebrating their 50th birthday with an afternoon tea on Saturday 20th June 3pm to 6pm. They will be planting 2 centenary roses and entertainment is the Sittingbourne Wind Ensemble. If you are interested please let me know.

Lynsted w Frinsted are organising an annual outing to Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst on Wednesday 8th July. Departing 10.15 -4.30. The cost is £20 which includes tour of house, garden and a musical recital. We need to reply ASAP.

They are also arranging an acrylic art course 15th, 29th July and 12th august £20 for all materials. It’s at the Community Hall in Teynham, please let me know if you are interested.

East Kent are organising a Christmas Tree Festival at the Academy, Canterbury on Saturday 28th November from 10-3. Further details to follow.

There will be a Centennial Fair at Harrogate International Centre on 3-6 September. Tickets are available from

We have been invited by Orlestone WI to their Centenary event at the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch on 16th September 10.30-5.30. The cost is £12.50 which includes a ploughman’s and a pudding! There will be pig races, craft stalls, birds of prey, produce stalls and plants for sale. If you are interested please let me know so I can give them numbers.

Once again National is opening the head office in London to its members. The dates are Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November with two sessions 11-1.15pm and 2-4.15pm. If you are interested please let me know.

 East Kent is holding their Denman visit next year Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th May 2016. There are lots of courses on offer. If you are interested please ask me for the brochure.

A centenary walk has been organised for 5th October. Details in the East Kent news.

There is a visit to Denman College on Tuesday 1st September. It costs £45 and includes executive coach travel, corning coffee, lunch, guided tour and afternoon tea. The details are in the EK News. But if any of you ladies are interested please let me know as I would like to go.

If you didn’t take a leaflet for the WI bulb scheme please look out for one next month. They are supplied by deJager Bulbs suppliers to The Prince of Wales and they give a percentage of all orders to the WI. I have to place the order next month so please fill in the order form and return it to me at next month’s meeting.


Next month’s meeting is Thursday 4th June. We have a lady coming to demonstrate sugar craft from the Sugarcraft Guild. Lyn will be at the AGM on the same day!

Words by Angela Coleman, Secretary