November 2021 Newsletter
I am so sorry I wasn’t with you last week. I am feeling a lot better today. Thank you for voting for me as President again, I will do my best to keep the WI lively, friendly, fun and safe as we enter our 100th year with the help of a brilliant committee.
The committee are really pleased to welcome our new members. I know you will make them really welcome. Hello ladies.
I hope you all appreciated the measures in place to keep you all safe. If we can just repeat for the next few months, sanitizing on entrance, report to me at the door for your subs then take a seat and stay at your table for the meeting, hopefully we can continue meeting and not have to cancel everything again. As I said the National WI suggest that all members do a LFT before meetings to ensure we are all safe. It goes without saying if you feel at all unwell before the meeting please stay away , that applies to me as well! We just want to keep you all safe at WI meetings. If you feel safer with a mask on please wear it , don’t worry about what others are doing. It might be a good idea to bring a throw or pashmina next month as we will need to keep doors open! When it snows we might have to close them!!
Thursday 18th it is our 99th birthday party. Mandy Winters – a yodeling cowgirl and raconteur will be entertaining us. Mandy is great fun, those who have seen her will remember her well. You will love her! . If your name isn’t on the list and you want to come please call myself or Marcelle asap. We are ordering fish and chips , they cost £6. If you haven’t paid please contact Marcelle or myself, you can always pop the money through my letterbox if you are passing this way.
The Centenary Book is almost ready. Lena Jordan has been working really hard for the last two years writing this for us. I am very excited about it. We will let you know some dates for next year’s celebration events as soon as we have some details.
The next monthly meeting is on Thursday 2nd we have Jo Arnell, a landscaper and all round gorgeous person demonstrating Christmas wreaths or table arrangements . This will be a lovely meeting – of course!
The Plough at Lewson Street is booked for Christmas lunch on Sunday 5th December 12.30 . We will need a £10 deposit and the balance beforehand please. If you haven’t put your name down or made your choices please contact me asap. The closing date will be 18th November.
The price for 2 courses is £25.95 plus 10% service ie the balance is £18.60
The price for 3 courses is £29.95 plus 10% service ie the balance is £23
I will be collecting the balance at the December meeting. We will be doing the same game as last time, a gift costing no more than £5 beginning with the letter M for Milstead. Get thinking girls!
The January meeting on the 6th will have George Ward the Cheesemaker of Kent! He will be bringing samples to taste.
The February meeting has Fancy Tat demonstrating their wares. This fits in with the environmental theme for our February meeting. We will be making green hearts to symbolize our love of the planet. Very topical at the moment. I hope some of you managed to catch Kresse Wesling at the COP26 meeting.
The March meeting will be about Scams and Internet safety. Our very own banking expert, Donna will be enlightening us, helping us to recognize a scam and telling us what we should do.
Our first fundraiser is booked for Friday 25th March . Steve and Sue will be doing a quiz. More details to follow. Don’t worry if you do not have a team , there will always be a team to join. It is going to be a really fun evening! Bring your own drinks!
The East Kent Federation have their Annual Council meeting on Wednesday 16th March 10.30-3.30 at the Lees Cliff Folkestone. There are always fabulous speakers, this year they have Helen Sharman CMG OBE as the star speaker. The cost is £15 , it is a really good meeting if you haven’t been before please consider it. Just let Marcelle or me know so we can book it. We go by car and we can sort out lifts for you.
I have provisionally booked a visit to the Chatham Synagogue on the afternoon of April 1st. Nearer the time there will be a list out.
November 25th – December !0th this year is Domestic Violence awareness. I think more than ever we need to be as informed as possible , if not for ourselves but for others and our communities. New Leaf are a charity that support families and provide refuge. They are a charity we are very fond of. We are trying to arrange a meeting during those dates at New Leaf’s offices. Please let us know asap if you would like to attend.
See you all on the 18th and then in December. If you need to ask anything call me on 07729828959
love from Angela xx
November 18th Birthday party
November 27th Saturday Milstead Christmas Bazaar 10-12
December 2nd monthly meeting
December 5th Sunday Christmas Lunch The Plough 12.30
January 6th Monthly meeting
February 3rd monthly meeting Show The Love
March 16th Wednesday ACM Folkestone
Friday 25thMarch 7pm Quiz night
April 1st Friday Chatham Synagogue visit
Words by Angela Coleman