JULY 2022 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

July 2022   Newsletter

 

 

 

It was lovely to see so many of you last night. The last-minute speaker was really entertaining. Makes me think I have got quite a few ‘talks’ in me!

 

As I said last night, we no longer expect an apology from you if you can’t make the monthly meeting. It is a tradition that seems outdated, and it was never done in the past. Of course, you can if you want to!

 

The recent visits to Chatham Synagogue, Oare gardens and Downderry Lavender Nursery were really good. The Synagogue was so poorly attended but the garden and nursery had a nice turnout. I really would like some thoughts from you all regarding which trips you would like. The committee want to provide outings that you want. The monthly meetings are great fun, but we have so little time to get to know each other. One really important thing that the trips provide is an opportunity to talk with someone you might not necessarily talk to at a meeting. This is what makes the WI so important to me. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

 

 

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! Since 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 list is going out next month if you could please let us know asap so I can finalize everything with the caterer. We can take cash or a cheque for the cost of the meal.

 

The Centenary Rose is doing very well outside the Village Hall, it magically moved to the left! 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.

 

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 next month.

 

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

 

Barbara has organized a Film Night for Friday 15th July 7.45pm £4.50 at the Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne. The film is Operation Mincemeat, one film we missed earlier. Please let her know if you are going.

 

We will meet for coffee on Thursday 14th 1.30pm at Bredgar Farm Shop. Let me know if you would like to join me.

 

If there are any keen quizzers amongst us who fancy forming a quiz team for the East Kent quiz on Wednesday 21st September 1.15 for 1.45 start in Canterbury can you, please let me know.

 

There are several events and trips organized by the East Kent Federation which are on the EK news digital newsletter. They include a Quiz Walk around Canterbury next Thursday 14th 1.30pm or paddleboarding at Hythe 27th July 2-4pm. If you want to book these, please contact Marcelle or Dilys and we can book it for you.

 

Don’t forget to check out the East Kent FB page, all their events are on there. I also try to put them on our FB page. IF you are not a member of our group yet, please join it. It’s an easy way to keep up to date and informed.

 

Next month we have a speaker talking about ‘How to enjoy your driving’ – does he know about Operation Brock!!! I have no doubt it will be a very interesting talk. I hope to be on holiday so will miss it unfortunately.

The following month we have a talk about Queen Elizabeth II.

 

If anyone fancies a trip to the wartime tunnels at Maidstone Grammar School let me know and if enough of us want to go, we can arrange a date to suit.

 

Sending all our love to both Elaine and Jean who are both unable to attend at the moment – we miss you both.

 

I have also attached a copy of the report from the Annual Meeting in Liverpool last month. If you are interested in the resolution there is a lot of information on the National website. If there is anything you would like us to do to support this very important subject just let us know.

 

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

 

2022

July 14th Coffee afternoon Bredgar Farm Shop 1.30pm

July 15th Film Night 7.45pm Avenue Theatre Operation Mincemeat

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 Angela Coleman

President

MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

MAY 2022

 Newsletter

 

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

 

2022

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

President

APRIL 2022 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

APRIL 2022

 Newsletter

 

Hello Ladies

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

 

2022

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

President

MARCH 2022 NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

MARCH 2022

 Newsletter

 

Hello Ladies

 

Firstly, although Joyce isn’t officially 90 yet, I know you all join me in wishing her a wonderful month of celebrations. Happy 90th Birthday Joyce xxx

What a lovely turnout again. There is such a happy, friendly feel in the hall during our meetings. I hope you all feel welcome and included. We do try.  I am now self-analyzing myself and arguing with my dog, who is definitely in his RC ego mode – you had to be at the meeting to understand. He says it was the cat who emptied two sacks of bird food onto the kitchen floor???

Tony’s explanation of our ego voice and how we are affected by our various ego ‘moods’ was very interesting. Knowledge is power as they say.

Thank you so much for your kind donations tonight , we raised £121.50 which I will send off to Disasters Emergency Committee – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

 

If anybody hasn’t managed to get their subs money to Dilys yet, please can you do it asap. Cheques are made payable to Milstead with Frinsted WI, and her address is 11 Shurland Avenue, Sittingbourne, ME10 4QT.

While the covid restrictions have ended, please do not come if you feel at all unwell and please notify me if you become positive after the meeting. I like to test before we meet up for your protection.  

We have two tickets available for the East Kent Federation Annual meeting

At Folkestone on Wednesday 16th. If would like one, please let myself or Marcelle know asap. This will be a great meeting, if you have not been before you will really enjoy it.

 

Our first fundraiser is booked for Friday 25th March. Steve and Sue will be doing

a quiz. The evening starts at 7pm for 7.30 start. It is £10 a head which will include a gorgeous buffet. 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 please. There will be a raffle so don’t forget to bring some money.

 

Please note the change to date and time for the trip to Chatham Synagogue. It is now 19th May at 6.30pm.

 

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.

 

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee year, we are having our Garden Party on Thursday 2nd June in Janice’s Garden. We would love you to come in your finest garden party dresses or in Red White and Blue, crowns and tiaras optional!

 

Milstead w Frinsted are celebrating their Centenary with an afternoon tea at Torry Hill on Saturday 21st May 2-4.30pm. This is a member only event.

 

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.

 

 

There are a few nice outings being organized by the East Kent Federation. These include.

A literary lunch on 7th April

Resolution meeting 11th April

Spring garden day 13th April

National Federation WI Annual Meeting 11th June

 

The details are on the Federation FB page or twitter. Any events that East Kent organize are best booked through us via Dilys. Please let us know if you need any further information.

 

If anyone would like to join in a book club, please let us know.

 

The Tabletop sale will be on Saturday 2nd April 10.00-12.00 in the VH. Please can you make a cake for the WI cake stall. Just let us know if you can’t get it to the hall on the day and we can arrange for a drop off or collection. Please bring as many of your friends as possible.

 

You are welcome to join us at Faversham Cinema to see The Duke on Thursday 10th March 7.45pm. Partners and friends are always welcome. Barbara will be booking films now, so if there is anything you want to see just let her know. Please let me know if you are joining us next Thursday.

 

Jean Parkin is making progress following her stroke. She is very keen to come home but not quite there yet. Again, I know you all will be thinking of her and sending her your love. Get well Jean xxx

 

Our condolences go to dear Viv this week as she lost her brother suddenly. Lots of love Viv. Xxx

 

We are buying a Rose to mark our centenary, when we have it, we will have a little ceremonial planting. We will let you know the date as soon as we have one. Please come and join us.

 

The East Kent Federation have been unable to print the EK news magazine as their printers have gone bust, but I am on the priority event notification list so we won’t miss out.

 

Next month we have a speaker, Judy, talking about clothes and rations during WW2. Should be very interesting.

 

See you on April 7th 7.30pm. You will receive your programme for 2022/23 at the meeting.

 

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

Angela xx

 

2022

                                       March 16th Wednesday ACM Folkestone

Friday 25th March 7pm Quiz night

April 11th Resolution meeting

April 13th Spring Garden Day

May 11th Wisteria walk

May 19th 6.30 Chatham Synagogue

June 2nd Jubilee Garden Party

June 30th 10.00 am Garden Visit Oare

November 24th Centenary meal

 

Words by Angela Coleman

President

FEBRUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

February 2022

 Newsletter

 

Hello Ladies

 

 

Hello girls, so nice to see so many faces again this month. I hope that you enjoyed yourself and the cake! Well done Jen xx

The speakers were very good , I think we will book them for a workshop in the hall soon.

Just a quick reminder for all of us the fees of £44 are due this month or next. Please put your money in an envelope with your name on and pass to Dilys.

For the ladies that haven’t joined us yet , we have a limit of 50 members according to our byelaws. At present we are extremely close to that number, whilst we do not want to rush you, we also don’t want you to miss out on joining what is the very best WI available!  

While the covid restrictions have eased , please do not come if you feel at all unwell and please notify me if you become positive after the meeting. I like to test before we meet up for your protection. We seem to be doing well in the UK but we can’t take it for granted yet!

Next month Tony Cross from the village will be talking about his experiences as a psychotherapist! Should be very interesting!

 

You could also join us on a local walk starting at the Red Lion! This will be on 10th of February starting at 12.30. Dogs welcome. Just let me know if your name isn’t down on the list. If you can’t walk for any reason meet us in the pub afterwards.

 

Our first fundraiser is booked for Friday 25th March . Steve and Sue will be doing

a quiz. The evening starts at 7pm for 7.30 start. It is £10 a head which will include a gorgeous buffet. 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! If your name isn’t on the list please call Marcelle or Angela.

 

Please note the change to date and time for the trip to Chatham Synagogue. It is now 19th May at 6.30pm.

 

Other outings this year will include a visit to Downderry lavender nursery, Fort Amherst, and Pheasant Barn in Oare.

 

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee year we are having our Garden Party on Thursday 2nd June in Janice’s garden. We would love you to come in your finest garden party dresses or in Red White and Blue , crowns and tiaras optional!

 

Milstead w Frinsted are celebrating their Centenary with an afternoon tea at Torry Hill on Saturday 21st May 2-4.30pm. This is a members only event.

 

Our actual 100th year will be celebrated with a meal (venue to be decided) on Thursday 24th November. We really hope that you will all join us on this very special date. 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.

 

There are a few nice outings being organized by the East Kent Federation. These include ;

A literary lunch on 7th April

Resolution meeting 11th April

Spring garden day 13th April

National Federation WI Annual Meeting 11th June

 

The details are on the Federation FB page or twitter. Any events that East Kent organize are best booked through us via Dilys. Please let us know if you need any further information.

 

If anyone would like to join in a book club please let us know.

We are in the process of arranging a Table Top sale in the VH. The tables will be £10. If you are interested or know someone who is please let Marcelle know asap. More details to follow.

 

Lastly for those of you that weren’t at the meeting I am afraid to tell you that Jean Parkin has had a stroke and is currently at Maidstone Hospital. I know that you will all be sending her your love and prayers. We will try to keep you up to date with her progress. Thinking of Jean and her family .

 

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

Angela xx

 

2022

February 10th walk from Red Lion 12.30

March  3rd monthly meeting Tony Cross

                                       March 16th Wednesday ACM Folkestone

Friday 25th March 7pm Quiz night

April 11th Resolution meeting

April 13th Spring Garden Day

May 11th Wisteria walk

May 19th 6.30 Chatham Synagogue

June 2nd Jubilee Garden Party

June 11th NFWI Annual Meeting

November 24th Centenary meal

 

Words by Angela Coleman

President

 

JANUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

January 2022

 Newsletter

 

Hello Ladies

Happy New Year

 

I hope that those who could make it enjoyed the meeting last week. I was so pleased to hear about a local business promoting everything we have locally. I hadn’t realized they had a shop in Dargate too. It was lovely to see so many of you and great to visit another new lady, Carrie.

Thank you all for testing and sticking to the covid rules. Lots of other WI’s have made the decision not to restart after Christmas. I really do not want to do this and if we are all vigilant , stick to the rules , try not to move about too much at the meetings and let me know immediately if we experience any symptoms we can keep Milstead w Frinsted open!

I know a few of you cannot attend for work/personal reasons and I fully respect this. I wish we could offer hybrid meetings with zoom for those ladies but I am afraid we do not have WIFI at the village hall. We hope to be able to welcome you back soon.

 

The February meeting is on the 3rd. Janet and Claire from Fancy Tat will be demonstrating reusing items to make new things. This fits in with the environmental theme for our February meeting. Members all over the country will be making green hearts to symbolize love for the planet , there will be ideas in your WI magazine and on the WI website. Basically it is anything from a biscuit to fridge magnet that symbolizes our love for nature and our planet. We could plant something out in our gardens or a house plant and take a photo. Whatever you like. You could also join us on a local walk starting at the Red Lion! This will be on either 9th or 10th starting at 12.30.

 

We have Tony Cross as our March speaker – it shouldn’t happen to a therapist!  then Donna (a committee member and bank manager) will be talking about Scams and Internet safety in April.

 

Our first fundraiser is booked for Friday 25th March . Steve and Sue will be doing

a quiz. The evening starts at 7pm for 7.30 start. It is £10 a head which will include a gorgeous buffet. 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! If your name isn’t on the list please call Marcelle or Angela.

 

We are visiting Chatham Synagogue on Friday 1st April, times etc to follow.

 

Other outings next year will include a visit to Downderry lavender nursery, Fort Amherst, and Pheasant Barn in Oare.

 

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee year we are having our Garden Party on Thursday 2nd June in Janice’s garden. We would love you to come in your finest garden party dresses or in Red White and Blue , crowns and tiaras optional!

 

There are a few nice outings being organized by the East Kent Federation. These include ;

A literary lunch on 7th April

Resolution meeting 11th April

Spring garden day 13th April

National Federation WI Annual Meeting 11th June

 

The details are on the Federation FB page or twitter. Any events that East Kent organize are best booked through us via Dilys. Please let us know if you need any further information.

 

Please call me  on  07729828959 if there is anything you want to know, about WI that is! Although I think I know about everything I am reliably informed that I don’t!!  

 

love from Angela xx

 

2022

February 3rd monthly meeting Show The Love

 March 16th Wednesday ACM Folkestone

Friday 25thMarch 7pm Quiz night

April 1st Friday Chatham Synagogue visit

April 11th Resolution meeting

April 13th Spring Garden Day

June 2nd Jubilee Garden Party

June 11th NFWI Annual Meeting

 

Wordy by Angela Coleman

President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

December 2021 Newsletter

 

Hello Ladies

 

Welcome to our two new visitors last week,  Sam and Jo. We all are so pleased to see you and hope that you felt welcome. We have been really blessed in the last few months to have 8 new ladies join us , we will get to learn your names! It is nice to have new faces. Please remember it is ‘your’ WI , if you want to ask a question or have any ideas  please talk to me or one of the committee. We want you to feel included.

 

 

 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 .We will continue to wear masks until we have further advice.  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!!

 

I hope that you all enjoyed Jo Arnell last week. She is just so gorgeous and calming. Next year we will arrange a wreath making session for those of you that would like that. Things like this obviously come with a charge.

 

Those of us that went to the Plough yesterday had a really good time. It was so nice to be out with you all. Great variety in the M gifts, I think the most inventive gift was Kate’s musical biscuit box. Great fun.

 

 

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 , there will be ideas in your WI magazine and on the WI website. Basically it is anything from a biscuit to fridge magnet that symbolizes our love for nature and our planet.

 

The March meeting will now be Tony Cross – it shouldn’t happen to a therapist

!!!  then Donna will be talking about Scams and Internet safety in April.

 

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!

 

If you would really like to visit the Chatham Synagogue in April but aren’t available in the daytime please let me know and I will change it to an evening visit. 2

 

Other outings next year will include a visit to Downderry lavender nursery, Fort Amherst, and Pheasant Barn in Oare. There will be a Garden Party to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in June and we will be celebrating our own Centenary year too.

 

The Committee and I would like to wish all of you a very happy Christmas and look forward to a having a very Happy 2022 with you all.

 

Please call me  on  07729828959 if there is anything you want to know, about WI that is – I am not available for Christmas  lunch advice or last minute gift ideas!!

 

love from Angela xx

 

 

 

 

2022

January 6th Monthly meeting 7.30pm

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

President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

November 2021 Newsletter

 

Hello Ladies

 

 

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

President

 

 

 

 

 

October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter

 

Hello Girls

 

 

What a great evening. There was such a happy feeling in the hall. I hope you enjoyed the speaker, I know a few of you had trouble hearing him at times. It was so nice to see Linda and Joyce too. Glad you decided to come back to us. Shame you missed it Pat, you would have enjoyed it !

Really great to welcome the four new visitors Helen, Lenaick, Sue and Beverley and Yvonne and Jenny who came last month too. Hope you were made to feel really welcome. When you want to join just see Dilys or myself and we can sign you up. You won’t regret it!!

 

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.

As I said last night 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!!

 

If you would like to meet for a coffee  on Tuesday 19th October at the Red Lion pub , Rawling St , Milstead at 11am please let us know asap. New ladies are very welcome to come along. Its always easier to get to know people in small groups.

 

Next month is our AGM , if you would like to join us on the committee please let myself or Marcelle know. It is a lot of fun for a bit of commitment, if you don’t fancy it that’s fine too. We are happy just as long as you are enjoying yourselves. If you have any ideas for speakers or outings please let me know. We will have a quiz or something after the brief formalities.

 

Then on Thursday 18th it is our 99th birthday party The entertainment is provided by Mandy Winters who is great fun, those who have seen her will remember her well. You will love her! . Hopefully you put your name on the party list. This year we are having fish and chips. I didn’t state at the meeting that you will have to pay for the fish and chips , they will cost £6 (approx.) We need to have the money at next month’s meeting please.

 

 

Obviously next year is our big one! Please let us know if you have any ideas for

the celebrations. As I said last month we will have to scale back on the celebrations but we will still mark the occasion accordingly. We will have more details soon.

 

Our December meeting on Thursday 2nd will have Jo Arnell, a landscaper and all round gorgeous person demonstrating making something for Christmas, hopefully we will all be able to make one too. Again we will need numbers please.

 

The Plough at Lewson Street is booked for our Christmas lunch on Sunday 5th December 12.30 . We will need a £10 deposit and the balance beforehand. I will let you know the price as soon as I can along with the menus. We will be doing the same game as last time, a gift costing no more than £5 . I have decided to change the letter as I searched for items beginning with I and I do not want any ice picks or iodine being brought in. So we will have 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.

 

I have booked two local ladies who are called Fancy Tat for the February meeting. In Feb the WI celebrates our love for our planet, symbolized by a Green Heart, this demonstration will support recycling and reusing. They will have items with them to sell.

 

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!

 

Barbara will be in touch soon with a film club night.

 

If you want us to start a new book club just let us know and we can arrange it .

 

Every year the East Kent Federation [whom we belong to] have their Annual Council meeting. This year it is 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. There is always a really nice atmosphere. Let me or Marcelle know if you are coming so we can book quickly. 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 on Friday 26th November where they will come along to talk to us and tell us how we can support them.  Where we hold the meeting will depending on numbers. Please let us know asap if you would like to attend. Following on from that if you have any safe, good quality home wear they are in desperate need at the moment.

 

Once again thank you so much for sticking with us over the last year, it hasn’t

been a great time but we have survived it and no doubt learnt a lot of things about ourselves! The committee will be meeting next week to discuss how we move forward safely.

 

 

 

See you all next month. If you need to ask anything call me on 07729828959

love from Angela xx

 

 

October 19th Tuesday coffee 11am Red Lion pub

November 4th AGM 7.30pm

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 – President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

 

September 2021 Newsletter

 

Hello Ladies

It was so good to see such an amazing turnout last night. It lets me know that we are doing the right thing restarting meetings again.

 

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.

As I said last night it might be a good idea to bring a throw or pashmina next month as we will need to keep windows open! When it snows we might have to close them!!

 

A huge welcome to the ladies that joined us last night for their first time, don’t worry I won’t talk so much next time!

 

Next month Thursday 7th October we have a speaker named Jack Dean, he was booked for last year. He is a Scotland yard forensic detective and promises to be very entertaining.

 

November 4th is our AGM. If you would like to join us on the committee please let myself or Marcelle know. It is a lot of fun for a bit of commitment, if you don’t fancy it that’s fine too. We are happy just as long as you are enjoying yourselves. If you have any ideas for speakers or outings please let me know. We are very happy to take suggestions.

 

On Thursday 18th it will be our 99th birthday party – yes we celebrate our birthday every year!! We have a fantastic singer , Mandy Winters, entertaining us. She is absolutely fabulous and a bit saucy! You will love her. We will behaving fish and chips, so we will need to know if you are attending. We will put a list out next month.  Obviously next year is our big one! Please let us know if you have any ideas for the celebrations. We will have to scale back on the celebrations but we will still mark the occasion accordingly. We will have more details soon.

 

Our December meeting on Thursday 2nd will have Jo Arnell, a landscaper and all round gorgeous person demonstrating making something for Christmas, hopefully we will all be able to make one too. Again we will need numbers please.

 

I have booked the Plough at Lewson Street for our Christmas lunch on Sunday 5th December 12.30 . We will need a £10 deposit. We will get menus as soon as possible. We will be doing the same game as last time, a gift costing no more than £5 starting with the letter I. Get thinking girls!

 

The January meeting on the 6th will have George Ward the Cheesemaker of Kent! Hopefully with lots of samples.

 

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!

 

Barbara will be in touch soon with a film club night.

 

Following our desert island book discussion last night these are some of the books mentioned:

Midnight Library Matt Haig

The Humans Matt Haig

A history of the world in 21 women Jenni Murray

Summer of 69 Elin Hilderbrand

A long walk home Judith Tebbutt

 

If you want to join a new book club just let us know and we can arrange it .

 

 

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.

 

Once again thank you so much for sticking with us over the last year, it hasn’t

been a great time but we have survived it and no doubt learnt a lot of things about ourselves plus lots of gardening!!

 

If you would like a WI diary at £5.50 please let me know before next  months’ meeting.

 

See you all next month. If you need to ask anything call me on 07729828959

love from Angela xx

 

 

October 7th monthly meeting

November 4th AGM

November 18th Birthday party

December 2nd monthly meeting

December 5th Christmas Lunch

January 6th Monthly meeting

Quiz night Friday 25thMarch 7pm

April 1st Friday Chatham Synagogue visit