Wednesday, 9 January 2019

We're BACK ONLINE! Our issues have been resolved, so please check this blog regularly for updates, and please feel free to leave comments. Thanks to all who have asked for this to be continued.

Our December 2018 meeting was a great success. Some of us really got into the spirit with Christmas jumpers and headgear.

And of course the usual Christmas food, too!

We were then treated to the most wonderful talk on Christmas traditions by the lovely Siobhan Clarke. She covered Christmas traditions from the 12th century with slides and lots of information on how the royal families have celebrated through the ages.

We learned that in 1681 it was against the law to say "Merry Christmas", thanks to the Puritans! And although Prince Albert was responsible for introducing the Christmas tree in the royal household of Queen Victoria, owing to his German roots, Queen Charlotte actually had one as early as 1792. The trees were often hung from the ceiling. 

Until the 1920s presents were exchanged only as small tokens (my how THAT has changed!) and often simply fruit. Ms. Clarke explained that German tradition is to open presents on Christmas Eve, a practice still followed by the royal family. She also said the Christmas card was started in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, followed by the invention of the Christmas cracker in 1847 by Thomas Smith, a London sweets maker. The talk was lively and very interesting!  

We had such a good time and are now looking forward to our next meeting (always the second Wednesday of each month at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm) and our annual New Year's lunch. This year the lunch will be held on 23rd January at the Marine Hotel. (Reminder: pre-paid only)


Friday, 8 June 2018

Notice: 

This blog is now CLOSED, due to the new data protection law which requires written permission from every person in every photograph. It is just too time consuming and cumbersome to continue with such a burden on our photographers and membership. I won't rant about how silly this is, and I do apologise for the loss of something many enjoyed.

It is my understanding that the existing posts can stand, but if you are  pictured and prefer to not be shown, please let me know immediately and I will delete the photograph. Send an email to info@southstreetwi.org.uk and include the date of the post and a description of the photograph you want deleted.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Visit to Bilsington for afternoon tea

Our members visited St. Augustine's Priory at Bilsington for a tour of the grounds, followed by tea.
After arrival we were shown into the priory building where an interesting talk was given about the history of the site.

The priory has been in existence for 800 years but it is thought that the site has been occupied for even longer. Archeological finds have included Roman water offering charms, a possible Viking necklace and it is rumoured that a chest of gold went missing here when the soldiers wages during the 100 years war was stored on the site.




 


We didn't find any treasure but made our way across the gardens and past the fish pond to the farmhouse conservatory for a really fabulous afternoon tea. 





One person said it was the best afternoon tea she had ever had!  During tea the current owner of the priory chatted to members about the estate.

A very enjoyable time was had by all!

Panto in April

Our WI had planned a Panto for December, but too many of the cast were ill (as were half the UK population!) so we had a little play but the real panto was  re-written and performed in April. It was definitely worth the wait as it was one of the best panto plays I've seen! The theme was Snow White but updated to include Easter, as the photos below will show.

We had the traditional Evil Queen who was jealous of poor maiden, Snow White.


We even had all the seven little men (well, almost seven). 


Honestly  it was hilarious, well written and well played. And most of all well-received by the audience, who clearly loved it! Our drama group always delivers an outstanding performance that makes the afternoon fun! And of course the glasses of prosecco help too!


Hey, we DO know how to have fun!



Wednesday, 14 March 2018

How the time flies....

Wow, it's been a very long time between posts, although I have to admit that no one seems to care much. No one has commented on the lag to me, at least.

It's not as if our group hasn't been busy, because we have... we've done skits, had lunches out, elected a new President (now Pam Lilley) and committee in November, listened to some very good speakers, and lots more. Here's just a couple of photos from a Christmas play.



Due to illness, we had to cancel a regularly scheduled panto but it will be presented at our April meeting. 

As an update for current events: 
  • our programme committee met this week and we are in the process of confirming some great programmes for next year (2019). We have to plan so far ahead to get the good speakers.
  • our Shutterbugs (photography interest group) have met regularly and will next journey for a lunch at a country pub. The last meeting we saw some videos on camera techniques that were very helpful.
  • our book clubs have been meeting regularly.
  • our Kent AGM is planned for later this month and several of our South Street WI members will attend.
  • our garden interest group is gearing up for visits to some lovely local gardens in the Spring and Summer.
  • we've added a second craft group, which has proven very popular.

There are always lots more going on for our members, so I hope to keep this blog updated more frequently. Please remember that we meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the All Saints Church Hall, 2pm. If you're not already a member, why not come along and meet our group? We're a  friendly bunch and new members and visitors are always welcome.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Our WI had an outing to Pashley Manor on Friday, 5th May.... we had a coach full! Although the weather was a little cool, everyone still enjoyed themselves. Fortunately, there were still more than a a few of the lovely tulips about. After all, it was the Tulip Festival!



These photos were all taken by Tracie Fulton, one of our members. She did an excellent job of capturing the day and the beauty of the gardens.



Pashley Manor is a privately owned garden, started in 1550, enlarged in 1770, and developed into today's gardens by the current owners and residents, Mr and Mrs James Sellick, who opened the gardens in 1992. They open the gardens to the public from April to September. Visitors can enjoy the cafe and gift shop also. For more information, go to http://www.pashleymanorgardens.com/.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Garden season begins!

Our WI garden group had a wonderful visit to Pheasant Farm in Oare, near Faversham on Monday, 10th of April. Although the wind was a little chilly, it was sunny and beautiful when we found ourselves sheltered from that wind.

Pheasant Farm is owned by the Neame family and they opened it for the National Garden Scheme (NGS), which operates in Kent every Spring. Most of the gardens in the NGS are privately owned and graciously opened to the public for donations to various charities. It's a real treat to be able to look into these lovely settings, so carefully and passionately prepared by their dedicated gardeners.

Next to the home is the picturesque church with fabulous views overlooking the estuary.

There were about 13 of us and were left to wander and wonder at our own pace.

Unfortunately, the timing was a bit off as the daffodils were fading, soon to be followed by the tulips. We saw some gorgeous tulips, though, in borders and pots and dramatically dotted around the gardens.

Here Ann was looking out to the estuary. What is not apparent from this photo, however, is that just a few feet beyond where she stood, the ground dropped sharply down to reveal a small orchard just below her.

Just liked the look of this keyring on the kitchen door!

This view was from the kitchen in the house. We thought it might be just a bit too chilly to sit outside for our lovely cream tea (see below) but I took this photo from the dining table where we sat inside, nice and snug and warm! 

And who could resist this lovely assortment of homemade jam, scones, bread, and brownies! Our WI certainly knows how to pick the best places to visit and to EAT!