Friday, 15 August 2014

A Most Perfect Afternoon

On Wednesday, the South Street WI celebrated its 60th birthday with a delightful afternoon tea, held in our usual meeting place of All Saints Hall, Whitstable. The meeting was well-attended and included a few visitors and some of the East Kent Federation women, also.

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The committee and planners really worked very hard to make it look as perfect as possible. Each table had its own vase of flowers, as well as a tray of sandwiches and another of cupcakes.

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Our master baker, Sally Cook produced these little cupcake beauties. We also had a lovely tray of scones, cream, and jam, so no one had to feel hungry or sugar-deprivation!

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Just before we had tea, we heard stories from Peter Barnett, a former entertainer on cruise ships for several years. His stories were really humorous and made us all laugh.


Peter gave away three of his CDs in a sort of quiz format. Peter sings, dances, and directs shows in various venues. He really gave us all a lift for the afternoon.

We also had a raffle, which provided a lot of good healthy produce as prizes, as well as a box of chocolates. We hope the next 60 years will be as successful for South Street WI as the past 60 have been. We always welcome new members and hope they’ll come and grow with us.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Bit Behind

Oh dear… this blogger is a bit behind in posting some of our goings-on lately. The truth is that we’ve all been really, really busy! So busy in fact that I’m not sure I can get it all in on today’s post!
First, apologies to our most active garden group for the delay in getting these outing photos posted. These ladies are really whirlwinds and seem to be on the go all the time! This first group of photos is from their day out in July to Godinton Gardens. Here’s what Jenny Roberts had to say about it:

“Twelve of us set off in three cars to meet with the head gardener Viv at two o' clock. The weather forecast was not good, but the rain held off until we got home.
Viv took us on a tour of the gardens. She also told us the history of the garden and what she was planning for the future. There was also a very interesting sculpture exhibition, but were we not tempted to buy when we saw the prices! After the tour we headed to the tea room for a drink and cake. Before we went home we looked round the walled garden and greenhouses. I think everyone had a good afternoon.”

Looks as if our garden group had a lovely afternoon.

A London Trip

On 6 August, our WI went on a City and Guilds tour to London. We boarded the coach at 8:30am and our first stop was St. Paul’s Cathedral. On the way across Tower Bridge we were stopped when the bridge opened to let a tall ship pass. Our coach driver said it was the first time in 14 years of crossing this bridge that he’d seen it go up — and we were right in front!


Then once we crossed the bridge, we passed the WWI display of ceramic poppies.  Once this display is finished, there will be a poppy for each life lost. The sea of poppies is currently 25% done, yet it stretched all the way around the Tower of London. It’s quite sobering to see this and contemplate the huge number of men (and a few women, too) who died in that conflict.

At St. Paul’s we only had time for a quick cup of coffee in the crypt and a “comfort stop”, then off to South Bank for lunch.

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But the reason for our trip was the tour of Buckingham Palace. This shot was taken as we drove through the park down the mall to the Palace.

Inside the Palace, we were able to tour all the magnificent state rooms, including the incredible dining rooms where kings and queens and presidents have dined. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any photographs inside the Palace, but we were all very much in awe of the beauty. There was a lot of gold, silk, and more.

We did get to walk through the gardens in the back when we were finished. Some of our happy shutterbugs got some lovely shots of the gardens, but at that point I was wondering if I’d make it out alive so my camera stayed put!! We made our way back to the coach about 5pm, tired and warm (the sun had come out) and feeling we’d had a very full day.

Here are a few more scenes of London and memories for a wonderful day spent with good friends: