Monday, 23 March 2015

A Tisket a Tasket a Pink Craft Basket

We're getting ready for our Annual Council Meeting this week. We're meeting in Margate and it should be a good one if the last one is any measure! Michael Portillo will be the keynote speaker and I'm sure he will be quite entertaining.

In addition to the speaker, we also conduct a little business with proper delegate voting and usually have some other form of entertainment. 

At each ACM, there is also some Women's Institute merchandise for sale and other fun things on offer. This year the WIs are also doing baskets. Each WI in our East Kent Federation is invited to create a basket that will be sold for £5 or £10 as a fund-raising effort. The last time I bought a very colourful basket with lots of sewing goodies. For this week's basket, I created a craft basket. Here's a photo of some of the contents:

These are craft items used by card makers and scrapbookers. The assortment includes stamps, punches, embossing powder, card blanks, and lots more. The value of this basket is easily £50 or more. Someone will be getting a real bargain.

And this is the way it looks now.... all tied up with pink ribbons. It's very festive looking, I hope, and will attract a buyer.

Our WI members are all very creative and crafty, both in the South Street WI and across the WIs in the East Kent Federation. No doubt there will be lots of these beautiful (and good value!) baskets on offer.

We're looking forward to a great meeting and seeing old friends. When you have a room with about a thousand women, there will be a lot of chatting going on! We'll have more photos, soon.

Friday, 6 March 2015

After the Fact

This post is just a little late, but on 12 February, some of us treated our past-President, Gill, to lunch at Birdie's restaurant in Whitstable.
Gill looking quite happy

The restaurant was quite small for all (15?) of us but they coped reasonably well. We were split into two tables, but were so close that conversation between the tables was not a problem. 

Gill had served our WI as President for two years. During that time, we've had many successes, and not least because of her steady hand. She was always willing to help out with every task and with a welcoming smile. Under her Presidency, we installed the panel on the Crab and Winkle Way (our Jubilee project). Gill handed over the reins to Ingrid now, who is also a long-time WI member and will keep us in safe hands. Gill plans to continue as a member, also, so we may miss her at the front of the meeting but we'll still have her with us.