Monday, 21 March 2016

New Year's Lunch

January 2016: We had our annual New Year's Lunch at the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate again. As always, the Walpole gives us a fantastic meal and everyone really enjoys it.

We had two coaches for this outing, so we filled the entire restaurant. The service was good, although I don't know how they do it. Managing a group our size is no easy feat! Yet the food arrived on time, hot, and with no complaints from us!

As usual, I forgot to take photos of the starters and main courses, but I did manage to get a couple of the desserts.

We are a chatty bunch and this event was no exception. After such a great meal, however, and of course the all-important glass of wine, we were a little quieter on the coaches going home!

A great day out!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Just a little update

I can't believe we've fallen so far behind in our postings for our WI. It's a bit hard when it's a one-person job but I do my best to get others to contribute photos and text. I'll try to catch up now, but don't forget that you can view back issues of our monthly newsletters if you go to our regular website: anytime.

Our annual meeting was in November, where we elected our committee (and added a couple of new members). In December, we had great entertainment from our drama group. They always provide us with a wonderful event and this month they wrote and presented a hilarious panto titled "Cinderella, Sort Of". Here's the summary from our secretary, Pat Morrell:

Cinders lives with her step mother, father  (both who don't have a part but are referred to), and her two sisters Chardonnay and Beaujolais.  Cinders wants to join the WI but the sisters won't let her. They are both awful to her, of course.

The King & Queen want their son the Prince to marry because they are running out of money, i.e. Simon Cowell has bought the royal carriage and they have been reduced to live in Tankerton Castle. The prince only wants a babe for a wife but can't find one suitable. Because he loves cake the royals decide to hold a cake making competition ball inviting all of East Kent's WIs incorporating it with the WI Centenary. Whoever makes the best cake can marry the Prince.

Cinders was at home on the day of the ball, sad because she really wanted to go, when her fairy godmother appears, explains who she is and that she has only been a fairy godmother for a few weeks she was on probation, she left her last job as a traffic Warden in Whitstable because she didn't like the uniform.  Her wand was connected to the world wide web and she gets all her spells from Amazon.  She produced a cake and a dress for Cinders and gets her to the ball, but states she has to be in by 10.30pm.  Cinders asks why because its always 12o'clock in other pantos, but of course this is the WI and we don't stay out late!

The Prince meets Cinders at the ball and likes what he sees but she runs off when Chardonnay and Beaujolais turn up.  He finds her of course and they get married.

And a few photos:

As you can see, our dramas are quite a lot of fun and a great production!

In January, our speaker was Melanie Gibson-Barton, who spoke on Bruges. Unfortunately, we have no photos but everyone has said how much they enjoyed her inspirational "tour" of Bruges.

In February, our speaker was Anthea Bryant, who spoke about Jane Austen. Again, no photos but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the talk.

And in March, David Harper gave us a slide show on "The Silk Road", the ancient network of trade routes beginning in China in about 200 BC, which brought many exotic goods and spices to the West. 

In April, our speaker is Len Howell, who will tell us everything to know about Dover Castle. At each meeting, we have a competition based on a theme, along with a flower competition. 

Our various sub-groups have also been busy: book clubs, garden group, drama group, craft group, and photography. The photography group, known as "Shutterbugs" has met several times to exchange photographs and photography tips, and we're looking forward to getting out and about a bit more when the weather is better. I'm sure the gardening group will soon be making their garden visits as well. And next month (April) is our big quiz night, which is always fun and lots of laughs.

If you're looking for an active, interesting, and friendly group of women, you are most welcome to join us. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, always at 2pm at All Saints Hall in Whitstable. We've welcomed many new members this year and more are always equally welcome!