What we've been up to in 2011
We were treated to the delights of the Dick & Dave Digital Show, a series of beautiful and thought provoking visual sequences set to music in our January meeting.
In February Karen de Villiers gave us an introduction to yoga and then continued with a 6 week course that many members attended.
In March we dedicated the evening to Bulphan Memories. Many of our members brought in their old photos and historical items of interest to share with the rest of the group.
We hosted our 82nd birthday party in April and 2 guests from each institute in the Thames Group were invited to join us – and I think we had some paying guests too! This year’s theme was Desert Island Discs with our in house pianist Jon Coles providing the entertainment. 8 of our members chose their most memorable song and 8 guests chose one item they couldn’t do without. The committee also chose 8 songs we could all sing along to. We were welcomed with cocktails and enjoyed the excellent Hawaiian style food and the evening was another great success!
Our Outings Lady organised a special trip to the Olympic Site in May where we saw how the site is progressing, from the viewing tower and given an insight into how the whole area will be used after the Olympics finish.
We also had our Resolutions meeting in May and we had to give our votes on two issues to be taken to the annual meeting in Liverpool. The first resolution was to urge the government to maintain support for local libraries and all those at the meeting supported this. The second resolution asked us to urge the government to ensure planning permission is not granted for mega-farms (housed systems, larger in size than traditional dairy or pig farms) Robert Stacey; Chairman of Essex Farmers Union attended the meeting to give us the pros and cons of both traditional and mega-farming methods. Although there were several abstentions, no-one at the meeting voted for this resolution.
Our June meeting was an outing to Old Leigh. Despite the poor weather that day, many of our members joined us for a short walk and we were rewarded at the end of the evening with cake and tea supplied by the ladies of the Leigh WI.
The talents of our members never cease to amaze, when we brought our craft items for display and explanation in July. What huge amounts of beautiful and talented workmanship were on show. From this, we have persuaded one of our newer members to demonstrate her skill in making fascinators. Who would think that our group of members could produce such beautiful handiwork?
Linda Scoles came back to see us in August when she, once more, had us in stitches telling us “Everything You Need to Know About Sex”. We had quite a few visitors to this meeting. More practically, in September, the Manager of our local Waitrose store came and faced our questions on labelling, local sourcing etc. Members enjoyed an outing to Anglesey Abbey gardens and in October Glenys Chatterley regaled us with her adventures doing 12 things she needed to do before she was 50. Wing walking seemed pretty scary.
Our AGM is in November and we get see who will be President and who the committee will be.
We have gained several new members. We have enjoyed outings to Cirque de Soleil at Cliffs Pavillion, and some walks in Belhus woods and Warley Place.
All members that were tea hostesses have supplied us with delicious cakes which have made our meetings even “sweeter”. Another great year of fun and friendship at Bulphan WI.