December 2015 Christmas Party

Christmas came early to the Stradbroke WI as the members gathered in their finery to enjoy the Christmas supper. Mulled wine or a cranberry drink welcomed the ladies and their companions to the festivities and they were shown to their beautifully set and decorated tables ready for the excellent meal to be served by Steve Hambling and his lovely staff. All were welcomed to the evening by Gill Bird our newly elected President who had also been the main architect of the evenings presentation and activities along with her also newly elected committee. At this point all of the above had crossed fingers that all went well for their first joint effort. Dear reader it did all go well, much laughter and chatter, not to mention good food and company made sure of that. After the meal June Hampson was awarded the competition cup and Pat Marlow was presented with her 200 club winnings, and birthday buttonholes were presented to June Hampson and Phyllis Gunn. The entertainment was organised by Charmaine Cooper who organised members and friends in a WI themed rendition of the 12 days of Christmas, it was hilarious and an immediate encore was called and so we did it all again. A numbers based slightly quirky quiz followed which had us all scurrying about to present an accurate and interesting answer for instance finding 10 black teeth was answered by presenting a black comb. The raffle was drawn and Stuart Gemmill gave a vote of thanks to the committee on behalf of all present. The evening closed with everyone grovelling under their chairs to see if they had a coloured spot and could take home the plant decorating their table

Prue Rush

November 2015 Report

The Annual Meeting, not usually the most eagerly awaited in our calendar, was rather special this year, as our Secretary Dianne Maynard had the brilliant idea that everyone should wear a hat. Her wish was granted, and members arrived wearing hats of every colour, shape and style, and they all looked amazing. The reason for turning on the style was to brighten the mood, for it was the evening we were saying goodbye to three people who are held in high regard, our President Dorothy Readman, our Secretary Dianne Maynard, and our Treasurer Betty Chittock, as they were all retiring after lengthy terms in office. Also attending the meeting was Andrea Davies our W. I. Advisor, who came to conduct the voting procedure. In her report during the business section of the meeting, Dorothy gave a resume of the year, and thanked everyone for their support and help during her four years in office. Dianne delivered the Committee's Report, and Betty gave her final statement. Both thanked members for their help and support during their terms in office. Jane Merritt was awarded The President's Cup by Dorothy, for her outstanding service during the year. A special gift of thanks was presented to Dougie Chittock, who was also retiring after many years of supporting us in so many ways. His cheery smile and happy demeanour will be much missed by us all. To mark our 90th Anniversary, members received a newly minted 2015 2p coin in a most effective setting. Gill Bird then received the badge of office from Andrea Davies, having been elected as the new President for the coming year. Serving with her, her Committee, Jane Gemmill, Gwyneth Harris, June Hampson, Carol Darling, Lorraine Dunn, Prue Rush and Patricia Woodward. They were wished every success. Dorothy, Dianne and Betty received bouquets from the committee, with their love and thanks, and Annie Harbrow gave a warm and moving vote of thanks to them on our behalf. We all then enjoyed a much needed cup of tea, coffee and cake.

WI Committee Retirees The New Committee

Gill Bird.

October 2015 Report

Our President Dorothy Readman welcomed everyone to what was a very well attended meeting, and because we were all awaiting a much anticipated demonstration, business was kept to a minimum. After the announcements, Jennifer gave a report on the Centenary Picnic held at Glenham Park on September 16th the actual date that the W.I. was formed one hundred years ago. She told us that it poured with rain, causing members to set aside their finery, and settle for wellies, decorative of course, jodhpurs and rainwear. This however didn't dampen spirits, and in true W.I. spirit the party went ahead and was thoroughly enjoyed. Members then settled down to watch Dionne and Rachel from 'Defining Radiance,' artists in make-up, demonstrate their art by giving one lucky member a make-over. It was Moyra's lucky night. Whilst Rachel performed her artistry, Dionne gave information and advice on the products they used, and of the courses they ran. Both Dionne and Rachel answered the many question put to them by members, the answers of which would undoubtedly send many home to discard all their old make-up. As Rachel put down her brush for the final time, her magic was revealed. Moyra looked lovely. She had been given a very subtle, soft and dewy look which suited her beautifully. She was delighted and wished she hadn't got to go home and go to bed. Everyone really enjoyed the evening, and there could be a pathway forming to 'Defining Radiance' in the near future. Jane Gemmill gave the vote of thanks on our behalf

Gill Bird.

September 2015 Report

We welcomed Andrea Davies, our area advisor, to our September meeting. She explained the role of the committee and urged members to consider putting themselves forward for election at the AGM in November.
Our speaker for the evening was Peter Banham, who's topic was "Old Sayings and Origins". He gave each member one or two cards with well known sayings on and asked us to read them out in turn, give the meaning and then asked us to guess the origin. Did you know, for example, that "putting a spanner in the works" came from the early days of car production by Ford in America? Apparently, the coffee breaks were infrequent and, when the workers on the line wanted a rest, someone would "accidentally" drop a spanner into the machinery, causing a halt in proceedings until a mechanic had located the problem! "Money for old rope" had us all puzzled. Peter explained that many years ago, when sailors were due to go on leave, the old frayed pieces of rope that had been replaced, were handed out so that the men could sell them and make themselves some extra money.
It was all very entertaining, and when Prue Rush gave a vote of thanks, she reminded us that Peter had asked for a contribution towards the St Elizabeth Hospice in lieu of a fee, and asked members to make a small donation.
Next month we have a make-up artist giving a talk and demonstration; the competition will be a vanity mirror.
Carol Darling

August 2015 Report

Our monthly meetings are far from quiet, but at our August meeting an air of calm could clearly be detected, all due to Hattie with her cello. After welcoming members and visitors and with the business completed, Dorothy introduced us to our speaker the musician Harriet Bennett. She was a joy to listen to. Coming from a musical family, (her parents both played in the famous Halle Orchestra) she told us in a lively and humorous way of her life steeped in music, and her love of the cello. The cello had once belonged to her father and was often played by Sir John Barbirolli the conductor of the Halle Orchestra to demonstrate what he required from his musicians. Her love of music has taken all over the world, and she interspersed her talk by playing well known pieces by Schubert Tchaikovsky and Saint- Saens, to name but a few. As Hattie played the calm descended, and members were clearly moved by her music. Hattie who lives in Felixstowe, with her talented musical family nearby, organises many festivals. Her 'Music of Felixstowe 'Festival is now in its fifteenth season. We all loved Hattie. Prue Rush gave a moving vote of thanks.

In September we welcome Peter Banham with his talk on 'Old Sayings and Origins' Why not join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

July 2015 Report

On a warm summer’s evening we welcomed Wendy Jary from Federation to our Summer Meeting, the most relaxed meeting of the year. Members arrived to be greeted with a refreshing glass of punch, and the sight of prettily laid tables decked with beautiful garden roses, and surrounding a centrepiece of magical woodland fairies. The fairies were a delight, in iridescent colours of every hue, and the setting was superb. It really set the scene for the evening. The committee as in past years served a buffet supper, this year of cold meats and salads followed by an array of delicious desserts and coffee. There was no need for speakers or entertainment the hall just buzzed with happy chatter and laughter. Wendy Jary our guest for the evening gave a very warm vote of thanks to everyone for inviting her, and to everyone concerned in creating such a lovely evening. Special thanks to the committee for all their endeavours.

June 2015 Report

A bright and busy evening started with our President Dorothy Readman requesting that we stand to sing Jerusalem, but not before telling us that the last time she sang it was the previous week on June 2nd at Buckingham Palace. More later.After her welcome address, Dorothy presented the birthday posies and a beautiful basket of flowers from the Maynard Floristry to June Hampson to congratulate her and her husband Allan on their Golden Wedding Anniversary.Many congratulations from us all.
Before commencing her secretarial report, Dianne now our fashion guru, went retro as she regaled us with facts about her evenings outfit. She informed us that, that very morning she had heard from the Paris Catwalks that shoulder pads were back in fashion,as in Paris in 1988. We were all impressed!
After news of the Centenary Picnic at Glenham Hall, the visit to Holkham Hall and the challenge by Halesworth W.I. to a Kurling match, it was time for Dorothy to tell us all about her visit to Buckingham Palace, where she attended a Garden Party in the presence of HRH Duchess of Cornwall, HRH the Countess of Wessex and HRH Princess Alexandra to mark the 100 anniversary of the W.I. It was very clear from what she told us, that in spite of the weather it had been a wonderful, friendly and exciting day and how proud she was to have represented Stradbroke W.I.
On a pleasant June evening our speaker's subject was Leprosy, not a topic we thought we would enjoy, but how wrong we were. The softly spoken Linda Culwick, with the aid of projected photographs gave us a really interesting talk. It centred round the 'Anandaban Leprosy Mission' in Nepal. 'Anandaban translates into 'The Forest of Joy'.Wonderful work was done there by the staff, transforming people suffering from this awful disease, who had little or no selfesteem, into brighthuman beings with a purpose in life. Linda told us that Leprosy was now easily curable by a multi drug therapy if caught in time. Sadly superstitions still persisted in places, and people who contracted leprosy still thought they had been cursed as a punishment, were banished and did not then seek help.Lindathen informed us that the recent earthquake had caused major damage to the hospital, but the resilient staff had erected tents where once there had been wooden buildings, and it was business as usual. Prue Rush gave a moving vote of thanks to Linda, and stated that it was not often that Stradbroke W.I. could be silenced, but through the sheer interest created by her talk she had managed it, as you could have heard a pin drop.

Thurs. July 9th 'Summer Meeting' when we meet at 6 pm. in the Community Centre. Gill Bird.

May 2015 Report

Our President welcomed members to our May Meeting and sent good wishes to those who were poorly after which we sang Jerusalem. Our WI meeting was also short of members due to the Service being held in the Church, but nevertheless the 19 members that turned out on a wet evening enjoyed themselves. A Birthday Buttonhole was taken by a member for Carol Philpot's Birthday as unfortunately she was too poorly to attend the meeting.
The Secretary and President gave out business matters, which included details of a planned outing in September to Holkham Hall, a hymn that David Streeter had written for our 90th Anniversary and the results of the very good litter pick that we carried out in the month of March – collecting 6 very large bags of rubbish and a huge number of bottles etc in the village. We had also held a Ballot for a Bursary which Lorraine won and she told us that she wanted to do a cookery course and hopefully will go to Denman for the course there.
Congratulations were given to Sue Gray who had been presented with a basket of roses and a card from all members for her 80th Birthday in April. Prue Rush kindly took us through this year's Resolution Paperwork concerning 'Failing to Care – Assessment of need in long term care'. After the introduction and much discussion a vote was taken which upheld this resolution which will be taken to the AGM to be held in the Albert Hall in June.
We held a Beetle and Beatles evening and had a thoroughly enjoyable and noisy time. Gwyneth Harris was the winner and Vera Dowsett got the booby prize of an Easter Egg. This was followed by tea, coffee and the draw of the raffle.
Next month's Meeting is a talk on Leprosy by Linda Culwick and the Competition is a single flower.
Dorothy Readman - Stradbroke WI temporary Publicity Lady

April 2015 Report

Our April Meeting was very well attended and everyone was in good spirits. None more so than our President Dorothy Readman who was quite literally in the pink, and why not she and her husband Dennis were celebrating their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Many congratulations. In the business this month Dorothy reported that 54 items knitted by members, had been delivered to the Neo-Natal unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, and were gratefully received. Also the Litter Pick in the Village was now well underway, and to date two large refuse sacks had already been filled. Dianne once again had her head hunting hat on, as she urged members to come forward to fill the committee posts that will become vacant in November. A new Press Officer is also being sought. The Stradbroke Festifull will soon be upon us and we are happy to report that the new bunting is now ready! We have all at some time had a blood test, and watched as the sample phial was labeled ready for dispatch to the Pathology Lab, and then waited the necessary few days for the results. But what happens to that blood in those interim days at the Path Lab? We were about to find out. Our speaker for the evening was Alex Holmes, a Bio Scientist from The Ipswich Hospital. In an interesting and engaging talk Alex gave us an insight into her work, telling us how technology and procedures have changed over the years. Huge machines have now taken over most of the manual work, and do all the testing, but the final assessment is still done by Bio Scientists like her. She amazed us with statistics, one of which was the number of tests carried out by the health service last year, a staggering 800,000,000. The NHS has its problems, but it was so good to hear Alex say that she never ceases to be excited about her work, and aren't we glad. After a lively questions and answer period Alex was thanked on our behalf by Prue Rush.

March 2015 Report

We were delighted to welcome Mark Mitchels as our special guest speaker for the March Meeting. His subject Elizabeth Garrett Anderson'. Knowing his popularity as a speaker, we invited members of the public to join us for the evening, to have the opportunity to hear this very knowledgeable man, and many did. Mark didn't disappoint, his talk was superb, his enthusiasm amazing, and we learned so much more about this inspirational trail blazing woman, whose motivation knew no bounds. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became the first female Physician and Surgeon in Great Britain, and in later years the nation's first female Mayor. Not surprisingly Elizabeth came from a very comfortable and supportive family and her entrepreneurial father Newson Garrett was responsible for building the Snape Maltings and much of what we see in Aldeburgh today. Mark gave us a truly absorbing, interesting, and enjoyable evening. Prue Rush thanked him on our behalf.

Gill Bird

February 2015 Report

12th February 1925 -------Onwards and upwards

It was smiles all around as we gathered for our February Meeting, as for us it was a rather special one. It was the official anniversary of the founding of Stradbroke W.I. 90 years ago, even coinciding with the actual date and day. Cause for a second celebration, (the main one being held last December) with more Bucks Fizz and birthday cake. We were delighted that Andrea Davies our W.I. Advisor was able to join us for this very special evening. President Dorothy Readman warmly welcomed members, our guest Andrea Davies, and our visitors Jackie, Julie and Patricia. As the business which was brief got underway, we were delighted to hear that Betty had been a winner in the Federation 200 Club. Members were asked to endorse plans to send a donation to our 2015 Charity 'The Air Ambulance' and also to give a Bursary to a member who wishes to take a course to further their knowledge or craft. The lucky winner will be decided by a ballot. Members were also reminded that there would be a Food Bank Collection at our March Meeting. At Dorothy's invitation, Andrea gave a short address, firstly congratulating us on our 90th Anniversary, and wishing us every success in the coming years. She was very generous in her praise for us, and in particular for June Hampson our programme planner, for the very varied and interesting programme she had created for both last year and the current one. 2016 is looking good too. Take a bow June! We say cheese when we smile, and we really did smile and laughed a lot as Jason Salisbury from 'Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses' took to the floor and gave us a most entertaining and absorbing account of his life as a herdsman (a somewhat see-saw life). A man who loved his cows and his work, who had encountered hard times losing both his job and home, all due to pressures in the Milk Marketing Industry. With sheer tenacity he fought back, and with the aid of his very loyal wife, and the passage of time, now Owns and runs 'Suffolk Farm Cheeses' and produces 28 tonnes of cheese a year. Cheese that is sold nationwide, and enjoyed in famous hotels as far afield as Hong Kong. Having heard all about the cheese we were then invited to try some. The mice didn't get a look in! Prue thanked Jason on our behalf for an engaging talk. The cheese consumed, we then moved on to birthday cake, Bucks Fizz, coffee and tea. Finally a hearty chorus of Happy Birthday was sung, followed by what else? Jerusalem. We all agreed that it had been a most happy, enjoyable, and memorable evening.

Advance Notice - Come and hear Mark Mitchels superb talk on 'Elizabeth Garrett Anderson' on 12th March at 7.30pm. Everyone Welcome Non- members £3.00

December/January 2015 Report

WI-cake-iconIt was Gala Night on the 18th December, and for us it was a double celebration. We were celebrating Stradbroke W.I. 90th Anniversary, together with our Christmas Dinner. It was Party Night! To celebrate our 90 years, Dorothy and Sue Gray had compiled memorabilia of Stradbroke which they displayed for everyone to enjoy. We were delighted to welcome Jane Collier our Federation Chairman and Gillian Slaughter from the Federation Executive as our special guests for the evening, and together with members and their guests, they entered a Community Centre that had been transformed into a festive party scene. Balloons and crackers adorned the tables in the themed colours of purple, pink and silver. Candelabra's of flowers and balloons, beautifully arranged by Dianne, and trees of frosted tortured Hazel fronted the curtains. The stage was decked with swags of spruce and more balloons, and of course a Christmas tree. It all looked lovely. 90th celebrations and gala dinner 6 20150111 1024637548There was truly a Gala Raffle, with superb prizes of champagne, £25.00 M&S, voucher, a beautiful basket of wine and cheese and another of fruit, a large box of chocolates and to top it all a bottle of red wine. Taking pride of place in the room was our Birthday Cake, which was absolutely delicious, and for which we have to give a huge thank you to Moyra for making it for us. A superb three course dinner was served by Steve Hambling and his staff, after which our President Dorothy Readman gave a short address before making the Annual Awards. Moyra and Jane Collier were then invited to cut the cake, and Jane proposed the toast to Stradbroke W.I. The cake was enjoyed amidst a popping of corks and lots of bubbly. Songs from the 1920s 30s and 40s were sung accompanied by Dougie on his keyboard, and from the 50s onwards by music compiled by John Dowsett. Allan Hampson spoke for everyone when he warmly thanked Steve and his catering staff for serving such a delicious meal. As the evening drew to its conclusion all the balloons on the stage were simultaneously burst, so we really did go out with a bang. Special thanks to the committee for all their hard work and to Don, Dougie, Jeff and Michael the dedicated husbands whose help we value so much. Finally, a huge thank-you to all those of you who helped with the clearing up in the Community Centre.

See more photos in the Gallery

January 2015

The start of another year and a busy one in prospect. Moyra opened the meeting by giving a very generous thank you to the committee for all their hard work in arranging the very successful Gala dinner. Dorothy then welcomed everyone with a New Year Greeting and we got underway with the business. Dianne pressed home the point, that at the end of this year The President, Secretary and the Treasurer, would be retiring from the committee, and that without members coming forward to stand for committee and fill these rolls, there would be no more W.I. Members were invited to shadow officers to acquaint themselves with procedures if it would help them make the decision to come forward. In February we will be having a table top sale of new unwanted items, so remember to bring them along to the meeting. A letter from Dougie was read, in which he thanked everyone for his gift. This being our 90th year Dorothy gave a short resume of the founding of Stradbroke W.I. which we celebrated with a Gala dinner in December. However our next meeting actually coincides with the very date, the 12th February our founding documents were signed. To mark the event Dorothy has suggested a short walk on this date to visit the Three White Birch Trees we donated to the village as a memento of the occasion. The walk will commence at 10.30 am from outside the Church. Please come. To celebrate on the night we will be having the rest of our birthday cake together with some Bucks fizz. For the rest of the evening it was Bunting and Buns, and with scissors at the ready we started on the mammoth task of making the bunting for the Stradbroke Festifull, with necessary breaks for tea, coffee and of course the buns.

Gill Bird

 

Christmas came early to the Stradbroke WI as the members gathered in their finery to enjoy the   Christmas supper. Mulled wine or a cranberry drink welcomed the ladies and their companions to the festivities and they were shown to their beautifully set and decorated tables ready for the excellent meal to be served by Steve Hambling and his lovely staff. All were welcomed to the evening by Gill Bird our newly elected President who had also been the main architect of the evenings presentation and activities along with her also newly elected committee, at this point all of the above had crossed fingers that all went well for their first joint effort. Dear reader it did all go well, much laughter and chatter, not to mention good food and company made sure of that. After the meal June Hampson was awarded the competition cup and Pat Marlow was presented with her 200 club winnings, and birthday buttonholes were presented to June Hampson and Phyllis Gunn. The entertainment was organised by Charmaine Cooper who organised members and friends in a WI themed rendition of the 12 days of Christmas, it was hilarious and an immediate encore was called and so we did it all again. A numbers based slightly quirky quiz followed which had us all scurrying about to present an accurate and interesting answer for instance  finding 10 black teeth was answered by presenting a black comb. The raffle was drawn and Stuart Gemmill gave a vote of thanks to the committee on behalf of all present.  The evening closed with everyone grovelling under their chairs to see if they had a coloured spot and could take home the plant decorating their table

Prue Rush

Our January meeting began with our new President and Secretary sitting at the top table sporting L plates. By the end of a very successful evening, these could be safely dispensed with.

Business was kept to a minimum with the aid of information boards on each table.

Birthday buttonholes, beautifully made by our hostesses of the evening, Jane Johnson and Vivienne Goffee, were presented.

Our speaker for the evening was our WI member Prue Rush, giving us an account of the second part of her journey through her nursing training. As a newly qualified Staff Nurse, she was given her uniform, including dog collar and bonnet. She told us how proud and important she felt in her new post, until, at the end of the first day on the ward, she was called urgently to an emergency in the bathroom, where she was unceremoniously  dropped into a bath of cold water.

She gave a very amusing account of some of the cases she dealt with, including one poor soul who was in a state of alcohol withdrawal, and had to be given a drip containing a measured amount to keep him calm. She concluded with her move back to Suffolk with twenty five years as the surgeries’ Practise Nurse. I am sure this would make a  wonderful third talk, but might be a little too revealing for some people!

The vote of thanks was given by Caroline Traylen.