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March 2018

Record of the WI Meeting on February 8th 2018
Welcome Gill welcomed 37 members , which included one new member who joined this evening, Linda Webb and we had 2 guests Jean Wilde, Iris’s friend and our speaker Sharron Jarvis. Fire exits pointed out and Jerusalem sung. Record of the last meeting on the table and no matters arising.
Secretary’s Report S F W I News p2 An article about the Suffolk show and the scarecrows and that our “ Mr Trump” caused alot of interest having his photo taken with many different children. P 7 A good poem to read. P 10 The skin and bones talk and members were asked if there was any interest in one ticket available. Possibly Carol Bird to join Betty, Dorothy and Jane G. I mentioned the 200 club again and managed to get the rest of the money and about 6 new members.
Financial Report Gwyneth explained what the ACWW box was for and that there was only £14.81p in it so asked members to approve increasing it to £45. Accepted.
President’s Report Gill thanked hostesses Dorothy and Betty ,who helped as Jenny unwell, and thanked them for the flowers and gave posies to Carrie, Jane Merritt, Yvonne and Patricia. A letter from Nick and Sue Stones was read out thanking the WI for all the work done for Mary’s funeral, which was much appreciated and the WI was given a donation of £100. Dorothy ,a good friend of Mary, then thanked Gill for organising the members to help with the food and gave her some flowers. A certificate ,sent to Dorothy, was read by Gill thanking us for 71.1 kilos of food bank items enough for 63 meals. We were then reminded that the food bank box was available again. Gill then reminded members of the bursary available and asked for names to be put in the box. Members were then asked to think of any ideas for fund raising and let us know.
Speaker Sharron Jarvis
Sharron then gave a short explanation of her work with dementia patients and handicapped people and how singing helped them. We then were encouraged to sing various songs, which I am sure most of us enjoyed and also felt better.
Carrie gave the Vote of Thanks and said that she certainly felt better after her singing. Refreshments followed.
Gill then asked if anyone might be able to create a fun and bright poster to promote the WI. Annie will possibly do this. Also any other ideas to promote the WI could be given to Committee members. Reminder that there will be no kurling on 13 th
June then ran the Raffle.
The next meeting Ruth Miller talking of her experience as a Foundling. March 8th
Meeting closed.

February 2018

Record of the WI Meeting on February 8th 2018
Welcome Gill welcomed 37 members , which included one new member who joined this evening, Linda Webb and we had 2 guests Jean Wilde, Iris’s friend and our speaker Sharron Jarvis. Fire exits pointed out and Jerusalem sung. Record of the last meeting on the table and no matters arising.
Secretary’s Report S F W I News p2 An article about the Suffolk show and the scarecrows and that our “ Mr Trump” caused alot of interest having his photo taken with many different children. P 7 A good poem to read. P 10 The skin and bones talk and members were asked if there was any interest in one ticket available. Possibly Carol Bird to join Betty, Dorothy and Jane G. I mentioned the 200 club again and managed to get the rest of the money and about 6 new members.
Financial Report Gwyneth explained what the ACWW box was for and that there was only £14.81p in it so asked members to approve increasing it to £45. Accepted.
President’s Report Gill thanked hostesses Dorothy and Betty ,who helped as Jenny unwell, and thanked them for the flowers and gave posies to Carrie, Jane Merritt, Yvonne and Patricia. A letter from Nick and Sue Stones was read out thanking the WI for all the work done for Mary’s funeral, which was much appreciated and the WI was given a donation of £100. Dorothy ,a good friend of Mary, then thanked Gill for organising the members to help with the food and gave her some flowers. A certificate ,sent to Dorothy, was read by Gill thanking us for 71.1 kilos of food bank items enough for 63 meals. We were then reminded that the food bank box was available again. Gill then reminded members of the bursary available and asked for names to be put in the box. Members were then asked to think of any ideas for fund raising and let us know.
Speaker Sharron Jarvis
Sharron then gave a short explanation of her work with dementia patients and handicapped people and how singing helped them. We then were encouraged to sing various songs, which I am sure most of us enjoyed and also felt better.
Carrie gave the Vote of Thanks and said that she certainly felt better after her singing. Refreshments followed.
Gill then asked if anyone might be able to create a fun and bright poster to promote the WI. Annie will possibly do this. Also any other ideas to promote the WI could be given to Committee members. Reminder that there will be no kurling on 13 th
June then ran the Raffle.
The next meeting Ruth Miller talking of her experience as a Foundling. March 8th
Meeting closed.

January 2018

As usual January blew in cold and wet but there was still a good turnout of members and after the routine business and presentation of birthday posies, and thanks to our hostesses the members settled down to hear our own Dorothy Readman give a talk on the Jam Factory that ran during the war years in Stradbroke. This was a war effort instigated under the auspices of the Ministry of Food but which was run by the Stradbroke W.I. A fine lady called Mrs Biddle wife of the local vicar was the President at this time and, as the excellent organiser that she was, instigated the start up of the jam factory in The Hay Barn in 1941. Fruit and sugar were purchased under the control of government licence and the ladies of Stradbroke set to and made their jam and later chutney which was sold locally at a fixed price . A great effort on behalf of the whole community providing workers ,storage space ,oil stoves and all that was needed for this enterprise ,we should be very proud of them all. Dorothy has researched this subject and written some of the history and details in a small book so if you would like to know just ask her I am sure she will be happy to answer your questions. Following the talk refreshments were served and naturally with jam as the evenings subject we served scones with jam and cream , absolutely scrummy . Our thanks to Dorothy for all her hard work in preparing this most interesting talk it was greatly enjoyed by all.
Our next meeting will be on February 8th when Sharron Jarvis will present Singing for health. Do come and join us you will be most welcome. 
Wishing you all a happy healthy 2018

Prue Rush