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September 2018

This month was an open meeting when the members are able to invite friends and family to come as a one off visit to hear the speaker for the evening and as the doors opened the ladies and their guests descended buying their raffle tickets and settling in for the evening. Gill and Jane lead us through the usual offices ,presenting the birthday buttonholes welcoming our visitors and of course singing Jerusalem. Now it was time to introduce our speaker for the evening.

Jo Statham had come to talk to us about Alfred Hitchcock and his films. Equipped with a clicker and a microphone and her computer fired up we were introduced to the world of the master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was of course famous for his psychological thrillers with the odd grisly murder thrown in at unexpected times causing the audience to gasp and jump. He had a recipe for success that usually included the wrong man being murdered and a beautiful blonde heroine running scared through the film and sometimes she too would be murdered by the local psychopath. Jo told us that Hitchcock was a perfectionist pushing hard and reshooting scenes until the scenes were to his liking. He liked to keep his favourite team around him, producer, cameraman and costume designer. This last was a lady called Edith Head who produced beautiful simple clothes for the actors so that the clothes worked for the character but did not become more important than the plot, she also designed for many film stars including Grace Kelly who appeared three times in Hitchcock films. Throughout the talk Jo showed us clips of famous films such as Psycho and The Birds to demonstrate the famous mans’ techniques at creating tension and suspense throughout the story. One of the best ways this was done was with the music , much like jaws although that has nothing to do with Hitchcock. Bernard Herman was a favourite here and he had a penchant for screeching violins, enough to put anybodys nerves on edge. We learned about his story boards where every move and word were drawn out before any film could be shot ,not an easy man to work for but his films are still enjoyed today routinely scaring each new generation of film buffs.

At the end of the talk Jennifer thanked Jo for a fascinating evening and wished her a safe journey home !!  Refreshments followed with cake and tea or coffee along with the odd glance into the darker corners of the room. The raffle was drawn and the evening drew to a close. The ladies left in groups and twos as they disappeared into the night. They all arrived safely home you will be pleased to hear.

Our next meeting will be on October 11th when Paige Langton from the Dogs Trust will be our speaker for the evening, come and join us and see what you think of us.    Prue Rush

August 2018

August 9th and after weeks of endless sunshine the heavens opened to soak the parched countryside. Of course it did it was the evening of the W.I. summer meeting and rain is positively traditional for the occasion. However, the elements did not win as after years of ducking the weather for this outdoor event we have cunningly changed our garden meetings to indoors ,simple but effective. The community centre is decorated with flowers and attractive table settings, we are warm and dry with lots of good food all organised by the ladies of the committee.
As the members gathered for the evening they were greeted with a Pimmsor a soft drink and encouraged to buy a raffle ticket or two as they chatted together waiting for the main event to commence. It has to be said that our members are a pretty smart bunch and really get into the summer theme as they come dressed fit for a garden party at Buck House, lovely. A few safety notices and a splendid rendition of Jerusalem then the feasting commenced.
There was a lovely summer buffet of salads, meat ,cheese and bread rolls followed by some scrumptious desserts and more cheese and biscuits, plenty for everyone and pretty much all home made, we have yet to master cheese making and bread making takes forever. All this followed by tea and coffee and supported by some music from the 60s and 70s which had a few ladies moving in interesting ways and throwing some impressive shapes ,still got it.
The evening passed quickly , the raffle was drawn and slowly the members left the party and made for home the rain having stopped . It was a good evening and thanks to all the workers and all who joined in the fun.
Our next meeting will be on September 13th when Jo Statham will give a talk on Alfred Hitchcock films, this is an open meeting so non members are welcome to join us , there will be a small charge for refreshments. Come and try us out you just might like us. Prue Rush

July 2018

We all met on a balmy summer evening ready for another interesting evening with the W.I.AsGill was away Carol our Vice President stood in for the evening and, after the usual offices, we sang Jerusalem and saw the birthday posies safely presented. A slight change from our usual procedures had Carol introducing our speaker at the start of the meeting and so we settled in to listen to Sheila Harrison talk to us on the subject of Village People.
Some of us sat back and waited for the music to start and to see and hear about the Indian chief, the fire fighter, the sailor, and so on who made up the group famous for singing about the Y.M.C.A. but hold hard we enjoyed instead a beautifully told story about the lives, works, and general history of the folks who lived in Weston Longville, a village a few miles outside of Norwich. According to the census of 1801 there were 365 people, 2 pubs, 1 shop and a blacksmith. Her main character was Parson James Woodford who was all things to his congregation, landowner,employer, spiritual guide, and the person most turned to for help and guidance. We learned about the social hierarchy from the Squire down to the farmers, the labourers, and the lowest of all, the skipjack or backhouse boy.The lives of the housemaids and scullery maids, the manservants,all of whom worked very hard and were poorly paid. Disease was rife and tuberculosis along with smallpox were a deadly pair waiting to take off the weak, the young, and the elderly. The crimes of the day sounded familiar,robbery, burglary, smuggling, and even drink driving when in charge of a horse or horsedrawn vehicle. So nothing new there but perhaps we don’t see too many drunk pigs these days !! The entertainment was usually homemade but boosted by visiting fairs and freak shows where deformed people were displayed for the delectation of the villagers, I guess we can’t criticise when you think of the oddball TV programmes we have available today. Sheila held us enthralled through the evening and gave us a very enjoyable insight to the life of our ancestors.
As we moved to the refreshment table for a cheerful chat, we realised how glad we were to have been born in this era, well most of the time anyway.
The full business followed and we were happy to hear that our quiz team had done well and that our next meeting on August 9thwill be our summer meeting when the committee will provide a lovely salad buffet for all membersto enjoy, so see you all in August ladies.
The next full meeting will be an open meeting on September 13th when Jo Statham will give a talk on Alfred Hitchcock films so see you all then. Prue

June 2018

As usual the meeting opened with strong rendition of Jerusalem then we settled to the business of the evening. Gill dealt with the routine business and Carol gave the general report .
Caroline and Loreli were thanked for the floral offerings and refreshments to come , birthday posies were presented then Gwyneth was invited to give a report on here trip to Cardiff where the resolutions were to be debated and discussed. Our own branch meeting had previously discussed and rejected the resolution which concerned mental health needs as it was felt that the matter already had a very high profile but the conference voted to support it and the resolution was carried. We all know folks with problems and have probably needed some support ourselves at times so let’s hope and work to improve the lot of others who perhaps don’t have a good bunch of W.I. friends to help them through.

Next Jane Merritt bravely took the floor to explain the vagaries of the new heating system which seems to be a little troublesome and having teething problems. Hopefully there will be no more chilly meetings but for those who muttered I must inform you that the colour of the walls will remain ,hey ho can’t win them all but we appreciate the explanations, thank you Jane.
As reported previously there is concern that older people and others in our local area are lacking in the activity and exercise areas and that loneliness and a sense of isolation are apparent and a problem. To this end SCC will be providing a mentor for Stradbroke and Fressingfield to come 1 day a week to help support set up and encourage solutions to some of these problems .This will be for the period of 1 year and will be launched on June 28th. No further details yet but it is hoped that the surgeries and other local institutions will be involved with referrals to this project . Thank you to Annie for the update . The ladies then agreed to support the local sports day July 14th and will provide refreshments.

Our speaker for the evening was Steve Pomeroy who to the musical strains and narrative which is the opening to the film War of the Worlds came to talk to us about bamboo. Steve a self proclaimed bamboo nutter, and I quote, was overflowing with enthusiasm for bamboo in all its colours and forms and presented us with a quick quiz on our knowledge of bamboo thus providing us, according to how many points we scored, with our own certified, and I choose that word carefully, level of bamboo nuttery, umm. The various colours through black, variegated, bright yellow and green through to the pale bamboo we all know was surprising and offered great interest of colour in the garden. Many other uses were described including fabrics for clothes, building materials ,cooking utensils and crockery , not to mention weapons and useful in the garden and somehow not surprisingly it is used in some medicines. We enjoyed seeing the samples of bamboo and the slide show of so many varieties of bamboo including the hooligan Robusta variety which spreads rapidly through the garden and is used with great caution as rather vicious looking spears push rapidly up through the grass and look positively dangerous. It was a jolly evening and we thanked Steve for sharing his nuttiness with us.After refreshments Dorothy reminded us of the Blossom Appeal at Ipswich Hospital raising money to provide an all in one place breast cancer care unit and we agreed to help to support this project and help to raise money for this, watch this space.

The next meeting will be on July 12th when Sheila Harrison will give a talk titled Village People. Come and join us 7.30 pm at the community centre you will be very welcome .
Prue

May 2018

The evening opened with the usual offices with Gill reporting on an enjoyable group meeting hosted by the Fressingfield W.I. and a brainstorming session organised by M.S.D.C. and B.C.
discussing the issue of inactivity in the older population and others and how to address the problem. There were many interesting ideas but most of them scuppered by the lack of transport and funding,
nothing new there. Next Jennifer lead us through the resolution for this year which was to lobby the government for parity between the care provision for physical health and that provided for mental
health issues. A short quiz demonstrated some scary statistics regarding the numbers of mental health sufferers and there was a great deal of lively discussion where most members agreed the
principal but not the presentation of the resolution. A vote was taken and the resolution failed on the grounds of agreeing with the principal but nothing positive in lobbying the government as this
was already a big issue fully in the media with high profile supporters. Thank you Jennifer. Our speaker for the evening was our own David Merritt a retired commercial pilot who came
to talk about his flying experiences and the background to being a commercial pilot. David began by explaining the strict criteria for pilots, the ongoing training and examinations the hours that could
be flown in a year and the routine medical and physical health checks that they have to pass to keep their licence to transport hundreds of people around the world thousands of feet in the air with only
one set of wings between them. These rules we all found very comforting but then we heard about the fun things that can happen!! The obvious risk of terror attacks are well known and our
unpredictable weather can cause chaos on the ground as well as the skies but we would not think about temperature changes as the plane passes over factories with furnaces causing air turbulence
or ice forming on the wings and around the engines making control and power of the aircraft more of a challenge, the placing of some runways that require extreme precision to negotiate safely and of
course the Irish version of a precision radar controlled landing in the fog which translates to the air traffic control looking out of their window and talking the pilot down. I may never fly to Ireland or
anywhere again. In all good sense David and his thousands of passengers are still alive to tell the tale so perhaps it’s not all bad. We also heard about the use of morse code and the phonetic
alphabet used universally in communications and were given papers demonstrating both methods. Now for all quizzers did you know that all the Piper manufactured aircraft are named after Native
American tribes e.g. Cherokee Apache e.t.c. . Caroline gave our vote of thanks to David for a fascinating talk then we all rushed off to find a hot drink to warm and soothe us in equal measures .
Our next meeting will be 7.30pm on June 14 th when Steve Pomeroy will talk to us about all things Bamboo ! so do come and join us you will be most welcome at the community centre .

Prue

April 2018

Claim your free evenings
Women of Stradbroke and neighbouring villages - did you know that you can come to 2 meetings for free as a taster? Come along for a visit and find out for yourselves what a sociable, educational, active and outgoing bunch we are.

April business concerned:-
Education.
Healthy living, alternatives to plastic, food poverty, heart research and fun group quizzes.
Activities within the village.
Litter pick-up days in April, local food banks, debates regarding assisting the elderly with physical activity.
Social Events
Trips to Southwold theatre as a group, organised walks for the Association of Countrywomen of the world, group meeting to be at Fressingfield 25th April.
Also the usual monthly circle dancing, kurling, book-club and lunch club meetings.


The evening speaker.
As a physical chemist Don Darling has spent much of his working life in ice cream and he came to talk to us about the challenges and innovations involved in providing the public with the happiness that is ice cream.
Amazingly, fruity-ice foodstuff was thought to have been brought to Europe via Mesopotamia in approximately 2000BC, via China in about 1000BC and with Marco Polo to Italy. The Italians added dairy to it, and little did they know what a delightful craving they would start. The first ice cream machine being patented in the USA in 1840 lead to even more accessibility and ice cream factories beginning to titillate the public palate. The first of these factories in the UK was opened in 1922 by Bird's Eye-Walls.
Modern ice cream is a complex combination of dairy products, fats, sugars, ice, air, stabilisers, thickeners and flavourings. It is formed by processes of mixing, pasteurising, freezing and hardening. We enjoy it in tubs, lollies, floats, ice cream sandwiches and rippled gateaux - and any colour from white to blue.
Without the inventions of innovative chemists and engineers we would not have chocolate coatings, crisp cornets, ruffled ripples or coated ice creams on a stick.
Different cultures enjoy their ices in many forms. The Germans are partial to spaghetti shapes; the Japanese like ice cream within rice cakes; in Thailand it is made to order on a frozen platter at street stalls and in Turkey they enjoyed the sticky-elastic maras dondurma, which is also sold from street stalls.
We were informed that the best way to use our home machines is to aerate the mixture well by whipping, before adding flavourings.
That being noted..........we all ate ice cream! And very nice it was too, accompanied by Kamal's wonderful baking. What more could we need?
Thanks to our hostesses,Roz and Kamal, for the evening and to Don for providing a fabulous evening.

Next meeting is May 10th when David Merritt will regale us regarding air navigation.

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