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Women's Institute

Milborne St. Andrew Women's Institute (WI)
 

Summer Outing - August 2007
Kennet and Avon Canal
The Women’s Institute (WI) is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK.  It is dedicated to the promotion of friendship, learning and support to women of all ages and backgrounds.  Milborne St Andrew WI plays an active part in all village events and also have an interesting programme of speakers and outings.  We have lots of fun as well!

Summer Supper in Eva Stockley's Garden June 2007
 

   

Committee 2010

President:  Linda Wright
Vice President:  Jenny Preston

Secretary:  Shirley Dunkley

Assistant Secretary:  Lynn Morris

Treasurer:  Josie Wright

June Maitland

Veronica Herridge

Ann Mepham

 

      skittlesteam
           At Ascot                                             Skittles team

You could have heard a needle drop! at the May WI

We welcomed two visitors, Lesley and Chris. It was with sadness that we received the news that Sheila Bird, one of our long-standing members, had recently died. Several members had attended her funeral that afternoon, and June Maitland later read out a particularly poignant reading which Sheila’s grandson had read at the graveside. Jenny Preston, our President, asked us to stand for a minute’s silence to remember her, all wearing our name badges which had been an innovation of Sheila’s.

Everyone had very much enjoyed our Annual Dinner held at the ‘Silent Woman’, clearly it had been a huge success and June took the opportunity to thank Jenny on our behalf for her seamless organisation. Our team came a creditable third in the Village Quiz and congratulations were offered for their efforts (and for not coming first – always a double edged sword, as it involves preparing the questions for next year!) The Summer supper will be on Friday 1st June at 7.00 pm, and Val Andrews has kindly offered to host this. We pray for a dry evening.

Despite the dreadful weather for the first of the Bluebell teas, the second attempt was a great success and thanks go to all those who helped and contributed cakes, and to Anya who hosted it all. Hopefully this will become an annual event. A donation has been made to a Women’s charity.

Shirley Dunkley presented the National Federation of WI’s 2012 Resolution, which will go before the AGM. Entitled ‘Employment of More Midwives’, it highlights the chronic shortage of midwives and calls on the Government to increase investment in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales. Important points for discussion included the rising birth rate, complications in birth due to the rise in the number of older women giving birth and a higher number of multiple births. With one abstention, all the members voted in favour of the Resolution.

Lori Hillman joined us to discuss the use of Acupuncture. Most of us are familiar with the idea of this form of complementary or alternative medicine; we know that it involves the use of needles, which are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body, and for some this is not an attractive thought. After taking us through a very welcome relaxation exercise, Lori explained the history of this form of ancient Chinese medicine, which is based on the belief that energy flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture believe that when this energy is blocked it can cause illness and so use the method for a number of conditions, including migraines, lower back pain and anxiety. Questions were not slow in coming and June observed in her vote of thanks that you could have heard one of Lori’s own needles drop, so quiet and engrossed were we.

At our next meeting on Thursday 14th June, Derek Radley will talk about ‘Victim Support’ so do please come along and join us.

Pat Bull

 

Campaigning to BUY BRITISH
at the May meeting of the WI

Chairing her first meeting as President, Linda Wright introduced the new committee and took the opportunity to thank Heather Hogg not only for her Presidency over the last 3 years, but for her many years of loyal service to Milborne WI. 

Every year WI members put forward resolutions to the National Federation which then form the basis of campaigning activities and this year the overwhelming favourite is for mandatory labelling of food with true country of origin. We are always keen to “buy British”, and remembering that the WI’s campaigns have been important, and in many instances influential, we were very happy with the final show of hands which recorded a unanimous “Yes” vote. 

June Maitland reported back on an interesting Spring Council Meeting held at the Lighthouse, Poole. The highlight was a talk by Erin Pizzey, founder of the first refuge for desperate mothers and children. It was the WI and many of its groups who helped her during the first years of running the refuge; it never needed more than a quick phone call to the local WI and help was provided. 

Well done to members who took part in the County Group quiz, coming second and third – and the Village Hall quiz, in which our team came second.

A group from Milborne joined other WI members from Dorset at a most enjoyable ‘Art Lovers’ Lunch’ in Bournemouth, with a delicious lunch in the company of Rupert Maas (well-known from Antiques Roadshow). An art expert and picture dealer, he gave an enlightening and thoroughly entertaining talk on Pre-Raphaelite painting. We were left hoping that County would not be long before they organised something similar again.

Coming up:

Triathlon: walking, swimming, cycling – we are encouraged to take part in this “Challenge to WIs” initiative to get and keep fit. We are to keep a tally of what we already do, even walking the dog counts.

Swishing: Opt for sustainable, ethical fashion, but forget “throwaway garments”. Come along to the Village Hall on Wednesday 21st July between 6.00 and 8.00pm, and swap an item(s) of clothing, shoes, accessories.

Summer supper: will be held on Friday 18th June in Josie Wright’s garden at Brooklands.

Summer Outing: Remembering Mrs Bryant, our enthusiastic speaker on Moreton Church and TE Lawrence as well as the Whistler windows, we will meet on Thursday 12th August at Moreton Church and Gardens where Mrs Bryant will give us a guided tour.

Photo at the tree: Parish Pit – Tuesday 22nd June at 6.30pm (Wednesday 23rd if raining). As many as possible please for our photo.

Please come along to our next meeting on Thursday 10th June, and bring a favourite photo, one you would like to talk to us about.  There will also be a talk from Christine Shaw on ‘Cape Town to Victoria Falls’. If you would like to find out more about the WI and all it does both locally and nationally, spend a sociable evening with us, we would love to see you.           

9th September - "Abandoned places in the South West"

14th October - "Diamonds and the care of jewellery

11th November - "The trumpet shall sound" - military

10th December - Christmas Party   

More details to follow.

 Pat Bull