September 2019 newsletter
Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday and to sharing, not only supper, but also some anecdotes in an activity organised by the ladies on the social committee. If you have any produce from your garden that you can spare for the stall please bring it along.
August came and went all too quickly and we all benefitted from the sunshine. The sun shone brilliantly for the garden party in my garden; enjoyed by all. Anne’s quiz got us all chatting. The ticket sales and Anne’s raffle made £83 for our WI funds. My thanks to all who came.
The Jubilee Group Centenary ‘Summer Picnic’ was enjoyable but unfortunately the sun didn’t shine that day. However that didn’t dampen our spirits and there was lots of singing, flag waving and many ladies dancing! Our display of our archive material, bunting and banner received many compliments . My thanks to Ann Henderson and her team for all their hard work in making it a very successful event.
The sun shone brightly for our trip to Broughton Castle. The guide who conducted our tour was excellent and held our attention with many interesting details about the Saye & Sele family who have been the owners of the castle since 1447. If you have never been to Broughton do make the effort; it really is well worth a visit.
It was most fortunate that the sun didn’t let us down on the morning of Thursday 15 August, the date of our Centenary Challenge Walk at Abingdon Vale Cricket Club. This turned out to be enthusiastically attended by not only the Fiercely Fit members of our WI but by a few members from Abingdon Evening WI. It was a Friendly, Fun event, Full of Fitness and Fellowship (apologies for all that). Our thanks to Anita for organising this for us, her daughter for providing us with tea and coffee and to members who contributed delicious cake and biscuits (for energy?).
Looking ahead, in October we are having a Pottery workshop – don’t panic the speaker will be bringing ready-made items for us to paint! After tea, our social group has a games evening planned.
Thursday 12 September Kiss Me Kate at the Watermill (ladies and drivers are organised).
NB Unfortunately one member has had to cancel, so if you would like to take her place please phone or email Moira or Viv as soon as possible.
Christmas lunch will be on Friday 6 December at the Hilton Garden Inn, Marcham Road, Abingdon. Three courses including tea/coffee and mince pies will cost £20.
Tickets are still available for the evening with Stella Rimington on Monday 28 October at Oxford Town Hall. Ring the OFWI office at Tackley if you are interested (01869 331081).
Saturday 21 September Art & Craft Exhibition at Didcot Civic Hall. 10am-3pm. tickets £3.50 0n the door.
Saturday 12 October coach trip to Alexandra Palace for the Knitting & Stitching Show.
Wednesday 27 November 10 am-3.30pm Caribbean Day at Benson Village Hall, commemorating the Windrush Generation.
Thursday 28 November Stitched Christmas Decorations Workshop at OFWI headquarters in Tackley.
Wednesday 4 December – coach trip to London for Food Glorious Food – a Dickensian Christmas.
The exciting programme organised for us by OFWI should keep us all VERY busy between now and Christmas!