Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GETTING TOGETHER - TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD WI

ANNE Barnard, chair­man, wel­comed ev­ery­one after the sum­mer break and pre­sented a mem­ber with her New Mem­bers Pack.

She thanked Lynda McGregor for open­ing her gar­den to raise funds for our char­ity. There were tea and cakes and en­ter­tain­ment from the Guild choir on a lovely sunny af­ter­noon, which raised £178. Our sub-sec­tions are thriv­ing. So­cial Stud­ies had an ex­tremely in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tion by Paul Thomas on some com­mu­nity projects co-or­di­nated by lo­cal churches and vol­un­teers sup­ported by the lo­cal statu­tory or­gan­i­sa­tions. They all work to­gether to of­fer support and help to peo­ple liv­ing in the area who have fallen on hard times, some through lit­tle fault of their own. We heard in par­tic­u­lar about the Food­bank and The Fur­ni­ture Project.

The Bad­minton group are in full swing and would wel­come new play­ers.

The Out and About Group are off to see the pop­pies at the Tower of London and ex­plore the area of St Kather­ine’s Dock.

The Mah Jong group con­tinue to meet weekly and new mem­bers are wel­come.

The Ram­blers are off for a three-mile walk around Hugh­en­don, fol­lowed by lunch and the Choir re­sumes in Oc­to­ber.

So­cial cof­fee morn­ings are held monthly, as is the Book Club.

Our meet­ing ended with an in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion by Wendy Her­mon, from Swan Life Line, a char­ity that looks after sick or in­jured swans in the Thames Val­ley area.

Wendy told us about the care of­fered on Cuckoo Weir Is­land, Eton, where they have pens in which to keep in­jured birds safe from preda­tors. They have many vol­un­teers to as­sist them and also a few boys from Eton Col­lege on their com­mu­nity ser­vice once a week.

She or­gan­ises train­ing ses­sions for them as well as the po­lice and fire­men, to teach them how to han­dle and catch them safely.

She had many sto­ries of the types of in­juries the swans suf­fered and their suc­cess­ful re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, as she has worked for the char­ity for 18 years.

Our next meet­ing is on Oc­to­ber 21 at 8pm, at the Bri­tish Le­gion Hall, in Wood­side Road, Amer­sham. Ray Spil­lar will give a talk en­ti­tled Co­me­dian Plus. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to join us.

HEATH PRES­I­DENT Jayne Faver­sham wel­comed ev­ery­one back after the sum­mer break, dur­ing which 43 mem­bers and part­ners en­joyed a de­li­cious bar­be­cue. This raised £269.50 to­wards the char­ity, Thames Val­ley and Chiltern Air Am­bu­lance.

Grate­ful thanks were made to ev­ery­one who very kindly helped to make it such a suc­cess and es­pe­cially to Mar­garet Dunn for the use of her gar­den.

Thanks were also given to Bar­bara Aris for or­gan­is­ing the Au­gust walk, and to Gil­lian O’Flynn for last Fri­day’s, from the Pink and Lily pub near Lacey Green.

Oc­to­ber’s walk will be on 23rd – de­tails to be an­nounced at the next meet­ing.

The Au­tumn Beech­wood Group meet­ing will be at 7.45pm on Oc­to­ber 15 at St Leonard’s Parish Hall. The speaker is Bill Hamil­ton, a for­mer BBC jour­nal­ist.

Pam Ruff has of­fered to host a cof­fee morn­ing at her home be­tween 10am and noon on Oc­to­ber 24. Do­na­tions of cakes and raf­fle prizes would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

In Septem­ber 2015, it will be the cen­te­nary of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tutes, when each group will hold a cel­e­bra­tion. Vol­un­teers were in­vited to form a sub-com­mit­tee to or­gan­ise this event.

It was agreed that Sue Flint, who so­cialises pup­pies for Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf, would be wel­come to bring hers to the meet­ings.

The evening’s vis­i­tor was George Davis, who spoke about Wild Game Di­rect. His fam­ily have been game­keep­ers for five gen­er­a­tions in the Ham­p­den area and he is try­ing to get more peo­ple in­ter­ested in eat­ing game.

He was cer­tainly do­ing a great job with the mem­bers, as the en­tic­ing smell of his sis­ter’s cook­ing wafted through from the kitchen, and was en­joyed later!

George has taken a num­ber of cour­ses on the prepa­ra­tion of va­ri­eties of game, which is an ex­cel­lent source of pro­tein with­out the sat­u­rated fat of other meats, nor any ad­di­tives.

Fal­low deer, pheas­ant, hare and rab­bits were hunted by the Ro­mans, and Wil­liam the Con­queror planted the wood­lands in the New For­est for this pur­pose. Hunt­ing has con­tin­ued through the cen­turies.

In Vic­to­rian times, game­keep­ers took to wear­ing hard bowler hats as pro­tec­tion from be­ing hit on the head by poach­ers! They were the most im­por­tant staff mem­ber on any es­tate. They were also in­valu­able dur­ing the Boer War, when they were used as scouts.

The next meet­ing is at 8pm on Oc­to­ber 9, when Mrs Deakin will speak about the Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be New Zealand mem­o­ra­bilia.

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