With mulled wine on arrival and festive music playing in the background, members soon got into the spirit of Christmas, so business was kept to a minimum.
Though there was time for a reminder of the Christmas craft morning and the Christmas lunch on December 17, and of course the Christmas farmers’ market where we would be serving refreshments as usual.
There is much to look forward to in 2015, with a visit to ‘Anything Goes’ in Aylesbury, a games night, more progress on the latest story sack for St George’s School and celebrations for the WI Centenary.
After last month’s demonstration of how to make a Christmas table decoration given by Lindsay Wyper, we all set to making our own version with greenery, baubles, ribbon and candles.
Everyone ended up with their own very attractive version to take home and the ‘hands on’ approach was generally agreed to be a great success.
Visitors are very welcome to come to our next meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday, January 13 at the Village Hall, Cokes Lane, when local author Denise Kelly will be returning, this time to talk on the Spies and Subversives of Buckinghamshire.
AMERSHAM EVENING TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD
Our meeting this month continued in keeping with the spirit of Remembrance and we heard about our local activities, culminating in a presentation by The Royal British Legion.
Anne Barnard our chairman welcomed every one and we heard that the “Out and About” group had been up to London to view the Poppies at the Tower and found it a very poignant experience. Several members attended the Armistice Day service at Stony Dean School which they found very moving .It is interesting to take part in the activities of the school as our Guild have raised funds to help them with the building of a sensory garden.
Social Studies had a talk on Deaf Awareness by Nikki Magrath and Molly Berry when we were reminded of the physiology of hearing and also had a session on lip reading which was fun. It was an interesting and thought provoking evening.
Badminton and Mah Jong continue to thrive and would welcome new members.
Choir are rehearsing their carols which they will sing at the Federation Service at St. Michael’s church Amersham on December 13. They will also be carol singing with the Hard of hearing on December 9 at their club meeting.
Anne reminded members that our Christmas meeting will be held at Oakland Park Golf club.
Our speakers this month were Bob Higgins and Clive Doyle who gave a talk with slides about The Royal British Legion. It was started in 1921with the amalgamation of 4 ex-service charities raising funds to help those affected by war. Today they offer assistance not only to service personnel but to their families as well. It was astounding to hear how wide ranging the support can be from physical rehabilitation to psychological help whilst offering short and long term care in their Nursing Homes. They will arrange advice on pensions and benefits, support bereaved families and arrange holiday breaks. They are also the major voice for the armed forces community throughout the year and are funding research into blast injury studies at Imperial College London. Clive and Bob explained how the donations are spent and how vital the work of the Legion is. Financial help is needed all year round as currently 9 million people are eligible for their support. Their talk gave us a most informative conclusion to our month of remembrance activities.
Visitors are welcome at our meeting on Tuesday, January 20.
CHESHAM TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD
A good number of members arrived for the December meeting of Chesham Townswomens Guild and Pat Boothy was in the chair to greet them and to welcome two visitors. She also welcomed the speaker for the afternoon, Ron White, who is an old friend of the guild and has entertained us in the past. He is of course the husband of one of our members, Cicely White.
Pat Semon reminded members for the last time of the Federation Carol Service on December 13.
A Christmas card to the guild had also been received from the federation.
Cicely White also wanted to discuss the Luncheon Club Christmas menu with those interested.
It was then time for Ron White to give his talk on the subject of the Railways of Switzerland. Many of these actually go up the mountains, making life much more convenient for those who do not wish to attempt the strenuous climb,and there is always a restaurant in some shape or form at the top. Trains come in many varieties, with some having the driver in his cab on top of the leading coach, and there is separate accommodation for skis.
Ron illustrated his talk with slides showing beautiful views of mountains including the Matterhorn and the Jungfrau. There were beautiful sunsets and snow scenes and also shots of waterfalls, one of which fell 900 feet. These, Ron told us, are better providers of power than wind turbines especially as they don’t depend on the weather. One of the railways travels over a viaduct straight into a tunnel through a mountain, which must be quite an experience. The photographic shot of this was certainly dramatic. As far as snow is concerned although they have a great deal more than we do in this country, it does not present the problems that we experience. The Swiss railways just get on with it and run as usual – even apologising on one occasion for being eight minuites late!
Pat Semon thanked Ron for a very interesting talk.
After tea and mince pies the winner of the competition for the most attractive Christmas card was won by Pat Ellis; and Enid Wright, Pat Grogan, Ann Masters and Pat Boothby were the lucky raffle prize winners.
Pat Semon put members in a Christmas mood by handing out small gifts in the shape of packets of tissues decorated with different festive designs.
Just a bit of Christmas fun.