Around the clubs
LITTLE CHALFONT EVENING
WIJune is already proving to be a very busy month for WI with one of our members being lucky enough to attend the WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and she even managed to hang on to her hat in spite of the very strong winds!
Two days later our President represented us at the Centenary Annual Meeting at the Albert Hall in the presence of the Queen, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex. Lucy Worsley, Tanni Grey Thompson and Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Fund Management were our excellent speakers, and there was much to celebrate in 100 years of campaigning on important issues, nurturing skills and talents, and having fun.
We took part in Village Day in Little Chalfont, with a display of WI campaigns in the village flower bed, a craft stall, and by serving lots of tea and cake. Some of our members will be taking part in the County Garden Party at Waddesdon Manor later in the month, and we will be holding a Midsummer Pudding Night!
Much more is planned for later in the year, including a centenary display on September 12 to coincide with the farmers’ market, and a visit to the William Morris house at Kelmscott.
At our June meeting we were delighted to welcome three visitors and our excellent speaker, Pat Pearce, who spoke about her life as a BA steward and the very worthwhile children’s charity Dreamflight which she set up.
Our next meeting is on July 14 when we will be hearing about the Dashwoods of West Wycombe. Do come and visit us, you will be very welcome. www.facebook. com/littlechalfonteveningwi
CHESHAM TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD
The June meeting was chaired by Pat Semon and the attendance was very high, we also welcomed a new member.
The usual business meeting included the announcement of a holiday being organised to Eastbourne in September and members were asked to form a team to go into the local round of the general knowledge quiz being held in Bourne End.
Members were also reminded of the inter federation event being held on August 11 in Slough, Picnic in the Park. All the usual activities were taking place, art & craft, luncheon club and scrabble and two members had visited the gardens of Chesham event which had been thoroughly enjoyed.
Our speaker was Colin Oakes who told us about the workhouse riots in Chesham a thoroughly entertaining and factual talk the event having made the front page of the Times newspaper in 1835. He also read us the riot act in case we had any ideas! A man who lives in Amersham fronting a group of ladies some of which had lived in Chesham all their lives, so brave.
Our next meeting is on 1st July. The raffle was won by Anne Master, Monica Hoskins and Pat Ellis.