Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GETTING TOGETHER -

FELIC­ITY Beynon deputised for the Pres­i­dent, who was on hol­i­day.

Vanessa Cul­mer de­scribed her visit to the WI Cen­te­nary gar­den party at Buck­ing­ham Palace as a fan­tas­tic and mem­o­rable day. She even met the orig­i­nal Cal­en­dar Girls!

Mem­bers had been sent a re­port of Jayne Faver­sham’s won­der­ful day at the Royal Al­bert Hall on 4th June for the NFWI Cen­te­nary An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in the pres­ence of the Her Majesty the Queen and other mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily.

An­nounce­ments were made of fu­ture fundrais­ing events in­clud­ing the Sum­mer Bar­be­cue be­ing held in Mar­garet Dunn’s gar­den on 13th Au­gust from 6.30pm. Tick­ets cost £7.50. Raf­fle prizes and desserts will be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Estelle Johns re­quested help on Sun­day for vol­un­teers to help serve teas and pro­vide cakes for the Lit­tle Mis­senden Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme.

Elaine Barker re­quested any cloth­ing, ce­real boxes, bot­tle tops etc for the Work Aid char­ity in Che­sham.

A welcome was given to Sheila Keatinge who gave a fas­ci­nat­ing and in­for­ma­tive talk, slide and video show of her ad­ven­tur­ous cruise around the is­lands of Pa­pua New Guinea, which are very re­mote be­ing al­most the fur­thest part of the world from Bri­tain.It be­came in­de­pen­dent in 1975 but is still part of the Com­mon­wealth.

There are about 6.8 mil­lion peo­ple who speak an amaz­ing 8,000 dif­fer­ent lan­guages! Most of the houses are built on stilts for air cir­cu­la­tion and to keep the bugs out! They vis­ited many is­lands, snorkelling and div­ing and be­ing en­ter­tained by dif­fer­ent tribes.

Sheila saw many un­usual and ex­otic birds and an­i­mals, in­clud­ing red tree kan­ga­roos, but mainly in the botan­i­cal gar­dens.

The next meet­ing will be at 8pm on 9th July when Josie Jef­fery will talk about ‘The Se­crets of a Store De­tec­tive’. The com­pe­ti­tion will be ‘a Car­rier Bag’.



A GROUP of mem­bers met at Oak­lands Golf Park to celebrate the Guild’s 52nd Birth­day.

On a re­ally lovely evening, we en­joyed a drink on the ter­race be­fore tak­ing our places at the ta­bles. Once again the club did us proud and we had a lovely meal served by friendly staff in a very at­trac­tive set­ting.

Our chair­man, Anne Barnard, wel­comed ev­ery­one and spoke briefly about the loss of a close guild mem­ber, and although the evening was tinged with sad­ness we all en­joyed our­selves.

The ‘Out & About’ group had en­joyed a de­light­ful gar­den visit to Cedar House, in Wen­dover, in a won­der­ful set­ting, we en­joyed wan­der­ing about the gar­den be­fore en­joy­ing tea and lardy cakes as re­fresh­ments!

The plant sale and cof­fee morn­ing on 30th May at The Free Church Hall, had raised £426 for our char­ity, The Royal Bri­tish le­gion lo­cal group.

All other sub­sec­tions were run­ning smoothly.

A theatre trip to see the Jersey Boys at Water­side theatre was planned for Oc­to­ber.

Our next guild meet­ing is on Tues­day 21st July at 8pm at the Royal Bri­tish le­gion Hall, new mem­bers very welcome to join us.



BOB wel­comed ev­ery­one and thanked those who had brought along their favourite books – non fic­tion, fic­tion, po­ems and il­lus­tra­tions to share with the group.

Doreen be­gan the evening with a lovely read­ing of The Lady of Shal­lott by Al­fred Lord Ten­nyson.

We were then en­thralled by mem­bers’ read­ings of An Eye on the Thames by Alan Wicks, The Wind in the Wil­lows by Ken­neth Gra­hame, Win­nie The Pooh sto­ries by A A Milne, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie So­ci­ety by An­nie Bur­rows and Mary Ann Shaf­fer and Night Mai by W H Au­den.

Elaine read us two po­ems: Jum­balo and Boxes from Po­etry Now – Home Coun­ties 1997, the lat­ter writ­ten by Elaine’s mother who won a prize for it and the hon­our of hav­ing it printed in the an­thol­ogy. Mar­garet de­scribed the sub­tle char­ac­ters in China Court by Rumer God­den – an au­thor much en­joyed by Jane and oth­ers.

It was clear that mem­bers val­ued their cho­sen books and po­ems for var­i­ous rea­sons in­clud­ing the nos­tal­gic child­hood mem­o­ries they evoked, beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions, a thirst for knowl­edge, sheer es­capism and hu­mour!

Most se­lec­tions struck a chord with oth­ers and the group shared mem­o­ries of The River Thames with ac­counts in­clud­ing boats owned, out­ings, meet­ings with Sir Steve Red­grave, the life of a lock keeper and rac­ing to watch the Lon­don Boat Race. First books were re­called: Bob de­scribed The Na­ture Lovers Com­pan­ion (1956) that he still trea­sures with its pic­tures of work­ing farm horses. Some mem­bers knew their au­thors per­son­ally, and one of Mora’s rel­a­tives was the first per­son to play the char­ac­ter Peter Pan on the Lon­don stage.

Af­ter re­fresh­ments were served the raf­fle was drawn fol­lowed by a light hearted literary quiz.

Mem­bers ab­sent were noted and wished well.

Mem­bers were in­formed of a mag­a­zine avail­able to read from the NADP – The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Deaf­ened Peo­ple and de­tails of forth­com­ing trips.

It was de­cided that the group will col­lect used postage stamps to raise funds for Hear­ing Dogs for The Deaf

Next month’s talk will be Moto X, Mud and May­hem by Paul Ross on 7th July at 7.30 p.m. at Hal­i­fax House Lit­tle Chal­font.

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