HYDE HEATH WI
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.
DISTRICT HARD OF HEARING CLUB
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.