Record of Shorwell WI Meeting July 2019

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This month we welcomed as guests Ros and Linda from Chale WI, as well as 20 of our members. Jean H and Kathryn were given birthday cards, and Di, who has recently moved, was given a card and the traditional gifts of bread, salt, and wine.

Our June Open Meeting had gone very well, with positive comments from both members and non-members, and a healthy amount raised for our funds. The stall at the Midsummer Fair had sold 132 jars of preserves, plus sweets and fruit, and a letter of thanks was received from the Fair Committee.

Arrangements were made for both our visit to Quarr Abbey in July and our Garden Party in August.

Isabel had been our delegate to both the NFWI Annual Meeting in Bournemouth and the IW Federation Annual Meeting, and gave short reports on both. She had also helped in the WI tea tent at the County show, and said how popular it was, with queues for tea and cake!

We will be starting a new social group for evening visits to the theatre, cinema, etc, with the first outing to the Apollo Theatre this week, and we are starting to plan our programme for 2020.

Earlier in the afternoon, 14 members had visited the IW Cheese Company, where cheese-maker Richard took us through the processes involved. We were able to buy a selection of cheeses for tonight’s meeting, which we enjoyed with wine, crackers and grapes. Photos of our visit showing us in our protective overshoes and headgear were on display. Vanessa’s dahlia won the Best Bloom competition, while the competition for ‘a cheese related item’ was won by Renella’s knitted mouse.