Our Year to Date

Can you believe that as you read this we are already looking towards the middle of the year? At the point of writing we have just had our March meeting in Shorwell and were thrilled to have Sarah Evans as our speaker. Sarah grew up in Brighstone. She now lives on the mainland, but during a family visit was able to come and give us a fabulous insight into her and her family’s experience of living on the Falkland Isles for a year. We were pleased to welcome a number of guests to our meeting, some from other local WI’s and some who had come along just to hear Sarah’s story. Sarah bases her stories around a very large picture of a Gentoo Penguin which she has created in mixed media.

In February we were humbled to hear from two speakers. Lauren Fry, from Young Carers gave an update on how our 2019 fundraising money had been spent and Kathryn Grimes provided an insight into our 2020 chosen charity The Wight Brainy Bunch.  Sadly both charities exist due to a local IOW need. It was great to hear about the work they do and how successful both charities have been and continue to be.

Also in February we held our annual fundraising event, this year instead of Soup we opted to provide a Ploughman’s and Pudding lunch, mainly to ease the strain in the hall kitchen. Despite the awful weather conditions, 42 visitors turned up and were very complimentary about our choice of Ploughman’s; many said how generous we had been providing the lunch for £6. Once again, a big Thank You must go out to all our members, visiting WI members and visitors who supported us. The £100 raffle takings will be donated to The Wight Brainy Bunch.

As with all WI’s the January meeting is always a busy one; annual subs to collect, events to organise and post festivity news to catch up on, and of course the usual WI business to be dealt with. We decided that an informal game of skittles would help the evening flow. We hired the skittle alley from Shorwell Sports & Social Club and commandeered the help of a local to keep us in line and a great evening of fun was had by all. Our star of the night, who hardly missed a skittle, was Pat Ridett.

It’s fair to say we are not as busy as some WI’s in between our monthly meetings, but we do thoroughly enjoy our evenings together and are looking forward to the next three months of an Easter themed meeting, a ‘street party style’ celebration of VE Day and a visit from a Horologist. We also shouldn’t forget that we’ll be making the items for sale and running the Produce & Preserves stall at the Shorwell Midsummer Fair.