If you would like to come to a WI meeting, on the second Wednesday of the month, as our guest please call Trish Cox on 01458 447075 or Angie Castle on 01458 272371. (However, we do not have a meeting in August).
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Barbara Olioso, our speaker, living in Wells but originally from Italy is a living testimony to her subject, The Secret of Well Being Care of Your Skin. A qualified scientist with intensive knowledge of the structure of the skin and the relation of our body parts to the skin which is the biggest organ in the body. Various conditions of the skin can be accurate indicators of other health problems.
The Chinese people call the skin the third lung and the third kidney.The sense of touch is important and skin contact helps with emotional development Whilst not minimising the dangers of too much exposure to the sun’s rays, Barbara stressed that sunlight leads to the production of Vitamin D, the only vitamin the body produces. Sadly too many of us overreact to advice given for the protection of our children’s skin, covering every part and this lack of vitamin D can and does lead to conditions such as rickets. A sensible balance must be reached, especially in England where we hardly ever see the sun.Pollution causes problems and we are lucky to live in the countryside where the air is somewhat cleaner than in the cities.
We were horrified to learn that the majority of cosmetic products we regularly buy, sometimes at great expense, and use, contain dangerous chemicals. Caustic soda in our favourite soap. Use natural products wherever possible, a little more expensive perhaps but much better for the skin.Many common garden flowers such as marigolds and roses have beneficial effects, dry the petals and suffuse in oils but remember, one of the best health tips is to drink lots of water
Kath Frank’s said, in her vote of thanks that we had all learnt a lot and had a lot to think about, our shopping will take us longer in future.
The competition for the best sun hat was won by Pat M with Janet D and Mary B runners up. The Flower of the month, winner Mary B with sweet peas.
Kathy Ingham was welcomed back as a visitor. Condolences were sent to Verify Linnet, a former member, whose husband
has recently died. We are delighted to report that we have, at long last, made it to the photo gallery in County News and in representing W I a talk by Dr Hudson was held in memory of our well remembered colleague , Sali Money.
Janet reassured us that the tree planted to commemorate the birth of Prince George, recently vandalised, was alive and growing strongly and had a photograph taken by Angie to prove it. Next month’s meeting will be held in the committee room as the floor of the main hall is to be renovated.Janet read a very comprehensive report sent by Margaret Adams of Shapwick W I who was our of representative at least the meeting at Brighton .
Patricia Heap, our representative on the village hall committee, asked us to give our views on the proposal to revamp the ladies’ loos. Mary Burt stated she felt this was unnecessary as the loos were perfectly adequate as they were.Janet said that after 16 years a few improvements might be helpful. Patricia left it in the hands of the members,requesting they put forward their views on the slips of paper provided.
Trish informed us that the committee had decided to replace the recently damaged flower trough a cost of £49 plus compost and plants. Each member is asked to contribute £1 towards this project.
Short Mat Bowls Competition players Frances and Anthea, Sandra and Joan, Mary and Christina. Skittles, we lost our match against Walton in June played at the Street Inn, next match July 28 at the Crown Inn Catcott against Woolavington.
Dates to remember: July 20 Ladies who Lunch The Quarry Inn Keinton Mandeville.
July 21 Scrabble at Wendy’s house.
August 9 Quiz evening with Somerton W I at Somerton.
August 10 afternoon visit to Midney Gardens with cream tea.
September 14 Sarah’s Sugarcraft Cake Decorating.Harvest Celebration with a ploughman’s supper, stall for chutneys and jams, and the competition heaviest crop of potatoes from the seed potato. Visitors welcome. I am
September 16 Polden Group Autumn Meeting to be hosted by Compton Dundon at the Meadway Hall with refreshments, competition and entertainment. Speaker C!Ive Wakeley cost £4 per person Do not miss this amazing evening.
October 28 Bursary Day at Meadway Hall quilting lampshades and flowers.Bring a packed lunch.More details later.
At the October meeting please bring toiletry items to fill Christmas Shoe boxes.
Finally remember the Village Flower Show on August 6 at Meadway Hall when the competition for the W I shield is 3 chocolate chip cookies.
As Wendy will be away in September, Angie C has kindly offered to submit the monthly report.
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Our Speaker, Kay Coombes, had the most inspiring personality and this came over in her talk Knitted Knockers. Kay, a single mother working in the tax office, told of her experiences after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A lump in her armpit, leading to a mammogram showing lump in her breast, biopsy – cancerous. Kay has a particular form of cancer, normal drugs ineffective , following her first round of chemo her hair disappeared between Christmas and New Year.Her son felt very insecure and Kay involved him in her treatment as much as she could, he shaved her head and became the man of the house, taking over lots of little chores.
Radiotherapy treatment at the local Beacon Centre, Kay returned to work, her hair had grown back but blood tests showed a risk of further cancer and Kay underwent double mastectomy plus removal of her ovaries.Complications following surgery prompted Kay to join support groups online,leading to her discovery of an American based company Knitted Knockers. A knitted knocker is simply a knitted prosthesis as opposed to one made of silicon.A simple idea perhaps why has no-one thought of it before? This product has changed the lives of many women. U K orders are dealt with by a group of lady knitters in the U K so despatch is swift. Kay polished her knitting skills and started a knitting group. Knitted Knockers are soft and comfortable, the latest innovation is a knocker suitable for insertion into swimming costumes. These are made from acrylic yarn and stuffed with sponge as opposed to knitted with pure cotton yarn and stuffed with material used to stuff toys. It must be emphasised that knitters originally met all the costs of materials and postage but following strenuous efforts to raise funds and to be adopted as a charity, costs can now be met. No charge is made to the recipient,every order is individually made to measure and a knocker can come in any colour, with or without a nipple, leading to the slogan “nipple on your knocker”.
Kay’s work led to four of her ladies being invited to an event at the Cabinet Office dealing with funding for charities etc.Expecting a slap up lunch, the bacon butty on offer was a bit of a let down but the cream tea later made up for it.Interviewed on B BC Breakfast Show, meeting Esther Rantzen and Lionel Blair boosted the publicity and last year, on her
birthday, Kay received the news that her Knitted Knockers has been given charity status.
This product will always be free to anyone who has had cancer and not everyone can have reconstructory surgery.Kay uses Facebook to contact people but also has a website, Knitted Knockers UK.
Mary Badman gave a heartfelt thank you to Kay, we were given much to think about and were impressed by her products.
Annual General Meeting 2016
Our 86th Annual General Meeting followed the speaker, Trish Cox unanimously voted to continue in the post of President.
Pat Maddaford presented the financial statement. In her report, Trish thanked everyone for their continued support,the committee members, Wendy for press reports, Gill and Sue for teas, Gill for skittles and Anthea for drama.
Janet, our secretary, commented on the very varied programme over the last 15 months, on average we have 33 members with attendance averaging 24.Scrabble, Ladies Who Lunch Short Mat Bowls continue to flourish. Individual triumphs, Julie Gordon with the Christmas Quiz and Sally Walker winning the W I Shield for Cookery with her Boiled Fruit Cake.We were defeated in the semi final of the County Skittle Cup but were victorious in the Short Mat Bowls Competition.Julie Gordon attended the Royal Garden Party, we took part in the Group Concert and exchanged visits with Bucklers Mead W I. Janet said this is just a small snapshot of our activities and appealed to us to keep going for at least another three years when we will be 90 years old.Angie thanked Janet and Trish for all their efforts and this concluded the Annual General Meeting.
Resolutions were discussed and voted on, food waste resolution was passed but we abstained on the resolution dealing with care with dementia patients in hospitals.
It has been agreed to donate £50 to the Denman Appeal.
Skittles: Match against Ashcott won by 9 pins. Forthcoming matches, Thursday 12 May v Middlezoy at Moorlynch, Thursday 16 June v Walton Street Inn 8 p m.
A group visited Pittard’s Leather Factory at Yeovil followed by lunch at a nearby hostelry. Angie and Wendy attended the Roadshow at Croscombe. Mary and Wendy will join Puriton W I at the birthday party. A visit to Midney Gardens is planned for August.Ladies Who Lunch meet at the Crown and Victoria Tintinhull Friday May 20.
Thankyou received from Val Day for the delicious brownies taken by Mary to speed Val’s recovery from her recent surgery, good news here we are pleased to report. Edna joined us as a visitor and thanks go to Nicky Wisniewski who acted as invigilator for the
Presidential voting.Julie appealed for help with the forthcoming Flower Festival. The competition for a knitted article was won by Joan Carbin who was complimented by the judge on her high standard of work, second was Christina and third, Trish Cox. The Flower of the month was won by Janet Davies.
Next month’s speaker Jan McNeill My Life at Sea, competition, Anything Nautical.