Kathy welcomed two visitors, Christine Clarke and her daughter Susan Buxton and we very much hope they enjoyed the evening and will become members.
Following our successful 85th birthday celebrations, Angie, Susie and Wendy attended the Annual General Meeting at Westlands Yeovil where the guest speaker was Michael Portillo. All of us confessed to being fans of his wonderful Great British Railway Journeys programmes on T.V. Michael did not disappoint us, looking very dapper in his lavender coloured jacket which, he assured us, had been made specifically for the occasion. commenting on his political career in the days of the premiership of Margaret Thatcher we learnt of little known secrets and Michael followed on to tell us how he became involved in the now famous railway series. Michael is a great speaker and we were suitably impressed and appreciative.
Kathy thanked Trish and Val for shopping for the food for our 85th birthday party held last month, thanks to Sally for the singing and the Monochromes for the dancing. Trish read excerpts from County News and the correspondence included thank you letters from Mrs Marjorie Rogers for the wonderful cakes supplied by members to fulfil the promise made at the Auction of Promises ACWW for the donation of £30 and Woolavington W I, Bucklers Mead W I Somerton W I Walton W I and Mrs Margaret Biggs for inviting them to our party. Everyone had a very good time.
A fund raising stall will be held at the forthcoming Big Breakfast November 22 9 – 12.
December 5 Christmas Dinner 7 for 7.30 and Sheila will bring the scrap books she has compiled over the years as not many of us had the chance to look at the books at the birthday party. Please bring a contribution to Secret Santa to the value of £5 – this is not compulsory.
Varied views were aired over the replacement of the cherry tree planted to commemorate the birth of Prince George, which was vandalised beyond repair. The replacement will be our responsibility but the type of tree and its location has to be approved by the Village Hall committee and it was felt that the offer, by a local resident, of a donated mulberry tree would not be suitable.
Friday November 28 Polden Hills Group Christmas Concert Meadway Hall with mince pies, tea and coffee price £2.50.
Please support this event.
Rosemary Leaf assisted by her friend Rita gave us a very informative talk on the condition, osteoporosis. Rosemary is a sufferer so was able to speak with knowledge and understanding., Rosemary is secretary of the Yeovil and District Support Group and Rita serves on the committee. Rosemary promised to keep her lecture short and that we would all be home by midnight and she was as good as her word.
Osteoporosis occurs when bones become thin and fragile and can break following what may be quite a minor fall. It can be in the genes but there are many ways of looking after our bones as we become more elderly. Most of these are down to common sense but not everyone realises how important it is to exercise regularly,check with your pharmacist if medicines cause you to feel giddy, check for home hazards and keep it well lit, check eyes and hearing visit your G P if you are worried, make sure your diet is rich in calcium, and look after your feet – throw out those old comfortable slipper and wear slippers which help you to stay upright.
Rosemary congratulated us on reaching our 85th anniversary and thanked us for asking her to our meeting but as Sheila said when proposing the vote of thanks, it is we who were grateful to Rosemary and Rita for opening our eyes to the perils of osteoporosis and ways to help prevent falling victim to it., Everyone went away with helpful leaflets so it is down to us now.
Skittles:Nov 18 Cup Round v Puriton at the Street Inn.
Nov 21 League Match v Middlezoy at the Ring of Bells Ashcott.
The competition for a photo of Wildlife was won by Angie Castle who also took third place with Pat Maddaford second.
Pat won the Flower of the Month with roses.
The 85th Annual General Meeting was also held on this evening.
Kathy thanked members for supporting her and Trish during the year. Susie read the minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting. Thanks were extended to all committee members and members who carry out various roles helping our WI to run smoothly. Janet gave her annual report, mentioning how very varied our programme had been, members had attended Polden Hills Group meetings, Ladies Who Lunch, Scrabble, Short Mat Bowls, Drama, all ongoing. 2015 will be the Centenary of the W I movement and we only have to keep going for another 15 years to make our very own centenary.
Pat Maddaford presented the Financial Statement.
Sheila Taylor thanked the two joint Presidents saying they had tackled a very difficult task competently and suggested that perhaps, they might like to have some role reversal in the future, with Trish taking the meeting and Kathy in support role.
Trish responded by thanking Kathy for working with her.
A very hectic and crowded evening ended with a welcome cup of tea. No formal meeting in December, look forward to seeing you all in January 2015 – have a very happy Christmas.