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WI Meeting – Nov 16

The secrets of dichroic glass were revealed to us by our speaker, Margaret Harper. Retiring from her post as a Personal Manager as she did not wish to learn the mysteries of computers, the bizarre fact emerged that she has learnt the tricks of her new trade from U Tube.

Originally a friend has decided to live in Spain and disturbed by the treatment of stray cats and dogs, had decided to set about rescuing them. To raise money, cards were made, but Margaret’s enthusiasm for this venture wained when, on one occasion, she was required to make 300 cards. When the said friend returned to England, Margaret decided to raise money for the Beacon Centre at Taunton. After trying various crafts Margaret fell head long for the manufacture of fused glass jewellery. This involves a lengthy process, heating shards of glass to incredible temperatures, in a kiln which Margaret purchased and which is computer generated programmed. Margaret has learnt to do this despite her earlier aversion to anything to do with computers. The type of glass required is manufactured solely in America, but can be purchased locally. Magic happens in the kiln, with colours changing when a temperature of 790 degrees is reached. Margaret says she is so excited by the whole procedure, she finds it very hard to wait the 10 hours it takes for the kiln to cool down to room temperature. Describing her activity, which consumes so much of her time, to her husband as work, this is not quite true, as  Margaret looks upon it as a game, and is so involved often gets up in the early hours of the morning, to check her kiln and the progress of her glass making.

Margaret presented an extensive range of her products, pendants glowing with colour, earrings, brooches and necklaces.Members did a great deal of Christmas shopping, happy to contribute to the fund raising for the Beacon Centre. Sally Walker thanked Margaret.

Trish asked us to spend a moment remembering Iris Burt, a long serving member, who had recently died.

We will represent Ashcott, Walton and Shapwick W I’s at next year’s Annual General Meeting which will be held at Liverpool, Janet will probably attend on our behalf.

The recent Craft Day, funded by our bursary,  had been enjoyed by those who went along, but the numbers attending were disappointing.

The replacement trough is now in position, having been artistically planted up by Royston and Harvey, thank you both.

Val Day had kindly organised the 12 Christmas boxes, members were reminded of the Christmas meal. Secret Santa will take place at the December meeting, gifts to the value of £5.

Patricia informed us of a scheme to improve the broadband speed in the village and reminded members of Compton Capers November 26.

Congratulations were extended to Anthea and Christina who had won the recent Short Mat Bowls competition.

Wendy Edwards.

WI Report – October 2016

We gathered in the small room  as the floor of the main hall is undergoing a face lift. This proved to be a nicer venue and everyone could hear what was being said from the platform.Janet was ably helped by Val as Trish is sunning herself in Spain.Twenty five members were present to hear a very refreshing talk by Claire Rawle on her experiences with antiques with the BBC. Claire divulged that her two ambitions as a 15 year old were
a. To leave school as quickly as possible and
b. To win the Badminton Horse Trials.

Leaving school was achieved when she gained sufficiently good O level results but winning Badminton eluded her, Claire thought this was just as well as she had been more likely to break her neck. At  Dulverton she became a part time assistant at an auction house,  Claire enjoyed the atmosphere of auctions having attended a great many with her father who had farmed in Gloucester. This was followed by a post at Sotheby’s where there was much learning and drinking, one lesson was always carry a file and a pen to look busy even if heading for a coffee break.Whilst working at Sotheby’s only articles of the highest quality were seen.

Opportunity to join the B B C programme Flog It,  Claire was reluctant as she felt she may lack the required expertise but passed a screen test at Whiteladies Road in Bristol with flying colours. The B B C operates to a very high standard with everything conducted correctly.

On to Bargain Hunt presented by Tim who is very knowledgable but very  naughty. For this Show people in pairs are required to apply, it is necessary to have enthusiasm and be able to react well to the camera.

Antiques Road Trip with Paul Laidlaw in which Claire travelled in a T V R Tuscan which is very difficult to enter and exit with a degree of elegance. It was good to be paired with Paul, who always wins, Claire would love to beat him, just once. Anyone who participates does gain from the publicity. It was a good learning curve acting as a dealer as opposed to an auctioneer.

Now back to her day job as an Auctioneer in Bridgwater, Claire will always be grateful for the opportunities given to her by the B B C.Angie thanked Claire. Judging the competition for an antique item Claire placed Wendy’s Black Forest dancing bear first. With Julie’s mother’s nursing notes second and a geological map third. The flower of the month was won by Angie.A measuring book dated 1800 was deemed to be very collectable.

Val has organised the Christmas meal and items for shoe boxes.
An e-mail from Liz Brown of Walton W I informed us of the death of Janice Davies, Wendy attended the memorial service on our behalf, Janice is held in high esteem by us all.

Mary sent a thank you for flowers, cards and visitors following her recent operation for a knee replacement from which she has made a full recovery, a big contribution to this being Harvey’s kind administrations!

The recent short mat bowls competition held at North Petherton resulted in the defending champions, Compton Dundon, retaining their
title with a large trophy to prove it. This is the 25th anniversary of this competition, 14 pairs took part, with Compton Dundon represented by Anthea and Christina, who reached the final by beating Sandra and Joan, also Compton Dundon, then beating Ashcott represented by Janet and Shirley in the final.

Wendy Edwards.

WI Report – July 2016

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.

Wendy Edwards.