Women’s Institute – September 2014

Opening a very poorly attended meeting, 17 of us in all, Kathie congratulated the winners at the recent village flower show.

Among the apologies for absence was Kath Franks who is having a few health problems at the moment, also Verity Linnet who is recovering slowly. We hope to see them back with us very soon.

Our Speaker, Ewa Berkieta, who lives in the village, is an accomplished worker in stained glass. Ewa led us through the history of glass making and explained that in the days when most people could not read, pictures were used to tell stories, particularly bible stories, hence so many stained glass windows in churches. Following the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry V111 stained glass windows fell into a rapid decline and only secular glass remained.

We have to thank the aristocracy for the fine examples of stained glass which we can see today, and there is a wonderful example in St Mary’s Church at Ifley Oxford depicting the nativity.Ervin Bossani a Hungarian artist is responsible for windows in Canterbury Cathedral and one is captivated by the beauty which will continue for many years to come. Ewa makes coloured glass window panels which are leaded in her studio which she has created in her home at Compton Dundon and Ewa extended an invitation to us all the visit and view her work.Ewa then demonstrated how to cut glass, describing the tools of her trade. We were thrilled to be presented with a jam jar which had been squashed in the kiln mounted on a stand, and inscribed with the letters, W I. Ewa explained that this represented the jam to go with Jerusalem which we had sung at the commencement of our meeting.

Sali thanked Ewa.

The correspondence included an invitation from Long Sutton W I for two members to join them in their 90th birthday celebrations.

Skittles: We will play Woolavington at King William Catcott October 17 and there will be a cup round versus Allerton A

on Tuesday October 7 at the Ring of Bells Ashcott at 7.30 p m.

Ladies who Lunch will meet October 17 at the Ring of Bells Ashcott.

Next meeting will be October 15 and will be our 85th birthday party.

Sali, who has some unfortunate health problems thanked members for their continued support, hugs and good wishes and said that this had helped her to continue to come through what is a very difficult time.

The competition for a glass vase was won by Mary Haywood with Sally Walker and Susie Robinson runners up.

The flower of the month was won by Trish Cox with Michaelmas Daisies.

Wendy Edwards.

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