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.

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