Compton Dundon W.I. –  Report of Meeting on 13th June 2018

The meeting was opened by our President, Trish who welcomed  2 visitors and several  apologies were received .

Next month’s speaker has been changed to Grumpy’s Travels in America.

Our speaker, Dr Francis Burroughs was introduced, his subject was  “A Victorian Head Gardener”.  Dr Burroughs gave a very interesting and informative talk covering the many responsibilities of a Victorian Head Gardener.  Long hours had to be worked providing fruit and vegetables for the whole household of 20-30 people, growing and caring for the large variety and quantity of plants required for the kitchen as well as flowers to ‘grace’ the tables and rooms of the household all year round.

Even mowing the lawn involved covering the horse’s hooves with leather boots so that no mark would be left on the lawn.  Other lower members of the garden staff would follow the mower collecting grass cuttings, sweeping  leaves and then ‘ rolling’ the lawn to create lovely chess board markings.

Following the talk Dr Burroughs chose the winning entries of “A Victorian Item”, Trish 1st, Pat 2nd and Mary 3rd.  The flower of the Month competition was won by Janet.

Thanks were given to Wendy for all her work as Press Secretary and in appreciation, she was presented with a gift, including appropriately in view of the speaker’s subject, an orchid.

Items of interest were noted by Janet:

  • Letters of appreciation were received regarding our ‘Votes for Women’ lunch on the 26th May
  • SCFWI annual meeting at Westland’s on 20th October
  • St Andrews Church ‘music’ on Friday,22nd June at 7.30 pm, £10 including refreshments.
  • Montacute Village Open Gardens, 21st – 22nd July (15 gardens). Refreshments at village hall afterwards.  Coffee at 10.30, light lunches and afternoon tea available.  £6 for both days, children free but no dogs.
  • The teams for the Quiz between Compton Dundon and Somerton were finalised.
  • Bucklers Mead WI will be attending our meeting on 11th
  • Trip to Midelney Manor gardens on 18th July, £11.50, including cream tea.
  • ‘Women Walk the World’, 8th August, meet at village hall at 6.30, walk up to Church and back across the fields and then finish at the pub for refreshments.
  • Confirmation that Val and Angie have been elected as Vice Presidents.
  • Visit to Bucklers Mead on Tuesday 12th March, 2019 – speaker’s subject “Royal Shenanigans in the 18th Century”.
  • The 100 Club was won by Toby & Jane Salisbury,  Val and Hilary White and the raffle prizes were won by Pat, Julie, Trish and Wendy.


Jenny Alexander

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