Pakenham WI News - October 2009

Pakenham WI

4th October 2009 - Pakenham Memories Afternoon for Macmillan Cancer Appeal.
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The hall was packed from 12.30 to 5.30 with people enjoying the lovely old photos and memorabilia of the village. The hall rang to the old time music of Roses of Piccardi and Vera Lynn kindly provided and played by Eric. Cedric, Michael and John were on hand to tell the stories and show photos of how good life used to be. The W.I. committee did an excellent job as waitresses cooks and bottle washers infact I often think I missed my true vocation in life. MOST OF ALL WE OWE A GREAT DEAL OF THANKS TO MARGARET TIPPLE WHO ORGANISED AND THOUGHT OF THE AFTERNOON - WELL DONE MARGARET.!!!!!! The event raised over £500 for Macmillan an all time record many many thanks to all who contributed and helped.

8th October 2009 - Monthly Meeting to Demonstrate the Art Of Cracker Making.
Twenty eight members gathered in the village hall to hear Frances Ashfield talk and demonstrate cracker maker. After a business section of rather heated discussion of the forthcoming A.G.M. at The Fox, we were shown the modern way of constructing crackers. Apparently using the cylinders of toilet and kitchen roll holders is not only outdated but a health risk.!!! We were told to use paper only which was not easy and certainly not the Blue Peter way I was taught. Some members were excellent & I have to admit I hid my effort in my bag and hurriedly deposited it in the bin on my return home. Those old ways are the best and far easier.!!! A good time was had by all and after savouring the delicious refreshments served and made by Ricky, Lynn and Barbara we went home to add buying crackers to our christmas shopping list, well, I did.

20th October 2009 - Group Meeting at Thurston Community Centre.
All seven institutes in our group will gather together to give their reports on the years events. The speaker is a naval captain, entertainment a belly dancer and we start with the music of the band of The Salvation Army.

29th October 2009 - Calendar Girls.
We are now full for this expedition to London, many thanks to Yvonne who saw last months notice and contacted me. We shall look forward to your company.

12th November 2009 - Annual Dinner and A.G.M. at The Fox.
This is the meeting to elect a committee and president for the forthcoming year. It has always been the tradition to include this with an annual dinner. There have been some objections this year so this will probably be the last joint event. Next year it will be only the A.G.M with a dinner at a later date so members have a choice on what event they wish to attend. Pleasing everyone all the time is proving quite difficult, fortunately we seem to get it right for the vast majority of members.

The Christmas Meeting will be on 10th December 2009 and will include a talk on Battery Hen Rescue. This is a topic on which many of our members are passionately interested in and would like to help by adopting these badly treated birds. Make a date in your diary and come along to hear how to help. To start next year, Januarys meetng will be 'My War In Afghanistan'. A member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces will tell us their story of day to day living in war torn Afghanistan. All proceeds from this open evening will go to Help the Heroes Fund.

Mary S. Kirby
Pakenham W.I.