Pakenham WI News - May 2014

Pakenham WI

May 8th 2014 – Resolution / AGM Meeting.
The WI Resolution for 2014 on Increasing Organ Donation, was accepted and voted on unanimously by members after listening to an enlightening talk on the subject by Linda Warne, a specialist organ donation nurse.
The existing committee were elected to serve this next year much to my great delight, as the support and friendship they have shown me and the institute over the past year has been tremendous, a truly wonderful team.  I am happy and honoured to serve for a seventh term as a Pakenham WI president.
Bridget, Beryl and the team served us much needed liquid and edible refreshments after what seemed a very long business evening. Thank you ladies.

May 10th 2014 – Keep the Home Fires Burning.
A team of us made our way to the BSE Theatre Royal for an afternoon of nostalgic World War 1 music. It's difficult to describe it !!! We were disappointed by a very low key and quite unprofessional performance by Ian Lavender, four members of the London opera company and a pianist.

May 11th 2014 – Pakenham Mill Food Fare Day.
The WI cake stall took its usual place as part of the food fare. My grateful thanks go to Jean George and Pat Addington who did an outstanding job manning the cake stall from 9.30am to 4pm on a really unpleasant weather wise day, I think its called devotion to duty. Many thanks to all the other helpers and bakers, you did a fantastic job.

Coming up:-

May 20th 2014 – Trip to Wimbledon.
Two of us join the Park Farm trip to tour Wimbledon for the day.

June 12th 2014 – WI Annual Garden Party.
This year’s garden party evening is at River Cottage. I am hoping for good weather and a speedy finish to our building works. In true Pakenham WI tradition it doesn’t matter on the venue or the weather, no matter what, a good time will be had by all

June 22nd – Open Gardens.
Our cake stall  ( yet another ) will be a whole cake stall at River Cottage, one of the gardens open to the public.

August 23rd 2014 – Flower and Produce Show.
Gill and I are organising the show on behalf of the WI and we are delighted and relieved that the show is back in its original venue at the hall. Our grateful thanks go to The Bryant Family who have so generously funded the hire costs, to allow us to donate all the proceeds to the BSE Alzheimer Appeal.

I suspect we will be all caked out by the end of the summer. My grateful thanks go to all our members for their tireless support of all the village events we are contributing to this year.
My mission for this year is to attract some of the wonderful younger women of our village to join the institute, and ensure its future for many years to come. We need new life and new ideas, as the present management are no longer in their prime. The WI is the true voice of rural women we need your support please.

Mary S Kirby