The speaker this evening was Edwin Rye talking about plants for a winter garden. The members always enjoy his talks and find them very informative. Having missed a month, there were a lot of forthcoming events in the county to sign up to attend in the autumn months. Unfortunately, there are few takers for the Royal Event at Wolverton in spite of the warning that if the WIs in the north of the county don’t support events arranged north of Aylesbury the federation sub-committees will stop providing them for us. Our Group convenor is arranging an outing to Winchester to the city’s Christmas market which sounds very interesting as she has booked a Blue Badge guide as well. A new group to learn to crochet will start in October to run on alternate Mondays with the craft group but the badminton has stopped. The WI has already banked money earned from catering for the Denman College Fund and other events are planned. The President asked everyone to start to consider joining the committee next year.
The Book Group met to discuss “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. I am afraid the majority had got as far as one of the characters munching on a rat and shut the book up. It was a fantasy rather like a Terry Pratchett novel set underneath the city of London centred on people who were ignored by society, who had “fallen through the cracks in the streets”. It was a satirical take on modern society using the London location names literally so that one had a real angel in Islington, real shepherds in Shepherds’ Bush etc. All very clever and quite entertaining but too much for some of our members.