We are now into our third session of learning to crochet and beginning to think of projects on which to use the stitches that we are able to produce. The main problem will probably be keeping the work to shape. Stuff either becomes narrower or expands beyond the desired edge. However nil desperandum: I am sure it will come right in the end and it is good fun learning together.
It was our WI’s annual meeting tonight and there was a good turn out for a session which many members are not very keen on. We started with the ordinary meeting when arrangements were made for interest group events and the forthcoming outing to Winchester and the Christmas dinner. Then suitably fortified by refreshments and having spent time puzzling over quizzes, word searches and tested some chocolates, the members tackled the annual report which always surprises us as to the amount of things we have done in the past year. The financial report will have to wait until the next meeting to be approved as some questions on details were asked which could not have an immediate answer as our treasurer was unable to be present. The committee is to serve another year with the addition of an extra member who was co-opted. Our president is also willing to serve again which was welcomed by the members. She was thanked along with the committee for their hard work and dedication during another busy year.
The Book Group welcomed two new members to a session when there was only one absentee. We had been reading Phillipa Gregory’s “The Virgin’s Lover” which is centred on Lord Dudley’s relationship with Elizabeth I. Most of the readers had found the novel enjoyable and easy to read but felt it could have benefitted from an editor who would dare to cut it down. Some of the repetitions became annoying. The author took liberties with the historical facts in the eyes of the true historians in the group---but it was a novel when all said and done.
Today there was a jigsaw bring and buy in a member’s house. This was well attended and with a raffle and refreshments the event raised £116.70 for the Denman College Appeal. This sum brings our WI’s contribution up to about £300. The support from members for these jigsaw events is much appreciated.