Minchinhampton W.I - December 2016 Meeting

As we gathered for our final meeting of the year we were greeted by a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree at the Library.

Our format was different this month as we began with the speaker, Mrs Aileen Bendal who is the Village and Community Agent for our area. Some of us knew of the scheme but many did not. She explained that the Agent bridges the gap between the local community and statutory and voluntary organisations able to offer help or support - a very comprehensive service. It is aimed at the over 50’s but help is available to any vulnerable person in the community. Questions were asked and answered and we now know that there is help at hand if required.

Mrs Bendal then had to leave as she had another appointment so we continued with general WI business. Final arrangements were made regarding our Christmas Lunch which takes place next week and members were reminded that our 2017 subscriptions are due at our next meeting in January when we will have a puppet show.

Before our tea and mince pies several of our members talked about their special hat and the story behind it. One had been to a Maundy Thursday service, another was a knitted hat made for a Christmas present. Yet another was covered in badges relating to the guiding movement with 50 years of history whilst another had danced in the furry dance at the Helston Floral Day celebrations. And the final two had royal connections, one of which had been worn during a visit by Princess Alexandra at a catering college and the other to a New Year’s Honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

A pleasant end to 2016's meetings.
Diana Farn