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Active Autumn for the WI

WI logoChristine Porter writes; the middle week of September was quite a busy one for some of our members. Firstly, Henstridge WI held their annual Croquet & Cream Tea afternoon at Henstridge golf course. Several of our members attended this and I'm pleased to report that our Sue Anderson collected the decorated wooden spoon for coming second in the croquet competition. 

The following day four of us joined members of Henstridge and re- enacted a Votes for Women March to commemorate 100 years since some women were granted the vote in 1918.   We wore long skirts, hats, carried banners and played drums as we marched from the village hall to the church, stopping en route when we entered the school. The children were fascinated by us and asked several good questions about the Movement. We finished back at the Town Hall where we had the obligatory tea and cakes. We even made the front page of the Blackmore Vale Magazine!

The following day was our usual monthly meeting when the speaker talked about 'Behind Closed Doors'. She has been teaching English in prisons for many years and shared some of her stories with us and we had a lively discussion about the way prisoners were treated.   After our refreshment break, I advised members of the several up and coming events for the rest of this year, starting with our Group Social at Horsington at the end of the month, followed by the AGM at Yeovil in October, the Carol Service (yes, it's creeping up on us!) at Wells on 12th December and the Group Carol Service at our own church later that month.

We are also running our usual Christmas Shopping Trip to Exeter on Thursday, 29th November.   This is open to non-WI Members and the cost will be £13.   If you would like to book a place on the coach please contact Janet on 250844 or Hazel on 251428.

By the time you read this we will have had our 'Let's Get Active Week' which starts with a game of skittles on the Monday evening, a walk round the village on Wednesday morning and some of us trying out the Short Mat Bowling in the evening.

Our special Macmillan Coffee Morning will also have taken place this month and I thank those of you who contributed in any way. I will announce the amount raised in next month's report.   Please don't forget that our room is open for serving coffees/teas, biscuits and usually cakes every Friday morning from 10.30am. Our October meeting is on Thursday 11th at 7.30pm when the speaker's talk is entitled 'Can You Hear Me At the Back' which is sure to be amusing.   I look forward to seeing everyone there.

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