Thursday, 8 May 2014

News from Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Busy times for WI

Old Buckenham WI’s April meeting started with a visit from Amanda Cockkburn (reception teacher at the village Primary School) who presented a copy of “A Perfect Murder” by Peter James to each member. This book was a gift and was one of a million given away as part of World Book Night 2014 to spread the love of reading. This is the fourth year in which Amanda has chosen our WI to be the recipients and this gesture is much appreciated by members.
The evening’s speaker was Robert Maidstone who gave an informative and interesting talk on common garden weeds. He illustrated his talk with the aid of slides and gave ideas on how to control the spread of weeds in our gardens. The competition for the prettiest weed was won by Susan Hunter with a specimen of a ”Shining Cranesbill”.
Everyone was pleased with the success at the recent Cator Cup competition in Norwich (fully reported on this blog on Monday 7 April). Pat Shearing and Barbara Frost, who masterminded the staging, re-created the Old Buckenham entry so that those members who were unable to attend the event at the Showground could admire the hard work put in by those members who took part.
Some of the keen Scrabble players were at the recent WI County Competition in Norwich. The Old Buckenham A team came 5th and the B team were placed 8th. There is always fierce competition at this event, especially as some of the WI members from elsewhere in the county are National players.
Old Buckenham WI gives an annual bursary of £150 to a member attending a course at Denman College and the evening concluded with a draw for this award. This year’s winner was Jean Wade who can use the money towards a course any time in 2015.

The next meeting on Thursday 22 May will be to discuss the possible national resolutions. There will be a sales table and the competition will be for the most interesting tea towel.

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