Saturday, 24 January 2015

January meeting of Old Buckenham WI

Highlights of Chelsea and Hampton Court
A chilly January evening did not deter the members of Old Buckenham WI gathering for their first meeting of this momentous year – the WI will be 100 years old in September.
Winter it might be but the evening’s speaker, Simon White of Peter Beales Roses, gave a taste of summer with a power-point presentation of his experiences at the prestigious RHS shows, Chelsea and Hampton Court. Members were warmed by views of exotic show gardens and glorious displays of flowers in the main marquees. Simon explained that it takes many months of preparation to be 'show ready' and of course, a lot of investment. Constructing the stands and manning them for twelve hours for five days is exhausting for the staff. The hard work, though, has been continually rewarded as Peter Beales has a fine record at these shows attaining the highest accolade from the judges for their stands, winning gold medals time and time again.
After refreshments members were asked to vote for a Resolution that they felt was of national importance. There were seven Resolutions to choose from and the most popular ones were concerning long-term care, and curbing the use of antibiotics. Both very topical subjects.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham WI will be on Thursday 26 February with the speaker Kate Brewster with her talk ‘A Dog is for life’.

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