Thursday, 10 October 2019

Busy September for Old Buckenham WI

Many meetings for Women's Institute
Produce show in village hall
September was a busy month for Old Buckenham WI with organising the Produce Show and three meetings. 
The first meeting was the annual get together with New Costessey WI which this year took place at New Costessey. Then came the Guiltcross group meeting when six local WIs meet in Old Buckenham Village Hall. The speaker this time was Jenny Gibbs on her life in rural Turkey. Dressed in traditional Turkish costume she explained how at the age of 50 she determined to live in Turkey after falling in love with it on a cruise holiday. Arriving with no plans she managed to find accommodation in a small guest house and started working in the kitchen of a nearby restaurant. She married the chef and Mustafa came with her to the meeting. A wonderful storytelling full of interesting stories.
The speaker for Old Buckenham's own meeting was Gerry Foster on sheep dog training. After 25 years working in the electronics industry Gerry was taking a neighbour out for a drive when they saw a sign for a sheep dog trial and decided to see what it was about. It turned out to be a life changing experience. She told her husband they were moving, took redundancy and realised her ambition of working with dogs and sheep. She does contract shepherding all over the country and is also a judge at trials all over the UK and worldwide.
Gerry detailed how dogs are trained to work with sheep. It takes patience and perseverance, the bond between dog and handler is vital and Gerry explained the various words and whistles used. With the help of diagrams she explained the trials as seen on TV in One Man and his Dog. The first trial was in 1892 between Scottish and Welsh shepherds determined to prove whose dogs were best. The trials are governed by the International Sheep Dog Society. There are open trials throughout the summer and every four years there is a world trial involving 22 countries which is being held at Castle Howard in 2020. This was a fascinating talk peppered with anecdotes. The only disappointment was that Gerry was unable to bring dogs with her as they had had three exhausting days trialling.
Arrangements were made for the monthly walk and for transport to the Broderers Guild at Norwich Cathedral and to Hotter's shoe shop. Members were asked to bring a plate of savoury food to next month's Birthday Party.
The next meeting is the Annual Meeting on Thursday 28 November at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.

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