Record of Shorwell WI Meeting Monday June 11th 2018

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On a beautiful summer’s evening, 27 of us gathered for the June meeting. Mary, Christine and Linda all have birthdays this month and were given cards.

Final arrangements were made for our outing to Farringford in July, with 18 of us signed up for the house visit, and two more joining us for tea at IW Pearl afterwards; and for the village Midsummer Fair on June 23rd. Many of us have made jams and other preserves for our stall, and some are making sweets. We were reminded that other stalls need items, too, such as cakes for the tea tent. More cakes will be needed for the WI tea tent at the IW County Show on July 8th, and six people volunteered to bake for this, in true WI fashion!

Two new groups are now up and running, with the first meetings arranged. The walking group will meet on June 18th for a walk to Wayside Herbs at Yafford, and the lunch club will meet at The Eight Bells in Carisbrooke on June28th. Maria (walking group) and Marion (lunch club) would welcome suggestions for future outings, and all are welcome to come along. Hopefully, more groups will get underway in the future, as we have had plenty of suggestions for activities.

Our speaker this evening was Bob Longton from Carisbrooke Castle Museum, whose talk entitled ‘Island Roads Were Different’ was an overview of travel to and around the Island in the Georgian period. Travel from London to Portsmouth took over 10 hours, and cost 1 guinea (£1.05) for an inside seat, 12 shillings (60p) for a seat on the roof! An open steamer ran to Ryde, with carriages, horses and servants towed on a barge behind. Bob illustrated his talk with pictures and engravings from the Museum collection, especially views of the Undercliffe and the south of the Island, as far as Chale, where the road stopped! He was thanked by Brenda for a most interesting talk. The competition for a picture of vintage transport was won by Barbara with a photo of her great grandfather with his horse and cart. The Bloom of the Month was Isabel’s camellia.