Record of Shorwell WI Meeting Monday July 9th 2018

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Our July meeting, on a very warm evening, began with cards given to Kathryn and Jean, who have birthdays this month.

Since the last meeting we have visited the newly restored Farringford - once home to the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson - where we were given a guided tour of the house and were able to enjoy the beautiful walled garden. Then it was back to IW Pearl at Brighstone, where some more members joined us and we could have our cream tea looking out over the coast.

All our work making preserves for the Midsummer Fair proved worthwhile when it was reported that we had sold 139 jars and taken a record amount of money on the stall. Remaining jars were on sale at the meeting.

Debbie, Barbara, Renella and Vanessa had attended the Federation Annual Meeting at Northwood House and they all thought it was an enjoyable and interesting day. At the meeting, Shorwell was awarded a certificate to mark its 70th anniversary year.

Our speakers were volunteers from the Hampshire and IW Air Ambulance, who gave us an insight into the work of the service since the first flight in 2010, and which is entirely funded from public donations. They were thanked for a most interesting talk by Chris. The Bloom of the Month competition was won by Isabel.

There is no formal meeting in August, but we will have our annual garden party, hosted this year by Paula, and our craft, walking and lunch groups will continue throughout the summer.