Record of Shorwell WI Meeting Monday May 14th 2018

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As Debbie was away, the meeting was taken by our Vice-President, Chris. 20 members were present, perhaps some having been put off by the ongoing roadworks through the village.

Our outing to Farringford House will be on July 6th, followed by tea (cream or savoury) at the IW Pearl Centre, Brighstone. It promises to be a very pleasant afternoon. Helpers will be needed for our stall at the Midsummer Fair, both to make preserves and to help on the day, or with pricing jars beforehand. Our plans for various social groups are going well, and there are now organisers for several groups. Unfortunately, we are unable to run a Thrift Club after all.

Tonight, was the vote on this year’s Resolution, “Mental Health Matters”, which was carried unanimously. Our vote will be taken to the NFWI Annual Meeting by our link delegate from Yarmouth.

The title given to tonight’s talk by Suzanne Whitewood was “Fishfags to Coffee”, which had us all wondering what it meant! ‘Fishfags’ were small boys who, in times before refrigeration, would keep fish for sale fresh by dousing it with cold seawater, a practice which apparently still goes on today in some places. Suzanne’s talk was a history of food from Roman times until the 17th century when coffee became popular. Many familiar foods were introduced by the Romans, and many more from explorations in Elizabethan times. The talk was ‘illustrated’ with samples of Roman bread with soft cheese and olives, cake including lemon, orange, spices and dried fruit all introduced by the Elizabethans, and finally coffee cake to have with our tea: all these samples had been baked by Suzanne. She even gave us a recipe for the Roman bread!

May’s Best Bloom was a hardy geranium brought by Vanessa.

Tonight, was Sheila’s last meeting before she and her husband move off the Island. We all wish her well and hope she joins the WI in her new home. The meeting ended with ‘Jerusalem’ in her honour.