JANUARY 2019 STRADBROKE W.I. REPORT. Hello and Happy New Year to you all. Christmas came and went leaving a number of our ladies coughing and sneezing , we wish them all well very soon and look forward to the spring and some warm sunshine to clear the tubes. December saw our ladies and their partners gather for our Christmas supper and what a lovely sight it was .The committee as usual had worked their magic under the guidance of Gill and transformed the community centre into a fairyland of lights with beautifully decorated tables. All the ladies and guests were dressed in their finery and smiling happily as they quaffed their chosen drinks before settling at their tables to partake of an excellent meal. The entertainment was provided by one Lestyn Edwards a most accomplished piano player ,singer and raconteur who came as his alter ego a ballerina in a tutu , something of an innovation for the W.I. but what fun and judging by the laughter and applause greatly enjoyed. A very happy evening and thanks to all concerned. January and those who were well enough shivered their way to the meeting for a welcome chat with their friends and to settle in to a presentation by Sheree Queen who is a qualified aromatherapist. First we went through the routine business and a brief financial talk from Gwyneth, thanks to our hostesses Rose and Jane M, birthday posies or rather pots of primulas were presented to several members ,very pretty, the flowers and the members, then we quickly settled in for our evening talk. Sheree introduced herself and gave us a brief history of how she had become involved with training as an aromatherapist and I have to say it was a lot more of an intense training than one would expect . The problems of which essential oils could be mixed with which medical conditions and their treatments, medications e.t.c. and the risk of toxicity to the client if combinations were incorrect or too intense, it appears that essential oils are not something just to play with on a luxury bath night , they have to be appropriate to needs and in correct dilution. This said there are so many applications and uses from face and hand creams to treatment for insomnia ,blocked noses ,yes Vick vapour rub can be included here, and motion sickness, and all of it from natural sources. One of our members was invited up to have a foot massage and this she obviously enjoyed and walked away very light of foot afterwards, nice. It was a lovely evening from a lovely young lady and I saw several of her business cards being popped into handbags . Moira gave the vote of thanks on our behalf and a hearty round of applause from us all. Refreshments followed and a few notices as the evening drew to a satisfactory close and our members wrapped themselves up to brave the journey home, thank you all. Next month on 14th February we will have a demonstration of first aid from the local First Responders and I urge as many of you as possible and your friends come and listen to what they have to say. Prue Rush.
W.I. March 2019. Stradbroke W.I. Report. For our open meeting last month, we had an excellent turn out of thirty four members, and welcomed fourteen visitors. We began the evening with a rendition of Jerusalem. Thanks to our hostesses, Annie and Jennifer who provided delightful posies for members with March birthdays. We were then treated to a wonderful talk by Mark Mitchels on the life of Beatrix Potter. He began by reminding us that her books had been enjoyed by children for over 100 years, and that they were as popular today as they ever were, with a copy sold somewhere in the world every fifteen seconds. They have been translated into many languages, the second most popular being Japanese. Beatrix was brought up in an upper class Victorian household by a very remote mother, a father to whom she was very close, and a much adored governess. Her collection of pets was most likely a substitute for friends. Her father was a keen photographer and so her childhood and later life were well recorded in photographs. Her governess, Annie Carter, left to get married when Beatrix was nineteen, and her first book, Peter Rabbit began life as an illustrated letter to Annie’s son, who was her godson. In 1830, Beatrix bought a rabbit who she called Benjamin Bouncer, and used him as a model for a set of Christmas cards which she sold as a set “The Happy Pair”. She was to prove to have a good head for business. Her books were published by Frederick Warne and she developed a strong relationship with a director, Norman Warne, but sadly he died before they could be married. She had spent many childhood holidays in the Lake District and bought Hill Top Farm in Cumbria, finally managing to break away from her parents, and marrying William Heales in 1910. She became well known for her love and knowledge of farming and when she died, left her estate of fifteen farms to the National Trust, with the instruction that there was to be no hunting on the land. Mark’s talk was truly informative and entertaining, and Caroline gave a very appreciative vote of thanks. Our next meeting will be a Silent Auction on 11th April Gill then closed the meeting with a reminder that we will be holding our Soup and Cake Lunch on Saturday 6th April to donate to the Blossom Appeal, which is raising funds for a state-of-the-art breast care facility at the Ipswich hospital. Please support us by buying a ticket, which cost £6 each. Thank you