Brave ladies Air Ambulance reward

Contributed by editor on Mar 02, 2005 - 04:46 PM

Hawkinge Paddlesworth and Acrise WI meeting


What dreadful weather we all endured at the end of February/early March; and it was a very chilly village hall that greeted me for our monthly meeting held on 1st March. Would our members brave the adverse conditions? Should we cancel? Of course not and many ladies did turn out, although some of them did not divest themselves of their outer garments due to the slow rise in temperature during the afternoon, their efforts to get to the meeting were well rewarded.

Our speaker, a delightful young lady named Karen, gave a very thought provoking presentation on the work of the Kent Air Ambulance Service. Using slides, statistics and personal anecdotes she brought the work of this service fascinatingly alive for us.

I had no idea how lucky we are living in Kent and having this facility literally only fifteen minutes flying time away. Neither did I realise that it only needs every individual living in Kent to give just one pound a year for sufficient funding to be achieved. Certainly some thing for us all to consider!

It was with pleasure that we welcomed a new “potential� member able to play the piano who accompanied the singing of both Jerusalem and the National Anthem; many thanks go to Elizabeth Faulkner.

There were several birthdays to be celebrated and those ladies joined me later at the birthday table for tea, a very pleasant time to chat and catch up on everyone’s busy lives.

The month’s competition was for a hand made get well card and the standard extremely high. I am proud to say that we have some very talented ladies in our WI. The winner Hettie Quinn had made a card from sugar which was unusual and quite delightful to look at. Hettie has kindly agreed to demonstrate her craft at the next meeting. This will take place on Tuesday 5th April when the WI has been challenged to “Bring a Friend�.

Fortunately we had already decided to have this as a “Members Meeting� and consequently there will be several other demonstrations of members’ skills for us to observe. There will also be opportunities for everyone to “have a go� should they so wish.

We would like to invite YOU to attend, so please if you have that afternoon free please come along to the village hall and join in, consider this a personal invite.

The monthly competition is for an Easter bonnet; why not bring an entry for that along?

We meet at 2pm and start the meeting with the singing of Jerusalem (don’t worry we have the words already for you!); and as this is a special meeting during the afternoon tea and cakes will be provided. I think it sounds fun, I hope you do too.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Secretary, Wendy Bell on 01303 893858.

Linda Barnes