Walking into this months SHWI meeting I cannot believe it is a year since my very first WI experience. I had no idea at the time what a year I would have, and also how wrong everyone is about the WI! This month I got to wear my committee rosette for the first time, I am so proud to be a part of this mixed bag of wonderful women.
Lots of newcomers this month, fresh faced and with a slightly perplexed look in their eye, but as always they were welcomed and invited to get a cuppa and find a seat. Talking of newbies, our own lovely Rachel was about to take the stage for the first time as president. She reckoned she was nervous , but she did a stellar job, rattling through the necessary business before explaining how the meeting would go.
Tonight was going to be a craft-stravaganza, four stations of lovely creative ideas to get people mingling and getting stuck in. Now, I have a confession to make, that I have kept well hidden for the last year, I don’t craft. I know! what kind of excuse of a menopausal woman am I?! Please don’t take my rosette away!! I am learning though, so tonight was perfect for me.
The ever enthusiastic Cat had a table making fabric skin cleanser cloths, knitted make up removers and the ever present bunting box was open for business. There was a very zen and peaceful table with mindful colouring, didn’t hear a peep from that lot! Our secretary Laura, resplendent in violet and a tiara (must try harder LBH), helped us to make coffee butt scrub, super easy and effective, ask me nicely next time you see me, I’ll show you …. the scrub, not the butt!!
The last table hiding in the corner was something very special, Rachel had bought fabric squares for us to cut and wrap around a wreath which will be presented in Endcliffe Park for the fly by to mark the 75th anniversary of the US bomber crashing in the park during WW2. Simple but so effective, it will be presented to Tony Foulds who was a school boy when the plane came down, at the memorial event to be held soon.
So there you go, January done! Another year of the weird and wonderful experiences that make up our SHWI so special.
Now, where’s me knitting ……..