From a garden party to Ascot – WI members enjoy summer

By Contributed Item in Local People

On Ascot Day, 23 members of Highlight Park WI, attired in their fancy race-going best frocks and hats, gathered together around the tables where Jeanette had laid out her innovative horse racing gallop.

Eight horses and their appropriately named jockeys were lined up.

The names were based on the members’ names and were Ellovera, Nestegg, Genie, Patacake, The Duchess, Twinny,  Maagarina, and The President, Amidst much hilarity, bets were placed and they were off!

Following this was a lovely spread of sandwiches and cakes with lashings of tea and coffee, which rounded off the afternoon nicely. Thanks to Jeanette for her game, which should be marketed.

At the June meeting, Barbara welcomed six new potential members as well as a large group. After the fire drill by Ann, ‘Happy Birthday’ was sung to the June babies, and June read the last minutes.

Pam read out her report and Jeannette advised the group of forthcoming events. Pam then reported on the group’s financial standings.

Forthcoming events start on July 4, when WI ladies from Chippenham are visiting for afternoon tea. On August 4, Pam’s cheese and wine event takes place and on June 30, a new venture which is proving popular is lunch at The Ship Inn.

There will be a fundraising event on August 22 at the meeting hall, which is open to all. Jean Collier donated two chairs which will be helpful for anyone needing a more comfortable chair while at the hall.

June Davies celebrated her birthday at the craft club with homemade cupcakes for everyone. The talk by Yvonne Thomas was an account of her stay in India.

This is Yvonne and her husband’s third trip to India and this time they were invited to a wedding.

It was a celebration at Jaipur in The Pink City and guests enjoyed a full three-day event and had fabulously colourful outfits to wear. They were met by the bride’s family in a village at the foot of the Himalayas called Missouri.

There was dancing, food and guests had tattoos drawn on their hands. Yvonne said she couldn’t believe how welcoming the people were.

Yvonne and her husband also visited Kachhwa Christian Hospital in Uttar Pradesh, which is a compound training people in various skills, such as teaching, medical workers and social workers.

On June 14, a trip to Wells took place on a warm and bright morning. There were 38 ladies from Barry WI, some members of the Cadoxton WI and a number of friends on the trip.

Wells has a small town square, which was hosting a market with tasty produce, craft work of all sorts and lovely flowers.

Members explored the Bishop’s Palace, watched the swans from the moat ring a bell to let everyone know they were looking to be fed and of course, there was the beautiful Cathedral.

On June 21, 22 very well-dressed ladies, complete with pretty dresses fancy hats and fascinators, boarded the coach to Margam for a garden party.

This event is very popular, and members met ladies from other WI organisations in the Glamorgan Federation. Candelabras, lowers and party food adorned the tables.

The day was very hot, and the ladies all sat under the trees. There was dancing, and some members had a stroll and had a welcome cuppa in the orangery.

The meeting on July 18 will be ‘How to tie a scarf’ by Rosemary Scaddon with the competition of ‘Flower in a vase.’ There will be no meeting in August and the group meets again in September for a fun night with a buffet.

Highlight Park WI mostly meet on the third Tuesday of each month. There is a sewing circle every Thursday at 2pm and an afternoon meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm.


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