We had Christmas lunch at the Ashley Wood Golf Club. We were a lively lot but as we had a room to ourselves why not? All our members enjoyed a most memorable occasion with delicious food and it was an excellent way of ending a successful and happy
We had no formal speaker or 'business' so the evening commenced with an Irish Raffle which was good fun - the lucky person left standing won a prize. Members enjoyed a Christmas buffet and a traditional cake (very boozy and made by Simone). Then members
were persuaded to play charades and we had a lot of fun making fools of ourselves.
We were represented by Carol Denton, our assistant secretary, who laid a wreath on our behalf.
There were two excellent speakers. In the morning was Vera De Menezes, a City and Guilds Floral Art Designer, who spoke about her early life in Africa and subsequent life in England. She had a display of some of her quilting work on the stage. In
the afternoon was Mandy Hickson, a renowned jet fighter pilot,talking about her career.
Members enjoyed a delightful trip, it was a lovely day and everyone enjoyed the unspoilt, tranquil scenery. We were given a most interesting commentary on the history of the canal as we traveled along.
We held a tea party for invited guests to commemorate 100 years of the W.I. The Deputy Mayor of Blandford, Jackie Stayt, kindly unveiled our commemorative plaque that has been erected in the gardens. During the unveiling she said that "A town without
a W.I. is a town without a heart"
Our members accompanied the float dressed in period costumes. It commemorated the W.I.'s 100th birthday by having a massive wooden cake well decorated with flowers and candles, giant bottle of champagne and strawberries. Everything was made by our
members with help for the woodwork from a willing husband.
We were represented by our President,Simone, at this special occasion when the Queen and other Royal family members attended the meeting.
Our member Lynne was the winner of our lucky dip and had the opportunity to attend the party. She traveled to London on a coach with other Dorset W.I.members and they all had an absolutely wonderful time.
A coach was arranged to take us to Kew Gardens. We all had a lovely time but agreed that there was so much to see in a day that we may have to consider another trip.
Simone, our President, was on hand to organise the planting of roses to commemorate the W.I.'s 100 years. These are climbing roses and can be found in the Woodhouse gardens.