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Every 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Leigh on Mendip

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Leigh on Mendip Community Coffee Mornings.

1st Monday of the month in the Memorial Hall from 9.45 to 10.45am.

Come along for a coffee and a chat! Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Journal is ready!

Well done everyone!
We have 85% participation and we walked and swam 1531 miles!

What an achievement!
Thank you to Caroline who has done all the work on creating the journal. Can't wait to see it!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Big Walk Little Splash

Last night Barbara, Caroline and I spent some time looking at all of our miles (mainly walking with a few swimming!) and we finally came to a decision on how best to present the information in our A5 Journal. The instructions were very precise in some ways, but left a lot to our own imagination, so with all three of us working together, we think we have come up with a formula! All we need to do now is put it into practice!
We're going to do it on the computer, and Caroline is kindly setting up the layout - we thought it best to use the mileage form provided  as the template for each page, with a line or two extra to add some interest. Otherwise it would be a book full of forms, which could be a bit dull! The extras will involve  photos, maps or any relevant similar material (so, if you have any which you can let us have digitally or actually, that would be fantastic - 'though it would need to be right now, as the journal has to be handed in to County by October 1!). We'll also have a feature on the different counties and countries in which we have walked, and, of course, a mention of our good intentions to walk together to our pub lunches earlier in the year, when rain kept on stopping play!
The plan is to print two copies, one to send off to County and the other for you all to see. The original idea was for as many members to take part as possible, and I think we have achieved this!
So, thank you all very much! You will be able to see the Journal at our next meeting.

Breaking news! It's now Tuesday evening and we've filled out our Journal as far as we can! Currently we have only 73% of members who have submitted swimming or walking miles! If just 4 more are able to let us know... It would bring us up to a massive 81% of members who have participated! Pretty impressive in anyone's book!

And.... We have walked and swum an incredible 1,500 miles since April!

Wednesday morning update! We have 2 more walkers to add to our list!
Excellent..... Only 2 to go now!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Visit to Wyke Farm is booked, and we have 2 spare tickets!

We shall be going to the cheese packing farm near Bruton on Wednesday 10 October, 10.30 until 12.30. We must wear flat shoes, no jewellery (except for a wedding band) and they will supply protective clothing. (to protect the cheese, not us!). There will be coffee and cake!
We'll organise transport nearer the time. The cost is £4

If you know anyone who would like to join us, please let me know immediately.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Bulb Fairy!

When I returned from my weekend away, there was a lovely surprise waiting for me! My bulbs, ordered earlier in the year had arrived! Those I had ordered last year provided a fabulous spring show,  so I'm looking forward to adding this selection.

Thank you, Sandra, for organising the orders and for kindly delivering them to us all!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Very successful programme planning meeting!

Many thanks to Ann, Barbara,  Caroline, Jan,  Jane, Mary, Sandra, Kathy and Val for gathering together a list of possible speakers, visits and activities for us to peruse, talk over and select. We've put together a varied and fun packed list for 2013; all we have to do now is actually book them! If they all say yes for the sessions we've chosen, we'll have a year to look forward to!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Record Breakers!

Hooray indeed! I've just read on Facebook that we have made it into the Guiness Book of Records! The 15 minutes of knitting we did during the National AGM has been verified as record breaking! Have a look on the WI website for more details. There's a photo on the WI website and Facebook page of some of the chains in use! (wrapped around an anchor!) Woohoo!

WI film club pioneers!

We've just returned from our first foray into the film club at Wells Film Centre! The staff were very friendly and we enjoyed a cup of tea on arrival. We saw Anna Karenina, and for the romantics amongst you, I can highly recommend it! So full of emotion and passion!
The other viewers were quiet throughout, no sweet paper rustling, no chattering or (hooray!) no-one kicking the back of your seat all the way through!
Marguerite and I had an excellent afternoon - can't wait for our next trip!

On checking the cinema website, I have next on my list 3rd & 17th October, a couple of Shakespeare comedies: All's well that ends well and Much Ado About Nothing. Anyone else coming too? Both Wednesday at 3pm.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Cuisine of the Lebanon is trending in Leigh on Mendip!

What a fabulous evening! Wafaa Powell brought us such a wonderful taste of her country and it's cookery at our meeting on Monday night! She prepared some very simple dishes, using very basic, readily available ingredients - and wow! A real taste sensation! Everyone sampled the dishes and many of us couldn't resist having seconds! (would have been rude not to!). Lots of dishes went home, too! There was some talk of making the fattouch for the Harvest Supper! ( an absolutely gorgeous salad! Though, I made it for tea on Tuesday, and getting the right kind of lettuce and being accurate with the amounts of lemon juice and olive oil is clearly pretty crucial! Wafaa appeared to just slosh it all in! No! That's years of practised sloshing, I would say! Needs careful tasting before serving! Well worth the effort) Wafaa is an excellent speaker, whose Belly Dancing evening we all thoroughly enjoyed a couple of years ago. She asked us to recommend her to other groups; she does parties, too! Fun!

Tea towel sales went very well! Like hot cakes! Inadvertently we appear to have a competition going on how far a tea towel will travel - if Val decides to send one to her daughter in Tasmania, she could well win that one! Unless anyone else has a more distant contact....?

There were loads of dates to put in the diary, too: Monday 17 September programme planning meeting,  first Friday of October lunch at The Bell,  9 October, Group meeting at Kilmersdon about the history of the Kennet and Avon canal: another good speaker, from all accounts. Visit to the cheese factory at Wyke Farm in Bruton, either 26 Sept or 10 Oct. Somerset Annual meeting 10 November, Christmas Fair at Denman 1 or 2 December, our Christmas meal 3 December, County Carol Service 12 December. Please let me know immediately if you wish to attend any of these.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Wells film centre : WI Film Club

I've just been over to Wells to join the WI film club, which entitles me to attend the tea matinĂ©es, have a cup of tea and a biscuit and pay no booking fee when organising my viewing as well as a 50p reduction on each ticket. Since it cost me £5 to join, all I have to do is see 11 films and I'll be quids in!

The first one on my agenda is Anna Karenina; Marguerite and I will be going next Thursday afternoon. If anyone else would like to come with us, please let me know! (£5 to join and £6 for the film)

Another fun and fabulous lunch!

Yesterday, we met at The Bell for a really tasty lunch - the food was excellent! The company was superlative! Thank you all for coming! I'm looking forward to next time,  Friday 5 October 12.15 for 12.30

Don't forget that Monday is an open WI meeting, so friends, partners, neighbours, the person in the street..... all will be welcome!