Thursday, 13 December 2018
At our December meeting we heard how much our donations to the shoe box appeal and the food bank had meant to the organisations that run them, both being delighted at the amount sent. The Christmas meal at the Mendip Inn and the Christmas Tree festival in the church had been very successful with our tree based around loneliness winning the best themed entry prize.
Reminders of forthcoming events included the usual first Friday lunch on January the 4th in the Bell and also in the Bell our 70th birthday celebration skittles evening on Friday 18th. Mary asked us to have a look at the information about the Resolutions both in the County News and the WI Life and if possible bring a voting slip from the latter, with our choice on, to the January meeting, spare slips will also be available on the night. Mary also asked us to look out for her e mail with a short survey about food banks etc.
Our subs for next year will be £42, due in January and can either be paid by cheque or online, details for the latter to follow. Finally it was announced that mainly due to the larger numbers of members now, fund raising with the raffle is not essential but members voted to continue with it just for fun so please bring a small prize to the January meeting for the draws throughout the year.
In an entertaining, partly acting style and using letters sent to Emily Davis, our speaker, Sue Jennings, told us all about England’s first female physician, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. After much difficulty but with the support of her father, Elizabeth was finally admitted to the Society of Apothecaries although she had to go to Paris to study for her MD. She went on to set up the first medical college for women in the UK.
Our meeting on 14th January will include a talk on climate change.
Posted by Leigh on Mendip W.I. at 23:15
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Our entry of "The Loneliness Tree" won the Best Themed Christmas Tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Giles Church last weekend. This ties in with the WI's Resolution on Alleviating Loneliness.
Red hands joined in friendship and baubles denoting a wide range of village and local activities adorned the tree. A leaflet was available to take away giving more details of the activities locally that people could come along to in order to meet others. Everything from joining a Rock Choir, doing some volunteering or just talking to your neighbour was suggested.
Many thanks to all those involved in designing and creating the decorations. Our prize of a tin of chocolates will be shared at our January meeting.
Posted by Leigh on Mendip W.I. at 09:50