Bulphan WI: January report

By Janet McCheyne

TWO more new members were welcomed to Bulphan Women’s Institute in January: Michaela Waite and Jan Menzie, and Pam Bowles was presented with a card and orchid on the occasion of the 80th birthday.

Our December meeting had been held at the Shepherd and Dog, Shepherd’s Hill, where the whole institute enjoyed a wonderful Christmas meal, in very smart surroundings and with excellent service. Also on a Christmas theme, Carol, Joanne, Linda and Monica had decorated a tree at Hyde Hall with coloured pine cones and teasels and it looked splendid. Rosemary Head had read the lesson on our behalf at the Thurrock WI Group Carol Service at Orsett, and Sarah Mortlock had read (from her iPad!) at the Bulphan Carol Service.

Back in the village hall for our January meeting, we found out all about Thurrock foodbank from volunteer Victoria Windus, who is the local organiser. Members had bought donations of suitable food for the foodbank. If you would like to donate or volunteer, visit


Victoria was thanked by new member Lesley Crisp. The competition was for a joke from a cracker. Each member read their’s out which proved very amusing. Unbelievably, the joke in my cracker at Bulphan School’s Christmas dinner was: “What do you call a cow who plays the accordion?” You can imagine what many memers answered but the correct answer was in fact “a Moo-sician”.

Next month our speaker is the eccentric Tracy Mackness, who has had a very varied lifestyle and is coming to tell us all about her very successful pig-keeping. There will be the opportunity to buy her seasoned sausages and other pork products. Tracy does not fit the image of a WI speaker, so do come along and enjoy something a bit different.

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