Wednesday, February 21, 2024

West Tilbury WI: June report

THE speaker for West Tilbury this month was Maggie Piper who brought slide films of The Eden Project and The Hidden Gardens of Heligan.

This was a very enlightening show the pit that was an old Clay Quarry in Cornwall magically developed before our eyes, to become a thing of beauty. This area the size of thirty five football pitches is a wonderful example of what the architect Nicholas Grimshaw could do. Building work was taken on by the Mac’Alpine Construction company this is now in the Guinness book of records .

As well as the many areas filled with plants and flowers grown in their native settings there is also a concert venue and an Education area for children with animals and figures placed in strategic places made from recycled material.

The Hidden Gardens of Heligan were almost abandoned when the young men that worked there went to the First World War and were killed in action so never returned. It was so neglected that the owners had to start again to make it into the beautiful place it is today.

Members were asked if they would like to go to the Speakers Day at The WI Hatfield Peverel County Office on 26th July. The Annual County meeting is at Harlow Playhouse on Wednesday October 16th 10am -1pm as this is so short a programme members thought as it was not in a viable area for them, with the cost of travel to go this distance, attendance would not be justified.

Essex Festival will be held at Cressing Temple Barns 20th-21st July.

The Competition a “Flower” was won by Grace Patch

Raffle prizes were won by Clare Gale, Dorothy Haws and Iris Crane.

July Meeting by Invitation only

The next meeting in will be 6th August at The West Tilbury Village Hall 7pm-9-30pm
Speaker Ian Kirby “Burnham Boy”


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