West Tilbury WI: January report

THE West Tilbury President Margaret Clamp and members toasted in the New Year with a glass of wine.

The WI resolutions vote decided to ask HM Government as to ‘Increasing the awareness for Organ Donations.’ Although there was some discussion as other items were considered of importance.

Christmas collection sent to St Luke’s Hospice raised £28-50p.

Our speaker this month was Chris Meads who was for many years one of the heads of Hobson’s Uniforms. This was a very informative slide show and talk, as many of the members had no idea that the uniforms for our military were made so near to us by the firm of Hobson’s at Thundersly in Essex.

This began as a small firm in London then moved into Essex, from then on it has grown to encompass world-wide customers but keeping up the excellent standards set by its founder.

Hobson’s supply all uniforms with everything required and made at the factory for men and women from head to toe. Our members were intrigued to see the samples of standards carried by the regiments that are hand embroidered by the women at the factory.

Chris Meads bought other samples of miniature items for everyone to see. This was a really good programme and everyone would have enjoyed a visit to see this in action, unfortunately owing to the

‘Elf and Safety’ regulations this is no longer an option.

The challenge for Spring Group meeting in April this year is an exhibition of Scout’s and Guides Memorabilia and members will be asked to knit 4ply premature baby garments for the local hospital baby unit.

Outings include a Speakers day in February at the WI centre at Hatfield Peverel. Also this month a Joanne Phillips will attend WI Centenary meeting for the December2nd 2014 Celebrations that to be held at the Tilbury Terminal.

Competition ‘A Military Item’ was won by Clare Gale
Raffle prizes were won by Ann Jones and Joy Ridgewell
Nest meeting at West Tilbury Village hall February 4th at 7pm-9-30pm.
Demo ‘Occasion Cake Studio.’

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