Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Bulphan WI: September report

Bulphan WI

By Jan Curtis

Firstly a couple of corrections to the report of our July meeting, the house in Horndon-on-the-Hill High Street was once the home of the owner of the Vincent Motorbike Company not Triumph. Also the same house later became the home of the famous keep fit instructor Eileen Fowler but she wasn’t any relation to Phil Vincent.

Apologies to our guide Peter Woodard for the misquotes & we have given our reporter a new pad & pencil to ensure correct note taking in the future.

We were visited by journalist, reporter & author Sarah Tucker in August who explained her interpretation of what she termed as ‘The Playground Mafia’ from her experience at her son’s school in Richmond. The result of all this people watching was a best-selling fictional book that has now been made into a stage play which sounds as if it could be an interesting watch.

September is a whole month of parties & gatherings to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Institute. We started by unveiling at the Orsett Show, a wall hanging made by many of the members of the 9 Thames Group of WI’s, this received loads of complements despite still being a work in progress. The wall hanging will go on to be shown at each of the Institutes, at Group meetings & events, hopefully for many years to come.

A large group of our members along with some from Orsett WI & other guests had a fantastic day out in Windsor, shopping, cruising along the river & partaking of a Downton Abbey themed afternoon tea.

The meeting night saw members raiding their wardrobes & those of other people to dress up in outfits from across the 100 years of the WI. There was a photo booth to record the occasion, quizzes, Prosecco, tea & of course a cake to mark the event, which was cut by Pat Hall who has been a long standing member since the1970’s. A power point presentation by the members who had attended along with 530 others the Tea & Tents WI camping weekend in July required them to make a quick change in to their Team Dorothy dresses & display the many keepsakes they’d gathered at the camp.

Members were invited to attend the service at Bulphan Church on 13th where the wall hanging was again displayed. The service included the WI prayer, grace & a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.

On the actual Centenary day, 29 members are going along to West Horndon WI as their meeting night is on the anniversary of the first ever UK WI meeting. A three course meal, entertainment & toasts will make for another enjoyable evening.

Finally we will end the month by decorating a window in Bulphan Church for the Harvest Festival. This year all the vegetables, fruit, flowers etc. were knitted, crocheted or stitched by members & many will be passed on to be used by others.

October 14th will see a visit from Hannah-Lise who will be explaining about her homemade candles & creams which use aromatherapy.

This year’s programme, information, photographs & much more can be found on our web site bulphanwi.weebly.com, on Facebook at Bulphan Women’s Institute & Twitter @bulphanwi or contact Janet McCheyne President 01268 543214.


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