February 2020

President Margaret Alcock welcomed 51 members and 1 guest to the February meeting held as usual in the Lads’ Club. Our secretary Daphne Gazeley was unwell, so Christine Burgoyne stepped into the breach to take the minutes. Marjorie Mitchel was thanked for the beautiful flower arrangement which was much admired by the members. Coffee hostesses Judith Parsons and Gill Chapman were also thanked. The record of the last meeting was approved and signed and any matters arising dealt with. Details of forthcoming Federation events were read out.

Our Treasurer Lynda Daly presented the budget for the coming year and answered members questions. She was thanked for her work and received a warm round of applause.

Lunch Club. Hortense Oates reminded members that the next lunch will be on March 18th at the Restaurant 24 in Douglas Avenue in Hythe. Please look at the Lunch club page or click here to see the details. Hortense is taking a break from organising the Lunch Club, so we need a willing volunteer to organise future events. Last month Hortense had told us about her life as a family liaison officer in London and that she had met the Queen who had visited the centre where Hortense worked. This month she brought 2 photographs of that event for members to see.

Denman Bursary. At the March meeting the draw for the Denman Bursary will be drawn. This is for £200.00 to be put towards a course at the WI’s Denman College in Oxfordshire. To enter the draw, you must have been a member of Castle Green for 2 years.

We have received an invitation from Smeeth WI saying that they have an open meeting on Monday 9th March at 7.30pm in Brabourne and Smeeth Village Hall (Bircholt Forstal, Lees Road, East Brabourne, Ashford ,TN25 5LF). The speaker will be Simon Ginnaw who will be giving a talk entitled ‘Kent’s Wild Year’. This invitation is open to all members.

After coffee we welcomed our speaker Dean Caston who presented an audio/visual talk entitled Queen Elizabeth 11. Long to reign over us. We followed the Queen’s life from birth to the present day and heard her first broadcast from Windsor aged 14 and other speeches she has made during her 68-year reign.

As Kay Hygate said in her vote of thanks this was a very interesting and informative talk.

Please see Past Events 2020 or click here to read a report of the Winter warmer soup lunch that followed directly on from the meeting.