July 2020

President Margaret Alcock welcomed 23 members to the July meeting, the second meeting to be held on Zoom. A special welcome was extended to members attending for the first time. When everyone had said hello and settled down the business part of the meeting started.

The President thanked Hortense Oates for the beautiful flower arrangement for the top table which Hortense held up for us all to see.

Secretary Daphne Gazeley read out apologies from 5 members unable to attend followed by the minutes of the June meeting. These were approved in the usual manner and signed by the President. Treasurer Lynda Daly gave a short financial report.

Margaret said that at this time of year the incumbent President usually asks for volunteers for the committee prior to the Annual Meeting in October however, because of the strange times we are in, all the present committee members had agreed to stay on. Realising that this could be a terrible blow to many of the members, Margaret said anyone wanting to join the committee would be made most welcome!

Mersham WI will be celebrating their Centenary on July 23rd and Kay Hygate had made a special card which will sent to them on behalf of the members of Castle Green WI.

Then came THE BIG EVENT!! The President acknowledge that she had failed in her duty last month because there was not a raffle. Barbara Thorburn had come up with a cunning plan to rectify this terrible omission. The President drew out the winning name, which was greeted with cries of derision because it was, you’ve guessed it, …… Margaret Alcock. (I did offer draw another name, but everyone insisted that I keep the prize. MA)

Everyone settled down and we listened to Valerie Humphries who told and showed us about the cards she had made at her U3A class and other cards that she has made during lockdown. She also took up her knitting needles again after 30 years and showed us a delightful cardigan she had made for her great-granddaughter. Valerie has already purchased more wool and is determined to carry on knitting.

Christine Burgoyne was the next speaker and told us that after a gap of many years she has taken up drawing again and showed us examples of her work. Every Sunday during lockdown Christine has been having Zoom meetings with her daughter in Belfast during which they have been drawing and talking. Christine said that she has been drawing every day and will continue to do so.

The President thanked both speakers and the members showed their appreciation with applause.

After a short discussion amongst the members it was decided that the next Zoom meeting will be a cake and coffee morning. Click here to read the details.