May 2022

President Julie Andrews welcomed twenty-nine members to the May meeting which was our Birthday Breakfast meeting. Kay Hygate was thanked for the flower arrangement on the President’s table and the hostesses were also thanked.

Lynda Daly who had “retired” from the committee after eight years as Treasurer was presented with a bouquet and thanked for all her work. The members gave her a well-deserved round of applause.

The minutes of the April meeting were read, approved, and signed. Members were told that the Denman College estate had been sold for £8.5 million and that the new owner had a family connection to Denman and would be returning it to a family home and the name to Marcham Park.

We were told that the next meeting of the Knit and Natter group would be Thursday June 16th at 2pm in Gill Chapman’s home. The Patchwork group will meet on Zoom on June 7th and the walking group are meeting next Monday at 10.30am in Hythe for a seafront walk.

Gill Chapman had delivered the twiddle muffs (made by our members and collected at last month’s meeting) to some of our local Care Homes and reported that they where most appreciated.

Julie also read out an email from the William Harvey Hospital thanking members for making and donating baby bonnets to their neonatal unit.

Godinton House and Gardens July 28th – Romany Cowans is organising this visit. Members wishing to go were asked to sign up with Romany and also to let her know if they would need a lift or were prepared to drive and perhaps offer others a lift.

Members were told about our Jubilee tea Party on June 10th starting at 1pm. Please click here to read the details.

We then settled down to our Birthday breakfast of Juice, croissants, butter, jam, and coffee. Elisa and Gill Chapman were thanked for organising this.

Romany Cowans presented this year’s NFWI Resolution . This will be discussed again and voted on at the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool. The Resolution is “Women and Girls with ASD and ADHD: under-identified, under-diagnosed and under-supported.” Castle Green members voted in favour of the resolution and gave discretion to our delegate should there be any changes at the Annual meeting.

Members then had time to look through the extensive Castle Green archive consisting of old scrapbooks and photo albums. Julie reminded them of the ‘History’ pages on the website and of the Blog that is our recent archive, showing what our members were doing during the lockdowns. There was also a display of campaign booklets and leaflets that in the future members may like to support.

Those of you arriving early may have spotted this new potential member who put her head around the door, before deciding that perhaps Castle Green WI was not her cup of tea.