Past Events 2019

Dabble Day 17th May 2019

Members enjoyed a Dabble Day at the Lads’ Club where they were able to try out new crafts and activities during both morning and afternoon sessions.

During the morning session some members decorated trinket boxes with Kay Hygate, while under Barbara Thornburn’s guidance others made intricate cards using a technique known as Somerset paper folding. Meanwhile Kate Dilks instructed members in the rules of playing Rummikub and Cribbage. After a Ploughman’s lunch members were also able to create cards with Betty Garfield and make some beautiful flower arrangements with Mary Wheatley.

Many thanks to all our able demonstrators and to those ladies in the kitchen who provided the ploughman’s lunches, teas and coffees.


ACM Wednesday 27th March

We started as usual with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem accompanied by our own Margaret Ritchie on the piano.June Kirk welcomed everyone and introduced Gill Crone East Kent Federation Chairman.Gill then introduced the Board of Trustees, Treasurer Dorothy Dowse, and Vice Chairs Carol Evans & Christine Maxwell.Resolutions were proposed and passed.

As it is East Kent’s 100-year anniversary all WI’s were asked to produce a pennant for the bunting at the front of the stage. These were all excellent and produced a wide range of ideas and were beautifully embroidered.

A recipe book is being produced to mark the 100 years and will be ready soon.

Lynne Stubbing’s National Federation chairman then gave an informative talk about her time in the WI. She first joined 39 years ago and within one year had joined the committee. She progressed her roles and over time she has been Treasurer, Secretary and President. She then progressed to her county federation and eventually became chairman. She was also a national trainer at Denman, and in 2008 went on the national Board of Trustees. She was honoured to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the WI on the 100-year anniversary of WW1.

Treasurer Dorothy Dowse then presented the budget and Trustees Report. She also explained how the money from the sale of Beer Cart Lane was invested.Samantha Secombe the Financial Advisor employed to invest the money then gave a short talk on how the investments worked.

Unfortunately Ann Millington, one of the speakers was unable to attend.

We then broke for lunch where everyone was able to browse the many craft and sales stalls (including the WI’s sale baskets) and check out the flower arrangements for the Huxtable Cup.

Castle Green’s basket of pampering goodies.

After lunch the presentations were made. These included:

Rose Bowl – for services to the WI movement which was won by Dorothy Butterworth from Minster & Thanet WI. Wighall Cup – for the biggest increase in members which was won by Cheriton WI.Joan Boucher Cup – for writing a futuristic report/essay which was won by Helen Blake of Tankerton WI. Achievers Cup – for success in learning which was won by Diane Gannon of Swan WI. Diane has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. Her pink hair helps her husband find her! She helps other sufferers even trough her own disabilities are many.

Speaker Prue Leith was very entertaining and gave an excellent talk on her varied career.She started as a caterer in peoples houses and progressed to having her own restaurant after borrowing £11,000 from her mother. She achieved a Michelin star which was a great achievement as there were not many women running businesses at that time. However, she could not understand why she was not making any money and her friend, famous chef Albert Roux offered to take a look. He told her the chef was robbing her blind and she was throwing too much food away!

Prue then opened a cookery school aimed at the restaurant trade and had a column in the Daily Mail. Unfortunately, in one of her recipes in this paper she put 2lbs instead of 2 tbs (2 pounds instead of 2 tablespoons) of black treacle in her marmalade recipe and received many complaints! This was at the time of the IRA bombings in London and Prue received a letter which was deemed suspicious therefore the whole Daily Mail building in Fleet Street was evacuated only to find the letter contained hard set toffee-like marmalade with a dental plate embedded and an expensive dental bill!

Prue later became a director of British Rail and worked with Jamie Oliver on the School Food Trust which tried to take junk food out of schools. She has also written eight novels, the latest being the third of a trilogy which she says is the hardest thing she has ever done.

The Denman Draw, 200 Club Draw and Raffle were then made.

We closed the meeting with the National Anthem.


Winter Warmer Soup Lunch 22nd February 2019.

On Friday 22nd February the weather was a bit odd, changing from fog to sun and back to fog again, but all was bright in the Lads’ Club where 33 members and guests gathered for a soup lunch.

Leek and potato soup being prepared.

The soup was the ever-popular leek and potato with plenty of bread, cheese and chutney to go with it.

As usual at these events a contented hum could be heard as everyone chatted with friends old and new. There was coffee to round off the meal and of course, this being the WI, a raffle

Brian Doorne gave a vote of thanks to the committee who had organised the event.