BERRYNARBOR W.I.

For many years now, Newsletters have begun with the report from our Women's Institute. Sadly, as reported in the December issue, there has been a split.

In early January, the members who wished to remain in the W.I. met and after much deliberation were unable to form a committee. A compromise was reached to join Woolacombe W.I. [on the 3rd Thursday in the month]. We have already met with them and have received a warm welcome. The accounts balance has been sent to Exeter where it will be held for 3 years to enable a W.I. to be started here again if there is a will to do so in the future. It is sad that another piece of village life has gone from Berrynarbor and anyone wishing to join us, please contact me on 882600.

Linda Brown

We wish both groups luck and perhaps some time in the future, a W.I. will be re-established here in the Village.

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The November Annual Meeting proved to be rather eventful in more ways than one! Members entering the Manor Hall were confronted by a smoke filled room. On closer inspection, the smoke appeared to be coming from a room at the back of the hall so it was decided to call the fire brigade. Fortunately for us, Edith from the Globe, kindly offered us the use of the family room, so twenty five ladies departed to the Globe, leaving the fire brigade to deal with the problem. Apparently the boiler had overheated and an instruction booklet lying on top had begun to smoulder. Please forgive me if I have got the wrong explanation!

The Meeting began with the Secretary, Marion Carter, reading the minutes of the last Annual Meeting which were then approved by members and signed by the President. Ordinary business was then conducted, which included final arrangements for the trip to Exeter on 5th December for shopping and attending the W.I. Carol Service in the Cathedral. Treasurer, Janet Steed, presented the Financial Statement which was adopted and then Marion read the Annual report, which recorded a full and interesting programme of events during the year.

The President thanked Marion, Janet and all members of the Committee for their help and support. Linda Brown and Beryl Brewer were thanked for manning the sales table each month, which had produced a substantial amount of income. The Annual Report was then adopted.

A certain amount of dissatisfaction had grown during the year regarding next year's subscription which has risen from £22 per member to £26 to include a new monthly magazine called W.I. Life. At present the Home and Country magazine is only taken by three members. Consequently, it was decided to hold a ballot to decide whether to stay in the W.I or leave and form an independent ladies' group. The outcome is that 11 members wish to stay and 18 members wish to leave.

At this point in time I am able to report that the 18 members will form an independent group - hopefully the 11 members will join too, but they may decide to form their own W.I. Group - more on this next time.

It is my fervent hope that the new Group will continue to be supported by present members and also attract new ones. We shall put together an interesting programme with speakers and support local charities. There will also be outings. One already put forward for the spring is a visit to the National Trust property, Tyntesfield, near Bristol. The raffle at the Meeting was won by Ann Hinchliffe and the "baby" competition by Marion Carter.

Our December meeting will be on THURSDAY 7th December. This will be a Christmas party when everyone is asked to bring a gift to the value of £3. These gifts will be distributed at the end of the Meeting. Norma and Tony Holland and friends will be entertaining us.

Doreen Prater - President

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After the August break, it was nice to resume meetings and on 5th September a member of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust gave an interesting talk. There are now two helicopters operating from Middlemoor and Great Torrington, which means a helicopter can reach 50% of Devon within five minutes, and the remaining 50% within ten. The competition for an aerial photograph was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Ethel Tidbury.

At our meeting on the 3rd October, Michael Hesman, from Ilfracombe, showed slides of Around Great Britain which illustrated what a beautiful country we live in. The competition for a souvenir of Exmoor was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Inge Richardson. As usual, the meeting began with the business section and ended with tea, biscuits and a chat!

This year, the Autumn Group Meeting will be hosted by Loxhore W.I. on the 17th October. The Annual Meeting takes place on the 7th November, when new committee members and officers will be elected. How the year has flown by! The competition is for a photograph of a member as a baby.

We hope to arrange a minibus to go to the W.I. Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral on 5th December. There may be a few spare seats, so if anyone is interested in joining us for shopping, please 'phone either

Marion Carter on 882206 or myself, Doreen, on 589234. The meeting on the 7th December will be a Christmas Party, when we shall be entertained by Norma and Tony Holland. Please note this date is the first THURSDAY, due to the Carol Service on the 5th.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

Doreen Prater

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At our meeting on the 6th June, we were given a colourful and interesting introduction to belly dancing by Bernadette Smocznska and she explained the history of each dance as the afternoon progressed. Unfortunately, nobody took up her offer to 'have a go'!! The competition for the prettiest scarf was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Maureen Wonnacott.

Richard Eales, an Exmoor Park Ranger, spoke to us about red deer on Exmoor on the 4th July. His talk was illustrated by slides featuring firstly photographs of the different species of deer [not all living on Exmoor] and then the life of the red deer through the seasons. He brought along some antlers which the males shed each year. These are different shapes depending on the age of the animal.

The competition for 'a deer' was won by Ethel Tidsbury. She had brought along a charming soft toy. The raffle was won by

Nora Rowlands.

Sixteen members enjoyed a visit to Eggesford Garden Centre on the 10th July. Unfortunately, the proposed visit to West Hill Farm, West Down, was postponed due to the possibility of heavy showers - a cream tea was going to be served on the lawn!

As usual, there will be no meeting in August. We commence again on the 5th September when there will be a visit from a member of the Devon Air Ambulance. The competition is for an aerial photograph. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Doreen Prater - President

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Members were very interested to see the slides of Combe Martin "Then and Now" shown by Les Tovey at the April meeting. Some buildings have now disappeared or changed beyond recognition, whilst others have remained more or less unchanged. The competition for a photograph of a dog was won by Josie Bozier and the raffle by Margaret Andrews.

As usual, the May meeting was devoted to discussing the two Resolutions on which delegates will vote at the National Federation AGM in Cardiff on the 7th June.

The first Resolution urges the Government to legislate for the use of renewable energy technologies in all new buildings, re-building and renovation. The second Resolution urges the Government to recognise

that participation in sport is an essential factor in the creation of a healthy population; to ensure that sport is re-established on the curriculum in all schools and to reverse the decline in the availability of sporting facilities for all citizens.

All members present voted in favour of both Resolutions.

The competition for six cookies was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Janet Gibbins. At the end of the meeting, after the 'serious' part, there was a social time when tea and cookies were consumed!

The next meeting is on 6th June where there will be a demonstration of belly dancing and the competition is for the prettiest scarf.

An Exmoor Ranger will be talking to us on 4th July and the competition is for a deer. There will be no meeting in August.

All meetings take place in the Manor Hall on the first Tuesday of the month at 2.30 p.m. Visitors and new members very welcome.

Doreen Prater - President

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On 7th February, Alan Hedges, a retired Police Dog Handler, brought along his dog Fern. He explained the work involved in training a dog and handler, and spoke of various incidences in which he personally had been involved. The competition for an embroidered tray cloth was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Win Collins.

We were pleased to welcome Malcolm Pharoah, Head Gardener at Marwood Hill Gardens, on the 7th March. His slides showed the progress of the gardens over the years, started by Dr. James Smart in the 1950's, up to the present day. As well as a delightful garden, there is now a tea room offering lovely views over the garden and good food.

This month there were two competitions - a posy won by Linda Brown and a jar of marmalade won by Janet Steed. These two items, together with the tray cloth, are to be placed on a tray and entered in the Group Competition at Shirwell on 11th April. The raffle was won by Mrs. Naylor.

Les Tovey will be showing slides of Combe Martin, "Then and Now", on the 4th April, and the competition is for a member's photograph of a dog. On the 2nd May we shall be considering and voting on the two resolutions - namely Renewable Energy and Sport for Health - to be voted on nationally at Cardiff on 7th June. The competition is for 6 cookies - to be consumed at the meeting!

New members and visitors are always very welcome at our meetings, which take place at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall.

Doreen Prater - President

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At the meeting in December we welcomed Steve from the Exmoor Zoological Park. He brought along a few 'specimens', namely a large snail, slug, snake and skunk, which were viewed with some trepidation by a few members!

Also at the meeting were Viv and Steve Blackman. They had come to take part in the unveiling of the mosaic, which a few members had produced with their help. It was much admired and will be a lasting record of the W.I. in Berrynarbor. All who attended the meeting were offered Pimms and apple juice, sherry or tea with mince pies to celebrate the occasion, and Christmas presents were exchanged. The Pimms Winter Warmer was kindly donated by the producers - Marion Carter had sent them an e-mail, responding to an advertisement in 'Home and Country'.

Members, twenty-two in all, once again enjoyed a Christmas Lunch at The Lodge on the 19th December, and as usual Phil and Lynne produced a delicious meal which ended with a sing-a-long with Phil.

The January meeting, on the 3rd, was attended by 22 members and

2 guests. Three practitioners from the Bridge Chambers Health Practice gave an interesting insight into complementary medicine. The subjects were hypnotherapy, Chinese medicine and herbs and counselling. The raffle was won by new member Jenny Cox and the competition for a jar of herbs by Margaret Crabbe.

The next meeting will be on 7th February when the speaker will be Les Tovey with his slides of Combe Martin Shops in the Past. The competition - an embroidered tray cloth.

The Head Gardener from Marwood Hill Gardens will be our speaker on the 7th March and the competition a posy or jar of marmalade. Visitors and new members very welcome.

Doreen Prater - President

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At our meeting in October, Carole Roberts gave a very interesting talk about the role of the Victim Support Service. The vote of thanks was given by Jenny Caswell; the competition for a comfort toy was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Margaret Crabbe.

The Annual Meeting took place on the 1st November, when nine members were re-elected on to the Committee. Edna Barnes, Josie Bozier and Linda Brown decided to stand down. Marion Carter agreed to continue as Secretary and Janet Steed as Treasurer. Doreen Prater was re-elected President with Margaret Andrews as Vice President. Marion read her Report on the meetings and activities during the past year and Doreen thanked the Committee for their continued support.

Viv and Steve Blackman brought along the mosaic for members to see and a few more pieces were added. The mosaic is nearing completion and it is hoped to have an unveiling ceremony in December.

As usual, Linda Brown and Beryl Brewer were in charge of the sales table - always a popular inclusion in the monthly meetings. The competition for gaudy earrings was won by Kath Arscott and the raffle by Jenny Caswell.

Twelve members are going to Atlantic Village on the 14th November to witness the unveiling of the knitted Christmas Tree by Tony Beard from BBC Radio Devon.

At the next meeting on 6th December, the speaker will be from the Exmoor Zoological Park and the talk will be followed by social time, with tea and mince pies and the exchange of Christmas presents. The competition is for a hand-made Christmas Card with an animal or bird theme.

The new year starts with a visit from members of the Bridge Chambers Health Practice speaking on complementary medicine. This meeting will be on Tuesday, 3rd January, in the Manor Hall at 2.30 p.m. The competition is a vase of herbs. Visitors are always welcome.

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After the August break, it was good to meet up again with members - and two guests - for our September meeting. Viv Blackman and her husband brought the amended picture of the proposed mosaic which was duly approved by members. Work starts in earnest on Monday afternoon, 12th September at 3.00 p.m. in the Manor Hall - and every Monday thereafter. Anyone from the village who would like to add a few 'tiles' would be most welcome.

The speaker was Mrs. J. Breeds who showed us some excellent slides of the wild flowers and grasses which grow on Braunton Burrows. The best time to see most of the flowers is in June and July and organised walks take place during the spring and summer. The raffle was won by Di Hillier and Vi Davies won the competition for a vase of wild flowers.

On the 4th October, Margaret Patten will be speaking on Victim Support and the competition is for a child's comfort toy - to be donated.

1st November sees the Annual Meeting again - where has the year gone?

Fifteen seats have been booked to see Holiday on Ice at Westpoint on 23rd February. This is for the matinee which starts at 1.00 p.m. There will probably be a few spare seats. Anyone interested in seeing this spectacular show should telephone either Marion Carter on 882206 or Doreen Prater on 882822. The price, including minibus, is £26.

The December meeting will be on the 6th when the speaker will tell us about the Exmoor Wildlife Park.

Doreen Prater - President

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At our meeting on Tuesday, 7th June, our speaker was the Revd. Jim Bates who reminisced about his time as a Bevin boy, which meant working down a coal mine during the war. He illustrated his talk with his own sketches and a miner's helmet contributed by Berrynarbor's own Bevin Boy - Bernard Allen.

The vote of thanks was given by Janet Gibbins and there were birthday cards and gifts for Jenny Cookson for May, Vi Davies for June and Ursula Rouse in advance for July. This was because Ethel Tidsbury who has organised all the birthday cards and gifts for many years was to be on holiday in July. The competition - a Wartime Memento - was won byVi Davies and the raffle by Ursula Rouse.

At the July meeting, members were shown Viv Blackman's proposed design for the W.I. Mosaic, to be made by members with the help of Viv and her husband and to eventually be hung in the Manor Hall. It provoked a lot of interest and the many comments and ideas passed on to Viv.

Our speaker was Envoy Jean Tompkinson of the Salvation Army and her talk ranged from the very beginning of the Movement to the present day provision of mobile canteens at disasters, hostel accommodation for the homeless, meals for the elderly, work overseas and, of course, their searches for missing family members. Margaret Weller gave the vote of thanks.

The competition - six small decorated cakes enjoyed at the meeting - was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Eileen Hobson, a very welcome guest.

As an extra event, we had a trip by horse-drawn barge along the Great Western Canal at Tiverton. The weather was glorious, the ride wonderfully peaceful and the cream tea delicious!

There will be no August meeting, our next meeting being on Tuesday 6th September, when our speaker will talk about the Braunton Burrows. Margaret Patten will talk to us about Victim Support at the October meeting on the 4th.

Margaret Weller

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The renovation of the ship 'Kathleen and May' was the subject of the talk given by Mrs. Wendy Clarke at our April Meeting. It was very interesting to hear how the ship was purchased by her son and, with help, restored to her former glory. Wendy illustrated her talk with a video of the progress and subsequent visit to Ireland. Visits to the Kathleen and May, which is moored at Bideford, can be made at week-ends.

The competition for a sea view photograph was won by Kath Arscott and the raffle by Eunice Allen. Birthday cards and plants were given to Edna Barnes, Linda Brown, Margaret Crabbe, Liz Paget and Janet Steed.

Fifteen members attended the Resolution Meeting on the 3rd May. Secretary, Marion Carter, read the two Resolutions for members to consider, namely:

  1. W.I. members are urged to do all in their power to raise public awareness of the unfair difference between the retail prices of British milk and the price paid to the farmers.
  2. W.I. members are called to take further action to reduce waste and conserve resources in their own homes and communities. To lobby manufacturers, retailers and decision makers to reduce waste in the production, packaging and transportation of public and consumer goods.

After due consideration, a vote was taken and members were l00% in favour of both Resolutions. The delegate from the Lundy Group [of which Berrynarbor is a member for this purpose] will be attending the National Annual General Meeting in the Royal Albert Hall in June and will vote on our behalf.

The raffle was won by Beryl Brewer and the competition for a spring flower was won by Marion Carter. Birthday plants and cards were given to Rosemary Gaydon, Eunice Allen and Marion Carter. The meeting ended with tea, cakes and chat!

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 7th June when the speaker will be the Rev. Jim Bates, his subject being 'Life as a Bevin Boy'. The competition is for a wartime memento. On 5th July, Envoy Jean Tompkinson will tell us about the work of the Salvation Army and the competition is for six small decorated cakes - to be consumed at the meeting - forget the calories!

As usual, visitors and new members are always welcome to our meetings, held on the first Tuesday in the month, 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall. There will, however, be NO meeting in August.

Quick Tips for Inducing Sleep:

Starchy foods, such as banana, bread or biscuits, taken in moderation before bedtime, encourage sleep.
Take a teaspoon of honey in camomile tea.
Put two drops of camomile oil on your pillow.
A drink of warm fresh orange juice, sweetened with honey will help .
Put sprigs of dill on your pillow.
Lettuce is a natural sedative, so eat plenty in salads or try lettuce soup.

Doreen Prater - President

"It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is 'soporific'."

Beatrix Potter, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

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Mr. Roy Goodwin, Ilfracombe Town Crier, was a very interesting speaker at our February Meeting. He recounted the history of town criers who were employed to make public announcements in the streets. He passed around photographs of previous Ilfracombe town criers with snippets of information about each one. One actually rode around the town on a horse. Roy will be representing Ilfracombe in the World Championships in Queensland, Australia later this year.

Beryl Brewer received a birthday plant and card, the raffle was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the competition for three decorated fairy cakes was won by Janet Steed. She will now enter three more in the Group Competition in Kentisbury on 4th April.

On 1st March, Anne Rhodes recounted her experiences teaching in a university in China during the 1980's. She was the only westerner in the area at that time and conditions were pretty grim. She could only manage to eat rice and noodles, so her digestive system suffered as a result of a poor diet. She found the people very friendly and anxious to learn.

Birthday plants and cards were given to Janet Gibbins, Inge Richardson and Doreen Prater who also won the raffle. A jumper knitted by Marion Carter was chosen to be entered in the Group Competition.

It was reported that members had enjoyed a trip to see "Holiday on Ice" at Westpoint, Exeter and some members had taken part in the sponsored "Knit In" on 8th February to raise money for the North Devon Hospice.

Nineteen members enjoyed the annual Birthday cream tea on 15th March at the Watersmeet Hotel, Woolacombe. This venue was particularly enjoyable because of the glorious sea view from the hotel.

The next three Meetings are as follows:

  • 5th April Mrs. Wendy Clarke - renovation of the "Kathleen and May". Competition: A sea view photograph.
  • 3rd May W.I. Resolutions. Consideration of two resolutions to be presented at the National Annual General Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, London in June. Competition: A ;Spring flower.
  • 7th June "Life as a Bevan Boy" - speaker Revd. Jim Bates. Competition: A wartime memento.

As always, visitors and new members are very welcome. 2.30p.m. in the Manor Hall.

Doreen Prater - President

Stop Press: Recently we applied for a Lottery Grant from "Awards for All South West" which is a joint Lottery Grants' Programme supported by Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sports England. We have just heard that we have been awarded £1000 to make a mosaic depicting the W.I. and village life, to be sited in the Manor Hall. We have a working party set up and, with expert help, hope to commence the project shortly. Please contact Marion Carter or Doreen Prater if you would like to join us.

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Tom Bartlett produced slides of postcards of old Berrynarbor at our December meeting. It was very interesting to see the village as it looked many years ago and the young children who are now our senior citizens. The competition for an old postcard was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Barbara Gibson, a visitor, who will hopefully soon become a member.

The Christmas Lunch at The Lodge was enjoyed by sixteen members and our thanks go to Phil and Lyn, who always 'do us proud'.

Unfortunately Jill Westcott was unable to come to speak about complementary medicine at our January meeting. We were, however, pleased to welcome the Bratton Fleming Handbell Ringers, who agreed to come at very short notice. The five ladies entertained us with a medley of carols, songs and hymns, enjoyed by all members. Birthday cards and plants were given to Joan Wood, Kath Arscott and Judy Jones, manfully provided by Ethel Tidsbury, despite her still suffering from shingles. We wish her a speedy recovery. We were pleased to welcome a new member, Margaret Crabbe. The planned competition had been for a recipe for a remedy for an ailment but this was cancelled. However, the following recipe for a tonic - don't we all need one with this depressing weather - might come in useful!

Mrs. Thomas's Beetroot Tonic

This pick-me-up has been used by women in Mrs. Thomas's family for generations. 'The recipe,' explains Mrs. Thomas, 'was given to me by my grandmother.' Beetroot is traditionally thought to be good for the nervous system and it helps prevent fatigue and dizziness.

Wash 3lbs of fresh raw beetroot and slice, unpeeled, into a large bowl. Cover with 2lbs of brown sugar and leave to stand for 3 days, stirring from time to time. Strain through muslin into a clean jug and add a bottle of Guinness or Stout. Stir well, bottle and seal before storing [not too tightly or pressure will build up]. Drink one small sherry glass a day.

By the time you read this, our February meeting, when the speaker will be Roy Goodwin, Ilfracombe Town Crier, will have taken place. At the meeting on the 1st March, Anne Rhodes will recount her visit to China and competitions will be either a fancy knitted article or hand-made hat, using paper and/or card. The winners of the February and March competitions will be entered at the Spring Group Meeting, to be hosted by Kentisbury W.I. on 4th April. Our April Meeting follows a day later, on the 5th, when Wendy Clarke will be talking to us about 'Kathleen and May' [Bideford boats] and the competition will be for a Sea View photograph.

Visitors are always very welcome to attend our meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall.

Doreen Prater - President

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We were pleased to welcome Patricia Stout, Curator of the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, to our October meeting. Her talk was very interesting and informative and we hope to arrange a visit to Arlington Court next spring to see the new building housing the carriage collection. The competition for a historic family souvenir was won by Maureen Wonnacott, the raffle by Win Collins and birthday cards and plants given to Jan Gammon, Di Hillier and Edith Ozelton.

The Annual Meeting was held on 2nd November, when the Financial Statement was presented by the Treasurer and the Secretary read the Annual Report. Two new members were welcomed on to the Committee and after a ballot, I was re-elected President for another year. We were pleased to welcome our W.I. Adviser, Mrs. Elma Blackmore, to the meeting to guide us through the proceedings. The competition for gaudy earrings was won by Win Collins and the raffle by Inge Richardson.

Tom Bartlett will be presenting postcards of Old Berrynarbor at our meeting on the 7th December. This should prove to be very interesting, so please, ladies, come and join us. The competition will be an old postcard.

Our January meeting will be held on the 4th when we shall be welcoming Jill Westcott whose subject will be Complementary Medicine and the competition will be for an unusual recipe for a remedy for an ailment. The February meeting falls on the first of the month - in advance of the next Newsletter - and Roy Goodwin will be telling us of his experiences as Ilfracombe Town Crier.

Our Christmas Lunch will be at The Lodge on Monday, 13th December.

Doreen Prater - President

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Seventeen members and three visitors met at the Manor Hall on the 7th September. In a change to our programme, our Secretary showed slides and spoke of a pilgrimage she had made to Singapore and Thailand. Marion was presented with a bottle of wine and the vote of thanks was given by Doreen Prater. Birthday gifts were given to Josie Bozier, Win Collins and Margaret Weller, and the raffle was won by Marion Carter. The competition for a horse brass was won by Jenny Caswell.

At our meeting on Tuesday, 5th October, Patricia Stout, the Curator of the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, will be telling us about the Collection. So, ladies, do please come and join us - 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall. The competition will be for a holiday souvenir.

November will be our A.G.M. and nominations for Officers and the Committee must be handed in at the October meeting.

Marion Carter

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At our meeting in June, Judie Weedon gave an interesting insight into the Berrynarbor Newsletter and how it came to start. Members were then able to look around the exhibition. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Weller, the raffle won by Joan Wood and the competition for six small decorated cakes - which were then enjoyed with our cup of tea! - by Beryl Brewer.

Later in the month members enjoyed a cream tea at the Banbury's Garden Centre at Ashford, in remembrance of Bobbie Hacker. Bobbie had very kindly bequeathed a sum of money so that we could celebrate her birthday.

In July I was privileged to attend the Annual General Meeting of the W.l. held in Sheffield, and the singing of Jerusalem by 4,500 women made me feel proud to be a member and to be part of an organisation working for the good of other people and communities. It was interesting hearing the arguments for and against our three resolutions and being part of the voting process, end knowing that our Institute's vote really did make a difference. George Alagiah spoke passionately about keeping the BBC as an independent and trustworthy voice and about his role in the Fair Trade Campaign and how we can all make a difference. Esther Rantzen assured us that women can make a difference and that we should use the media to get our message across. The highlight of the meeting for me, however, was meeting so many W.l. members and hearing their views.

At our July meeting, Yvonne Davey and Patrick Hamilton told us about the role of the North Devon Volunteering Development Agency - what they do and their objectives for the future, including developing new community facilities and helping other organisations. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews. The raffle was won by Ethel Tidsbury and the competition for the oldest UK coin - 1890- by Janet Gibbins.

We don't have a meeting in August, so our next one will be on Tuesday, 7th September, when Patricia Stout will be telling us about the Arlington Court Carriage Collection. So ladies, do please come and join us.

Marion Carter

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At our April meeting, Janice Quinn gave an interesting demonstration of sugar craft using gelatine and sugar paste to make beautiful flower decorations. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews. Birthday gifts were given to Edna Barnes, Linda Brown, Liz Paget and Janet Steed, and the raffle was won by Maureen Wannocott. At our Group Meeting held at Bratton Fleming Village Hall on Thursday, 1st April, we came joint third in the competition. Several members also met at the President's home to watch the video of 'Calendar Girls', which we all enjoyed.

On the 4th May, 15 members and a guest met at the Manor Hall to discuss the Resolutions which prompted some lively discussion and our decisions will now go forward to the Annual General Meeting in June. Birthday gifts were given to Eunice Allen, Rosemary Gaydon and Marion Carter and the competition for a spring flower was won by Maureen Wannocott.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 1st June, at 2.30 p.m. when Judie will be talking about the Newsletter. The competition will be for six small decorated cakes which will be consumed at the meeting. On the 6th July, we shall have a speaker from the North Devon Volunteering Development Agency and the competition will be for the oldest coin from the U.K. Our President will also be holding a Coffee Morning at her home, Cherry Hinton, on Tuesday 15th June, 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

So, Ladies, please come and join us.

Marion Carter

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At our February meeting, Sharon White gave us a very interesting talk with slides about the Children's Hospice and told us about forthcoming plans to open a Children's Hospice in Bristol. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Weller. A birthday gift was given to Beryl Brewer, the raffle won by Liz Paget and the competition for a childhood toy by Janet Gibbins. We were pleased to have been able to take part in the North Devon Hospice 2004 Great North Devon Knit In on 24th February at the Manor Hall. It was great to be part of the community effort and was much enjoyed. Thanks go to Judie for organising it.

At our March meeting, Steve Wright from Care Direct gave a most informative account of the work they do to help those who are over 60 years of age to lead a good life. Win Collins gave the vote of thanks and Doreen Prater, Inga Richardson and Janet Steed received birthday gifts. Maureen Wonnacott won the raffle. We held a Birthday Tea at The Commodore Hotel at Instow on the 10th March. This consisted of a cream tea, which was very much enjoyed.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 6th April at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall when we shall have a demonstration of sugar craft by Janice Quinn, and our meeting on the 6th May will be discussing and voting on the Resolutions, which will go forward to National. So come on ladies, come and help influence government policy! We got things going on children's diet and the problem of obesity, so your opinion does matter. Then on Tuesday, 1st June, Judie will be telling us about the Newsletter and a speaker from the North Devon Volunteering Development Agency will be coming to talk to us in July.

Marion Carter

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At our December meeting, Linda Brown gave an interesting demonstration of some beautiful floral arrangements for Christmas. The vote of thanks was given by Josie Bozier and members then enjoyed tea and mince pies. The raffle was won by Judy Jones and the competition for a seasonal decoration by Di Hillier. On the following Monday, we very much enjoyed our Christmas Lunch at The Lodge, which ended with everyone singing carols and seasonal songs, ably accompanied by Phil on his keyboard. Several members also enjoyed attending the Devon

Federation Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral, and the Group Carol Service at Kentisbury Church, hosted by Kentisbury W.l. Just before Christmas, Di Hillier hosted an enjoyable coffee morning at her home, which raised a good sum for our funds.

In January we welcomed two new members, Janet Gibbins and Maureen Wonnacott, and then our speaker, Joan McCallam, brought along a selection of hats from her various holidays and spoke about the countries from which they had come. The vote of thanks was given by Rosemary Gaydon, the raffle won by Doreen Prater and the competition for a holiday photograph by Di Hillier.

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 3rd February, when Alison Berridge will talk about the Children's Hospice South West. The competition will be for a childhood toy. We are also hoping to support the North Devon Hospice's Great North Devon Knit ln.

At the March meeting, on the 2nd, our speaker will be Nina Parnell, Senior Adviser for Care Direct and the competition will be for six hot cross buns or a hand-made Easter card.

We look forward to welcoming any ladies who would like to join us.

Marion Carter

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At our October meeting, Kath Arscott told us about her holiday in the Falkland Islands. The vote of thanks was given by Mahon Carter, a birthday gift was given to Di Hillier and the raffle was won by Josie Bozier.

We held our Annual General Meeting on the 4th November, when Doreen Prater was re-elected Chairman, Rosemary Gaydon Treasurer and Marion Carter Secretary. The Committee was re-elected en bloc with the addition of Josie Bozier and Margaret Weller. Our Branch Scrapbook was brought to the meeting for members to peruse.

Di Hillier will be holding a Coffee Morning to raise funds for the W.l. and arrangements for our visit to Exeter and attendance at the Carol Service at Exeter Cathedral on the 9th December were finalised. Details for our Christmas Lunch at The Lodge on the 15th December were also discussed and finalised. The raffle was won by Joan Wood and the competition for a 'sparkly necklace' by Marion Carter.

At our December meeting, Linda Brown will be showing us how to make a seasonal decoration and in January, we shall be seeing some more exotic holiday slides. So ladies, come and join us!

Marion Carter

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Looking around the July meeting, I noticed several visitors and I sincerely hope that they enjoyed the afternoon. We certainly had two good speakers, Mrs.E. Huxtable from Lee W.I. who represented us at the London A.G.M., and Mrs. D. Antoniazzi, who spoke about the Citizens Advice Bureau. We have no meeting in August, but by kind permission of Mrs. Ivy Richards, we shall be holding a Coffee Morning at 'Southerly' Castle Hill, on Tuesday, 22nd August, 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. ALL WELCOME. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 5th September, when the speaker will be Mr. Ian Tansley, Area Librarian.

Mrs. Joan Adams, a member who quietly sets to work every month preparing Birthday Posies for our members, who now number over 50. With our changeable climate, no easy task, but recipients' pleasure and surprise is reward enough for this very special lady. Thank you, Joan.

Flowers are the sentiments,
Which binds those who care,
Flowers are the sweet scented breath,
Of wishes that we share.

 

Vi Kingdon
President

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