Women's Institute



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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Fifteen members and three visitors met at the Manor Hall on the 2nd September. The President paid tribute to Vi Kingdon, former President of Berrynarbor W.l. who had died recently, and expressed appreciation of all that she had done for the W.l. and the local community. Doreen Prater told us about her recent holiday in Eastern Canada and brought photographs and books for us to see. She was presented with a tin of biscuits and the vote of thanks was given by Josie Bozier. Birthday gifts were given to Josie Bozier, Win Collins, Ann Hinchliffe and Margaret Weller and the raffle was son by Jenny Caswell. The competition for a holiday souvenir was won by Di Hillier.

On the 7th October, our 'Intrepid Traveller', Kath Arscott, will be telling us about some more of her adventures and on the 4th November we shall be holding our Annual General Meeting. All ladies are welcome, 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall.

Marion Carter

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At our June meeting, Graham Andrews - Chairman of Berrynarbor Parish Council - gave a most interesting account of the work and history of Parish, District and County Councils. Graham has been involved-in this work since 1967 and has obviously enjoyed serving the community in this way. The vote of thanks was given by Win Collins, the raffle won by Di Hillier and the competition for a cuddly toy won by Win Collins.

In July our meeting was addressed by Viv Blackman who advised us on making a mosaic for the Manor Hall. Viv has already produced a mosaic for Berrynarbor Primary School garden, with the help of the children, and has offered to help us with our mosaic. Making one will involve teamwork and groups can work on different sections, so if anyone is interested and would like to come and help, please contact Doreen Prater or Marion Carter. We then all enjoyed taking part in competitions arranged by Margaret Andrews and Linda Brown. A special presentation was made to Ethel Tidsbury as she will be 90 this month. The raffle was won by Joan Wood and the competition for four small cakes by Linda Brown.

Members are looking forward to a visit to Chambercombe Manor on the 15th July, and as we do not have a meeting in August, our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 2nd September when Doreen will tell us about her Canadian experience. So, ladies, do please come and join us.

Marion Carter

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We were very pleased to welcome about fifty members from the Chichester Group to the Group Meeting on 1st April and we were well entertained by Jenny Goldsmith talking about her 'Life on the Wicked Stage'. We also felt that we had done very well by coming joint second in the competition.

On the 6th May, nineteen members 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, who also won the raffle, and the competition for a spring flower was won by Doreen Prater.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 3rd June, at 2.30 p.m. when Graham Andrews will be telling us all about Local Government, and on the 1st July we shall be having a social afternoon. So ladies, please come and join us.

Marion Carter

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At our February meeting we were given a very interesting talk with slides by Mary Irwin on her visits to India with the Girl Guides. What made the talk so particularly interesting was that Mary went to parts of India that most other visitors and holiday programmes never get to see. The vote of thanks was given by Win Collins. A birthday gift was given to

Beryl Brewer, the raffle was won by Josie Bozier and the competition for a floral decoration for the top of a wedding cake was won by Linda Brown.

But, ladies, where were you on the 4th March? The ladies of Berrynarbor W.l. had a wonderful afternoon when Debbie Lewis of 'Get Ahead Hats' brought along a selection of her beautiful hats and we had great fun trying them on! But what a difference it made for us having an expert, such as Debbie, with a good eye for colour and shape, so that even those who felt they were not 'hat persons', were converted. We all ended up feeling really elegant and looking stunning look out Ascot! The vote of thanks was given by Linda Brown; birthday gifts were given to Doreen Prater and Inga Richardson, who also won the raffle. The competition for a painting was won by Joan Wood and the simnel cake by Doreen Prater.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 1st April at 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall, when we shall be welcoming members from the Chichester Group and Jenny Goldsmith will be talking about her 'Life on the Wicked Stage' - sounds interesting! 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! Then, on the 3111 June, Graham Andrews will be talking about local government.

Marion Carter

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For our December meeting on the 3rd, we were very pleased to welcome our Group members to the Carol Service held in St. Peter's Church. Andrew Jones took the Service of Seven Lessons and Stuart Neale played the organ. Berrynarbor Primary School sang 'Christmas has started', which was very much enjoyed. The retiring collection of just over £50 was donated to the Peninsular Medical School Trust and after the service, tea and mince pies were served in the Manor Hall. Votes of thanks were given by Andrew Jones and Sheila Hale, Group Secretary.

In January we welcomed two new members and then Tim and Jill Massey gave a very interesting talk, with slides, on their holiday in New Zealand. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews and the raffle was won by Beryl Brewer.

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 4th February, at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall when Mary Irwin will tell us about 'Guiding in India'. The competition will be for a floral decoration for the top of a wedding cake and we look forward to welcoming any ladies who would like to join us. The March meeting - same place, same time and again visitors are welcome - will be on Tuesday, 4th March. Debbie Lewis will be talking 'Hats' and the competition will be a simnel cake or watercolour.

Marion Carter - Secretary

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Our October meeting commenced with a minute's silence to mark the death of Kath Waller, a former member who had served on the Committee. Then, after all the business had been dealt with, Chris Jesson spoke on weaving and her early life working in mental health and occupational therapy. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews, birthday gifts were given to Di Hillier and Nancy Vinden, Di Hillier won the raffle and the competition - for an autumn bloom - was won by Win Collins.

November brought our Annual General Meeting when Doreen Prater was elected as Chairman, Rosemary Gaydon as Treasurer and Marion Carter as Secretary. Details for the Group Carol Service to be held in St. Peter's Church on Tuesday, 3rd December, and our Christmas Lunch at The Globe on 16th December, were discussed and finalised. Margaret Andrews announced that her Accreditation Service will be held at St. Peter's on the 8th December, and all W.l. members were invited to attend. A birthday gift was given to Joyce Elliot and one will be taken to Vi Kingdon, who is in hospital. The raffle was won by Rosemary Gaydon and the competition for a 'sparkly brooch' was won by Edna Barnes.

For our January meeting we are looking forward to welcoming Tim and Jill Massey who will be talking about their visit to New Zealand. Any lady who would like to join us at our Carol Service or January meeting will be very welcome.

Marion Carter

After many years as President of our W.l., Vi Kingdon has had to stand down due to ill health. We send her our very best wishes and thank her for all that she has done for the W.l. over the years.

Until the August Newsletter, Vi had written the W.l. Report - from the very first issue, 13 years in all - and always accompanied by one of her little 'ditties'. In her first report, Vi paid tribute to the late 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' and the accompanying ditty:

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

Thank you, Vi, another very special lady.

Ed.

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it was nice to see a few more members at the September meeting when the speaker was Mr. OLeary, whose subject was 'Ship in a Bottle'. He explained how this was accomplished and brought numerous exhibits of his work. Nimble fingers are necessary for this skill!

Apologies were once again received from our President, Vi Kingdon, who is still in the Tyrrell Hospital. A number of members have visited her and she keeps cheery. We were sorry to hear Eunice Alien has broken her wrist and wish her a speedy recovery. Our exhibit in the North Devon Show W.f. marquee came 10th out of 23 entries. The title was 'Glorious Devon', so it was decided to take as our subject 'Apple Day at Rosemoor'. All the groups made a tremendous effort.

The competition for an unusual bottle was won by Win Collins and the raffle by Edna Barnes. The next meeting will be on the 1st October when Chris Jesson will be speaking on Arts and Crafts, in particular on the art of Weaving. The November meeting, on the 5th, will be the Annual General Meeting.

Doreen Prater

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Our members for the July meeting were rather thin on the ground, due mainly to holidays. Our President, Vi Kingdon, has rarely missed a meeting over the years, but unfortunately she has had to have an enforced rest in the Tyrrell Hospital! Members hope she will soon be back in the village and able to attend meetings again.

The 'Birthday Girls' this month are Joan Berry, Sally Fry and Ethel Tidsbury. However, as Ethel kindly donates the birthday plants, she was given a box of chocolates by the Treasurer, Rosemary Gaydon, who took the meeting in the absence of the President and Vice-president.

The Secretary, Doreen Prater, reported that at the NFWI Annual General Meeting, which took place this year in Brighton, voting on the two resolutions were as follows: support for local abattoirs 97.7%, stricter controls on importation of foodstuffs 99.7%.

Our speaker this month was Mr. Hendy, whose talk was entitled 'Turning a Hobby into a Business'. He had become interested in 'magic' when he was in his twenties and has built up a successful business as a magician over the years. It was a most interesting talk and Win Collins gave a vote of thanks. Norma Holland won the raffle.

Our next meeting will be held on the 3rd September - no meeting in August - when the speaker will be Mr. G. O'Leary, whose subject will be 'Ship in a Bottle'. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Each days a new beginning
So start it with a smile
Enjoy the art of living
Do things that are worthwhile
Like loving and forgiving
And having time to spare
To make some person happy
By showing that you care.
 

Anon.

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The 2nd April saw a late President creep sheepishly into a well attended meeting entertaining our Guest Speaker and his wife. Apologies to one and all, yours truly had not progressed into Summertime ... well time goes quickly enough anyway!

The Audio Video shown by Mr. Tovey was of the holiday he and his wife had spent touring through the Canadian Rockies. The views were majestic, beautiful and colourful and it was a pity that our journey had to end. However, a few slides of Glorious Devon brought us back home again. A most entertaining afternoon, as Rosemary echoed in her Vote of Thanks. Mrs. Tovey kindly judged the Competition entries, with class wins for Linda, Beryl and Sallie.

A party of us went to the Chichester Group Meeting at East Down on the 16th April Arlington being the hosts. I felt at home straight away, the Hall clock had not progressed into Summertime! So there was no heating but with a good attendance the room was soon cosy. The Speaker was most amusing and attracted attention from outside - a cow and her Phoenix-look-a-like calf. The speaker even turned some of the props that she had brought round so that they would not get bored. However, with the sky darkening, off they went to bed whilst we were served with a mouth-watering supper. Arlington were the worthy Competition winners but all entries were excellent and the judges had a difficult task. All credit to Linda and Beryl for their hard work which earned good remarks from the judges, and Rosemary and Josie won raffle prizes. Thank you, Arlington, it was a really enjoyable evening.

The Chichester Group is the collective name for 5 North Devon Institutes - Arlington, Berrynarbor, Bratton Fleming, Kentisbury and Shirwell. There is a Group Secretary and we meet two or three times a year, to compare notes, compete and have a speaker or entertainment.

Our May meeting held the day after a Bank Holiday, usually means a few absentees, but the Discussions, to be brought forward as Resolutions at the Federation General Meeting in Brighton, were well thought through and voted on unanimously.

Doreen gave an interesting account of the Spring Council Meeting at Exeter which she, Marian and Win had attended and at which one of the Speakers was Jennie Bond, the Royal Correspondent.

Reviewing our future programme, and hoping for full support at the Coffee Morning on the 16th May, it was with regret that I had to tell members that we should not be entertaining members of the llfracombe Disabled Association this year - a tradition for many years. Owing to illness, depletion in numbers and the serious lack of carers, it was felt that they could not make it. Great disappointment was expressed but we wish them well and a speedy recovery of membership. I'll keep in touch. A speaker has been booked so we shall meet as usual that Tuesday. Win Collins won the Competition with a flamboyant parrot tulip and Joyce won the raffle.

There will be no meeting in August but we shall resume meeting on Tuesday, 3rd September.

Vi Kingdon - President

June - the month for roses
Their perfume fills the air,
'Elizabeth', 'Jubilee' bursting forth
In gardens across the nation.
A colourful duo just right
For a Royal Jubilee occasion.
Have fun everyone.

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A well-attended meeting on the 5th February included a welcome return of Hedi Belka and two visitors - Mrs. French, daughter of the late Jean Cumings. How like her mother she is! In fact, seeing her sitting there reminded me of those many years when Jean was a member - a lovely lady, always full of fun. Her daughter wanted to give a donation in memory of those days, for members to have a tea or outing. It was opted for the tea for the 40th Birthday in March. Mrs. Fry, the other visitor, has since joined us, so we are pleased to welcome her, not only to the Institute but to the village as well.

Sitting quietly by the door were five flowerpot men and one flowerpot lady, waiting to be introduced by their creator, Rainer Jost. Introductions over, he explained how every model is an individual - one of them had come prepared to do some painting, with his own ladder, brushes, etc. A lot of thought and energy goes into getting the right outfits and one wonders why these inoffensive folk who only want to give pleasure and raise a few smiles, have been damaged in and around the village. 'POTRICK', now living in Sheffield, was quite upset to hear what had happened to some of his friends. He has been in Yorkshire two years and finds everyone most friendly he loved Berrynarbor as well and can't believe what has happened ... kidnapping as well ... dear, oh dear! Rainer also showed us some of the brasses used for rubbing at his Centre in Lynton - another interesting hobby that attracts visitors. The vote of thanks, in conclusion, wished Rainer and his little folk Good Luck for the future, and lots of visitors to love them.

News for the knitters . Five boxes have been packed for collection: all in all, over 120 items .. jumpers, socks, blankets and teddies. Since we started knitting the latter, we have now reached the 600 mark - many thanks ladies, members and friends.

Members met at the Sandy Cove Hotel on the 5th March to celebrate the 40th Birthday. With ideal weather, it made a picturesque setting and the staff helped to make it a very enjoyable afternoon - a splendid tea and a beautifully decorated birthday cake. Many thanks to everyone.

Only one notice to give out to remind members of the Group Meeting at East Down on the 16th April. Would-be competition entrants were asked if they would bring their efforts to the meeting on 2nd April, when they would be judged by the other members as to who will be our representative at the meeting. There were raffle prizes and then it was time to go home - time flies when you are having fun! Hoping that one and all will have a Happy Easter - it doesn't seem possible that it's here again!

Vi Kingdon - President

Vivid against prolific earth,
The daffodil contrasts;
And tulips swaying straight and slim,
Yes, it is matchless, timeless,
English Spring.

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Members welcomed Mr. Green, our genial speaker from the North Devon Library, to our December meeting. As always, he gave an interesting insight to 'Christmas Past' , reading from his collection of interviews with senior citizens, bringing back many memories for members who added their own anecdotes the fun of stirring the puddings and making other goodies, and not forgetting the colourfuJ paper chains which were not put up too early for fear of them coming unstuck and adorning someone. My poor bad was a victim once and he was not amused until he looked in the mirror - he did look rather sweet! Money may not have been plentiful, but there was no shortage of love, laughter and faith.

A special tea followed, with cakes and mince pies, the latter by way of the competition. But they were so good that everyone was voted a winner and the fact that there was not a crumb left in sight, spoke for itself! Even the Christmas decoration was won jointly, by Win Collins and Beryl Brewer - congratulations, ladies! So, with a gift to take home to put under the tree, the afternoon made a lovely start to the festive season.

The annual lunch at The Globe was, as always, a treat, with warmth, friendship and an excellent lunch. Our thanks to Phil and Lynne and all the staff. There were five raffle prizes to be won and good wishes were read out from Betty Parker, Brenda Walton and Jean Oxley. A tribute was given to Olive Kent, who was celebrating her 89th birthday. However, we also remembered two members who had recently died - Gladys Toms, who together with her husband Ron, was always a keen supporter of village activities, and Jean Cumings, remembered well by non-members for her Keep Fit classes. A lady full of enthusiasm who loved to involve everyone - some of us remembered our acting parts in her 'Captain Beakey and His Band i playlets! Of course, we sympathise with their passing, but are grateful for the privilege of having known them as WI members.

Our speaker, on the first day of the new year, Mr. Peter Sanders, explained the activities of the Prince's Trust. Many questions were asked, which proved the interest shown, especially considering the late night that most had had welcoming in 2002! Marion Carter gave the vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to Mr. Sanders for giving up his Bank Holiday to visit us. He, like us, welcomed a hot cup of tea, particularly as the Hall, minus two heaters, was not very warm. Joan Berry won the raffle another first timer.

At our next meeting on 5th February, we hope to learn more about our friendly Flowerpot Men from their creator, Rainer Jost. Visitors are always welcome, the Manor Hall at 2.30 p.m.

The March meeting, on the 5th, will be our 40th Birthday - details of the afternoon will follow.

Vi Kingdon - President

2002
May all the days before you
Be full of promise and fair;
The very best of fortune
Be with you everywhere.

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It is always a pleasure to welcome members and on the 2nd October more so, as Eunice Allen, Joan Berry and Norma Holland were back after spells of NHS treatment. There was also good news of Key Webber, who is making an excellent recovery after her second hip operation. Our speaker, Mr. Pat Barrow, with slides re-enacted the Rapparee Cove shipwreck of 1773. Being an archaeologist, he has been one of the team endeavouring to preserve the site where human remains, fragments of iron handcuffs, coins, etc., have been found. There is a Fund which it is hoped will make it a Commemorative Area for all to visit in the future, especially overseas visitors. In this way, the slaves and convicts on board would be remembered, together with the ship's company and the locals who tried to save them. The vote of thanks was given by Win Collins; the raffle won by Doreen Prater and the competition for the oldest coin an 1817 Crown - by yours truly'.

The Chichester Group Social evening at Kentisbury on the 22nd October was not a very nice evening, weatherwise, but the journey was well worth making and the rain had stopped by the time we were ready to go home. Sheila Hale made her first introduction to the Group as Secretary, having taken over from Margaret Huxtable, who had served for 15 years.

Margaret was given a warm Vote of Thanks and a Commemorative Plate for such devotion to duty. The guest, Peter Christie, was as entertaining and interesting as ever, speaking on Victorian History, and this was followed by excellent refreshments, a word competition and not forgetting the raffle! Thank you Kentisbury for an enjoyable evening and good luck wishes to Sheila.

It was ACM time again on the 6th November and members welcomed Elma Blackmore, our VCO - now renamed 'Friendly Advisor'. After a hearty rendering of 'Jerusalem i , general notices and dates for diaries were dealt with, and also birthdays, of which there were four - two this month and two in December [as Ethel will be away] - have a lovely time. The Minutes of the last ACM were read and Doreen gave her Secretary's Report -- very concise and well documented. This was followed by Rosemary's Treasurer's Report and audited Accounts - as always, a credit to her capabilities of juggling our finances! We certainly need to organise some events in 2002 to make some money. With the Reports proposed, seconded and adopted, I have a short 'Thank You' address to all members who had given help during the year, as well as the Committee who have done an excellent job and without whom the Institute could not function. Last but not least, the members themselves for their support - we can but hope that 2002 will be a satisfactory and happy year for everyone.

Elma Blackmore then too over the meeting and complimented us all on our busy year. Voting then took place: President me again! The Committee was then re-elected 'en bloc' with the addition of Marion Carter. So welcome, Marion, we hope that you will enjoy working with the gang! During tea, Elma managed to chat to several members and told me how much she had enjoyed the afternoon. There were no entries for the competition, but surprise, surprise, I won the raffle - first time ever - so if you have never won, don't give up hope!

Our next meeting will be on the 4th December - a light-hearted afternoon with Mr. Green, a special tea and if you remember, a wee gift for another member to take home. The competition is Mince Pies. Our Christmas Lunch at The Globe, always a happy occasion, will be on Monday, 17th December.

Seasons Greetings to all Readers from the W.L

Vi Kingdon - President

Christmas - a time for giving
Remembering days of yore,
Pretty cards with a welcome letter.
Bringing postman to the door.
So spread the word, both far and wide,
May Happiness and Good Health abide
To welcome in a Bright New Year.

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Outing, 17th July - Weather Forecast: Wet and Windy

Eighteen hopefuls set off from Berrynarbor, Exmoor bound and hoping to find the sun! For once the forecasters were right, Exmoor looked quite ghostly, shrouded in mist with lots of white spectres, that is sheep, moving about; one, a keen jogger, pacing itself in front of our coach but eventually turning off to join the flock. However, we did meet it again later. There were dark, eerie shapes, cattle we presumed, and in a clearer patch four ponies and two foals. Making our way to Hunters Inn, we were stopped when approaching a corner by a colourful cockerel and his family crossing the road, homeward bound. Apart from another coach and an odd car, the roads were quiet. I wonder why?!

At Hunters Inn we enjoyed that welcome cuppa' and an excellent cream tea, followed by a quick visit to the National Trust shop, where some sales were delayed because of a till fault - and we thought we had left those ghostly sprites on Exmoor!

Well, the weather could have been better, but with the expertise of the driver and the genial company, members and friends had an enjoyable afternoon and who knows, we might have seen a future marathon winner .. Baa!

The Horticultural and Craft Show

The Show took place on 1st September and I was privileged to present the Cups to the worthy winners of the various sections. [I was pleased to see that more WI members had participated.] Standing there, I recalled an earlier September, in 1978, when Jenny Taylor and my Derrick pioneered the first Show. The Hall was not so well furnished then, so it was a case of borrowing tables, etc. 112 items on the schedule tempted the would-be competitors, of which there were many. There were no cups, just the satisfaction of getting the highest points in each section and maybe recouping your entry fee 5p per adult entry and 2P per child entry. Jenny, Derrick and their helpers generated so much enthusiasm it was infectious, and everyone had a great afternoon. On behalf of those pioneers, I should like to say 'Well Done' to our Linda Brown and her helpers for working so hard to keep a village tradition alive, and a personal 'thank you' from me for helping to revive some very happy memories.

After a summer break in August, it was nice to see so many members on the 4th September, but we were sorry to learn that several absentees were unwell. Get better soon' was the message and cards have been sent.

Our excellent speaker, Peter Christie lecturer at the North Devon College and a long-running columnist in the North Devon Journal, covering all ranges of history - captured everyone's attention with his graphic tales of Squire Bassett of Watermouth Castle. A fair and just man doing battle [with words] with the Church of that period for the benefit of Berrynarbor many of the articles being recorded in the Journal ... Peter had an original with him, yellow with age, but well read and all in print, there were no pictures in those days. Members were interested to know how they could look up items of history for themselves. The Barnstaple Library, where the very helpful staff will point you in the right direction, is the place to go.

A personal thank you to the teamwork of members dealing with the tea and attendance book, and also the knitters who brought jumpers for Operation Sunshine [Africa]. Another consignment will soon be on its way, following the three dozen already sent.

Our next meeting will be on 2nd October, when Mr. Barrow will be telling the tale of the Rapparee Cove shipwreck. Also in October, on the 22nd, the Chichester Group Meeting will be having a social evening at Kentisbury. This will be followed in November by our Annual Meeting.

Your Committee needs you, so don't be shy!

Vi Kingdon - President

Autumn

Tapestried Bronze, Gold and Red,
Crisp textured carpets laid ...
For knife-edged winds shred
To serve as food for hungry earth.


 

Illustrated by: Dave Walden

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On 5th June, members welcomed Mr. Michael Bale a lifelong lover of Lundy Island - as their speaker on that subject. Together with slides, both past and present, he gave a most interesting description of its ruggedness and beauty. The Norse word Lundy means puffin, a resident bird but sadly in decline owing, it is thought, to rats poaching their eggs. The RSPB are hoping to solve this problem for the remaining pairs. If you love walking or want a tranquil holiday, Lundy is the place to visit! A well-received talk echoed in the vote of thanks given by Kath Arscott. Win Collins won the competition for Flower of the Month, and Ethel Tidbury the raffle.

The 7th June was Election Day and our Coffee Morning. Many thanks to all who supported the occasion and for the generous gifts given for the stall and raffle; also to the helpers, especially those in the kitchen. At the end of the morning, and after expenses, we raised £120 for funds and Eunice did well her Cheshire cards.

Four doggies decided that the WI should be represented at the Pets' Service on the 1st July, so Margaret, Marian, Di and myself sallied forth to keep them company. A most enjoyable event thank you, Rector Keith Wyer, for organising it.

The years certainly seem to fly by because once again it was our pleasure, on the 3rd July, to welcome members of Ilfracombe Disabled Association to their annual tea. As always, members excelled themselves with the variety of sandwiches and cakes, but not forgetting the favourite scone, jam and cream! The floral table decorations, all beautifully made by Linda Brown, set the scene. There was a raffle prize for everyone, Ethel provided a Nearly New stall and Eunice had the Cheshire Home cards always popular with the ladies. Happy smiling faces waving from the coach and everyone saying how much they had enjoyed the afternoon, made it all worth while. My thanks to all the members who worked so hard to make it all possible.

Our outing on the 17th July will be our last meeting until 4th September. However, I expect we will see each other at the various fetes, where an extra hand is always welcome. The knitters will be pleased to know that 3 dozen jumpers and some socks and teddies have been sent on the first leg of their journey ... thank you all.

In conclusion, every good wish to all readers, enjoy the summer and may it be a successful time for all events.

Gannet's Rock Illustration by: Peter Rothwell for C.R. Chanter's
'Lundy Island a Monograph'

August - the holiday month,
Children home from school.
Carnivals, summer fetes, cream teas and barbecues
To be enjoyed by all.
Gardeners busy, lawns to be mowed,
Produce nurtured for entering September's Village Show.

Vi Kingdon - President

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3rd April saw Louise Round and her doggy friend, Gregory, from the Canine Defence League, giving us a very interesting talk and video about the many ways that the League helps dogs and their owners. Gregory, of course, enjoyed the attention - a really nice Collie who had just recently lost his owner and was looking for a new home. We all hoped that it would not be too long but in the meantime he did have Louise. Louise was justly proud of the alterations that had taken place at the West Down kennels, making for better conditions for the dogs - 70 at the moment. After the question and answer session, it was time for tea and Louise kindly judged the Flower of the Month competition, which was won by Doreen Prater, with the raffle prize going to Josie Bozier.

A well attended meeting on the 1st May, including two visitors, became an afternoon of discussion - two main Subject Resolutions to be put forward at the I.G.M. in Cardiff next month: 1. The training of care workers for older people, and 2. The school nursing service. Several good points were raised and suggestions about the wording of resolutions noted for passing on - Win Collins and Margaret Andrews, both knowledgeable speakers.

Even though she had been ill, Ethel Tidbury remembered to send cards and plants for the four ladies with birthdays. Many thanks, Ethel. We all send our good wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see you at the June meeting when Michael Bale, our guest speaker, will be talking about Lundy Island.

There will be a Coffee Morning on Thursday, 7th June [Election Day] in the Manor Hall, from 10.30 a.m. onwards. A bring-and-buy stall will cater for all - come early for the cakes!

Our annual Tea for the Members of Ilfracombe Disabled Association will be held on Tuesday, 3rd July - a jolly occasion, which has been taking place for many years. Members, your catering skills will be required!

Until next time, every success with the Fetes and Village events.

Vi Kingdon President


 

Ode to a Dandelion

They have locks of gold today
Soon becoming silver grey.
Then when blossoms blown - behold
The time of day is told!


 
Illustrations by: Paul Swailes

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A well attended meeting on the 6th February included two new members and three visitors, all seated comfortably ready to listen to Kath Arscott and to view her wonderful photography. Kath has shared many of her travels with us, this time travelling on a train from Cape Town to Dar-es-Salaam a new experience - with various stops to take the photos, for which Kath is famous. Her patience with wild life well rewarded. The majesty of the Victoria Falls made a fitting end to a very interesting journey, which Doreen Prater echoed in her vote of thanks. The Word Competition was won jointly by Ethel Tidbury and Kay Webber, although all entries warranted a consolation prize.

Doreen Prater won the raffle and after the knitters had collected patterns for our new project -jumpers and socks for Africa [although Teddies are still needed] - it was time to close the meeting.

I should like to add that the fame of 'knitted Teddies' is still spreading - this time through Ethel Tidbury's letter and photo being printed in the December issue of 'Take a Break'. Ethel has been receiving letters, not only from the UK but also overseas, and a Mrs. Church of Thamesmead sent both teddies and jumpers for Africa. Several members had brought along their knitting efforts a wonderfully colourful collection of socks and jumpers. Many thanks to one and all, please keep up the good work! *

The meeting on the 6th March was again well attended and we welcomed two more new members as well as Kay Webber and Edna Barnes, both of whom have been 'doctoring', the former with a hip operation. Our speaker, PC Dutton, gave an interesting account of his duties as a Dog Handler and the duties of other handlers with their different breeds of dogs. We were eventually introduced to his companion, Kaizer - a beautiful two year old German Shepherd - and having two other German Shepherds residing in his home, it was obvious that PC Dutton was just the man for the job of Dog Handler! Kaizer was very good, especially as there was limited space for him to show his potential - he enjoyed a tug-of-war with his toy, which everyone thought looked like a grenade! When tea was served he gazed steadily at my cuppa - he needed a drink as well so a bowl of water was gratefully emptied. Time as always sped by and after thanking our speaker for sparing time to visit us, and also thanking everyone who helped with the refreshments, especially Doreen and Joan, it was time to tell Kay that she had won the competition for iced cakes, Mary Gingell the decorated tumbler and Josie Bozicr the raffle, before leaving for home.

Please Note: Since starting this report, I have been informed that due to the foot and mouth crisis, it has been decided to cancel the Chichester Group Meeting on 11th April at East Down, and the Annual Spring Council Meeting at Exeter on the 19th April. Other events will be reviewed at the end of April.

For our meeting on the 3rd April, we have a speaker - Louise Round coming from the National Canine Defence League, together with a four-footed companion. Instead of items on the Programme, the competition will be Flower of the Month. Visitors, as always, will be most welcome. Lundy Island will be the subject of our speaker, Mr. Michael Bale, at our meeting on the 1st May.

With every good wish for Easter.

Vi Kingdon - President

The waking earth of Easter,
Reminds us it is true,
That nothing really ever dies
That is not born anew.


* If any non-WI knitters would like to help by knitting teddies, socks or jumpers, patterns for these simple, but much-needed items, may be obtained from either Vi or the Editor.

Illustration by: Paul Swailes

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The meeting on 5th December was a foretaste of Christmas as Linda Brown demonstrated to a well attended meeting, the art of making decorations for the table, sideboard and wall hangings - most of the greenery found in our own gardens. She made it seem so easy and one could feel the enthusiasm to have a go at making one's own vibrating round the hall.

A grateful 'thank you' to Marianna, Kay and Joyce, who made sure that everyone had that welcome cuppa', in spite of the electricity having fused in the kitchen! There were cakes and mince pies to make teatime extra special Win Collins having won the competition for the latter. There was the usual exchange of gifts as everyone left for home.

Twenty-three members enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of The Globe Inn on the 18th December, when an excellent lunch was followed by a sing-a-long something that is looked forward to every year and is remembered by members who have moved away. Thank you Phil, Lynne and staff for making us so welcome. There were five raffle prizes and the bottle of wine, kindly donated by Ann Hinchliffe, was won by Doreen Prater. The other winners were Edna Barnes, Olive Kent, Norma Holland and Joyce Elliott. Since this is the last report of 2000, a Very Happy New Year to all readers.

Not quite a full attendance on 2nd January, it being so near the holiday, but it was nice to see the members who did come, particularly after all the bad weather. The speaker, Mrs. Mavis Eastaugh, Matron of Wilderbrook Nursing and Residential Home, was most interesting. She explained how they try to get residents involved with everyday things, keeping up their hobbies and introducing new ones, like computers, etc. Their success can be seen in the colourful flower pot designs and the recent cook book compiled by the residents and illustrated by children from Ilfracombe Junior School - a wonderful combination of the young and the young at heart. Also in residence there is a lovely black cat and a budgerigar, and there is an aviary. Now they want to have a really nice fish tank - very relaxing [not sure if puss would agree!].

In her vote of thanks, Rosemary Gaydon echoed everyone's good wishes to Matron and her staff for their forward-thinking care.

Thank you Inga for stepping in to make our tea, and with Beryl Brewer winning the raffle, we tidied up and set off for home. There will be four members going to the Special Resolutions meeting at Filleigh on the 1 Ith, and on the 6th February, Kath Arscott will be taking us on one of her wonderful journeys, this time by train - Ravos Train Journey Cape Town - Dares-Salaam. Visitors are always welcome -2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall.

Illustration by: Paul Swailes

Vi Kingdon - President

Winter Blues?

You may have cares and worries,
There are dozens of things to be done.
Make time for a chat and a laugh,
Keep stress at bay - and 'blues' will be gone.

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On 3rd October, members, together with one visitor, were taken on a wonderful journey by Doreen Prater and Kath Arscott to see the Oberammergau Passion Play. What a wonderful experience! Doreen's graphic dialogue and the colourful slides kept everyone enthralled and we were sorry when the journey had to end. Doreen's personal experience being in the audience was something she will never forget and we could believe that, and this was echoed in Win Collins's Vote of Thanks.

During tea members were reminded about the Shirwell Group Social Evening on the 19th . . . which I can add, was enjoyed by those who attended. We sent our best wishes to Una Warburton, now at Pinehurst in Ilfracombe, especially with Christmas in mind.

An early start on the 7th November saw a well attended meeting and a prospective new member, ready to deal with matters concerning an Annual General Meeting. Official business was dealt with and the present Committee re-elected 'en bloc' for another term of office. Members were sorry 10 learn that Kath Waller and Brenda Walton were both unwell, and wished them a speedy recovery.

At 2.45 p.m. we set off for Claude's Garden for the planting of the W.I. Millennium Mazzard tree. Our thanks to Dennis Collins and John Huxtable who had prepared the site, and Mother Nature for good weather! Friends and members of the Richards' family, the Rector Keith Wyer and children from the Primary School were present to witness the planting by Mr. Dick Joy and yours truly. The Rector gave the Blessing and Mr. Joy a short account of the Mazzard, which had nearly reached extinction. Luckily, with the 21st Century, all five types will hopefully flourish once again.

Everyone then made their way back to the Manor Ilall where the Agenda 21 had been arranged by Win Collins, Kath Arscott and Linda Brown, together with a selection of Teddies for Tragedies. With this planting, all three of the W.I. Millennium projects were completed and we have a Certificate from the Federation for all to see. During tea it was an impossible task to select a winner for the Teddy competition - all entries were excellent - so the only winners will be the children who will eventually cuddle them! Many thanks, ladies, for a wonderful effort.

Our next meeting will be on 5th December a Christmassy effort - and there will be the annual Christmas Lunch at The Globe on Monday, 18th. After a very busy afternoon, it was time to go home, and so we take this opportunity to wish one and all every happiness this coming Festive Season - as for me, I am still wondering where the year has gone!

Vi Kingdon President

Christmas time is drawing nigh,
Another year has swiftly passed.
Time to send those greeting cards,
With a letter to relive the past.
Memories are treasures that money cannot buy,
So God Bless one and all, as the festive time arrives.


 

Illustration by: Debbie Rigler Cook

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On 25th July, 21 members and friends went on an afternoon mystery trip, which culminated at Malmsmead. What a delightful journey - quiet roads and hedgerows ablaze with colour. On arrival, Lorna Doone's Shop proved quite a magnet, and several purchases were made. Tea was served in the garden, with quite a few little birds hoping for a few crumbs and even a Jack Russell who, we were told, walked over two fields most days to see what was on offer! Time passed quickly and the afternoon was only marred by Ivy Richards's accident when getting on the coach - those steps are too high. With her leg bandaged by our driver, we called in at the Health Centre on our way home. It must have been painful and Ivy was very brave. We all hope that the wound has healed by now, Ivy, as we have heard that you had to make several visits to the Health Centre.

2nd September the village Horticultural and Craft Show. Thanks to the organisers and helpers - Linda Brown and Ann Hinchliffe being just two of them for an attractive occasion. Entries might have been down but the quality was excellent, in spite of the heavy rain of the day before. Credit to all the exhibitors for a colourful selection. Congratulations to Kath Waller whose crotchet matinee jacket gained her a First Prize - an excellent result as Kath has only just learnt the craft. A few W.I. members entered, but we hope for more next year.

A well attended meeting on the 5th September, including three visitors, welcomed Rosemary Wedlake with her wonderful collection of hats, dating back to Victorian times and up to the present day. She modelled the hats as she talked, which was quite amusing, and some of the styles brought back happy memories. She judged Win Collins winner of the Flower of the Month competition.

Our next meeting will be on the 3rd October when Doreen Prater will be telling us of her visit to the Passion Play at Oberammergau, and names will be taken for the Chichester Group Social Evening at Shirwell on the 19th October.

Members were asked to note that the A.G.M. on the 7th November will be starting at 2.00 p.m. to enable the planting of the W.I. Millennium Tree in Claude's Garden at 3 0'clock. Agenda 21 items will be on display in the Hall.

In conclusion, there are quite a number of newcomers to the village and we invite them to join us - visitors are always welcome at our meetings which take place at the Manor Hall at 2.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.

Cheerio for now.

Vi Kingdon, President

Mother Nature's at her paintbox,
Pastel shades have had their day.
Gold, red, russet, brown and yellow
The in-colours when Autumn plans to stay.
But as the leaves begin to fall, Winter white will cloak us all.

Illustration by: Paul Swailes

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6th June and three visitors joined members in welcoming Mr. Peter Christie who gave a most interesting talk, aided with slides, on 'Unexpected Phenomena' -- adding even more interest when members related some unexplained experiences of their own. Time, as usual, went too quickly and everyone hoped that Peter - a busy lecturer -- would be able to visit again next year. Before leaving he kindly acted as judge to the specimen rose competition, and Kay Webber's was voted the winner, although all the specimens were lovely.

The Coffee Morning at Ivy Richards's on the 15th June was, as always, a jolly occasion. Many thanks to all who supported it, and to helpers Eunice and Bernard Allen, Joan Wood, Kay Webber and Angela Richards, and to those who brought items for the bring-and-buy and raffle. Through everyone's generosity, we made £68, and Eunice was grateful to everyone who bought Cheshire cards. Thank you, Ivy, for making us all so welcome in your home.

Before our visitors arrived on the 4th July, there was a short meeting when I had to give the sad news that Lilian Knowles, a member of just a few months but known to a lot of us for many years, had died suddenly over the week-end. It came as a great shock as quite a few of us had been with her on the Wednesday at the Friendship Lunch, and it is nice to remember what a happy time we all had.

Just after 3.00 0'clock, cold and with rain tipping down, 24 ladies from the Ilfracombe Disabled Association arrived, but a warm welcome greeted them in the hall, where there was a sales stall manned by Bobbie and Ethel, a raffle with Kay and Joyce in charge, and Eunice with her cards. The tables were set with a wonderful spread - members had excelled themselves - and, of course, that welcome cuppa. Everyone was most appreciative and nearly everyone went home with a raffle prize or cakes. As they boarded the coach, I was told several times, "We do love coming to you", which makes all our efforts so worthwhile. My personal thanks to all members and to those who although unable to attend, sent along 'eats' and prizes - we're just sorry that you missed such a happy occasion.

With no meeting in August, many members will be helping at the various fetes. Our next meeting will, therefore, be on Tuesday, 5th September, when Rosemary Wedlake is going to demonstrate 'All About Hats' - a humorous lady, I have been told, so hope to see you then, and that includes visitors. Cheerio for now.

Sun, sea, sand, cream teas,
All enhance a summer break,
And when evening shadows fall
There are carnivals and fetes
To be enjoyed by all.
With gardens bright to cheer one's way,
Just make the most of every day.

Illustrations by: Debbie Rigler Cook

Vi Kingdon - President

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A well-attended meeting on the 4th April welcomed Michael Cubitt, who apologised for his wife Doreen's absence owing to illness. He said that she usually gave the talk on "30 Years Running a Bird Sanctuary", but he certainly proved a worthy stand-in and held everyone's interest, compering the many coloured slides. The bonus came at the end when members were introduced to Little John, a tawny owl, recently featured in both the North Devon Journal and West Country News. was also a lovely barn owl ... what wonderful birds they are and most interested in everything that was being prepared for tea! Although Doreen and Michael are now retired, they still have several other feathered and four-footed friends with whom they share their home. Win Collins gave the vote of thanks, wishing Doreen a speedy recovery.

April 13th saw members at the Chichester meeting at Bratton Fleming, where, as usual, we received a warm welcome. The Guest Speaker, Jennifer Dallow, decided, as she is a popular flower arranger and quite well known to a lot of members, to demonstrate four European styles. Certainly a different floral art to our own, but very effective. Her arrangements were donated to the raffle and one of our members, Beryl Brewer, was lucky enough to win one. Linda Brown and I also did well, which compensated somewhat for coming 5th in the competitions! Arlington were the worthy winners, but our members, Linda Brown, Kay Webber and Joan Wood, must be thanked for their efforts. The next group meeting will be held at Shirwell in October.

Every year in May we have to discuss the Resolutions for the A.G.M., this year to be held in London. How we vote is passed on to a delegate. The subjects were all topical: Payments of Benefits at the Post Office, Funding of Children's Hospices and Treatment and Therapy for Stroke Sufferers. Peggy Strudwick came and gave us an insight to the latter. As a volunteer member of a group that helps stroke patients, she finds it most rewarding being able to help, and to see such good results. It was agreed to let the delegate hear what is said at the meeting about children's hospices since we felt that every area is different; and whilst our Devon one would like to remain as it is, some areas in the north might say otherwise. The post office and stroke resolutions were agreed on.

Win Collins and Kath Arscott then introduced us to the Agenda 21 Project, on which they and Linda Brown had been working over the past year. Full of detail about the care of the environment, farming, wild life, etc., the books were well documented and pictured. In fact, one could only marvel at the patience that these ladies had shown compiling them, an opinion shared not only by members but visitors, including two Parish Councillors. The raffle was won by Joyce Elliott and the competition for a decorative teapot by 'yours truly'.

The next meeting will be 6th June when the speaker will be Peter Christie on 'Unexplained Phenomena'. Visitors welcome. Don't forget the Coffee Morning at Southerley, Castle Hill, 10.30 a.m. onwards. Please come - there will be a bring and buy stall, raffle and sale of Cheshire Homes greeting cards.

Ode to Summer
Sing a song of sunshine,
A pocketful of mirth.
Four and twenty hours in which
To gladden all the earth.
When each day is opened
And the birds begin to sing,
Welcome Mother Nature's gifts,
The beauty that they bring.

 

Illustrations by: Debbie Rigler Cook

Vi Kingdon - President

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After discussing W.I. business at the meeting on the 1st February, members welcomed Len Coleman who gave a graphic insight to the workings and funding of the R.N.L.I. by volunteers - the cost of each lifeboat being met by donations, collections, sales, etc. He explained that the majority of call-outs were from novice sailors who had not heeded the Seaman's Code. The Helicopter Service was a very welcome addition at all times. The talk ended with a pictorial account of the lifeboat in action. There were questions and answers during the tea break, after which Rosemary Gaydon gave the Vote of Thanks. Ethel Tidbury won the Seashore Shell competition.

Members attended Margaret Tyrrell's memorial service at St. Peter's Church. Margaret - a Past President, had been a very brave lady battling against ill health for some years and sympathies were expressed to her family.

The weather may have been dull and dreary on the 7th March, but 23 members enjoyed the warmth and excellent tea prepared by the staff of the Sandy Cove Hotel - many thanks to them for making our Anniversary outing so special.

The future programme was discussed and the next meeting, on 4th April, will commence at 2.15 p.m. The speakers will be Doreen and Michael Cubitt, who will talk on their '30 years running a Bird Sanctuary'. Visitors are always welcome.

In conclusion, with the latest batch of Teddies for Tragedies on their way, the total knitted and sent is now over 400. Many thanks to all knitters and to the anonymous person who left me some much appreciated 'filling'.

The new century seems to be like the old one, flying by faster than ever, or is it, as I have been told, me getting slower! Whatever, may I wish one and all a very happy Easter from all the members of Berrynarbor W.I.

Vi Kingdon -- President

Up in the woods a little bird sang,
And the echo it seemed to say,
That all will be well in the future,
If you laugh at your troubles today.


 

Please note that the Coffee Morning at Southerley to be held on 0th April has had to be postponed until further notice.

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A well-attended meeting on the 7th December greeted our genial Post Master, Alan Rowlands, who gave us an interesting insight into the preparation for a Royal Visitor to the RAF Station where he was an Officer. Catering, of course, is very important, and in between the talk, members were given a wine tasting which made a really great start for the festive month! Alan was, as always, an excellent speaker and time went all too quickly. After this 'spirited' part of the meeting, a cuppa and home-made mince pies and shortbread were on the menu. Kay Webber won the competition for the former and Inge Richardson for the latter, but all entries were very tasty. Lots of good wishes and a wee present to take home brought a very jolly meeting to a close.

Twenty-three members met at The Globe Inn for the annual dinner on the 20th December. Sadly, Edna Barnes who was suffering from 'flu, was missing for the first time, and also new member Sheila Larssen - but both were well for the January meeting. The meal was, as always, excellent and what a wonderful atmosphere - all credit to Phil and Lynne and their staff. A little sing-song always rounds off a great occasion!

The first meeting of the new Century, on 4th January, saw attendance down a little, but this was to be expected as it was so near to all the Millennium activities, which in the Village were a huge success. The Committee and helpers must be congratulated and THANKED for their hard work. We had a very entertaining afternoon with Mr. Hesman giving us a guided tour around Great Britain with the aid of slides and a graphic talk. As we journeyed back to a beautiful sunset nearer home, it was cuppa time but not before our very own photographer - Kath - gave the Vote of Thanks, fully appreciative of the time and patience that it takes to prepare such a programme. Margaret Andrews's photograph of the Hangman Hills won the competition.

At our February meeting, another local resident, Len Coleman - Chairman of our Parish Council], will talk to us about the R.N.L.I. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings which start at 2.30 pan. in the Manor Hall. We shall be holding our Birthday Tea at the Sandy Cove Hotel on the 7th March, but for this meeting it is members only.

Vi Kingdon - President

Thought for the New Year
Years may come, and years may go,
With lots of hopes and dreams in tow.
Resolutions and promises made,
That with each day do somehow fade.
So relax, enjoy each day,
For it is Fate the Decider -
On Life's Way.


 

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A well-attended meeting on the 7th December greeted our genial Post Master, Alan Rowlands, who gave us an interesting insight into the preparation for a Royal Visitor to the RAF Station where he was an Officer. Catering, of course, is very important, and in between the talk, members were given a wine tasting which made a really great start for the festive month! Alan was, as always, an excellent speaker and time went all too quickly. After this 'spirited' part of the meeting, a cuppa and home-made mince pies and shortbread were on the menu. Kay Webber won the competition for the former and Inge Richardson for the latter, but all entries were very tasty. Lots of good wishes and a wee present to take home brought a very jolly meeting to a close.

Twenty-three members met at The Globe Inn for the annual dinner on the 20th December. Sadly, Edna Barnes who was suffering from 'flu, was missing for the first time, and also new member Sheila Larssen - but both were well for the January meeting. The meal was, as always, excellent and what a wonderful atmosphere - all credit to Phil and Lynne and their staff. A little sing-song always rounds off a great occasion!

The first meeting of the new Century, on 4th January, saw attendance down a little, but this was to be expected as it was so near to all the Millennium activities, which in the Village were a huge success. The Committee and helpers must be congratulated and THANKED for their hard work. We had a very entertaining afternoon with Mr. Hesman giving us a guided tour around Great Britain with the aid of slides and a graphic talk. As we journeyed back to a beautiful sunset nearer home, it was cuppa time but not before our very own photographer - Kath - gave the Vote of Thanks, fully appreciative of the time and patience that it takes to prepare such a programme. Margaret Andrews's photograph of the Hangman Hills won the competition.

At our February meeting, another local resident, Len Coleman - Chairman of our Parish Council], will talk to us about the R.N.L.I. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings which start at 2.30 pan. in the Manor Hall. We shall be holding our Birthday Tea at the Sandy Cove Hotel on the 7th March, but for this meeting it is members only.

Vi Kingdon - President

Thought for the New Year
Years may come, and years may go,
With lots of hopes and dreams in tow.
Resolutions and promises made,
That with each day do somehow fade.
So relax, enjoy each day,
For it is Fate the Decider -
On Life's Way.


 

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On 5th October, Mr. Green - our good friend from the Library gave an interesting slide show of life in the '40's and '50's. He certainly dusted our memories with the various comments made and was quite surprised, knowing how "young" we ladies are [his flattering remark, which amused one and all]. Time went all too quickly and after a quick cuppa, this busy gentleman was off once again, but he certainly left behind a lot of revived memories.

A brief account of the Group Social Meeting on the 1st October was given; members thanked for their help and the thanks of the Other numbers of the Chichester Group were expressed for a very entertaining evening. The weather was certainly rough outside the Hall, but with the help of Joe and Margaret - the Country and Western duo - it was bright and cheerful inside!

Our Annual General Meeting, the last one in this century, took place on the 2nd November, The meeting was very well attended and a warm welcome given to new member, Sheila Larsson, and also to our very own Ethel, just discharged from hospital after that nasty fall io July they think she has done wonders, and so do we! Only a short visit this time, but it was great to see her looking so well. After general business, it was election time and although Kath Waller had stepped down from the Committee, her place had been filled by Marianne Holdsworth. As there were no other nominees, the Committee of 1999 was returned, with Margaret Andrews becoming Vice President and Doreen Prater, Secretary. Rosemary and I still remain Treasurer and President, and Edna Barnes will continue to look after our speakers and our press reports.

My thanks to all who voted for me, and as always I shall do my best at all times, starting with a potted history of the W.I. which seems to be of great interest to members.

For our December meeting, on the 7th, Alan Rowlands will be telling us what wines to buy for the Millennium; and with a visit to Exeter for the Carol Service in the Cathedral, and a Christmas Lunch at the Globe on the 20th, December will be busy festive month! With that in mind, may I take this opportunity on behalf of all W.I. members, to wish Newsletter readers a Very Happy Christmas and everything that they wish for themselves in the New Year. God bless.

Vi Kingdon - President

Soon to be time for carols,
and lights upon the tree,
Presents by the sack full
and cards from you and me.
21st Century knocking on door,
so please welcome a New Year in,
Peace and Goodwill to all mankind,
our wish as church bells ring.


 

A Delegate's Diary

As a very inexperienced WI delegate, I began my journey to London a certain amount of trepidation. However, I need not have worried my travelling companions were all very friendly and the journey by coach relaxed and comfortable.

Our first evening and a group of us went to listen to the finals of the Choir Competition, which was most enjoyable. I was rather nervous of sharing a room with a stranger, but we got along fine and she assured me that my snoring didn't keep her awake! However, we were both woken in the early hours by thunder, lightning and torrential rain!

After a good breakfast, we boarded the coach, which took us to the Albert Hall. What a marvellous building! Erected between 1867 and 1871, it was commissioned by Queen Victoria and dedicated to the memory of her husband, Prince Albert. I am sure you can imagine what a stirring sound it was when some 8,000 WI members sang 'Jerusalem'.

The most important item on the day's agenda was the voting on the four Resolutions, all of which had been spoken on, both 'for' and 'against': Women's Human Rights, Supporting British Agriculture, the National Screening for Ovarian Cancer and a 5 Year Moratorium on Genetically Modified Foods. All were passed with majorities of over 95%.

We left London around 4.30 p.m., arriving in Barnstaple five hours later, after two most enjoyable days.

'Well,' I can hear some of you saying, 'What good does it do making these resolutions?' I have obtained a list of the Devon WI's successful or influential resolutions - the first in 1925 when all parish councils and other local authorities were asked to provide proper facilities for the collection and destruction of rubbish - which makes interesting reading. Please give me a ring if you would like to read it.

Doreen Prater

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With no meeting in August, most members met up at the various fetes and the Horticultural Show. Congratulations and thanks to those who helped to set up the Show and to those who participated, making it such a colourful occasion.

After our summer break, twenty-two members welcomed, on the 8th September, Mr. Nick Oliver from St. John's Nursery, who brought along a selection of plants, shrubs and bulbs to give our gardens colour through the autumn and winter. His helpful advice was much appreciated - so often one buys something in a garden sale and wonders afterwards why it hasn't flourished! During the tea break, several items were purchased, and Nick voted Win Collins's eschscholzia the Flower of the Month. Maggie Bland won the raffle - always a pleasure to see her when she can make the journey. There was a big thank you to Ethel Tidbury who, in spite of being incapacitated for so many weeks, had still managed to send along, with Eunice's help, birthday cards and plants - what a game lady to whom we say, get well soon, we miss you. Before leaving, members were reminded of the Group Social Evening which Berrynarbor is hosting on the 1st October . . . helpers needed at the Manor Hall by 6.15 p.m. please.

Our next meeting will be on the 5th October when our good friend from the Library, Mr. Green, will be telling us about Past Decades of Books. The November meeting, on the 2nd, will be the Annual General Meeting and members are asked to make every effort to attend - has it really come round again!

Meetings commence at 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall and visitors are always welcome.

Vi Kingdon - President

Ode to Autumn
Reds, golds, russet browns,
Autumn paints the scene.
Harvest safely gathered in,
Our thanks for wonders seen.


 

Illustrated by: Patrick McEntee [Age 10]


Please Help! -Teddies for Tragedies

With recent events in Turkey and elsewhere, knitted teddies are wanted more than ever to comfort children in these tragedy torn areas. If you are a knitter and can spare a couple of hours to make a little child a teddy to cuddle at night, your help would be most appreciated. A copy of the pattern, which it is important is followed, can be obtained from Judie [883544] and completed teddies may be returned either to her or Vi Kingdon, who will arrange for them to be shipped off to bring comfort and hope to children around the world. Thank you.

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It was nice to welcome Joy Morrow, on one of her short visits from the U.S., to our meeting on the 1st June. However, members were disappointed at the non-arrival of the RSPCA speaker, but fully understood how busy they are with emergency calls. Business matters were fully discussed, and 'yours truly' gave a brief account of the Battle of the Antz during the photo session for the WMN ... we kept telling them that it was not a movie!

I should like to echo Neil Morris's words and give thanks to the members who helped at the Picnic in the Park on 20th June. Doreen Prater, as Coordinator, did a grand job rounding up volunteers and ordering requirements - a successful venture for all concerned.

On 22nd June, Win, Linda, Rosemary and I joined many other WI members from North Devon Institutes at Marks and Spencer's Summer Special in aid ofa local Breast Cancer Scanner Appeal. Wine and many tasty morsels helped make the evening a success and, of course, one could shop as well.

6th July saw the Annual Tea Party for members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Association and my grateful thanks to everyone for making it such a happy occasion. There was a wonderful selection of 'eats' and gifts for the raffle, including eight colourful floral table decorations given by Win and Linda. We missed our Ethel who had suffered a nasty fall and was well and truly 'plastered'. A card was signed by everyone wishing her well for her birthday on the 25th when she had hoped to be in Australia - well, she might not be Down Under, but knowing Ethel she will soon be Up, Up and About in Devon.

There will be no meeting in August, but several Village fetes will be requiring help. We shall meet again on 7th September, when Nick Oliver from St. John's Nursery will be giving us some Tips for our Gardens. We shall also be finalising details for the Group Social Evening that we shall be hosting on 1st October. In conclusion, knitters please note: Teddies for Tragedies are still required - lots of little folk need something to cuddle.

All the very best.

Vi Kingdon - President

Ode to a Rose

Twine round the fence, pink and crimson sprays,
Line every path with glorious blooms ablaze.
Hang on my wall a tapestry of roses,
I shall remember when the summer closes.
If you would like to help knit a teddy and need a pattern,
please contact the Editor for a copy.


 

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Members arriving on the 6th April were sorry to learn that their expected speaker had had to postpone owing to ill health, but were pleased to welcome Claire Masterson, Field Marketing Officer of The Landmark, who gave a lively and entertaining talk on the first year of the Theatre ... she had some excellent photographs, both inside and outside the theatre, and of course there were the usual comments about its futuristic design ... 'will withstand all rough weather', we were told. The Summer Programme is out and we wish them every success.

A collection for the League of Friends of the Tyrrell Hospital raised E25 for their Summer Fayre, which had been gratefully received. Nine members attended the Chichester Group Meeting held at Kentisbury on the 26th April. As always at WI get-togethers, there was a wonderful atmosphere and excellent refreshments! Congratulations to Kentisbury for gaining the most marks in the Competitions - we came 4th, but all credit to everyone that took part, especially our very own Win Collins and Joan Wood.

My, how the year is flying by, for here we were on the 4th May once again discussing Resolutions for the forthcoming General Meeting to be held in the Royal Albert Hall, when Doreen Prater will be a Delegate. Kath Arscott opened the discussions on the subject of Farming, followed by Rosemary Gaydon on G.M. Foods, Doreen Prater on Women's Human Rights and yours truly on Ovarian Cancer. All subjects were fully discussed and voted on. Win Collins gave a short address on the work that her small committee had compiled on Agenda 21 - looking after the environment, etc. The books when completed will be something for the Millennium and will be read by many, we hope, in the future.

Our next meeting will be on the 1st June when we hope to welcome Diane Lewis of the RSPCA and on 6th July we shall be giving our Annual Tea for members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Association, and then a busy time ahead with villages fetes, etc.

Wishing all readers a happy and fruitful summer.

Vi Kingdon - President

Summer Growth
Dawn brings another day to birth,
The moments bloom again.
The past is like the good brown earth,
And the future like the sun and rain.

Congratulations to Vi and Mattie, the Pomeranian 'bundle of fur with a heart', who recently appeared in the Western Morning News feature, 'Man's Best Friend'.

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A well-attended meeting at the beginning of February included three visitors, and it was good to welcome back Maggie Bland. Once again

Kath Arscott took us on a wonderful trip through Turkey this time - followed by a complete change, the ruggedness and beauty of St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides. Her excellent photography kept everyone spellbound. Many thanks, Kath, for a most interesting afternoon. Thanks also to Joyce Elliott for volunteering to help Joan Berry on the door, and Margaret Andrews and Doreen Prater for stepping in to share the Secretary's work as Anne has had to resign due to other commitments.

The 2nd March was a really nasty afternoon - weather-wise, wet and windy - but an excellent attendance included two new members, Norma Holland and Kay Webber, who immediately offered to help on the door -- a very good way to learn who everyone is as they pay their money! Josie Bozier brought along two knitted teddies which her neighbour had kindly sent. They were most welcome as teddies are still needed for the 'little ones' where tragedy has struck. After Marjorie and Doreen dispensed with the official business, it was time to welcome Yvonne Davey who spoke on the Ilfracombe Volunteer Bureau, which everyone found most interesting. Then Neil Morris, Chairman of the Berrynarbor Millennium Committee, gave a short address on events planned for the Millennium and the fund raising for them. Neil and his Committee must be complimented on their hard work and the thought they have put in to the project, and we wish them every success.

Doreen Prater will be our Delegate [and will also represent three other Institutes] at the National AGM in London in June. Members who have attended previous AGM's know that she will find it very interesting.

The competitions for the Chichester Group Meeting at Kentisbury on the 26th April, when we defend the Shield, are for a watercolour, a Dundee cake and a flower arrangement. Linda Brown, having won the competition, will represent us for floral art. The cook and painter will be chosen at our next meeting on the 6th April when we hope to welcome Michelle Wolfe-Emery as our speaker on Hypnotherapy. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Meetings commence at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall.

Though the world's pleasures
may be fleeting and vain,
Religion is lasting and true.
Real pleasure and peace
in its paths you may gain,
And the Blessings of Easter ensue.

Vi Kingdon - President

The photograph on the next page, lent by Margaret Walls, shows the W.I. Sewing Group enjoying their Annual Tea Party in 1983 outside The Lodge.

Win Collins tells us that the group used to meet monthly in the Penn Curzon Room, putting tables together to form one large one around which everyone sat, spreading out their various pieces of sewing or embroidery in front of them. At one stage they learnt how to do patchwork and together made a large, patchwork quilt which was raffled for the Hospice. Various members were renowned - Bobbie Hacker in particular for their beautiful cathedral pattern cushion covers -- an intricate method of adornment, often done in velvet. It was a happy and productive group who sadly dispersed later as they could no longer cover the cost of hiring the Hall and heating. Later they did meet at Vera Cowperthwaite's home, but when she left the village to be near her family, there was no longer a venue to accommodate them. Everyone has fond memories of that cheerful group of ladies.


Back row: Joan Adams, Betty Parker, Vera Cowperthwaite, Doreen Siviter, Brenda Wilkins [W.I. President], Betty Goodwin, Win Collins, Doris Swift and Una Warburton.

Seated: Vera Wilmot, Rose Brinkhurst, Edith Rumley, Margaret Tyrrell and Bobbie Hacker.

QUICK QUOTE: The W.I. President of a village in the Cotswolds, earlier this century: "Oh yes, we're very democratic here. On our W.I. committee we have three ladies, three women and the village school mistress."

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The 1st December saw a well-attended meeting but alas, no speaker! However, a written quiz saved the day and created a lot of local interest - or lack of, as the case may be. Tea was served with mince pies, the competition for them having been won by Edna Barnes. A big thank you to all who took part. For those members who had participated, there was a wee gift to take home and good wishes for those who would not be coming to the Christmas Lunch.

What a wonderful atmosphere greeted us all at the Globe on the 21 st December, when 25 members assembled for their Christmas Lunch. Everything was perfection and a good time was had by all. Our grateful thanks to Lynn, Phil and their staff.

The first meeting of 1999, on the 5th January, was also well-attended with not too many suffering the 'virus' going around. After birthday presentations and general notices, members were given a most interesting talk by Andy Cooper, News Editor of the North Devon Journal who spoke on the history of the paper up to the present day. After a question and answer session, it was time for a welcome cuppa, after which Andy had to dash back to the paper - such a busy man and members were appreciative that he had found the time to come.

A message from Jean Cummings' daughter thanked everyone who had remembered Jean and Cyril at Christmas. Jean is not too well at the moment and unable to reply herself.

The Treasurer reminded members that it is subscription time once again! The next meeting will be on 2nd February, when our very own Kath will be taking us on our annual mystery holiday via her wonderful slides. Visitors, as always, are most welcome - 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall. Every good wish.

Vi Kingdon - President

Just a Thought for 1999

I wish I knew the answer
To all the frowns I see.
I'd like to gather them all up,
And dump them in the sea.
SMILES can be so infectious,
If spread along life's way,
Who knows, maybe, just maybe,
They can keep those frowns at bay.

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On 6th October, Mr. Les Tovey took members on a tour of the Scilly Isles, with the aid of wonderful slides and complete with commentary and soothing music. The time went all too quickly, and certainly made us wish that the trip could have been longer, which was expressed in the Vote of Thanks given by Rosemary Gaydon.

The Group meeting at East Down on the 21 st October was most enjoyable. Norma Huxtable, the speaker, was as humorous as ever and a joy to listen to. After excellent refreshments, we settled down to a written Quiz - how quiet the hall became as we tried to unravel the clues! All good fun with congenial company and very comfortable surroundings. Many thanks to Doreen Prater for braving the elements and taking us - a worthy winner of a raffle prize.

A well-attended Annual Meeting on the 3rd November welcomed two new members to the Committee - Margaret Andrews and Doreen Prater -joining the re-elected 1998 Committee - Edna Barnes, Ann Hinchliffe, Kath Waller, Rosemary Gaydon and yours truly. My sincere thanks to everyone for their support given over the year and we shall do our best to make 1999 even more special.

Teddies for Tragedies are still arriving at my door, so it looks as if there will soon be another 100 on their way. In the meantime, thanks to Ethel we have our very own Teddy Mascot and I feel sure that Minnie Bear will be attending most meetings! Next meeting will be 1st December when a speaker from the Landmark is booked and we shall have mince pies for tea and a wee present to take home - that is if you have brought one! Should be a good start for the Christmas season.

Our very best wishes to all readers - God Bless.

Vi Kingdon - President

Share a Thought for Christmas

Now is the time for forgetting
Yesterday's cares and its strife.
Now is the time for remembering
The joys and blessings of life.


 

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Many members were amongst the congregation at St. Peter's for the Memorial Service to Joan Adams on the 24th August. A simple and melodious occasion, as Joan would have wished, In the hall, after the service, it was nice to meet her family and to relive happy memories of this very special lady who had been a long-serving member of the W.I.

1st September saw a very well attended meeting welcome Mr. Joy, a retired magistrate, who gave a most interesting, and often amusing, account of his years on the Bench. Time, as always, went too quickly and it was soon time for Margaret Andrews to give the vote of thanks. Members signed a 'get well' card for Win Collins, who had recently had a hip replacement operation, but there was sadder news of Maggie Bland, who had just lost her husband, Bertie, and sincere sympathies were expressed.

Members were reminded of the annual Party for members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Association on the 15th, when Kath Arscott will be giving a demonstration 'Fleece to Fabric'. There were still only 4 names for the Group Social Evening at East Down Village on 28th October a wonderful opportunity to meet W.I. members of the Chichester Group. The Flower of the Month competition was won by Pam Arnold, and the raffle by Linda Brown.

The Horticultural Show on 5th September was a colourful occasion to visit and congratulations to members with successful entries - Eunice Allen, Edna Barnes, Ethel Tidbury and Joan Wood [and apologies if I have left anyone out]. The judges were kind to me too and perhaps another year more W.I. members will take part.

The October meeting will be a Musical Slide show given by Mr. Tovey. I look forward to seeing you then.

Vi Kingdon - President

As frosts and shortening days portend,
This ageing year is near its end.

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A well attended meeting on the 2nd June included two visitors from Arlington W.I. and our very own Joy Morrow and a friend, all to welcome Rosie Don, our speaker and demonstrator, who has a vast experience of exhibition Work. She gave an interesting insight to the many uses of any easy-to-handle mixer, with samples to view and taste. There were joint winners for the Rose competition Inge Richardson and Betty Brown. A collection for the Friends of the Tyrrell Hospital raised £23.00.

On the 7th July, a beautiful sunny afternoon helped members enjoy their outing: firstly to Appledore, where the Maritime Museum proved of great interest, and then over the bridge to Instow, where a warm welcome was waiting at the Commodore Hotel. The tea was perfect and certainly made a most pleasurable end to the afternoon.

There will be no meeting in August, but looking ahead to September . . . on the 1st we shall have two Magistrates as our guest speakers and we shall again be entertaining members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Association at the annual patty.

Concluding, 70 more Teddies for Tragedies are now way and many thanks to all knitters - every stitch giving joy to some little one, something to cuddle In what might seem a cruel world.

Every good wish.

Vi Kingdon - President

There is a rose that loves us all,
As it scrambles over every wall
That dear 'old' rambler, forever true,
Always lovely, looking new.

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The 7th April saw another well-attended meeting listening to a most interesting speaker on Antiques and Collectibles - Madeline Robinson. Madeline had brought along small items of furniture, as well as china and 40's and 50's memorabilia, encouraging one and all to think about what they might have hidden in their lofts!

Ten members spent an enjoyable evening at Shirwell for the Chichester Group Meeting on 23rd April, where the main attraction was a fashion show. Linda Brown became one of the models who all did extremely well. The refreshments were excellent and I am pleased to add that we won the Group Competition - so earn a place on the Roll of Honour - all thanks to Linda, Beryl and VIV. We were also lucky in the raffle.

There were several absentees from the May meeting, due to the Bank Holiday, bit still over 20 members arrived to discuss W.I. Resolutions for the Annual Meeting in June. Mrs. Sheila Hale, a V.C.O., and Alma Blackmore, a trainee V.C O. talked us through the two main issues - Child Carers and The Regeneration of Brown Field Sites, etc. Sheila's 19 month old grand-daughter was more interested in what was on the tea table than a lot of talk - very wise for a litle 'un!

The 7th May was our Coffee Morning at Ivy Richards' home - many thanks to everyone who supported us and to Ivy for providing such a lovely value. Eunice was able to sell cards for the Cheshire Home and through everyone's generosity, there was nearly £50.00 to help W.I. funds.

Our next meeting will be on 2nd June, when Rosie Don will be introducing us to 'Gourmet Delights', and the July will be an Educational Trip. As usual, there will be no in August.

With all good wishes for the summer season.

Vi Kingdon - President

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A well-attended on the 3rd February included two new members Andrews and Doreen Prater. We welcomed Kath Arscott to the first meeting of 1998 - after January's storm cancellation with another of her excellent slide shows of a recent holiday in South Africa. She transported us with ease through the beautiful countryside and coastal paths, seeing the exotic birds and the wild life, which, as always, seem to pose for Kath! The time wait all too quickly, and we were soon back to Berrynarbor where Kath's three sheep were waiting at the orchard gate. Many thanks, Kath, for sharing your holidays with us.

An exhibition table at the Church Cheese and Wine Evening on the 27th February looked very attractive, with craftwork from Eunice Allen, Kath Arscott and myself, books from Rosemary Gaydon and a beautiful flower arrangement by Linda Brown, much admired by everyone. The Scrap Album covering 36 years also proved of interest.

The March meeting, on the 3rd, a Musical Quiz afternoon, was a great success under the guidance of Mr. Green. He naturally thought us too young to recognise all the tunes of the '40's and '50's, but it was fun thinking back to those early radio and black and white television shows. As it was the 36th Birthday of the Institute, we enjoyed and thanked Maggie Bland for one of her lovely fruit cakes, and other members who supplied iced cakes - Eunice Allen winning the competition for same. Linda Brown won the other competition with an attractive flower arrangement in a candlestick, so she will go forward to the April Group Meeting at Shinwell. We welcomed Marianna Holdsworthy as a new member and we now number 35. Thank you for your support.

The next meeting is on 7th April when Madeline Robinson will be discussing Antiques and Collectibles. Visitors, as always, are most welcome.

A very happy Easter to everyone.

Vi Kingdon

By the roadside, in the field,
Greeting each newcomer,
Pussy-willows wave their plumes
Heralding the summer.

Late Extra: Ivy Richards has kindly offered to have a Coffee Morning for us at Southerley, Castle Hill, on Thursday, 7th May, 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Illustration by: Paul Swailes

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A very successful Coffee Morning was held on the 29th November, and even the sun shone. Many thanks to everyone who supported not only us but the Cheshire Homes and the Newsletter ... also for contributions to stalls, especially the excellent Raffle, manned by Ivy and Margaret.

2nd December saw us 'Preparing for Christmas' and what better way than with a well-attended meeting and Alan Rowlands, our genial Postmaster, as guest speaker, Wine, the and after explaining the art of making and bottling same, came the tasting everything for the Christmas Dinner ... certainly added a sparkle to the afternoon and sharpened appetites for the special tea with cakes provided by the Committee, and mince pies by the competitors. Margaret Andrews, a prospective new member, kindly acted as Judge and the joint winners were Olive Kent and Josie Bozier. A small gift as we left gave everyone, I hope, that wonderful feeling of friendship and the meaning of Christmas.

Twenty-four of us enjoyed the warmth and colourful atmosphere of The Globe for our Christmas Lunch on the 19th December. As always, the meal was perfect and enjoyed by all. Joan Berry, Edna Barnes and Bobbie Hacker were the lucky draw winners. After coffee, we sang-a-long, helped by the song sheets and I am not sure if we cleared the Inn, but the village was certainly deserted when we left!! Thank you Phil and Lyn and the staff for making us so welcome.

What a start for a New Year! Twenty-one stalwarts battled through wind and rain on the 6th January only to find the Hall in darkness and very cold, too cold to sit but nice to meet up for a chat, if only for a short time, during which we leamed that Eunice Allen had raised over £300 in 1997 for the Cheshire Homes by selling greetings cards, and was once again collecting old cards for recycling. Ethel brought me 18 more teddies for tragedies and a little cash was raised for the Hospice on the sales stall - so, congratulations to all concerned. Our speaker, Fire Admin Officer Prince, had been called out to an emergency in Exeter, so we decided that 'home was best' and we look forward to a longer meeting on 3rd February when Kath Arscott will be taking us on another of her wonderful holidays, complete with fantastic slides. Visitors are always most welcome. Cheerio for now.

Vi Kingdon - President

P.S. Message from the Treasurer: Subs are now due!

Another New Year
I don't know what I will encounter
On the unknown way,
But I know beyond all doubt,
Whatever may betide,
He, my Lord, will walk with me
To be my guard and guide.

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Once again our members enjoyed entertaining members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Association in September, and Viv Fryer's demonstration on making marzipan fruits was well received by one and all. One gentleman asked her if next time she could make some animals - nothing impossible for our Viv! Many thanks to everyone for their help - the tables looked most appetising, or rather what was on them did!

A very warm welcome was extended to our Guest Speaker, John Hood, on the 7th October. John is not only a resident of Berrynarbor but also a Reflexologist. He gave a most interesting insight to his profession, and the general discussion that followed proved very enlightening. John left us with a few exercises that we could all practise. Thank you, John, for giving us your time. The competition - for a winter warmer - was won by Olive Kent with a pair of knitted gloves.

29th October saw 150 Teddies set off on the first part of their long journey. I certainly miss their cheeky faces and hope that there will be more knitted over the winter months to give pleasure to those 'special little people'

Our Annual Meeting time again at the beginning of November. We were sorry to lose 4 members off the Committee: Margaret Kemp and Ivy Richards, Linda Brown and Joyce Elliott. My grateful thanks to them all for their support; the former two for so many years and the latter for the past twelve months - proud grandmothers naturally want to spend more time with their little ones. Two new members were nominated, Vera Perry and

Kath Waller, so together with Edna Bames, Ann Hinchliffe, Rosemary Gaydon and myself, we hope that members will be pleased with what this committee accomplishes in 1998. Arrangements were made for the Coffee Morning on 29th November in the Manor Hall from 10.30 a.m. Eunice Allen will have a selection of greetings cards on sale in aid of the Cheshire Homes, so make a date to buy some. Thinking ahead to Christmas, there will also be lots of other goodies for sale.

At the December meeting on the 2nd we shall be thinking of the festive season with 'Preparing for Christmas' and if members wish to bring a small gift for another member, there will be the usual lucky dip before we go home. There will be a special Christmas raffle and the competition will be a selection of 4 mince pies. Cakes, given by the Committee, will be provided for the tea, but we are not proud, so if anyone else wants to bring something, please do!

On behalf of the W.I. ladies, a Very Happy Christmas to all readers, and a Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

Vi Kingdon - President

CHRISTMAS - a time for forgetting Yesterdays cares and strife.
CHRISTMAS a time for remembering The joys and blessings of life.

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At the end of July we were able to view the excellent flower arrangements at St. Flower Festival. Everyone must be complimented, including our own members - Win Collins, Linda Brown, Kath Arscott and Eunice Allen. The church looked beautiful and made a wonderful setting for the wedding held on the Saturday.

August found us meeting up at various fetes and my thanks to Sylvia Yates and Edna Barnes for helping me on the Bottle Stall at the Berry Revels. Since bottles were not too plentiful in coming forth, all credit to Sylvia for her competitive purchases, which gave us such an attractive stall!

It was lovely to see so many members on the 2nd September following the summer break, and how lucky we were to get Mr. Gilbert of Silverdale Nurseries, at short notice, to tell us how to Winter our Fuchsias. A most interesting Question and Answer' time followed on other plants in our gardens.

Thirty more teddies from Ethel and with the six from Eunice, I now have 96 happy faces to greet me, all waiting patiently for their next destination. My grateful thanks to all knitters for helping this worthy cause, and I shall keep you informed as time goes by. Win Collins won the competition with a beautiful display of Foliage.

Our next meeting, after the party for the Ilfracombe Disabled Association on 16th September, will be on the 7th October, when Mr. Hood will be speaking on Reflexology, and when we hope to receive nominations for the 1998 Committee in readiness for the AGM in November where has the year gone?

With every good wish,

Vi Kingdon - President

A hint of frost is in the air,
The smell of bonfires here and there,
Birds are on the wing once more,
As Autumn knocks at Summer's door.

Teddies for Tragedies


Pictured here and joining Vi's army, is a further 50-strong Troop of Teddies kindly knitted by the residents of Barum Court, Barnstaple, under their c.o. Mrs. Weedon Senior. Many thanks to you all for 'swelling the ranks'!

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A well-attended meeting on the 2nd June found Mr. Green - a Special Service Librarian - explaining about the many services that can be obtained through the Library, which was most interesting and amusing. These include film shows, etc., to brighten up aftemoons in residential or nursing homes, and those people with special needs are most certainly catered for. Time went too quickly, but we hope to welcome Mr. Green again next year, when he will challenge us with a music quiz. It was a special tea that day as Una [94] and Bobbie [921 were celebrating their birthdays. These two ladies are truly wonderful and deserve the title 'young at heart'. Thank you, Una, for a splendid cake. I was given some colourful Teddies for Tragedies, and I understand there are more to come. Many thanks to one and all, especially Ethel, who must have sparks issuing from her knitting needles!

The Coffee Morning on 14th June in aid of the North Devon Hospice was a success raising over EIOO for such a worthy cause. Many thanks to the members for their generous help and contributions to the stalls, and to everyone that came.

2nd July saw 24 members on a panoramic tour by our coach driver, Andy. The day was a little overcast but the sun did manage to breakthrough to highlight the scenery and the colourful garden at Westcott Barton, where we stopped for our tea. A visit to the Pottery followed a most enjoyable cream tea and purchases were made to take home. All in all, an afternoon which seemed to suit everyone.

There will be no official meeting in August although we shall, no doubt, meet up at the various Village events. Sylvia and I will be manning the Bottle Stall at the Berry Revels, so any contributions will be gratefully received! At the September meeting, on 2nd, we shall be welcoming Linda Darke from St. John's, who is conung to talk to us on 'Winter Gardens'. We shall also be finalising preparations for the Annual Party for members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Association to be held on the afternoon of 16th September.

Cheerio for now.

Vi Kingdon - President

There is a certain feeling
That all the world should hold,
That peace and joy of friendship,
Are worth much more than gold.

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Being so near to the Easter holiday, it was nice to welcome so many members, including two newcomers - Beryl Brewer and Marianna Holdsworth to the April meeting. Our speaker, Mrs. Margaret Kelland, a farmed s wife, spoke about 'Cooking Past', recalling the many ideas that started with her grandmother, and which she has tried to incorporate into present-day cooking. What a feast of samples she brought along - cream, butter, brawn, teddy-cakes, cheese, and marrow jam .... which went very nicely with the scones and cream for tea. I feel sure that Margaret's stall will not be overlooked when members visit the Market in future!

Members from Arlington, Bratton Fleming, Kentisbury and Shirwell joined us for the Annual Group Meeting on the 29th April, when Penny Blower was the Guest Speaker. She showed slides on 'Colour is Beautiful' and using three members as models, illustrated how colours can affect one's outlook, and how to make the best of oneself. Arlington won the competition, beating us by one point. So, congratulations to them and many thanks to Edna Barnes and Win Collins, my fellow competitors, for their excellent entries. Thanks also to Linda Broun for her floral arrangements in the hall, and all members for their help in making and serving refreshments.

In spite of the hail and bitter wind on 6th May, 25 members arrived, including a welcome by Irene Somerville. Settling down to discuss W.I. Resolutions, Win opened the proceedings with her subject 'Agenda 21', as always most interesting to listen to. This was followed by 'yours truly' with the query about 'Lindane' and its possible connection with breast cancer. Both resolutions were followed keenly, and after some discussion were voted on. Having had so many excellent speakers recently, it was now time to catch up on outstanding W I. matters, including making arrangements for the Coffee Morning on 14th June in the Manor Hall, and in aid of the North Devon Hospice, and the educational outing on 1st July. I was interested to see what response I should for knitting 'Teddies for Tragedies' and I was not disappointed. So, needles will soon be clicking away and as this project is for the children of the Third World, anyone reading this who would like to help too would be most welcome. I am hoping that Judie will find room for the pattern and that the Post Office will be our collecting point. The more we make, the more little ones will have something to cuddle.

Our June will be on the 3rd when Mr. Green will speak on 'Not Just Books'. Visitors, as always, are very welcome.

Vi Kingdon - President

In gardens, woodlands or on rocky plains,
Its humble buds unheeded rise,
Colourful flowers may the Summer reign,
But the DAISY never dies.


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The first item on the itinerary for the 4th February was to extend a warm welcome to new member, Dawn Jameson. Then, with no luggage required but a full compliment of passengers, we enjoyed travelling once again with our Kath. Our destinations this time, U.S.A. and Canada, via her wonderful slides. The Grand Canyon - breathtaking and her patience with wild life provided us with some excellent close-ups. All-in-all, a fantastic trip, as echoed by Rosemary Gaydon on behalf of everyone.

A well-attended meeting on the 4th March welcomed four new members, Josie and Joan Bozier, Vera Perry and Kath Waller, as well as a visitor from Kentisbury W.I. Harry Clement [retired Chief Superintendent, Scotland Yard], the Guest Speaker, then held everyone's interest with the basis of his new book, "No Justice for the Poor", a true West Country story about the suspicious death of two little girls in 1862. The book also contains three other true stones and several members purchased copies, which Mr. Clement signed, a keep-sake of a very interesting afternoon. Mr. Clement is also a keen supporter of the Children's Hospice, who gain from his many talks

As it was the Institute's Birthday - and Ruth Gillard was telling me about the first W.I. meeting 35 years ago, so it was an extra special occasion for her - there was cake for tea and many thanks to Maggie Bland for the lovely fruit cake and congratulations to Edna Barnes for winning the competition for iced cakes.

Our next meeting will be on the 1st April when Margaret Kelland hopes to be with us to talk about Cookery Past and Present.

Another date for everyone's diary: Saturday, 14th June, we shall be holding a Coffee Morning in aid of the Hospice at the Manor Hall. Please come.

Wishing one and all a Happy Easter.

Vi Kingdon - President

Easter - a time for rejoicing,
For thinking of God above,
So let us give thanks for the blessings
Of His deep and abiding love.

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On 3rd December, with the Festive season in mind, a lively discussion ensued about 'Christmas Past and Present', with the emphasis for most on the past. An assortment of cakes were served for tea and on the way home everyone took part in the Lucky Dip.

Twenty-four of us met up again on the 16th for our annual unch at The Globe. As always, an excellent meal was served in a warm and friendly atmosphere, with the sing-a-long that followed rendered in true W.I. fashion - time went all too quickly. With seasonal greetings echoing around the village, it was off to our homes, knowing that we should all be meeting up again, with those who were unable to be with us, at the January meeting

It might have been cold outside on the 7th January, but a well-attended meeting warmly greeted Mr. Phillip Roberts, who gave a most interesting account of his work with the Tarka Home Trust, helping the autistic young folk. What dedication and patience. Everyone was most moved and that was ably expressed in Margaret Kemp's vote of thanks

Sadly it was 'au revoir' to Joan Adams who is moving to Exmouth. We shall miss her, and give grateful thanks to her for remembering birthdays every month for so many years, latterly with the help of Ethel. We wish her every happiness in her new home and hope she keeps her promise to revisit us and Berrynarbor whenever possible.

On the 4th February, Kath Arscott will again be taking us on one of her journeys via those wonderful slides and factual dialogue. Visitors, as always, are most welcome, so why not come and join us?

Vi Kingdon - President

A Thought for the New Year
 
Two things make for happiness,
The giving and the taking;
It does not come by chance,
But is something of our making.
So kind thoughts and deeds can bring
Harmony that money cannot buy,
And happiness that deepens
As the year goes by.

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1st October, the beginning of a new and a well-attended meeting, Steve Walker was our guest speaker, and what an interesting afternoon he gave us - telling us how in the 16th Century Mr. Punch first became an international figure and introducing us to Judy and the Crocodile, complete with sausages! All the props have been made by Steve himself and out of the big case also came some Victorian memorabilia depicting Punch and Judy, with one special piece valued at £4,000, which was placed on our table. There was a big sigh of relief, especially from the Treasurer, when it was safely packed away again! Doris Upton spoke for everyone when she said that it had been one of the best meetings, and congratulated Steve on all that he had accomplished in keeping the Punch and Judy story alive.

The competition for a peg doll was won by Rosemary Gaydon with a delightful effort, duly admired and given to Steve's companion, Julie.

November 5th saw the Annual Meeting come round once again, and members welcomed Mrs. Elizabeth Ressell V.C O. The Committee, already selected by the members, were voted in 'en bloc' and although five names were nominated for President, four declined, so 'yours truly/ carries on! I thank everyone for their support in the past, their faith in the future and hope that they will enjoy the year to come. An anniversary card was sent to Edith Rumley, who with her husband, Les, will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on the 17th November - how wonderful! Edith was an enthusiastic member before moving to Amesbury and she is fondly remembered for her artistic skills, especially smocking.

With Christmas fast approaching, everyone will be busy, but some members hope to attend the Christmas Workshop on the 29th November and we shall be partaking of Christmas Lunch at the Globe Inn on the 16th December. Between these two events there will, of course, be our December meeting with the Rev. Jim Bates staffing off a social afternoon's proceedings by a discussion on Christmas Past and Present. Following on there will be a nice selection of 'eats and a wee gift [about £1] for members from the Lucky Dip before they go home.

Owing to increased costs, I am afraid that from the New Year, visitors will be asked to pay £1.50 which will include refreshments and raffle, but please do come along and join us.

All the members join me in wishing one and all a Very Happy Christmas and everything they would wish themselves for 1997.

Vi Kingdon - President

Christmas is a time to be merry,
To remember friends of yore;
To remember all the good times
That have gone before.
So as you pen those Yuletide cards,
Why not include a letter,
BT say "It's good to talk",
But the written word is often better.

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On the 26th July, 26 of us set out for an enjoyable trip to Little Torrington to view the Flower Festival at St. Giles Church. It was really beautiful, and a credit to all the floral art creators. The tea that followed was excellent, and anyone leaving the hall feeling hungry only had themselves to blame! Everyone was full of praise for the W.I. members who were on duty, both in the church and at the tea. On the way home we stopped off at the Tarka Mill, and as there was a sale on, there were some very good bargains to be had.

Although we have no official meeting in August, members met up at the various Fetes, and thank you, Sylvia Yates, for the hard work you put into the very successful bottle stall at the Berry Revels. Ivy Richards and Margaret Kemp, as always, had the raffle well in hand, Margaret Parkin the barbecue and Eunice Allen the plant stall.

A well represented meeting on the 3rd September had the pleasure of welcoming Michael Hesman, who showed slides of beautiful gardens and flowers, from stately homes to his own garden, and finishing with slides of sunsets, for which Devon is famous - a colourful end to an interesting afternoon.

Thanks to all members who helped and participated in the Horticultural Show on the 7th September, and congratulations to Ethel Tidsbury for the knitting section at her first attempt, as well as much praise from onlookers! I do hope that even more members will take part next year, keeping up the W.I. tradition.

On 17th September we shall be holding our annual party for members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Association and on the 1st October we hope to meet Mr. Punch and his friends, brought along by Steve Walker. Please come and re-live your childhood, remembering those 'hazy lazy days of summer' on the sands. Cheerio for now.

Vi Kingdon - President

You may have cares and duties,
There are dozens of things to be done
But don't let the day come to an end
Without some laughter and fun.

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On 4th June, a well attended meeting of members and visitors greeted Sharon Goble from West Country Television. What a charming young lady, and her job as reporter as well as presenter, made for interesting listening. She surprised everyone by saying that they have to do their own screen make-up and brought along the large selection of cosmetics she uses - about £200 worth which made some of us wonder how much we should have to spend!!! Margaret Kemp in her vote of thanks expressed everyone's appreciation to Sharon for coming along on her day off and for giving such an entertaining account of her work with West Country Television.

As our advertised speaker for the 2nd July was unable to come, we were lucky to have our very own Linda Brown demonstrating the art of flower arranging - converting the flowers from our gardens and hedgerows into four beautiful pieces. Members and visitors were enthralled and those who were lucky enough to win one of the displays were highly delighted. Linda donated her fee to the Devon Air Ambulance, so, many thanks to her for her kindness in not only giving to a worthy cause but for the Gift of Flowers to our meeting.

On behalf of the Devon Air Ambulance, a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning on 6th July, and gave so generously. My grateful thanks to all members that manned the stalls and dealt with refreshments. A cheque for £175.00 has been sent, so together with the D.A.A. Fund stall, the final total could be in the £200.00 region.

There will be NO meeting in August, apart from our help at the various fetes. On the 3rd September we hope to have Mr. Hesman to show us some more of his wonderful selection of slides - this time gardens and flowers. The will be 3 chrysanthemums. Cheerio for now.

Vi Kingdon, President

From my cottage windows,
A panoramic view,
Coloured by the Master,
Loaned to me and you.

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How to grow Fuchsias successfully was the subject of our speaker on the 2nd April, and what an excellent teacher we had in Mr. Robert Gilbert from Silverdale Nursery. He kept members and visitors so interested that they nearly missed a 'cuppa' and the questions and answers carried on whilst our tea was drunk. Before the meeting closed, there was a sale of young fuchsias, so we look forward to seeing some lovely blooms.

On the 25th April, several members enjoyed a Group Meeting at Shirwell. The refurbished hall was bright and cosy, and as always, the company and 'eats' were excellent. Mr. Pipe - the speaker - was both interesting and amusing with his anecdotes on when he was a coach driver. He illustrated the talk with three poems he had composed. Grateful thanks to Win Collins and Edna Barnes for helping me to make the grand total of 261 points for us to come third in the Competitions, and congratulations to Bratton Fleming who were the winners.

With no speaker on the 7th May, we had time to catch up on forthcoming events and to discuss the Resolutions to be voted on at the A.G.M. at Cardiff on the 5th June, when Ann Hinchliffe will be not only our delegate, but will represent three other Institutes ... a busy day for our Ann! Win Collins gave a most interesting opening to Resolution No. l, 'Skills for Living', followed by Rosemary Gaydon who spoke on N.H.S. Dentistry. Yours truly started on student grants and this was the only Resolution that the meeting felt that the voting should be left until Ann had heard a few more facts and comments at the meeting. After the usual welcome 'cuppa' members were reminded that for the June meeting, a West Country Television Presenter was hoping to come as our Guest Speaker. Visitors will be welcome.

On the 6th July there will be a fund raising event for the Devon Air Ambulance Service, and bottles will be needed for the stall at the Berry Revels, so it looks as if the summer will be a busy one, beginning to wonder where the time goes, or as someone said to me, "It could be you getting slower!" It makes you think!

Vi Kingdon - President

To me life is just a skein of wool,
Some can a garment knit,
While others merely roll it in a ball,
And never quite unravel it.

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A warm welcome greeted our speaker, Kath Arscott, on the 6th February. Kath had only recently returned from a month in Antarctica, capturing more scenes with her camera. Today, however, we were taken on a tour of Namibia and as always everyone remarked on the patience shown by Kath with close-ups of wild life. All too soon it was time to say 'farewell', with thanks from members and visitors for such a colourful tour. One of Kath's 'photos has been selected for the 1997 Devon Federation Calendar - a well deserved honour. Special birthday wishes were extended to Joan Adams, celebrating her 80th birthday on the 24th.

On the 23rd February, we contributed a display at the St. Peter's Cheese and Wine evening and my grateful thanks to Eunice Allen, Kath Arscott, Edna Barnes, Win Collins and Joan Wood who helped me to make it an attractive display. The Scrap Book re-lived a few memories and all-in-all it was a most enjoyable evening.

A well-attended meeting on the 5th March included several visitors and we were all introduced to Darren Gibson, who gave a most enlightening talk, with the aid of slides, on the work of the Devon Air Ambulance. So much is owed to this service, as Maggie Bland expressed in her Vote of Thanks, and members were able to show their appreciation at the Fund Raising table.

It was a real welcome back for Jean Cumings, after her recent health problems, and also Heddi Belka. As it was the Institute's 34th Birthday, original members, Jean, Maggie and Ruth, re-lived those early days and there was a lovely selection of cakes for tea - thanks to everyone who contributed.

For the meeting on 2nd April, we are looking forward to a few gardening tips from Robert Gilbert [Silverdale Nurseries]. Visitors, both male and female, are welcome - El.

On behalf of the ladies, a Very Happy Easter to one and all.

Vi Kingdon - President

Let us every day be sure to say,
A thank you, if we are wise,
For of all the friends we need the most,
There are TWO, our ears and eyes.

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Many members- including two visitors - had braved the snowy conditions to meet and enjoy the talk and demonstration given by Joan McCallam, who showed us how quite a lot of household waste can be made into colourful decorations. Time went all too quickly and we look forward to Joan's next visit to find out what else we can salvage from the refuse! The Christmas tea, provided by the Committee and kind members, was appreciated by all and there was even a small gift for everyone to take home. On the 18th December, four-and-twenty of us [not blackbirds] arrived at the Globe for our annual Christmas Lunch. As always, we were greeted with warmth and friendship, and the staffing the kitchen certainly did us proud. The afternoon was rounded off with carol singing, everyone in fine voice after such an excellent lunch. Thank you, Phil, for providing the accompaniment and the song sheets, although I feared that they might come back singed, as our carollers had to move nearer the candles to see better!!! The Lucky Dip was won by Peggy Gingell.

Our meeting on the 2nd January was a really wonderful start to 1996, with so many members and four visitors - two of whom were W.I. members from Sussex - in attendance. Mavis Pesic proved an excellent speaker, telling us how she first became involved in making a life-sized doll. Her talk was both humorous and educational and meeting "Aunt Lucy" and young "Jessica" was an added bonus. Such exquisite workmanship - admired by all. As we left, it was announced that Jean Oxley, one of our members, will be seen on "Blind Date" on the 3rd February - should put the viewing figures up!

Our next meeting is on the 6th February by which time we hope Kath will be home from her trip to Antarctica to give us another of her excellent slide shows.

Vi Kingdon - President

Our lives are filled with simple joys,
And blessings without end.
One of the greatest joys of all,
Is to have, or be, a FRIEND.

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Our October guest speaker - Mrs. Margaret Trump - certainly lived up to her name. She enthralled a well-attended meeting with her Edwardian elegance. She became the Lad's maid for the afternoon, getting M Lady ready for the Ball and bringing in audience participation - much enjoyed by everyone.

The Federation Banner and Book arrived in Berrynarbor at 11.00 a.m. on the 29th September with the West Down members looking splendid in their Land Army outfits. A sunny afternoon and an enjoyable Rolls Royce ride for four of us [followed by two other cars] who took the Banner and Book on to Kentisbury, where a warm welcome and a lovely tea awaited us. Many thanks to everyone who supported us in this venture.

November and Annual Meeting time again, when it was nice to welcome so many members, a prospective one - Heather Wehner - and Doris Upton, who had made a welcome retrn from Scotland, having decided that Devon is the place to live after all! Most of the Committee were willing to stand again, with two new members - Linda Brown and Joyce Elliott. Trish Hampson decided to stand down for a year and we should like to thank her for her support and for the detailed account of the Autumn Council Meeting held in the Queen's Theatre, when she was our delegate.

Details were finalised for the Exeter shopping trip and names taken for the Christmas Lunch at The Globe on the 1 8th December.

Our December meeting on the 5th will welcome Joan McCallam who, with Christmas in mind, is going to give us some ideas for decorations. The competition will be two pieces of shortbread, and although the Committee will be providing the refreshments, any mince pies, etc., will be most welcome to make it a really festive occasion. Please bring a small gift for the Lucky Dip

On 2nd January, a local lady, Mavis Pesic, hopes to tell us how she started making life-size dolls. Those of us who have met the "Hollyhock Family" know that they really are something - so, do try and make the date, and visitors will be very welcome

In conclusion, the ladies would like me to wish the readers a Very Happy Christmas, and everything that they wish themselves for 1996.

Vi Kingdon - President

Christmas is - A Faith to be kept,
A Hope never to be surrendered,
Something Lovely to be shared

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With no meeting in August, it was nice to see so many members at the Coffee Morning on the 16th - a jolly morning, catching up with all the news, and making a profit of £100. Many thanks to everyone for their support and hard work. A well attended meeting, including three visitors, on the 5th September, was very kind to the speaker, 'yours truly, when I gave a light-hearted account from my archives, "What's Up Doc?" which even made me smile whilst reliving some of the occasions! Members' tolerance was rewarded at tea-time with a piece of Bobbie's birthday cake, which she wanted to share with everyone.

The rest of the month be busy with preparations for the party for members of the llfracombe Disabled Association on the 19th, and the receiving of the Federation Anniversary Banner on the 29th. Grateful thanks to Len Coleman for helping us to transport same to Kentisbury in style. "Edwardian Elegance", with a display of costumes, will be the subject of our Speaker, Margaret Trump, on the 3rd October, and, as always, visitors are most welcome, The November meeting will be the Annual Meeting and Election of the Committee.

Vi Kingdon - President

P.S. Thinking about Christmas? Don't forget the Exeter shopping trip on the 22nd Nov,

Autumn sweeps in with colours bold,
Leaves flutter down, brown, russet and gold.
Looking for tit-bits, the birds that have stayed,
Harvest thanksgiving, to God we pray.

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What a happy occasion our meeting on 6th June was - so many members wanting to wish "our Bobbie" every happiness for her 90th birthday. She arrived accompanied by her niece, Beryl Lake, and with two other visitors, everyone settled down to listen to the guest speaker, Rev. Jim Bates. What an interesting account he gave of Ilfracombe in the Victorian times and up to the present day - the glides were excellent. 1 guess if we look up more when in the High Street, we shall be able to appreciate that architecture for ourselves, but 'off-season' might be a better time! The welcome ' cuppa' time found Bobbie cutting her special cake made by Doreen Prater [many thanks, Doreen] , who also judged the Flower of the Month competition won by Betty Brown with a peony.

The 4th July saw 32 members and friends enjoying an afternoon visiting St. John's Nursery, where the tills rang merrily [ l ] and then on to the Mount Sandford House, Landkey, where we were greeted by Mrs. Sheila White, who showed us round her beautiful garden - nearly two acres. The sun might have deserted us but the colourful blooms more than compensated. After touring the garden, everyone was ready for the excellent tea awaiting them.

Members are reminded of the Coffee Morning on 16th August There will be a variety of stalls - home produce, plants, nearly new, books, bric-a-brac and bring and buy. Ivy and Margaret, as always, will be managing the raffle, which is to include a 35mm camera. Our next meeting will be on 5th September when 'yours truly t will give a light-hearted talk entitled "What's Up Doc? The competition will be A Well-Tried Remedy - should prove interesting! On 10th September, the Federation's 75th Anniversary will be celebrated with a Garden Party on Ilfracombe Sea Front from 3.00 to 5.00 p.m. - Come Listen to the Band.

Vi Kingdon - President

Kind Hearts are the Garden,
Kind Thoughts are the Roots,
Kind Words are the Flowers,
Kind Deeds are the Fruit.

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In April, a well attended meeting greeted Mr. Michael Hesman, who enthralled everyone with his slides and talk on Exmoor. Kath Arscott wag just the right person to give the vote of thanks, being such a keen photographer herself.

Twelve of us visited East Down for the Group Meeting on the 26th April, and we were duly impressed with the refurbishment of the Hall.It was a most entertaining evening, Margaret Pover finding even more exciting stories to tell from her air hostess days. As always, the refreshments were superb. We were not successful in the competitions, but all credit to Edna Barnes and Win Collins for their efforts - as for 'Yours Truly', there is a lot still to be learned about Soap Sculpture! The exhibits just had to be seen to be believed - really exquisite.Thank you all for your support.

So many absentees on the 2nd May - illness claiming some - meant a smaller gathering to greet our visiting V. C. O, Mrs. Sheila Hale, a most charming and interesting lady who talked us through the Resolutions for the A.G. M. with time to spare to enlighten us as to County plans for the 75th Anniversary. A Garden Party by the bandstand in Ilfracombe on 10th September sounds fun, and I shall give more details as I get them.

Our guest speaker for June will be the Rev. Jim Bates who will show slides on Victorian Ilfracombe. This will be our last meeting in the Hall until September, so final arrangements will be made for our trip to St. John's Nursery on the 4th July, and the Summer Coffee Morning on 16th August.

Happy holidays and a successful season.

Vi Kingdon - President

90 Years 'Young' - 3rd June
As you celebrate this great occasion,
With friends from far and near,
May memories of the past ensure,
A happy pathway through the year.
Dedicated to our "Dear Bobbie"

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It was a real pleasure to welcome so many members and two visitors to the February meeting. Joy Morrow was the guest speaker, and what an entertaining afternoon she gave us - explaining the strict training that goes into becoming a clown and showing the art of the make-up which can take up to an hour for an actual performance.

Everyone was most impressed and grateful thanks given. The Novelty Hat, which won Ethel Tidsbury the competition, was worn by Joy with pride, adding that extra bit of colour to a colourful costume.

The 33rd Birthday of the Institute was celebrated on 7th March, and we had two visitors for the occasion. Maggie Bland was thanked for a lovely fruit cake, and members who had entered the competition - four small iced cakes - also came in for appreciation. The winners were Rosemary Gaydon and Win Collins.

Margaret Power then gave an interesting and illuminating talk on life as an Air Hostess in the 1960's. A selection of hats and uniforms were on show and the journey through 'time', from "take-off" to "landing" was first class.

Our next meeting will be on 4th April, when we hope to welcome Mr. Michael Hesman who will show slides and give a talk all about Exmoor. As always, visitors will be very welcome. The Group meeting will be held at East Down on 26th April and the meeting on the 2nd May will discuss Resolutions for the A.G. M.

On behalf of members, a very Happy Easter to one and all.

Vi Kingdon - President

The years are threaded with remembered days,
Strung like beads upon a Rosary,
Forget them not, count them, and give praise,
They are Time's most precious legacy.

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We welcomed Doreen Prater as Competition Judge, and Fiona Hinchliffe as a prospective member to our December meeting. It was disappointing that the speaker was unable to attend, but an impromptu discussion on past cooking methods and recipes made a good introduction to the excellent tea provided by the Committee, and mince pies - subject for the competition - added to the festivities. The winning mince pie was baked by Joyce Elliott e Traditionally, leaving for home, everyone received a gift.

As always, the lunch, provided by the staff at The Globe, was excellent. Festive decorations and a sing-a-long aided by Phil, made it a truly wonderful start to the Christmas week.

Our meeting on 3rd January was so near to the New Year that several members were unable to be there, but for the rest - including a very welcome visitor, Nora Rowlands - it was an afternoon journeying through Norway and then further south to Portugal and Spain, through the lens of Kath Arscott 's camera, with added commentary to guide us on our way. "Where next?" is how Kath is greeted, and we are privileged and grateful to share some of her worldwide trips. The afternoon went too quickly. There were two winners to the competition - articles packed in a match-box. Mary Gingell managed the most, with Margaret Parkin a close second. I wonder if they have ag much fun packing for their holidays I Yours truly won the raffle - a first time ever, so if you have not won yet, ladies, take heart

Our next meeting will be on 7th February when Joy Morrow will be our "Clowning About" speaker.

Visitors are always welcome, but I am sorry, we have to charge £1.

Vi Kingdon - President

Birds trill, pipe and whistle
From their choir stalls in the trees.
Surely there's a lesson to be learnt
It's just occurred to me,
If birds can sing in winter-time,
Well then, why can't we?

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The meeting on 4th October opened with fond memories of Rebecca Hewison, who had recently died, just a month away from her 113th birthday. A truly wonderful lady who used to attend W.I. meetings with her daughter, Mrs. Kett, when she was well into her 100's.

Mrs. Pam Stowe, from the National Canine Defence League, gave an interesting talk on the League, recalling its history and bringing everyone up to date with the progress of the West Down Kennels. In her vote of thanks, Rosemary Gaydon echoed everyone's hopes for the continued success of such a worthwhile cause.

A letter of thanks for a really lovely evening on the 20th September had been received from the Ilfracombe Disabled Fellowship - the BEST EVER, as we were told many times on the night. Grateful thanks to everyone who helped and to Phil and Gary, who provided the entertainment.

A well-attended meeting on the first day of November welcomed back Vi Goodman and Brenda Walton following their spells in hospital, and best wishes were sent to Sylvia Yates, who was still a patient.

The Committee was re-elected 'en bloc', although Margaret Parkin decided to stand down for a while. After a vote of thanks for her never-failing support, she was presented with a piece of pottery for her new home. 'Yours truly' remains as President, with Rosemary Gaydon as Treasurer and, following a very successful first year, Ann Hinchliffe as Minute Secretary. Margaret Kemp, Ivy Richards, Edna Barnes and Trish Hampson make up the Committee and we shall all do our best for everyone and thank members for their support.

The programme for 1995 was available for discussion and arrangements for the Exeter shopping trip and the Christmas Lunch at the Globe on the 19th December, were finalised. The Guest Speaker at the December meeting, on the 6th, will be Mrs. Kelland who will talk about ' Cookery Bygone Days'. I am hoping for some lovely mince pies - the competition - and please don't forget a small gift to add sparkle to this early Christmas event.

The W.I. members would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and everything you would wish for yourselves in 1995.

Vi Kingdon - President

This is a time for rejoicing,
For thinking of God above,
Go forth and give thanks for the Blessings,
Of His deep and abiding love.

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With no official meeting in August, it was a welcome sight to see so many members at the Coffee Morning on the 17th. With the added support of locals and visitors, we were able to send a cheque for E96.60 to the North Devon Federation 75th Anniversary Project - Children's Hospice South West. Many thanks to one and all.

After the summer break it was nice to return on the 6th September with a good attendance, including 3 visitors, one a prospective new member. Business was kept to a minimum - discussion on the party for the Ilfracombe Disabled Fellowship on 20th and a brief account from Win Collins on her visit to the Triennial A.G. M. at Birmingham - a wonderful report, thank you Win. Sir Niall Campbell was the guest speaker and what an interesting one - recalling his early Scottish ancestry and the murders of same! An open discussion on present day law and order, and the too light sentences so often given, brought the afternoon to a close. The competition for Wartime memorabilia was won by Margaret Tyrrell with a Diary of a P.O.W. [Bill Tyrrell]. All entries deserved a prize - thank you for sharing your memories.

The next meeting will be on 4th October when Mrs. Pam Stowe of the National Canine Defence League will be the speaker. With the General Meeting in November, we shall be requiring nominees for the 1995 Committee, but don't forget to ask first if the nominee wishes to stand.

Vi Kingdon - President

Hazy sunshine, bonfires smouldering,
Woodland beauty beyond compare,
Nature's creatures hibernating,
Autumn nip in the air.

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The October meeting welcomed three visitors for an afternoon of arranging items of interest for the Festive season - Exeter shopping trip, social afternoon and Christmas lunch at The Globe. Nominations were collected for the 1993 Committee.

October 20th was our turn to host the Chichester Group Meeting and the members, as always, did a fantastic job of catering, etc. Joan Adams, Win Collins and Jean Priest transformed the hall with colourful floral displays and our visitors appreciated the same, plus the laden tables and the chance to chat with members of other Institutes. The speaker was Mr. Jaeschke on Ancient Egypt. We came 5th in the competitions - congratulations to Bratton Fleming, the winners. Thank you, Win, for your efforts on our behalf.

3rd November, our Annual Meeting, and it was with great pleasure that I was able to welcome back Margaret Kemp after her nasty accident in Scarborough, also to read a postcard from Winnie Goldsworthy, recovering from a stroke.

Election results were a carbon copy of 1992, with the addition of one new face, Edna Barnes, who will be taking over as Press Officer. Members were thanked for their unfailing support during the year and a special birthday presentation was made to Joan McCallam, resigning due to her many other commitments. We wish her every success as Chairman of the Third Age group and Shamwick Gardening Club. She will always be welcome when time permits. Joan had made the lovely presentation baskets of dried flowers that were given to the Officers, Joan Adams gave the Vote of Thanks, so to them both, Jean, Rosemary and I echo a grateful 'thank you'.

The next meeting - after our trip to Exeter - will be the Christmas social at which we are hoping to see a selection of head gear depicting a pantomime character and 4 lovely mince plies. TWO competitions and TWO prizes, and we also hope that everyone will bring a small gift for the Lucky Dip. The Committee will provide the refreshments and being the 1st December, what a lovely start to Festive Eating!!

As always, the ladies would like me to thank readers for their support during 1992, and to wish them the Compliments of the Season.

Vi Kingdon - President

Let me wish you all a Merry Christmas,
Let me wish you all you wish yourselves;
Let me say be happy through the season,
But, remember those who are by themselves.
Then I'll wish for each and everybody,
Through the year of nineteen-ninety-three,
Health and happiness, good luck and peace unending,
Here's to all, to you and yours from me.

Vi

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Although no official meeting was held in August, 34 members and friends enjoyed an evening visit to Dr. Smart's beautiful gardene followed by an excellent supper prepared by Marwood W.I. The "Summer Special" on the 18th enabled us to send £100 to the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. My grateful thanks to all who supported the event and especially Kath for an enthralling slide show.

Members and two visitors welcomed Nicola Oliver to the meeting on 1st September. She gave a most interesting account of the Tarka Trail project, illustrated with lovely slides of the area concerned. Most were surprised to learn that it was in the region of 190 miles, go more than a packed lunch would be needed to venture forth! I However, several members were interested in the bicycle route from Barnstaple.

Our next meeting is on 6th October when members will be able to tell their own stories concerning favourite past-times Arrangements will be made for the 20th when we are hosting the Chichester Group Meeting.

The November meeting is the Annual Meeting and a shopping trip to Exeter is proposed for 18th November, with the Christmas Social afternoon on 1st December.

Vi Kingdon

President

With Autumn comes the colours bold,
Red, russet, brown and gold.
Leaves flutter down, birds fly away,
Harvest safely gathered - thanks to God we pray.

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June's meeting was certainly for the garden-minded, and a receptive audience welcomed Linda Dark from St. John' B Nursery, who gave a talk and demonstration on hanging baskets, small containers and herb gardens. Time went all too quickly, but members were able to ask questions ag they purchased plants, thinking ahead to Britain in Bloom. We had another first-time competition winner, Margaret Parkin, with a perfect yellow iris.

Later in the month, the Ilfracombe Museum had 16 very grand lady visitors, who found it most interesting. The visit was followed by a cream tea and a 'promenade' , much enjoyed by visitors who were busy camera-wise with such fantastic weather and a perfect setting.

On the 7th July, Mr. J. W. Cooper gave a most interesting talk about Aromatherapy and Reflexology, followed by questions and answers. Maggie Bland, who had herself experienced such treatment, gave a worthy vote of thanks.

Members were pleased to learn that Peggy Gingell had made a 100% recovery from a hip operation and that Winnie Goldsworthy was making steady progress after suffering a stroke.

Final arrangements were made for various summer activities including our own Summer Special on the 18th August . The next meeting will be on the 1st September, when the speaker - Nicola Oliver - will take ug on the Tarka Trail project.

Vi Kingdon

President

Summer has opened her door,
With a colourful view -
Of village Festival & Fetes.
Your company is requested,
They hope you will accept,
Meet friends, have fun ...
Be sure to keep these "dates".

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A well attended April meeting had Mrs. Skinner - Federation Home Economics Committee Chairman - as the Guest Speaker . She enlightened many, especially newer members, as to how the finances are dealt with by the Federation, and of the many other Committees. There were two entries for the flower arrangement - Doris Upton and Olive Kent - and a prize was given to both. Thanks for having a gol

12 members attended the Kentisbury Group Meeting on the 27th April. A wet and windy night was not very encouraging but the atmosphere awaiting us made up for any discomfort, and the speakers - Martha and Ned - were excellent, a laugh a minute as Martha recaptured the Devonian scene. We did not do too well in the competitions, but thanks to Kath, Jean and Doris for their efforts - it's the taking part that's important.

At the May meeting, resolutions for the national We I. A.G. M. in Bournemouth in June were discussed and voted upon. Arrangements were made for the Ilfracombe Victorian Week, when members will be visiting the Museum in costume. In July, it is proposed to have a W.I. Supper at Marwood after visiting the Gardens. Joan Wood won the competition for a buttonhole at her first attempt - well done Joan!

An Open Evening is planned for 18th August when Kath Arscott will be giving a glide show of her vis it to the Galapagos Islands, together with stalls and exhibits. Admission will be 50p and proceeds to the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Please make a note of the date and meet the W. I. for a special evening's entertainment. The June meeting will see Miss Linda Dark speaking to us on the Growing Year at St. John's.

Vi Kingdon - President

Flowers are the hopes
Of all we desire.
Flowers keep our hearts rejoicing,
And our minds inspire.

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The February meeting saw members enthralled with their trip to Botswana, guided by Kath Arscott and her faithful cameras. The wild life studies were equal to anything seen on television. Everyone is now asking, "Where next Kath?"

Seven members attended a Cookery Demonstration at Braunton, 'Making the Most of one's Food Mixer and Blender' , and some worthwhile tips were noted, plus the pleasure of meeting members from other North Devon Institutes .

March was the Thirtieth Birthday of the Institute. Several members had made Victoria sponges for the competition, and offered them afterwards for tea - many thanks to Maggie, Edna, Brenda, Joan, Jean, Betty and Rosemary. A special 'thank you' to Doreen Prater who came along to judge, not an easy task, and the winner, Jean Priest, will now represent us at the Group Meeting. Our speaker, Mrs. Wendy Peacock, was most interesting and made her subject Antiques [silver in this instance] so easy to follow. Afterwards she and her husband looked and gave advice on several items brought along by members.

In July, the Devon W. I. Federation are holding a Sumner Festival at Blundell s School, Tiverton. We are hoping to organise a coach trip on the 22nd, so please make a note of the date - family and friends welcome.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of all the members to wish everyone a very happy Easter.

Vi Kingdon - President

Post-winter blues - the news, oh so depressing,
Maybe now is the time to start counting our blessings,
Be glad that the birds are back for Spring,
To hear once again the songs that they sing.

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What a festive atmosphere welcomed members to the December meeting; the Manor Hall Christmas Tree, the refreshment table laden with "goodies" prepared by the retiring Committee and the wonderful decorations made by members for the competition. To this we were able to welcome Mrs. Jean Cobley, the Devon Federation Chairman, who was full of praise for our attractive village and excellent Manor Hall.

Music was provided by Reg Gosling and Ivy Richards lead the Carol Singing. After a very difficult task, Mrs. Cobley voted Jean Priest winner of the competition, with Betty Turner and Joan Adams close runners-up. The Quiz was won by Kath Arscott and at the close of a very enjoyable afternoon, everyone took home a small gift given by another member.

On the 14th December, Joan Adams and Jean Priest attended the first one-day craft class at Shirwell and were most impressed and pleased with their nativity figures.

December 17th and 28 of us, as always, enjoyed our Christmas Lunch at The Globe. Once again the ladies were in fine voice, lead this time by Phil, and Maureen Pugsley was the lucky winner of a t free t lunch. Messages were read out from Joan Jones and Brenda Walton and a warm 'thank you' from Jean Cobley. I was able to report that a cheque for £87.20 had been sent to the Hearing Dogs 'for the Deaf, and in thanking my own members for their help at the Coffee Morning, I should like to thank the village folk and Combe Martin W. I. for supporting us.

7th January welcomed members back after Christmas and Mrs. Joan Draper gave us an instructive talk and demonstration on "No Age Limit to Keeping Fit" . Our own Jean Cumings is hoping that it will have inspired members Cand friends] to join her group starting on 6th February at 3.00 p.m. We look forward to Kath Arscott's slides on the 4th February - a real treat and visitors are welcome. Cost - 85p [sorry about the increase!]

Vi Kingdon - President

This is the time for forgetting,
Yesterday's cares and its strife.
This is the time for remembering
The joys and blessings of life.

Programme:

  • 24th February - Kath Arscott, 'Holiday Memories'
  • 3rd March - Wendy Peacock, 'Knowing about Antiques'

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October 1st, and after welcoming two visitors to the well-attended meeting, it was time for nominations for next year's Committee. Doreen Prater kindly judged the competition entries and it was decided that Brenda Walton [apple tart] and Joan Berry [knitted hat and mittens] be the representatives at the Group Meeting at Shirwell. Peggy Gingell volunteered to do the flower arrangement. Members then gave their accounts of early days in the W.I., and Past Presidents did us proud!

October 8th found most of us at Ivy Richards for the special coffee morning in aid of the Newsletter. The sun shone and over E 70 was raised at this delightful venue for a very worthy cause. 8 of us joined Combe Martin members to visit Shirwell on 24th October. Mrs. Hookway's wonderful floral Christmas displays held everyone's attention. We came 4th in the Competitions, so thank you Brenda, Joan and Peggy for all your hard work. Mrs. J. Cobley - the Federation Chairman - was present, finding out for herself how far we are from everything, but don't think that it has put her off her proposed visit to Berrynarbor in December!

At our Annual Meeting in November, 'yours truly' was re-elected Chairman, Jean Priest as Secretary and Rosemary Gaydon as Treasurer, with Margaret Kemp, Ivy Richards, Margaret Parkin, Betty Turner and Ann Hinchliffe making up the Committee. After thanking the retiring Committee for all their hard work, a special welcome was given to Ann, a 'new face' on the 1992 Committee.

After a busy few months, members can relax at the Christmas Party on 3rd December - it is hoped that everyone will bring a small gift for the Lucky Dip - and the Lunch at the Globe on the 17th December brings a very good year for the Institute to a close. May I on behalf of' the ladles wish all readers the Compliments or the Season.

Vi Kingdon - President

Christmas is - a faith to be kept,
A hope never to be surrendered,
Something lovely to be shared.

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It was nice, after the summer break, to welcome so many members - and a visitor - to listen to our guest speaker, Jenny Mock, who with her guide dog gave an interesting talk on the work of the Association. Jenny's lovely companion won many hearts. Doggy poems were read out and I must congratulate Margaret Kemp, Margaret Tyrell, Edna Barnes and Betty Turner for their efforts, so good that they were all "winners" .

Ivy Richards told members of her intended Coffee Morning on 8th October at her home, proceeds for the Berrynarbor Newsletter - a worthy cause that I feel sure will be fully supported, as most want to show their appreciation to Judie and her helpers for producing such an interesting publication.

The next meeting is on 1st October when the topic will be W. I. Reminiscences.

  • 24th October - Group Meeting at Shirwell, 7.30 p.m.
  • 5th November - W.I. Annual Meeting
  • 19th November - Proposed Christmas Shopping Trip
  • 30th November - Coffee Morning, Manor Hall, 10.30 a.m. in aid of Listening Dogs for the Deaf

Guide Dogs for the Blind - 60th Anniversary 1991 [a dedication to these wonderful dogs]:

Ever faithful, steadfast and true,
Constant, dutiful, who else but you.
Safely guiding faltering feet,
Through busy thoroughfare or street.
Silent, patient, gentle, sure,
Ignoring every doggy lure.
Knowing naught of praise or prize,
Acting as your owners' eyes.
Gently loved and trusted friend,
Priceless service to the end.
Surely in that life to be,
An honoured place is set for thee.

Vi Kingdon - President

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The June meeting welcomed two visitors and Mrs. Olive Kent as a new member. Miss Jolly gave an interesting talk on the history of Tesco's and answered many questions about shopping in the '90's.

Our visit to Chambercombe Manor on the 12th June was on a sunny afternoon following a showery morning. 29 ladies looked very gracious in their Victorian costumes - the needle had certainly been busy in two homes, Ethel Tidbury's and Doris Upton's [the shower curtain will never look as good as it did gracing an umbrella!] For many it was their first visit to the Manor and all found it most interesting.

A well-attended July meeting listened intently to Win Collins's graphic account of her visit to Birmingham for the Triennial A.G. M. As always, Win made us feel that we had been there with her. Peter Duncan from Stapleton Farm spoke about the making of Yoghurt, and how tours abroad are often to the benefit of consumers here - the Greek recipe being an example, really moreish as the tasters will confirm.

There will be no meeting in August and members are reminded of a busy September - Horticultural Show, entertaining members of the Ilfracombe Disabled Club and a visit to Woolacombe Theatre. Jenny Mock with her Guide Dog will be our guest on the 3rd September.

I am happy to include In my report that through the wonderful support that we had for our Coffee Morning, we are able to send a cheque for £95 to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf - thank you one and all.

VI Kingdon - President

Don't look too far for happiness,
For love Is heaven-sent,
Just count your blessings every day,
And try to be CONTENT.

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After welcoming members to the April meeting, it was my pleasure to introduce Mr. Alan Morton, a Water Bailiff, N.R.A., who gave an interesting talk, illustrated with slides, on the Life Cycle of the Salmon. As there was a cloudburst whilst we were watching the high leaps of the salmon, we had sound effects as well!

On the 18th April, 17 members attended the Group Meeting at East Down and I felt very proud when I received the shield for being joint winners with Loxhore for the competitions e Grateful thanks to Peggy Gingell [Easter Card] and Doris Upton [Bridesmaid i s posy] and yours truly received complimentary remarks for her lemon curd! Three members won raffle prizes, so all in all, a very successful evening.

I was pleased to welcome two visitors and admit Brenda Walton as a member on 7th May. Win Collins's account of the Spring Council Meeting at Exeter was read and resolutions to go to the Triennial General Meeting were introduced and fully discussed by members. Final details of the trip to Taunton and the visit to Chamber- combe Manor [in Victorian costume] were made.

Ivy Richards kindly offered 'Southerley' as the venue for a Coffee Morning in aid of "Hearing Dogs for the Deaf" on Tuesday, 9th July, 10030 a.m. PLEASE COME and support this worthy cause.

Forthcoming meetings include a talk from a Tesco representative and cooking with yoghurt by Peter Duncan of Stapleton Farm. Visitors are always welcome.

Vi Kingdon President

The deaf dwell in a deep unbroken silence of their own,
Cut off from lively intercourse, they live their days alone.
Shut up inside the secret places of a quiet heart,
Remote from other people, isolated, set apart.
Yet there are compensations, for their peace is never stirred,
By jangled notes, disturbances, the loud & angry word.
They miss the world's sweet harmonies, the swish of leaves and wings,

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At the February meeting, members were sorry to learn that Miss Dina Sifton - the programmed speaker - had been hospitalised, and best wishes for a speedy recovery were sent. Kath Arscott stepped in and, as always, gave an interesting and colourful slide show of her recent trip to the Northern Territories of Australia - the photography was first-class. Win Collins will be our Delegate, both at the Exeter Spring Council Meeting and the A.G.M. in Birmingham.

Many thanks, once again, for support and attendance at our Coffee Morning when f95 was raised which will not only help W. I. funds, but also "The Hearing Dogs for the Deaf", our charity for 1991.

The March meeting was our 29th birthday when we had the pleasure of welcoming two new members - Mrs. Elliot and Mrs. Pugsley - and visitor Doreen Prater. It was a pleasure to introduce Bryan Carslake. This young man dedicates his time to caring and rearing wild birds and introducing them back into the wild. He was accompanied by "Goldie" , his pet barn owl who viewed one-and-all from her shoulder perch - her behaviour was exemplary! If anyone needs help or advice about barn owls or any bird in distress, please ring Bryan [860166]. After tea and cake, the choosing of the hand-made Easter Card - a wonderful selection - and although Peggy Gingell was the winner, all the participants deserved a prize. Thank you, ladies, and good luck to Peggy in the Group Competition next month.

Programme:

  • 2nd April - Life Cycle of a Salmon - Mr. Morton
  • 17th April - Group Meeting, East Down Hall, 7.30pm
  • 7th May - Discission of A.G.M. Resolutions
  • 14th May - Coach trip to Taunton
  • 4th June - Shopping 1990's - Tesco Representative

Vi Kingdon - President

Forget about the calendar,
Think not of age or youth.
But spend the precious years,
In search of life's eternal truth.

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Preparing members for the Christmas festivities, what a great party they had on 4th December! The table looked very festive with contributions from the retiring Committee; Reg Gosling provided the music, Ivy Richards sang solo, and everyone joined in the carols. The competitions "Know your Adverts" was won by Beryl Phillips. Leaving for home, everyone received a wee gift [donated by another member] - Thank you Sylvia Yates and Jean Priest for organising this.

A very successful Coffee, Morning in aid of Hospice Care was held on the 8th December and raised Elul. 36. Many thanks for help and support given, because it was not a good morning, weatherwise.

Tuesday, 18th December, found 33 of us enjoying a Christmas Lunch at Ye Olde Globe, and as always, "Didn't they do us proud!" A special birthday card was signed by ail members for Gwen Squire's birthday on the 20th, and a message was read from Betty Parker. The 'free lunch' draw was won by Rosemary Gaydon.

It gave me great pleasure to welcome so many members and two visitors Vida Butler and Kathleen Bond - to our first meeting of 1991. The subject of the talk was "Living in a Silent World", the story of a deaf child growing into manhood, and from comments made I gather that everyone found it interesting. A competition for the prettiest earrings was won by Betty Turner and Vi Goodman won the raffle.

For 5th February we look forward to a slide show given by Dina Sefton, "Walk About Down Under", and our March meeting on the 5th will welcome a Beautician from Banbury's. Visitors, at 50p, are always welcome.

Vi Kingdon - President

Two legs to take me where I go,
eyes to see the sunset's glow,
Two ears to hear all I should know.
Oh God, forgive me a if I whine,
blest, indeed, the world is mine.

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October meeting members were transported to China through the courtesy of Joy Morrow and her slides. Wearing a beautiful Oriental jacket - and fighting a cold - she gave a very interesting commentary, enjoyed by all.

Fifteen of us travelled to Loxhore for the Group Meeting and the lack of space in the hall was truly compensated for by the warm welcome and excellent refreshments. Mr. Thompson was the Guest Speaker and he showed a film of Victorian Ilfracombe, and lo and behold, there was my late mother-in-law still feeding the chickens outside the cottage! Little did she know in her lifetime that she would become such a star. Joan McCallam, Edna Barnes and Peggy Gingell secured us second place in the competitions - first attempts for all of them, so well done ladies.

November saw our General Meeting [where has the year gone?] when we welcomed Mrs. E. Ressel V.C.O. and I presented Joan Adams and Bobbie Hacker with gifts in recognition of all the hard work they have done over the years preparing birthday posies and floral arrangements, and we wish Joan McCallam every success as she takes over the birthday spot. Joan Adams presented plants to the retiring officers on behalf of members [thank you, ladies, a very kind thought] and as we were later re-elected for another term, I trust that we, like the plants, will grow strong and give pleasure. How nice to welcome back Ivy Richards to the Committee, with Margaret Kemp, Margaret Parkin, Jean Priest and Sylvia Yates, The competition - words from 'Home and Country' was won by Ethel Tidbury, with over 500!

By the time you read this, a coachload of members and friends will have filled a few tills in Exeter and some of will have partaken of the Progressive Supper in Combe Martin in aid of Hospice Care, for which we are having a Coffee Morning on Saturday, 8th December, in the Manor Hall, 10 .30 a.m. So please come. Christmas Party - 4th December, Lunch at the Globe - 18th December and our first meeting for 1991 - Wednesday, 2nd January, when I shall hope to give a talk about the deaf, "Living in a silent World".

Seasons Greetings to One and All. Keep Well and Happy.

Vi Kingdon- President

Our lives are filled with simple joys,
And blessings without end;
One of the greatest joys of all -
Is to have, or be, a friend.

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How nice it was, after the summer break, to welcome members with the news that £111.87 had been raised for Hospice Care at the Coffee Morning at Ivy Richards, and £35 for W.I. funds from the Pastry Stall at the P. T. A. Fete. Members were also to be found helping at the Church Fete and Berry Revels, and for the latter I should like to thank everyone who helped us with bottled items. The meeting was then given a most interesting account and demonstration, by Margarette and Brigitta, on how 'Colourisma' could help us in our daily lives. Kathleen Norman was the model, and scarves of every hue were used to seek out which season one may belong to, and from that the colours one should wear. We welcomed guests from the Ilfracombe Disabled Fellowship and being the 75th Anniversary of W.I. made it an extra special evening with the MinstreIs providing the entertainment. The 20th September saw 40 members and friends present at the final performance of "Table Manners" by Woolacombe Rep., who performed to a'full house' - a good show and a good evening.

For the October meeting , Joy Morrow will be taking us on a 'slide' trip to the Orient and on the 18th October, a party of us will be attending the Group Meeting at Loxhore. The General Meeting will be on the 6th November. If you wish to nominate anyone for the 1991 Committee, please ask them first if they wish to stand.

Vi Kingdon - President

Pray not for a life that brings no ill,
But welcome every challenge to the will.
Trouble takes the measure of a man,
Don't say you can't, however hard, YOU CAN.

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At the June meeting, members related stories connected with items handed down, in many cases from grandparents. A most interesting afternoon and a special thank you to new members who participated. Kath Arscott has had one of her photographs accepted for the W.I. Calendar 1991 - Fauna and Flora being the subject. Having been taken in the Sterridge Valley it is truly a Berrynarbor effort and in congratulating Kath, we hope that she will enjoy representing the Institute at the D.F.W.I. Birthday Lunch in Exeter on 20th August. The following Tuesday, 12th, being Ilfracombe Victorian Week, 30 members - many in period costume - visited Watermouth Castle. What a lovely afternoon - the sun shone, visitors were appreciative, cameras clicked and the castle, as always, a source of interest and beauty. Congratulations ladies - you did Berrynarbor proud and enhanced the memory of yesteryear. One must compliment you, especially Ethel Tidbury for expertise with the needle and thank you, Geoff Priest, for recording the afternoon with your two cameras.

Members were fortunate at the July meeting, for after welcoming three visitors, V.C.O. Mrs B. Tarren, Vi Davies and Brenda Walton, they were given an account by Margaret Hill of her trip to London to attend the A.G.M ... very graphic and being her first visit to such an occasion, a moving one, especially singing the National Anthem in the presence of the Queen. This was followed by a talk and demonstration on Wholefood Cookery by John and Sheila Eschle - mouthwatering dishes were tasted by members and methinks that the Angel Wholefood Diner in Ilfracombe will be frequented in the near future by many who have not already dined there. My thanks to Joy Morrow and her helpers for arranging the tea.

There will be no meeting in August, so in wishing one and all a 'happy holiday', I look forward to seeing everyone at the September meeting when we hope Margarette Lucas will give us some idea about Personal Colour Analysis.

Don't forget the 'Bottle Stall' at the Berry Revels on 14th August - more bottles needed PLEASE.

Dawn brings another day to birth,
The moments bloom again.
The past is like the good brown earth,
And future like the sun and rain.

Vi Kingdon - President

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Members were welcomed to the April Meeting with the news that £223 had been raised for Hospice Care at the Mini Market. An excellent effort. The Speakers Mr. J. Ravilious, from the Beaford Centre, gave an interesting talk on his work as a photographer. The album of black and white photographs that he showed were all taken in and around the County, recording many crafts - a memento for posterity, eventually becoming part of an Exhibition at the Centre.

On the 18th April, 12 members attended the Group Meeting in Combe Martin, which as always was an entertaining and educational event. We came sixth in the competitions, with thanks to Sylvia Yates and Doris Upton for their efforts - I managed 85 points for gingerbread! April was brought to a close with a Coffee Morning which raised £65 for W.I. funds.

Members welcomed Mrs. Margaret Hill from Lee W.I. to the May Meeting. Mrs. Hill will be representing both Institutes at the London A.G.M. She recorded votes on 3 resolutions, ably opened for discussion by Maggie Bland, Kath Arscott and Betty Turner.

On the 12th June, members are planning to turn back the clock to the Victorian era when they visit Watermouth Castle in period costume.

Programme

  • 5th June - Getting to Know You. W.I. Ladies.
  • 12th June - Victorian Afternoon at Watermouth Castle
  • 16th June - Garden Party at Arlington Court
  • 3rd July - Wholefood Cookery, Mrs. Sheila Eschle
  • 11th July - Exeter Canal Trip
  • 19th July - Coffee Morning at Southerley, Castle Hill, in aid of Hospice Care. Bring and Buy, Raffle. 10.30 a.m.

Ivy Richards has kindly offered her home for a Coffee Morning on the 19th July, proceeds in aid of Hospice Care, so, together with helping at the various fetes in the village, it looks like a busy summer.

We shall be running a Bottle Stall at the Berry Revels, so any contributions will be gratefully received. As always, we thank everyone for their loyal support.

Vi Kingdon - President

Kind Hearts are the Garden,
Kind Thoughts are the Roots.
Kind Words are the Flowers,
Kind Deeds are the Fruit.

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After welcoming two new members and presenting Joan Adams with a gift for her Golden Wedding and birthday, members were transported from a dull, wet afternoon in Berrynarbor to the beauties and wonders of Iceland. Kath Arscott's slides and most informative talk were well received. The Institute's Charity of the. Year for this year will be the Hospice Care Trust, so it is hoped that our first venture - a Mini Market on 17th March will raise a goodly sum. However, the W.I. also needs funds, so there will be a Coffee Morning in the Manor Hall on 28th April at 10.30 a.m. for same.

As Richard Howe [Radio Devon]- the proposed speaker for the March meeting - had been sent on an assignment to Romania, Margaret Kemp kindly stepped in and gave a lively account of family anecdotes amazing how other folk's disasters always seem to raise a laugh when retold! There was a Birthday Tea, the Institute celebrating 28 years - and cakes were provided by the Committee. Many thanks to one and all, especially Margaret for standing in at the last moment.

3rd April - James RaviIious of the Beaford Centre. Slides and Talk.

Spring is but a sigh away,
A dream in the sky, we see each day,
As our birds fly back, home to stay,
Oh yes, Spring is but a sigh away.
A Very Happy Easter to ALL.

Vi Kingdon - President

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Members enjoyed the December meeting which was a combination of social and creative activities. Thanks to Vivian Fryer and Joan McCallam for their efforts in the latter and to the children and teachers for their entertainment. A small gift for everyone to take home made a fitting end to the afternoon after a special tea. Our Coffee Morning was well supported in spite of the poor weather and raised £66 for W.I. funds. The 20th found 32 of us in The Globe for a super lunch and wonderful party atmosphere, where I was presented with a beautiful flower arrangement -- thank you ladies for your kind thoughts and thank you, Margaret Kemps for looking after things when I was unwell.

It was nice to see so many members [and 2 visitors] at our January meeting. I hope that everyone enjoyed the afternoon since 'yours truly' was giving a talk on Charlie Chester's 17 years of 'Soapbox' and also his many creative arts - artist, authors song-writer, etc. Thank you Ivy Richards for that heart-warming vote of thanks.

The next meeting will be on 6th February when Kath Arscott will be showing some of her holiday glides, and knowing the exotic places that she has visited, there should be a real treat in store. 6th March will see Richard Howe from Radio Devon as our guest

Vi Kingdon
President

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The October Meeting was well attended and I guess that they all knew what an Interesting time was in store for them, as member, Joan McCallam, took them through her "Flowers for Fun". The art of drying not only flowers, but also leaves and grasses; was fascinating. Equally so the various displays. Time went all too quickly and we look forward to another helping at a future date - perhaps the December meeting for Christmas decorations? The December meeting is programmed as a Party; with time for learning how to decorate cakes, etc. It will be on Tuesday, 5th December.

Everyone was pleased to learn that Kathleen Norman had won £200, first prize in a Devon Federation Draw; selling lots of tickets for various charities over the year - it is really nice to meet someone who has won!

November now and the General Meeting over and gone. How the year has flown! Several members of the Committee decided to step down - after long service - and a new Committee was introduced. 'Yours truly' remains as President, with Betty Turner as Secretary and Rosemary Gaydon as Treasurer, and Margaret Parkin, Kath Arscott, Margaret Kemp, Joan McCallam, Sylvia Yates, Joy Morrow and Jean Priest making up the number. May I wish them every success in the coming year, and also give grateful thanks to retiring members for their help and support, especially to me, and I know that they will always be ready to assist with their experience on W. I. matters.

It was a jolly meeting and plans were made for a shopping trip to Exeter on the 22nd November and Christmas Lunch at the Globe on the 20th December. December 5th will be party time and judging will take place for our poster competition advertising our proposed Coffee Morning, with Mince Pies, Bring and Buy Stall and Raffle - Tickets 50p on Saturday, 16th December. It is hoped that a selection of the posters will be on display in the Village to advertise the event. Members have also been asked to bring a small gift to the party, so that there can be a 'luckydip' as everyone goes home.

The meeting on 2nd January 1990 will see me as the speaker for "A Circle of Friends".

Mrs. Florence [Bobbie] Hacker - Bobbie really needs no introduction, being a much loved and respected resident of Berrynarbor, also a long-standing Committee member of the W. I. Her floral arrangements In St. Peter's Church are well known, and the President's table every month is equally graced with a colourful display even when the weather has spoilt so many flowers . "Sales" Table would be lost without her expertise and together, she and Ethel Tidbury, make an excellent team - also for tombola, for which Ethel is always appreciative of gifts. This personal tribute though is very much to our "Bobbie". Bless you always and many thanks for your support and friendship.

Never count the milestones,
As you pass them one by one.
Count your Blessings, count your Friends
And always face the sun.

May I, on behalf of the members, wish one and all "The Compliments of the Season".

Vi Kingdon

President

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BERRYNARBOR W.I.

After the summer break, how nice to welcome members and visitors to the September meeting, also the speaker, Mr. Ian Tansley [Area Librarian], who thanked US for giving him the opportunity to visit our beautiful village. His talk was informative and members hope to visit Barnstaple Library at a future date.

Our next meeting will be on 3rd October when the speaker will be one of our own members, Mrs. Joan McCallam. Her subject will be "Flowers for Fun". Entries will also be judged to represent our Institute at the Group Meeting to be held at Lynton on the 25th October - more about that in the next issue.

Members would like to compliment all concerned with the first Newsletter, and to wish it continued success.

Mrs. Jean Cumings During the year, members enjoy outings to many places of interest, and how nice it is to sit back in the coach - all arrangements made. Spare a thought though, for the groundwork, contacting venues, coach companies, etc., making lists of would-be travellers, last minute cancellations and the many 'phone calls to fill places. Our Jean is a WONDER, and we can but hope that this personal 'Thank You' will compensate for the headaches and sleepless nights.

Bless you Jean and THANKS

It is said that travel broadens the mind,
But sitting can broaden the 'beam',
W. I. have found the ideal answer,
"Keep Fit" with Joy and Jean.

Vi Kingdon
President

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BERRYNARBOR WI

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 AdamsA 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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