The meeting held on Wednesday, 8 November was chaired by our Vice-President, Nola Macintosh, in the absence of our President Sarah Pennington, who was celebrating her 10th Wedding Anniversary with her husband in St Lucia. Warm congratulations were expressed to them both.
Back in King's Somborne, walks had continued in relatively mild weather, the main hazard being the odd slippery section on some routes. The Book Club had met in rather depleted numbers and it was agreed that there would be a discussion in January to decide whether to continue, perhaps with a late morning or afternoon meeting time.
Unfortunately the expected speaker for the Group Meeting had had to cry off at short notice However, our HCFWI Chairman, Maureen Levenson, stepped into the breach with a heart-warming description of the good work being done by the WI's ACWW organisation which supports village women in developing countries.. There was a suggestion that KSWI might produce a cookery book, possibly in tandem with the Somborne Sisterhood.
Our speaker was Mrs. Valerie (Val) Dubbin. Val, who has taught needlework for many years and is a long-term patchwork quilt enthusiast and maker, now runs Adaliza, an enterprise specialising in making and teaching patchwork. She spoke to us surrounded by a great bevy of brilliantly coloured and patterned quilts which she had created and showed us slides of the large and well-equipped studio she works from at her home in Winchester, where she will be holding an Open Studio on 26 November. We were left feeling inspired and daunted in equal measure.
Our next meeting will be on 13 December, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, when our speaker on “A Sprinkle at Christmas” will be Trisha Lewis. We shall also be holding our Christmas Party that evening and members are asked to bring a sweet or savoury contribution, together with a wrapped Christmas present costing between £3 and £5 for the Bran Tub.