The September meeting was chaired by our President, Sarah Pennington, who welcomed two possible new members, Sue and Vicky.
The walkers had taken advantage of the mainly fine weather. It was announced that subscriptions for the forthcoming financial year would be £42 (an increase of only £1) payable in January, in which month we will be holding our usual New Year's lunch at the Crown Inn (date to be advised). Thanks to the efforts of Barbara Barnes, our entry at the Romsey Show had been very successful, Eileen Humphreys had sold three full books of tickets for the 2018 W.I. Raffle, and a Tea Party would be held on 20 February 2019 to mark the Centenary of the Women's Institute movement. In order to conform with the General Data Protection Regulation, members would be asked to fill in a form to hand to our Secretary, which would be returned to them in due course.
Unfortunately Neil Stewart, our speaker, had had to go into hospital, so could not be with us. We wish him a speedy recovery. However, we were lucky to find a worthy replacement, Hilary Bowen from Breamore, who is a Senior Instructor in the relatively new craft of Art Clay Silver. Hilary has been making and selling jewellery for over 20 years and for the past five years has been teaching jewellery workshops. She had brought with her a selection of her own exquisite workmanship using silver clay – pure silver which comes in clay form and when fired (in this case using a gas torch) turns into pure solid silver. As she demonstrated the various stages of her craft, her fascinated audience could almost believe an alchemical process was taking place. Frances Shone thanked her for an intriguing demonstration of a novel and affordable craft.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 October, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome.