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January report

WI January report

The meeting on 9th January was chaired by our President, Sarah Pennington, who welcomed  a larger than usual number of visitors and wished everyone a Happy New Year.

The Spring Council Meeting will be held in Portsmouth on 26 March at the Portsmouth Guildhall, where the speaker will be Pam Ayres.  An excellent visit to the Emaus Centre  in Winchester had resulted in a collection of £100 for the Centre's work.  Sadly, Elizabeth Kirby passed away at the end of last year and it had been agreed to donate a brick to Denman College in her memory.  The Annual General meeting will be held in Bournemouth in June and members' choices of Resolution were needed within the next two weeks.

Our speaker was Lady Appleyard on “My Early Time Spent in Education”.   Lady Appleyard started her career in 1968 (when Russian tanks were in Prague), having acquired a degree in History and a Diploma in Education at a time of educational change.  During the course of her career Grammar Schools were becoming Comprehensives and single-sex education was becoming less common in the public sector.  Lady Appleyard paid tribute to the remarkable and inspirational Deputy Head of the small boarding school where she had her first headship, before moving to become Head of St. Swithuns until she met her husband, who was a diplomat, and moved with him to China.

She spoke with great warmth and humour of her teaching days and the thrill of being able to enthuse children, the necessity of combining freedom with authority and of furnishing the mind – “ the human brain is amazing but needs to be fed”.   There were many humorous anecdotes and the impression of an overarching humanity and tolerance without laxity.   Many of her audience must have wished that they had encountered Lady Appleyard during their own schooldays.

Frances Shone thanked Lady Appleyard for an entertaining talk, which brought out many of the qualities and aims which are not always evident nowadays.

Our next meeting will be our Centenary Celebration, which will take place in the Village Hall at 3 p.m. on 20th February.

Our next meeting will be our Centenary Celebration, which will take place in the Village Hall at 3 p.m. on 20th February.

Late News

It is now a tradition that members of the King’s Somborne WI book The Crown for lunch in mid-January.  Twenty-three members thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal at The Crown, as all the empty plates will testify!  Thank you to Craig and the team for their kindness and patience.  We all had a truly lovely time.

Beryl Fahy





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