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February report

The meeting on Wednesday 12th February was chaired by our President, Sarah Pennington, who welcomed a new member, Louise Calder, and visitors Linda and Sheila.   Sarah was able to report that Kath Schwabe, who had broken her hip, was making good progress and that Christine Mitchell was back home after a 2-day hospital stay.

Everyone had enjoyed an excellent January lunch at the Crown Inn.   All four tickets had been taken up for the Spring Council Meeting in Portsmouth, for which our chosen Resolution was “End Modern Slavery”.   Our Treasurer was able to report that our finances were in good order.   A W.I. Produce Group Meeting would be held at 7.30 p.m. in Awbridge Village Hall  on 23 March and Mottisfont and Dunbridge W.I. invited members to their meeting on Tuesday, 14 April, where entertainment would be provided by the Romsey Ukulele Group.   There is to be a Group Quiz on 11 June at West Tytherley W.I.  and Skittles at Mottisfont on 30 September, for which 5 team members would be needed.

Our speaker on “The Hawaiian Islands” was Mrs Terri Robinson (ably assisted on the technical side by her husband).   Mr. and Mrs. Robinson had first visited the Islands in 1989 on what was intended to be a one-off trip, but they had been seduced by their beauty, the hospitality of the people and the amazing variety of the flora and fauna and had returned 7 more times, on one of which they had got married there.

It was easy to see from their slide show what had attracted them to these remote but beautiful volcanic islands which combined the drama of the volcanic activity which had formed them (and pockets of which still persisted in a few places) with the beauty of their seascapes and the lush vegetation which their climatic conditions encouraged, together with a multiplicity of bird and animal species - like their human population, refugees from long ago and far away.   In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th State of the remote United States of America, whilst remaining a haven for a variety of ethnic groups living together in harmony.

Frances Shone thanked Mr. and Mrs. Robinson for allowing us to escape from the present climatic rigours of the U.K. to the sea, sand, sun and song of the Hawaiian Islands.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 11 March at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall, when Mrs. Madeleine Salvetti will tell us about “Mistresses and their influence on our history”.   All are welcome.

Beryl Fahy

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