We had fun with our July speaker, Holistic Therapist, Maggie Lines, when she gave us a humorous talk on what our faces say about us. Lots of laughter when we did our facial exercises!
In 2012 Knebworth WI started to cultivate the small area at the base of the three village gateway signs and since then our ladies have supplied, weeded and watered the plants. The first year, the planting was appropriately in red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. Now, with the help of funding from the Knebworth Village Trust, Hal Fowler from Waste Not Want Not has made some wooden planters and has supplied very healthy plants which ladies from the WI have planted out and will continue to maintain.
A fun evening for Knebworth WI when Paul L Martin came along to talk about his life as a travelling showman. He is a comic, singer, drag queen, compere and recently a judge on BBC1’s All Together Now.
Paul also brought along Mabel – his pink ukulele !
Our Annual Meeting in May started with a fish and chip supper before we got on with the business of the meeting; reports reviewing the year; election of the committee and Linda was voted in as President for a third year. A display of the arts and crafts of our talented ladies was on show and we ended the evening with a well earned cuppa while watching a slide show of our activities over the past year.
Knebworth WI delivered cakes, all homemade by our lovely ladies, to Letchworth Garden House Hospice. Patients and visitors will now have lots of treats with their Easter afternoon tea. https://www.ghhospicecare.org.uk
In March we had our annual party and this year we were celebrating 100 years of the Women’s Institutes in Hertfordshire (there are currently 84!). Our ladies love the chance to dress up and that night was no exception. Suffragrettes in their long skirts and blouses and sashes for votes for women could be seen making their way to the Village Hall! We were entertained by the 4String Ukulele Band who played all kinds of party music from Beatles to Kylie with the ladies helping out with the choruses! Our members provided a delicious buffet and our guests from Codicote, Datchworth, Mardley Heath & Ayots & Welwyn WIs very much enjoyed their visit to Knebworth. A thank you was given to the three Girl Guides who helped wash up at the end of the evening and for this we were delighted to give them a donation towards their fundraising events.
Andy Gibb from the British Schools Museum gave us a talk on Joseph Lancaster, a poor boy from the slums of Southwark, who brought schooling within the reach of millions of children around the world. The Lancasterian schoolroom at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin is the last remaining in the world.
At our first meeting of the new year we had a very interesting talk by Jane Shaw on volunteering opportunities at The Lister, QEII and Hertford Hospitals.
Volunteering at a hospital benefits the volunteer, the patients, the families and the hospital workers and the volunteer also benefits from meeting new people, learning new skills, gaining experience and improving self-worth.
Our local NHS Trust has over 300 volunteers who carry out tasks ranging from being a Ward Companion, making refreshments and chatting to patients to admin and greeting jobs. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to join the East & North Herts NHS Trust please visit www.enherts-tr.nhs.uk or telephone the Voluntary Services on 01438 284760.
At our December meeting we were entertained by St Martin’s & St Mary’s Handbell Ringers. We had a go at ringing the bells ourselves and it looks like some of our ladies might be signing up for the beginners sessions in January.
At our November meeting Amanda Sutherland gave a fascinating talk on her creative career as a fashion designer and costume supplier. She now has her own fashion accessory business and makes unique pieces of jewellery using recycled drinks cans and also hats, turbans and scarves from tights, men’s ties and even underwear. Our ladies took the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping!