BEMBRIDGE WINDMILL WI
Autumn is well and truly here, one of my favourite times of year but how frightening to realise Christmas is looming.
We will be holding our Annual Meeting on November the 21st and this will be followed by a fun activity.
During the meeting we will be taking a vote on returning to The Cloisters in 2017. Many members have said that they prefer The Cloisters and with the uncertainty of the Village Hall and its future use the time seemed right for members to formally decide where our meetings take place in the future. The Cloisters can accommodate 55 people in the large room.
We will also be asking you to choose who should receive a donation from our fundraising next year and at the bottom of the Newsletter you will see the nominations and a small resume on each of the causes.
Pam will be collecting the green bottle tops, Janet will be collecting our bras and we will also be collecting your Festive Food donations for the Food Bank.
Thursday 24 November 2pm Craft Club, The Cloisters
Wednesday 30 November Liz Earle 6pm – Contact Sally
Thursday 1 December Book Club, The Cloisters 7.30pm. All welcome – see below
Tuesday 6 December Topical Talk, 3pm Dementia Friendly Villages
Friday 9 December IW Federation Christmas Fair 10am – 2pm Methodist Church, Quay Street, Newport
Friday 9 December Invitation to the opening of Accessible Kitchen 11am – 1pm at Riverside from Headway who were our fundraising cause for 2015.
Sunday 11 December Carol Service 2pm Appley Church
Monday 12 December Christmas Meeting 7.30pm Village Hall
Wednesday 14 December Christmas Lunch Village Inn
Monday 9 January New Year Breakfast, The Bakery.
Book Club – The group are reading The Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. Those that have already read the book are enthusing over it and saying what a wonderful novel. If you are interested in coming along to the group please contact either Brenda or Pam.
Eleven Members recently enjoyed breakfast at The Bakery We must congratulate Chris B who was desperate for a Full English but settled on a delicious bacon sandwich after being told that one of the members did not like the smell of eggs. The restrain she showed was truly admirable. The next breakfast is in January.
WI IW Christmas Fair is taking place on Friday 9 December at the Methodist Church, Quay Street, Newport from 10am to 2pm. If you would like further details contact Federation Office on 524716. The committee hope that you will support the Fair.
Invitation from Headway – Many of you will remember that in 2015 we raised funds for Headway. I am pleased to be able to tell you that they put our donation towards an accessible kitchen. We have been invited to the opening of the kitchen on Friday 9 December at the Riverside Centre from 11am to 1pm. There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting for those of you wishing to attend.
Bembridge Christmas Concert – Wednesday 7th December at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church. There will be music from Benjamin Britten and a Festival of Carols. A retiring collection will be taken.
November Annual Meeting – Our November meeting will take place on the 21st in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. This year we are welcoming Sylvia Williams to oversee the meeting. Following the formal proceedings a fun activity will take place.
December Meeting – 12th December. Our Christmas meetings are something of a legend and this year will be no exception. For some time members have been asking to attend Ascot Ladies Day but we have not been able to secure tickets. A little call to Father Christmas however sorted out the problem and Ascot has agreed to come to us. So please do us proud, hats, fascinators and pretty dresses would be appreciated. We will also have our snatch raffle. As is usual we would appreciate members bringing a plate of finger food, either sweet or savoury. If, (which will be very unlikely), there is any food left at the end of the evening can you please take home what you have brought. Mulled wine and other drinks will be supplied.
Denman Bursaries – We now have details of the Bursaries for next year. The letter will be at the next meeting and we will also scan the details and forward to members shortly.
Seven nominations have been received from members for our cause for 2017. They are Young Carers IW, The Food Bank, Denman College, Ability Dogs for Young People IW, The Hospice, Jigsaw Family Support, Isle of WIght and Admiral Nurses Isle of Wight. A short resume follows to help you select the cause at the Annual Meeting:
Admiral Nurses IW (Dementia Care) – The Island’s Admiral Nurses will work with the family to ensure that they are better able to understand and cope with the changes that can occur with dementia, by giving them the knowledge to understand the condition and its effects, and the skills to improve communication and behaviours. This collaborative working enables the family to stay together for as long as possible. Funding is solely from donations made by people living on the Island and all funding stays on the Island.
The Isle of Wight Young Carers team is about giving Young Carers: The option of meeting others in a similar situation . Someone to listen if you want to talk. Advice and support. Support at school. A break from caring responsibilities. 1:1 support and befriending. Respite activities. Having fun!
Denman College. The WI College who are desperate for funds.
Food Bank, Isle of Wight. Helping support families in need of food and other basic products.
Ability Dogs 4 Young People is an Isle of Wight charity (started April 2012), training assistance dogs to enhance the independence of disabled young people and children living on the Isle of Wight. We are training Ability Dogs to help with physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. We are unique; we are the only assistance dog charity providing Ability Dogs for disabled young people and children on the Isle of Wight.
As well as helping with practical tasks (picking up items, opening doors, helping dress and undress, crossing the road), our trained Ability Dogs help increase disabled young people’s well-being, confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to go on to further education or gain employment without needing full-time carers. Having a jacketed Ability Dog by their side means that more people feel able to come and talk to them, thereby increasing their general social interaction.
Jigsaw Family Support, Isle of WIght. This is a community based, child-focused organisation that works with everyone affected by family separation. It is a charity, dependant on donations and grants. The team are all volunteers and included committed local professionals with experience in mental health, family counselling, mediation, family law and psychotherapy.
They offer support in relationship breakdown and divorce. Supporting children through separation and helping the children to have a healthy and stable relationship with both parents. They also offer support in court situations. (There is no longer legal aid available so Jigsaw is making a huge difference).
Earl Mountbatten Hospice – Our only hospice on the Island needing to raise £ 5 million a year. They offer end of life care, respite care and support to families in a caring and loving environment. With a steadily growing older population the need for hospice services continues to grow.