Our May meeting saw members relaxing in the true sense of the word, when Ann Osbourn demonstrated Meditation, Relaxation and Mindfulness techniques with members soon finding themselves “drifting” and learning the techniques on how to take away any stress in a peaceful calm relaxed way (probably the first time at a meeting you could hear a pin drop too!!) . Most enjoyable and proving to be a great hit with our members.
At our June meeting, we gave a donation to Age UK IoW and received a thank you note:
“On behalf of Age UK Isle of Wight, may I extend our warmest gratitude to you for amazing donation of £250.00 for our Good Neighbour Scheme You are enabling us to continue to positively change older islander’s lives, thank you.”
Thirty-two of our members enjoyed an excellent lunch outing at The Propeller Inn. Super food and as always great service, this combined with lots of chatter too of course, doing what the WI do best , friendly happy socialising – a great afternoon. Another outing, this time a delicious Cream Tea at The Hungry Bear is booked which probably means we will definitely need to get those walking boots out for our next “Walking Boots” Club outing too!! Members were also looking forward in June to the County Show when the Household Cavalry will be attending and Federation WI will be catering and looking after them.
Our monthly Clubs are as popular as ever with lots on offer for members to “dip their toes in” to try something new or to do just what they like doing. There are so many lovely activities also from Federation, and other WIs, including a Singing Workshop with a member of the New Seekers, Summer Fetes, Ambles & Rambles to name just a few. It seems our members are spoilt for choice now that the better weather and Summer has arrived.
We next meet on Monday 15th July at 7.30pm at The Cloisters when it is our Summer Party night and members will be enjoying everything and anything about “Cocktail making” from Jay at The Olde Village Inn, which should make for a lovely evening all round. For further information on our Group please contact either Pam on 565369 or Brenda on 811022.
We were proud to host the Spithead Group Carol Service on Sunday. Thanks to Carol, Pam and Brenda for organising a lovely carol service and to our members who helped on the day. The home-made mince pies went down a treat!
We were pleased to have over 50 people in attendance from the Spithead Group and Brighstone WI. We raised over £90 for the Admiral Nurses. Thanks to everyone who attended.
In November, we collected 33.45kg of food and Christmas treats to the food bank.
JG kindly delivered this on our behalf and was inspired by the tour of the food bank led by Jeff Connolly. Jeff thanked the members of Bembridge Windmill WI, and explained that they also help provide food for children in the school holidays who don`t receive the free meals they would normally.
We had a successful coffee morning in the village hall to raise funds for our work. As ever, our members pulled together to make sure we had lots of cakes, books, crafts and plants, and that our tombola was as popular as ever!
We had a very busy weekend with our display at the Flower Festival, the theme of Each Peach Pear Plum.
Our popular stall at the Bembridge Street Fair on Bank Holiday Monday also kept us on our toes! Thanks to our members for contributing delicious cakes, beautiful crafts and lovely plants for us to sell, and thank you to those who supported our fundraising efforts by buying them.