Report of Catford WI 2013
Another successful year has seen us learning new skills such as dry felting, as well as giving us another chance to try the art of glass fusion. Other meetings have included demonstrations of cheese tasting and vintage make up, as well as talks on ceramic restoration, beekeeping and the ways politicians and policy makers get the public to change their attitudes and behaviour (think of how attitudes towards drink driving & smoking in public have changed). A truly memorable meeting was the fascinating talk by Katherine about her correspondence with 3 death row prisoners in Jamaica and the US.
The walking group was active again last year, taking part in the Big Walk, Little Splash challenge. In May, Kay led a guided walk round the Inns of Court – which, as usual, was very well researched and informative. Other walks were memorable for another reason. 8 intrepid members took part in the ACWW walk on 29th April – where it rained the whole way round and we all got very wet! In July we walked a section of the London Loop, but got caught in a downpour just before the end and the Christmas walk at Lullingstone saw us get another soaking! Once her knee is better, Kay is planning to lead us over the Dome – let’s just hope for better weather!
The theatre group have had outings to both the West End and local theatre to see Singing in the Rain and Nine to Five as well as supporting Debbie Patrick in her am-dram production of ‘Tiptoe Through the Tombstones’ where she stole the show!
Meanwhile the craft group met regularly throughout the year and knitted 24 teddies for the charity Shelter Box, which Jan took down to Cornwall.
This year saw the formation of both a supper club and a cocktail club, with each holding 3 meetings. The supper club have met for meals at the Catford Bridge Tavern, Chom Chom’s and Turquaz, while Kay and Fiona, Susan and Trevor Robinson and Caroline and Sue Laughton have each hosted a very successful cocktail evening.
Throughout the year, members have attended federation courses on learning to play croquet, wet felting and making fabric fircones, and some members have even had tea with Henry VIII. We have also joined other local WI’s for a trip to Beth Chatto’s garden, a Christmas food day and, most recently, 10 members joined Oxleas WI for a day trip to Denman College.
Sporty members enjoyed an evening of tenpin bowling in Bromley, while the newly formed darts team has entered the federation darts tournament and have been practicing regularly (if not entirely successfully).
As part of the Federation’s 95th Anniversary celebration, we have entered both a pin cushion and our Big Walk, Little Splash journal for display at Aylesford Priory on 19th June and Sue Laughton will be representing the London district with her flower arrangement.