Report of Catford WI 2015
Our first full year at our new venue has been a full and lively one.
In January we were forced to move our meetings from Thursday to Tuesday nights, which unfortunately lost us a few members. However our current membership stands at 38, and the average attendance at meetings has continued to increase from 26 at the end of last year, to around 30 this year, so hopefully not too many members were inconvenienced by the change.
There have been walks to Trosely Country Park and Scotney Castle. In August Nicole, lead another of her fascinating bird watching walks round the London Wetlands Centre and also delighted us at our last meeting with a talk on her amazing trip to the Antarctic.
The supper club have met for meals at Turquaz and Chom Chom The cocktail club met twice, hosted by Fiona and Kay and Caroline and Sue, which were both very successful events, but for this group to continue, other members need to be prepared to host future evenings.
The theatre group have had 3 outings: to the West End to see ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, to Kings Cross station to see a wonderful production of ‘The Railway Children’ with a real steam train and most recently to Dartford to see the Cole Porter show ‘Anything Goes’. Members have also supported Debbie Patrick in her am-dram performances with the College Park Players – in their Christmas panto ‘Cinderella’ and an Agatha Christie whodunit ‘A Murder is Announced’.
In January Katherine started a book discussion group, where members can come along and talk about any book they have read. They have had 3 meetings so far which have been greatly enjoyed by those attending. There is also a small card group that meets regularly. Anyone wanting to start their own interest group is always very welcome.
Our various outings have been extremely well attended by members and their friends. They have included visits to Chartwell House, Eltham Palace and Standen as well as to the Old Operating Theatre Museum (where Joyce nearly lost her leg!), the Fan Museum and the Magna Carta exhibition at the British Library.
In September we held an Afternoon tea, using vintage china, with cakes and sandwiches on elegant stands and beautiful tablecloths. Everyone who came enjoyed themselves and we were praised for the quality of our food by people who have taken tea at some of the top hotels.
The darts team played friendly matches against Farningham and Honor Oak WI’s and finally got to play a competitive match where they narrowly lost out to Crockenhill A team (not bad considering they had hardly practiced for 6 months.) It was a very well supported evening and we were again complimented on our wonderful hospitality and catering.
In March 12 members went ten pin bowling. This seems to be becoming an annual event, along with the Christmas walk and meal at Lullingstone, which several members attended for the 4th year running. Other active events have included taster days for clay pigeon shooting and golf.
Our monthly meetings have seen us have a go at cheese tasting, making name badges, bead jewellery and sugar flowers, as well as decorating biscuits at our Christmas social. We have also had illuminating, interesting and informative talks from Chris Hare, a former manager at Catford Broadway Theatre; Joyce’s sister, Lillian, about her job as a female funeral director; and from John Meredith, an advocate for the use of animals in medical research which sparked a lively debate.
The forthcoming year promises to be just as busy and our thanks go to all those members who have helped in the organisation of these events and activities.