Suffragettes East Cowes Parade ~ September

Linda Sheasby Dorothy Maskell and Ann Parker all paraded in East Cowes Town centre celebrating the 100 year of the Suffragettes movement.

The day was enjoyed by a large number of East Cowes residents, and Whippingham and East Cowes Women’s  institute  who organised a wonderful day in East Cowes.

We had a march through the town centre from Jubilee recreation ground then into Kings square. Stalls, cakes, drinks were all on offer with music by the local marching band, a group singing popular songs not to mention the Morris dancers and the popular Ukulele band.

Everyone was invited regardless of age or ability wearing cloths from the period after 1919.

A fun day was enjoyed by all on a beautiful sunny day. 

Well done East Cowes and Whippingham  WI on a very successful day.

Craft Group

This months meeting was on 11 Sept. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at Sue Fox’s home, thank you Sue.

We are progressing well with items for the Christmas Sales Tables, with new ideas still emerging.

Skills sharing is moving forward with several members keen to learn to crochet, Sue M is our resident expert and will be getting together with a small group soon. Another small group is investigating the making of soap, more on that soon!

Concentration is the name of the game when it comes to crafting, Mary gave a very good example of this, totally immersed, she nearly missed the tea break.

New members are always welcome to join us. Next meeting is at Kim’s home on 22 October 2pm.

Report by Cheryl Howell

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Book Club – Review

This month we read I Can’t Begin to Tell You, by Elizabeth Buchan. 

The novel by Elizabeth Buchan, an American author is about the resistance movement in Denmark during the Second World War.
The owner of a large estate, Bror, collaborated with the German occupation to protect his family and estate. His English wife, Kay feels her country needs her support when the resistance movement contacts her for help and in spite of concerns for the safety of her son and daughter gives shelter to the resistance on the run from the enemy.

The story is well written and well researched especially the secret communication section in Britain. You realise how the agents and the women taking and receiving the morse code messages had a special relationship with each other and how the loss of an agent affected them.

There was tension in the story and a very dramatic and surprising ending. I would have liked to have known more about what happened next.

The group as a whole enjoyed reading this book and gave it a mark of 7.5 out of 10.

Report by Sylvia Burrows

Kurling – Creekside v Waterside

On a very hot July evening Ann Parker welcomed 14 members from Waterside WI who joined us for a fun evening of food and Kurling. Jenny Gaches did us proud again, having spent a hot afternoon in her kitchen cooking a selection of Quiches, these were then plated up by committee members and served with salad and new potatoes, followed by strawberries and ice-cream.

Tables cleared and folded away, battle then commenced between the two teams, a mix of Waterside and Creekside members in each, Red and Blue, well that is the colour of the pucks , we like to keep it simple, every picture tells a story as you will see from the photographs.. Yes the Blue Team won 13 points to Reds 5, but Reds had the last laugh, landing a bulls eye on the last shot of the match, but alas was too late for victory. Did ‘sweeping’ make a difference…..no that was for fun.

Waterside thanked us and everyone agreed that it had been a lovely evening and helped take our minds off feeling the heat.

Report by Cheryl Howell

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Craft Day

A great way to spend an afternoon at Linda’s in Shanklin , with like minded members from Creekside WI.

We had decided to get together to make some Christmas craft items for the Christmas Fair for Federation in Newport later in the year.

Some fab ideas, have been put forward, and we have arranged groups to meet during August,September, and October to make a selection of items. Suggestions put forward to make included, face cream in decorated jars, Christmas decorations for a tree, wreaths made from material and put on a hessian back, to hang on a door and other Pom Pom decorations for a tree. More adventurous ideas were dream catchers, but I think that will be a later project, when we are a little more experienced.

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