We aren’t just pretty faces…OH NO, we can cater for unknown numbers as well. We rallied the troups for delicious cake and scone contributions and were ready by 9.00am to set up and prepare, making sure that the ‘cafe’ looked welcoming and the refreshments were irresistible. Pat prepared the sandwiches as they were ordered, no sitting around in cardboard and plastic for her! Well done to Susan and helpers for providing all the tea and coffee and of course the ladies who manned the cake and cold drink areas. There was a steady flow of requests and a steady flow of washing up. In the evening those of us who returned, were lucky enough to enjoy an unexpected musical concert before the tea break. It was a great day meeting lovely people. Thanks to everyone who contributed in some way.
A beautiful day for our party in the park, we expected the sun to shine, but it really was a hot day.
We set the tables up at nine o clock with the public coming arriving at 12 noon. With help from WI members we were soon on our way to setting up a good display. We put up 2 gazebos, bunting and 4 tables, then emptied the cars with all the produce we had brought.
Lots of cup cakes decorated to look like pigs or sheep, made people smile. Plus a wide selection of fruit cakes, boiled fruit cakes, chocolate cakes, Victoria sponges, banana cakes – cakes of all shapes and sizes I was so pleased with the selection. Jars of jam and whiskey marmalade, were filling the tables up nicely and our stall was looking good. Boxes of marzipan fruits, were next – they looked very tasty.
A raffle for a basket of fruit and a flower picture game organised by Sylvia, with the winner getting £25 was next to be set up.
Then came a table filled full of books, bags, and scarves. Not to mention a luck dip for the children to enjoy.
Next was our best money maker, WATER OR WINE people were asked to pick a bottle for a £1, pull off the paper it was wrapped in and it was revealed if it was water or wine. It was great fun watching there faces when it was revealed a bottle of wine we had lots of takers.
Medina marching band kept the atmosphere a happy day in the sun shine in the park.
I’m sure all the ladies who helped enjoyed the day, although in the beautiful weather it was an exhausting day.
Report by Ann Parker
The High Sherrif of the Isle of Wight, Ben Rouse, kindly attended and cut the ribbon to mark the event. The bench is situated in the Picnic Area at Wootton Station which overlooks the station.
After the presentation members accompanied by the High Sherriff and officials of the Steam Railway retired to the church hall for light refreshments.
On 13 October more than 40 members of Creekside WI gathered in their finery at the Lakeside Hotel in Wootton to mark the occasion of their 50th birthday with a celebration lunch. The fizz and chatter flowed as the photographer from ‘The County Press’ marshalled everyone for the official photographs.
Creekside ladies were delighted to welcome two founder members, Olive Lailey and Mavis Willis, along with Federation Chairman Sue Biss as special guests. Two other founder members of Creekside who are still current members, Pat Kendall and Mona Williams, were unable to attend.
Sunshine and showers did not stop the intrepid members of Wootton Creek WI manning their gazebo at Party in the Park on Saturday 22nd of July. Despite the worsening weather conditions, a steady flow of passers by stopped to enjoy taking a risk on the Wine or Water stall, chose from the delicious cakes and biscuits to buy or dipped into the children’s Lucky Dip. There was also a choice of books, DVDs and jewellery and hand made crafts to purchase. Were you the lucky winner who found the lost watch somewhere in Wootton?