Banners to baskets
The May meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, held in the Methodist Church, was a multifaceted one.
As part of our centenary celebrations we presented the vicar and leader of Stanhoe Methodist Church with a well received Christmas banner as thanks for allowing us to meet in their church.
For members, we distributed at tea time pieces of a beautifully iced celebration cake, ceremonially cut by our president.
And an individual member was presented with a framed certificate for 30 years of membership of Stanhoe and Barwick WI.
All members were given a wooden spoon and were invited to decorate it creatively for the Norfolk Federation at Evelyn Suffield House in Norwich, for the 2019 Norfolk Day display in July.
And all members were asked to vote on the acceptance of two resolutions for the national AGM. One asks for positive action to be taken over the decline in rural bus services, and the other for action to increase the uptake in acceptance of the opportunity offered for cervical screening for all women.
We were updated on our centenary project, in which four letters from village servicemen, written in 1943–44 as thank-yous for a gift of 10 shillings each sent by members of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, were reunited with their descendants.
And we were informed that our WI now has a Facebook page for everyone to see.
Prior to this busy time we were all entertained by Jonathon Carrie from Norwich who is a professional willow basket maker.
He had brought a range of willow baskets to show us, as well as his workbench, tools, and some soaked willow. With great humour he then proceeded to make a willow shopping basket before our eyes. It took 50 minutes from start to finish, using very strong hands, a variety of weaving processes, and a great deal of experience.
It was a very busy, but very enjoyable meeting.