Committee Report 2018

A   is for Arty Afternoons at Lynn’s – from colouring in to entries for the County show. Lynn shares with us her love of art and her yummy cake.

B   is for our 2 Book Groups organised by Flo and Celia – a library of books have been read and we’re hoping to do some joint events next year.  It’s also for our Back to School Summer Social – we enjoyed reliving our school days at the Rowland Rank

C   is for our part as Calendar girls in the Bognor Carnival – it was great to take part in a community event. It’s also for the Competition cup – this year’s winner was Karen.

D   is for the Desert Island Discs themed members meeting, which took place in July instead of April. Thanks to members who shared their ideas of a ‘must have item’ and to Sue for hosting members on her island. D is for the drama group ‘Acting Up’ possibly the shortest-lived sub group but thanks to Jan for trying.

E    is for the ‘Eating Out’ group organised by Lesley. Many meals have been enjoyed in a variety of restaurants and pubs.

   is for Flick Chicks cinema visits organised by Karen. F is also for the lovely Fundraising Tea in aid of St Richard’s Hospital in Sylvia’s garden and for the Flower Festival in Chichester cathedral where Sheila managed the WI display.

G   is for the Gin and swim evening at Gina’s in July. It was a great success and hopefully to be repeated next year as ‘Pimms and a paddle’ to include those not so keen on full immersion in the sea.

H  is for Hawks. In June we enjoyed an evening in the company of many different Birds of Prey. They seemed at home swooping around the hall and landing on unsuspecting members heads. H is also for our homeless charity – Stonepillow –a big thanks for all the generous donations.

I    is for the inspirational talk about Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson at Denman based on her book ‘Rise Up, Women’ that 5 of us went to on a snowy day in February.

J    is for Jan’s jolly walks, which she organises so well for our WI and for West Sussex.

K   is for Knitting. Whether it’s enjoying the Knit and natter group organised by Rosemary or knitting Twiddlemuffs for our charity Friends of Bognor Regis Memorial hospital.

L    is for Summer Lunch at Lynn’s. On the last Saturday in June 20 of us enjoyed a delicious meal in the sunshine in Lynn’s beautiful garden.

M  is for our new monthly coffee mornings in Hotham Park. A great suggestion from Rosemary.

N  is for nights at the theatre organised by Mandy. It’s also for our Nordic walking taster session in February.

O  is for the Out of This World  Sciffle Sci-Fi group organised by Karen.

P  is for the Processions event in London that Katie organised so well for us. 6 members took part in the national event put on to celebrate 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act.  P is also for poppies – over 100 crafted at our September meeting.

Q   is for Quiz Nights. A record 5 teams took part in the Federation Quiz in August and we had a winning team. We’re looking to forward to hosting our Quiz which has proved popular – we’ve had to turn teams away.

R    is for the screening of the Royal Wedding in Hotham Park, the sun shone and the fizz flowed.

S  is for the Swishing event at our May meeting which supported the 2017 Plastic soup resolution – trying to reduce the amount of microfibers in our oceans. S is also for Suffragettes – 10 of us enjoyed a Walk and Talk around Westminster with Diane Atkinson and a visit to the Voice and Vote exhibition at Westminster Hall.

T    is for Thank you to everyone who made our fundraising stall at Hotham Park Country Fair such a success. Whether it was generously donating preserves, crafts and so many cakes or helping on the day – thank you.

U  is for how ‘you’ see yourself as a peg doll. A sort of  ‘This is Us’ display celebrating the diversity of women in the WI. They were used to decorate a window in the Church for Christmas.

V    is for the Victorian Xmas Fair at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. A highlight of which was the carousel ride.

W   is for Wildforest Falls Adventure golf in Hotham Park in May where Debbie putted a hole in one.

   is for Xmas Carols sung enthusiastically in a very chilly Chichester Cathedral

Y   is for Yeeha and Howdy Partners  – we kicked 2018 off in style with line dancing. Thanks to Barbara and Alan for stepping (literally!) in when our planned Jive session was cancelled. Another Y was Yes to the 2018 resolution ‘Mental Health Matters’ at our meeting in May.

Z   is for Zip Wire, abseiling, archery and much more at the Women Go Wild camp in June. A memorable weekend where new activities were tried, new friendships made and old ones strengthened.  We certainly hope to have another camping trip in 2019.