The final competition of 2017 came with a twist at the Christmas party meeting of Bognor Regis WI. Instead of the usual entries being brought to and judged at the meeting, each table grouping were asked to choose and pop a balloon in which, in a shower of festive confetti, was found a title – either naughty or nice.  Members and visitors then had five minutes to ponder, discuss and select the best idea which met the brief for presentation to the meeting.

Amongst a good deal of hilarity, we heard a ‘naughty’ joke, learned about a worst date, a meeting with a famous person, a best holiday, a worst job (this one cleverly recited in rhyme), a highest achievement, an embarrassing moment, a favourite pet and a ‘nice’ joke.

Having voted by show of hands on the best story, the three winners were announced. In third place was the best holiday with Chris Hunter recalling a holiday spent with her mother, taking her to Rome to see the Pope. Having arrived early to get pole position in front of the balcony, Chris and her mother became increasingly puzzled by his non-appearance, only to turn round to find the crowd facing elsewhere – wrong balcony!!

Second place was taken by the table who were asked to recount a meeting with a famous person and June Salter told the members and guests of her time as a district nurse, one time being sent to Selsey to see an elderly lady.  While there she bumped into the lady’s son winding the clocks while in his pyjamas. The son was, of course, the brilliant and eccentric Patrick Moore.


Anne Winter

In first place, Anne Winter gave us lots of laughs when she remembered a time when one of her children brought home the school stick insects. While many of us will have felt the fear of having the school pet dying while in our care, Anne’s problem was rather different; the number of stick insects kept growing and growing. It was then that the lid was accidentally left off………

Anne’s story of trying to retrieve them all had the room in stitches.

Each member on the winning tables was given the appropriate points and these were added to all the other points gained during the year and by the narrowest of margins an overall winner of the Competition Cup emerged.  And the winner and runners up of the Competition Cup (drum roll) are…… TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE JANUARY MEETING!

A big thank you to Katie for dreaming up and implementing such interesting and imaginative challenges during the year and for those members who did not enter this year, entering could be one of your New Year resolutions for 2018.  January’s competition is ‘Recycled Christmas’  – thinking caps on.

Words: Gina Fitch-Roy

Photo: Katie Lyne


A new story from Karen

Good news from Karen McCreedy.  She had a short story, called Voicemail, published online recently by Reflex Fiction.  It was entered in their ‘flash fiction’ competition and, although it didn’t make the long-list, they liked it enough to publish it. Click here to read this amusing story.  Well done Karen!

Christmas Meal

Xmas meal

Good food, good wine and most of all good company!!  Members of the Eating Out group enjoyed a Christmas meal on 7th December at The Lamb in Pagham.

Many thanks to Lorraine and Maggie for organising

For more photos please click here.

Sue Harris

More photos from Portsmouth

Barbara Foster has kindly sent in some more photos of the Victorian Christmas event in Portsmouth.  This one is quite spectacular – to see all the photos, just click here.


A Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas 01

On Saturday 2nd December, ten members of Bognor Regis WI were whisked back in time to experience a Victorian Christmas – courtesy of Portsmouth Dockyard’s wonderful event, and Woods Travel’s door-to-gate coach service.


Victorian Christmas 07 - Giant ReindeerThe weather was cloudy but dry – except for where the artificial snow was falling – and the dockyard was awash with 21st-century shoppers and 19th century entertainers, all wending their way around the many food, drink and craft stalls that were spread around the site. Queen Victoria and her entourage looked unamused but were willing to pose for photos; while young chimney sweeps danced in the street, and red-coated soldiers marched about. There were women in shawls, gents in top hats, several giant reindeer and even a couple of angels (gliding about very cleverly on hidden Segways).


Carousel - photo by Sheila FarmerThen there was the carousel, which many of us could not resist – including Stella, who was not going to let the small matter of her upcoming 91st birthday deter her from getting on board.

It was a fun, entertaining and enjoyable day – many thanks to our President and the committee for organising it.

Words:  Karen McCreedy

Photos: Karen McCreedy & Sheila Farmer

Meeting Records published!

The website now has a new page – called Meetings.  This page will contain the record from each of our monthly meetings, starting with the October 2017 meeting.  To see a set of records, just click on Meetings in the menu and then click on the meeting that you want to view – a pdf for that meeting will then be displayed.

Once the record has been written by our secretary they will appear here, so if you have missed a meeting or can’t remember what happened at a meeting, do have a look on this page.  In time this will become an archive of our activities over the years, together with the newsletters, all of which are already held on the Buzz Back Issues page.

West Sussex 2017 Carols

Many thanks to Dinah and Lynn for sending in some photos taken at the Carol Service on Friday.  They report that it was a lovely service, but freezing!

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