Going From Strength to Strength – Littleport Women’s Institute

The Women’s Institute has enjoyed its first quarter in their new venue, The Village Hall. This is proving to be a good move as we have been able to enjoy the extra space this venue affords us, with the help of the Parish Council. A sound system has been purchased which has been very beneficial and helps us enjoy our visiting speakers so much more.

Once again membership has increased and we hope this trend continues as we have much to offer.

During the last months we have had many interesting talks. We learned about ‘the history of chocolate’ given by Sarah Fowler and this was not only extremely informative but the samples were delicious!

In June although the scheduled speakers were unable to attend, Nick King from Amey Cespa kindly filled the breach with his fascinating ‘load of rubbish’. What a brilliant talk and a brilliant speaker, Nick gave us a potted history of his career, an in depth insight as to what happens to our waste and the reasons why we should recycle. He brought along many models all made from waste materials. Some static, some working. Who would have thought one could be so captivated and interested in a load of rubbish? Thoroughly enjoyable.

In July we were entertained by Anne Barnes with ‘painted ladies: the history of cosmetics’. It seems that the things we have used to enhance our appearance over the years from ancient times, have been both dangerous and disgusting…

Our visits have included some members attending the Federation Evening at March where the guest speaker was Graham Cole OBE. (PC Tony Stamp of television series The Bill) Although best known for The Bill he has worked on many other productions including Dr Who. His OBE was awarded for his voluntary and charity work.

Some members also visited Tutbury Castle along with members from other WI’s and the Ely Federation.

Our trip ‘Round The Coast’ was enjoyed by many members and friends. A Quiz Night held and organised by the Leisure Centre to boost our funds was very well supported and most enjoyable, and of course the proceeds were very much appreciated. The tea and cake stall at the Fun Day was successful. A thank you to all who contributed in any way.

The craft afternoons held on the third Tuesday of the month have also proved to be successful, and well attended, with a variety of activities taking place. If you want to come along for a chat, have a cup of tea and see what goes on, just call in.

(Craft sessions are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm. £2.00 per session.)

WI meets on the second Tuesday at 7.15 pm. The venue for both meetings is Littleport Village Hall in Victoria Street.

October 24th is our 60’s Night with the D&M Road Show.

If you need any more details you can contact the President – J. Bird on 01353 863823, the Secretary M. Dennis on 01353 861298 or email P. Ollive on Pollive@outlook.com

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