2008

December 2008 – Historic Streets of Ipswich

Mr Fox who talked to us in December about ‘Historic Streets of Ipswich’ is into maps.
In January we welcomed Mr Woods as our speaker who showed us slides of Narrow Gauge Steam Railways in East Germany.
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November 2008 – AGM

In November we hold our AGM: the time when we cast our eyes back over the past year and look forward to the next by appointing people to the various offices. Read More...

October 2008 – Birthday + Chocolate & sweet making

It was our birthday meeting in October. 87 years young! It’s amazing that the W.I. has been in existence in Kirton for all that length of time. How different the village and the people that lived there must have been when it was first founded.
In keeping with the party theme our speaker Mrs Barbara Shaw came from Blundeston to demonstrate chocolate and sweet making, the results of which we later sampled with our tea. Read More...

Sept 2008 – Behind the Curtain at the New Wolsey Theatre

‘Behind the Curtain at the New Wolsey Theatre’ was the subject tackled by our speaker Mrs S Jenking at our September meeting, an Irish lady who herself works behind the scenes on the marketing side. Read More...

July 2008 – Antiques

Pat Adams came to speak to us at our July meeting bringing with her many fascinating antiques from her collection. Read More...

June 2008 – Repoussé work.

At our June meeting we were introduced to a craft new to us: Repoussé work. Repoussé is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘Of metal work: Raised or beaten into relief, ornamented in relief, by means of hammering from the reverse side’. Titled ‘Working with pewter’ Mrs Field’s talk and demonstration set out to reveal the mysteries of this ancient technique and maybe get us interested enough to try it for ourselves.
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May 2008 – Resolutions

The task to be tackled was to consider two resolutions which are to be voted on at the National AGM which takes place in Liverpool in June. Both were appeals to the Government on matters of concern. The first was worded as follows – 'This meeting asks H M Government to urge the EU to ban bottom trawling which causes catastrophic loss of marine life'. Read More...

April 2008 – Mrs Beeton

Mr Tyler takes as the subject for his talks food and recipes from early Victorian times up to the present day. On the occasion of our April meeting he concentrated on the famous authoress Mrs Isabella Beeton. Read More...

March 2008 – The Mysteries of Easter Island

Our speaker this month was Mr Parfitt talking this time on the Mysteries of Easter Island, which he visited about three years ago. Read More...

February 2008 – Ipswich Walks

Our speaker this month was Mrs A Day, an Ipswich town guide, who came to show us slides taken on the walks she conducts, with an emphasis on the dock area. Read More...

January 2008 – China holiday

JANUARY 2008 REPORT
Our January meeting should have included a talk by Mrs Parker entitled ‘4 Weddings and a Funeral’. Sadly on that day she was actually attending a funeral so could not be with us. A member, Mrs Iris Hitchen, who has joined us fairly recently, stepped into the breach with her husband Terry to show us slides and tell us about their first holiday in China which took place in 2003. Their main purpose in traveling was to see the Three Gorges before the flooding caused by the massive hydro-electric dam became too severe. They were also very lucky, through their participation in a foreign students hosting scheme to meet the parents of a boy called Oliver (Chinese despite his name) who had stayed with them over one Christmas. Their trip started in Shanghai and ended in Hong Kong, and in between they visited Beijing with its Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square where students came up to them wanting to practice their English.
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