November 2019

January meeting: The title of Sharon Lockhart’s talk is ‘Renew, Reuse, Recycle’ and the competition is to upcycle a plastic bottle.

November meeting report:
Janet Danu spoke to us about women who she finds inspiring. Included in her selection were a Queen and her Great Grandmother- so there was plenty to hear. Janet gave a short biography of each of the women and included readings that linked to the women she had chosen. We heard poems, letters and extracts from plays. Read More...

October 2019

Next meeting: Thursday 14th November 2019 at 2.00 pm. Janet Dann is the speaker in November. Her talk is titled ‘Inspiring Women/ Words for Life’. It is also the date of the AGM. The committee will be elected and if you would like to volunteer in any way please contact Chris (see details below).

Ken Stone is an avid fan of the royal family and he travels all over the country to see them. He shared his photos from the last few months.
Ken’s interest began in 1961 when he was asked to collect newspaper cuttings about the Queen’s visit to India. His Grandmother took a keen interest in the Royal family and saved pictures from ‘Woman’ magazine for him. In 1967, his parents took him to see the Trooping of the Colour and he was hooked. He has a collection of 600 books as well as souvenirs and photographs.

September 2019

Next Meeting: 10th October
Speaker: Ken Stone on ‘A Royal Year’
Competition: A commemorative memento of a Royal Occasion


Our speaker this month was Ruth Leigh from the Paella and Tapas Company which is a catering company with a decidedly Spanish theme.

June 2019

Next meeting: Thursday 11th July 2019 at 2.00 pm. The speaker will be Mrs Carole Wheatley will be speaking on the topic ‘Biberach Revisited-Guernsey People sent to Germany in WW2’. There will be a competition: please bring any WW2 memorabilia.

June meeting report:
Wendy Smith is line judge at the Wimbledon Championships, and she told us about life on court during the intense two week tennis tournament. She considers Wimbledon to be the best tennis tournament in the world; the tennis is of the highest quality; the grounds are superb and there is friendly, happy atmosphere. She has never seen visitors behave badly or seen anyone drunk.

May 2019

Next meeting: Thursday 13th June 2019 at 2.00 pm. Wendy Smith will be talking about her experiences as a Wimbledon line judge. There will be a competition: describe your best sporting moment in no more than 20 words with photos, medals or cups!

May meeting report:
The W.I is an important lobby group in the United Kingdom, and the Government takes note of its campaigns. Each year, the National Federation holds a meeting to discuss members’ concerns and a resolution is agreed that will form the basis for the next campaign. The two resolutions that will be voted on this year concern the decline in bus services and the cervical screening programme.

April 2019

Kirton and Falkenham Women’s Institute
Next meeting: Thursday 9th May 2019 at 2.00 pm. An eventful meeting is promised with a discussion of the resolutions for the W.I. conference led by the committee followed by a light hearted quiz.

April meeting report:
A change to the programme brought Marianne Brame to Kirton. She makes jewellery and brought a selection to show members. If there is one thing that this writer likes, it is sparkly things and there were many to see.

February 2019

Kirton and Falkenham Women’s Institute
Next meeting: Thursday 14th January 2019 at 2.00 pm. We will be travelling back in time with Kevin Hegarty and his minstrels who will be performing the music of the 15th and 16th centuries.
This is also our birthday meeting so there will be an extra special tea. Glamour is the order of the day: hats will be worn because we will also be raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

February meeting report:
Tina Oldfield decided to undertake a trek to Everest base camp in memory of her daughter, Krista who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. Krista did not survive and died leaving her husband and two young daughters. Tina and her family wanted to commemorate Krista and highlight that cancer affects all ages.

January 2019

Kirton and Falkenham Women’s Institute
Next meeting: Thursday 14th January at 2.00 pm. Tina Oldfield will describe ‘A Trek for life’ and expedition to Everest.
Competition: a photograph and map of your favourite walk.

January Meeting:
David Phelan gave an interesting talk about St Audrey’s Hospital in Melton (where he now lives).

December 2018

Kirton and Falkenham Women’s Institute
Next meeting: Thursday 10th January at 2.00 pm. Our speaker, David Phelan will present the history of St Audrey’s in a talk entitled ‘Workhouse to Asylum’.

December meeting report:
With a festive glass of mulled wine (or spiced apple cup), members settled down to find out more about fused glass from our speaker Verena Daniels.
Verena recounted her artistic journey, beginning at school where her talent first emerged; via ceramic classes; to learning about glass and ending up with her own studio and gallery. Along the way, she gained a City and Guilds diploma and an art degree- no easy matter as she was working and raising her family at the time.

July 2018

Kirton and Falkenham Women’s Institute
Next meeting: Thursday 9th August at 2.00 pm hosted by Pauline Topple (please contact Chris Welling – see below- if you need the address). This month we will be sharing a strawberry tea. There will be a charge of £2.50. There will also be books, produce, plants and a bring and buy table. All proceeds will be donated to the Blossom Appeal.
The Blossom Appeal is raising money to build a modern Breast Care Centre at Ipswich Hospital. There is more information about the charity at: www.ipswichhospitalcharity.co.uk/blossom

July meeting report:

The centenary of the First World War has caused many of us to reflect on those dreadful events and the sacrifice of the men who fought in the Great War. Ted Payne had promised his mother that he would visit the grave of his Great Uncle, George Dyson (her favourite brother) and in 2014 climbed on his trusty motorbike and crossed to Holland from Harwich. He also pledged to visit the graves and memorials of the men from Kirton and Falkenham who are commemorated on our War Memorials. Read More...

June 2018

Kirton and Falkenham Women’s Institute
Next meeting: Thursday July 12th at 2.00 pm in Kirton and Falkenham Village Hall
Subject: World War One with Ted Payne
Trading stall: miscellaneous

June meeting Report 2018
This month, Mike Powell-Evans from the RSPB gave a talk about garden birds. There was a lot to hear about the many and varied birds that visit our garden. Amongst other facts, this listener learnt that the numbers of house sparrows have declined by 60% since the 1970s; Blue tits can lay up to 11 eggs in a clutch; and that a murmuration of starlings can swell up to 10,000 birds. The most exotic bird mentioned was the ring necked parakeet. Legend has it that this bird escaped from a film set at the Isleworth Studios and it has gradually colonised London. It is leaving the mean streets of London and is moving out to the countryside and is regarded as a pest despite its colourful appearance. Read More...

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