Women’s Institute Past Programmes

2023 Programme
January 12th Robin and Sue Franklin: An Entertainment in Verse
Competition – to write a comic verse.
February 9th Norma Howell: Medical Detection and Alert Assistance Dogs
Competition – a favourite dog photo.
March 9th Birthday meeting plus David Webb: My Life as a Hi-De-Hi Yellow Coat
April 13th Jan Derbyshire: Therapeutic Riding
Competition – A riding experience (40 words)
May 11th Resolutions meeting
Game / Quiz
June 8th Brian Heard – Forensic Scientist: Hong Kong and the Triads
Competition – A Chinese picture or painting.
July 13th Jane Hoggar: Being a Bluebell Girl
Competition – My big moment on the stage.
August 10th Garden Party (NOT IN VH – we usually meet in a member’s garden tbc)
September 14th Sean Hedges-Quinn: Working as a Sculptor
Competition – A handmade 3-D item from home.
October 12th Erik Punaks: History and Songs of The Liverpool Spinners
November 9th A.G.M. plus Chris Turland: Canals and Canal Art
Competition – A Victorian/Edwardian keepsake.
December 14th Christmas Party and Games
Competition – A Christmas table decoration.

2022 Programme
13 January Piano, organ and keyboard – Karl Lockwood: Performance, songs and audience participation
10 February Home-start in Suffolk – Sylvia
Competition: Bring along a childhood toy.
10 March Changing lives together. Suffolk charities – Tim Holder
Birthday meeting
14 April CANCELLED due to Covid.
May 12th Resolutions. Game / Quiz
9 June Paper sculpture demonstration – Colin Hopper
Competition Make a decorated headdress incorporating the use of paper.
14 July An Englishwoman’s life in rural Turkey – Jennifer Gibbs
Competition A year in Provence? Where would you like to live for a year?
Bring an artefact to support your destination choice.
11 August Garden party
8 September Forensic science – Brian Heard
Competition: “A brush with the law” in no more than 30 words.
13 October Trek to the Antarctic – Claudia Myatt
Competition: ‘A photograph of a snowy, winter’s day’
10 November Reflexology / AGM – Penny Simmonds
8 December Christmas Party – “What, no cake?” – the New Ukulele Band.
Competition: A Christmas Star decoration

2021 Programme

10 June Members Picnic in Recreation Ground 2pm Step 3 Covid restrictions will apply so the maximum number allowed will be 30.
8 July Beetle Drive 2pm – Competition: Wear a piece of jewellery or clothing or bring a household item depicting an insect, preferably a beetle
12 August Members’ Strawberry Tea 2pm – Competition: Who is the best dressed 1920s lady?
13 August Our Centenary Exhibition 2-4 pm All welcome
14 August Centenary Garden Party & Exhibition 11am – 5pm All welcome
9 September Sonya Burrows: Drought Gardening 2pm – Competition: Make a pressed or dried flower picture. Meet at the Methodist Church
14 October Members’ Centenary Lunch at The Ferry Boat Inn – time tbc
11 November Erik Punaks will regale us with his ‘The Craft of Comic Verse – An Entertainment’ – AGM 2pm – Competition: Write a short article (max 40 words) incorporating as many homophones as possible. Include both (or all) in your piece eg vane and vein.
9 December Christmas Party 2pm – Competition: Make a Christmas cracker

2020 Programme

9 January – Sharon Lockhart: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Competition: Upcycle a plastic bottle
13 February – Alan Weeks: The History of Houses
12 March – Ann Wilding: From Verse to Worse
Competition: Write a limerick
9 April – Sonya Burrows: Drought Gardening
Competition: Make a pressed or dry flower picture
14 May – Resolutions
11 June – Kate Cole: Clara Woolnough –Nurse in WW1
9 July – Helen Reeve: For the Love of Cows
Competition: Your favourite recipe using milk as main ingredient
13 August – Garden Party
Covid restrictions applied

2019 Programme
10 January David Phelan: The History of St Audrey’s – Workhouse to Asylum
14 February Mrs Tina Oldfield: Trek for Life (Everest Base Camp)
Competition: Map and photo of your favourite walk
5 March Federation Meeting, Trinity Park, Ipswich
14 March Kevin Hegarty: The Minstrels – Music, Instruments and Life of Tudor England (in costume)
11 April Mrs Carole Wheatley: Biberach Revisited – Guernsey People sent to Germany in WW2
Competition: Please bring any WW2 memorabilia
30 April Group AGM
9 May Resolutions Committee to decide
5 June National AGM
13 June Wendy Smith: Talk on being a line judge at Wimbledon
Competition: In no more than 20 words, possibly with photos, medals and cups “Your Best Sporting Achievemnt”
11 July Mrs Marianne Brame : Silver and Gemstones
Competition: A piece of Pretty Jewellery
8 August Garden Party. Venue TBA.
12 September Ruth Leigh: Paella and Tapas Company
10 October Ken Stone: A royal Year
Competition: A commemorative memento of a Royal Occasion
14 November Janet Dann: Words for Life/Inspiring Women
12 December Christmas Celebrations
Competition: Seasonal table decoration in a tea cup.

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