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Chatteris Morning Women’s Institute
At the November meeting president, Jan Avenell, presented the business report and her end-of-year report.
Kay Parr agreed to lay the Chatteris Morning WI wreath for Remembrance Day.
Birthday wishes were sent to Tina Allen and Joan Gregory.
The committee all stood for re-election and Liz Norman was welcomed onto the committee. Jan Avenell was re-elected as president, having done such a good job for the last three years.
The next monthly meeting will be on Friday, December 6, when members will be having their Christmas craft morning. On Friday, December 13, they will be enjoying their Christmas meal at the Cross Keys in Chatteris.
There will be a coffee morning on Friday to raise much-needed funds for Chatteris In Bloom.
Chatteris Morning WI meets at the King Edward Centre from 10am-noon every second Friday of the month, new members always welcome – for more details call president, Jan Avenell, on 01354 693150.
There was a good attendance at the annual meeting.
Sally Shortland gave a report on the Federation Day. The main speaker was Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey was filmed). Sally also reported that the Denman bedroom had been refurbished using only money raised by the Isle of Ely Federation.
Arrangements were made for the table-top sale on December 7 and for the New Year’s dinner. Margaret Playford volunteered to lay the poppy wreath on Remembrance Sunday.
Shelley Underhill gave the treasurer’s report. Margaret Playford read out the 2020 programme with competitions and hostesses by Gemma Watts, who also gave the secretary’s report.
The competitions report was given by Margaret Patterson, a raffle report by Carol Turner and a WI visitor report by Susan Apps. Sally gave the president’s address and thanked the committee and members for their work.
Judith Cornwell presided over the election of the 2020 committee and president. Sally Shortland was again voted in as president and the committee remains the same.
Brenda MacKenzie and Margaret Neesom provided and served refreshments.
The competition was judged by Sue Bradshaw – receiving 20 points were Gillian Wiles, Margaret Neesom, Marina Heslop and Suzanne Tucker.
The December meeting will have Christmas entertainment by Rosemary Wheeler and friends. The competition will be ‘V’ for ‘Vase’. The committee will provide puddings and cheeseboard and there will be a Secret Santa.
The annual meeting was opened by president Delia welcoming members and visitors Pat, Nadia and Linda.
The financial statement was read by treasurer Janet, followed by Joan D with the secretary’s report. Looking back over the year it was felt the group had enjoyed much fun, friendship and opportunities to learn new topics and skills.
Delia was elected president for the third consecutive year unanimously.
A craft session followed making felt poppies, along with refreshments and social time including card bingo and planning for the Christmas buffet and Secret Santa.
Visitors are welcome at the next meeting on December 9, at 7pm – enquiries to Joan on 01945 860753.
At the November meeting Bridget from the Fenland Family History Society spoke about ‘The Ups and Downs of being a Magistrate’.
She gave a brief history of her work as a magistrate in Hertfordshire and some of her amusing and moving experiences.
First prize in the Christmas raffle, a huge food hamper, went to Mary. Plans were made for the Christmas party on Tuesday, December 12, at 7pm and it was confirmed that the Church Men’s Group will be joining members.
There was a presentation to representatives of the Macmillan Cancer Charity by Christine and Margaret of a cheque for £800 raised by the community in Leverington during 2019.
For more information about Leverington Ladies, call Pam on 01945 461369.
Men’s Shed Christmas bazaar
Following the success of the market auction on October 25 the Men’s Shed will be running their Christmas market auction on Friday, November 29.
It starts at 10.30am. If you have any items to be included in the auction, ensure they are delivered to the auction stall outside the front gates of Long Sutton St Mary’s Parish Church no later than 10am on November 29.
The auction in October provided the Shed with more than £170 – much-needed funding for the volunteer-led, not-for-profit, charity that provides invaluable services for its members and the local community.
It is based at the Silverwood Nursery and Tea Rooms site on the Sutton St James Road (B1390) off the A17 Long Sutton by-pass and is open three mornings a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – from 9.30am-1pm.
All men of any age are welcome, come along to see what we do and meet other members for a chat.
We look forward to seeing you at the auction on November 29.
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