- 17th April - 8:00pm : 'Blackthorn Lyres' - By Agnes Reynolds.
- 19th June - 8:00pm : ‘Curator of Leeds Castle’ - By Annie Kemkaran-Smith.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Quiz Night With The Loose W.I.

Janice, Mary, Jane, Edna and Christine attended quiz night at Loose W.I. We had a lovely evening where we had tea and cake and we didn't come last!!! We came 6th out of eight teams and we only had five people on our table. Most tables were eight plus.

Jane deep in thought.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

WI News March 2018

In February, before the snows, Jean Talboys and I went to the Older People's Forum (i.e. over 55, so by that definition you are bound to be older than somebody) held at the Hazlitt Theatre. There were presentations by The Citizens Advice, Stroke Association, The 'Involve Choir' and the Border Agency. The latter gave a riveting talk about how our borders are protected and illegal immigration is detected. 

Our March speaker was suddenly taken ill. However, her family rallied round and her father, the well-known orthopaedic surgeon Mr Clifford Stossall, took over the role of describing the work of Kim's Hospital. We also enjoyed a far- ranging question and answer session which addressed a lot of members’ individual queries. 

Our 'Jazz Scarves' dance team went to The Rose Bruford Theatre for a run- through of our forthcoming performance in April for the Federation Centenary Concerto. How can a 4-minute and 1 ½ -minute routine seem to be so long? Mary Henderson and Jane Orgill put us through our paces and the Round Stage does not seem so scary now. 

Snow stopped play as it did for us all, but we were able to enjoy the fabulous photos of the Pancake Race in the Kent Messenger, Early March saw seven of us having a Pamper Evening at the kind invitation of the Leeds WI — Body Shop foot soak and facials with sandwiches, tea and cake. We danced home on our pepper-minted feet. 

The Blackthorn Lyres are a friendly group of amateur musicians who are certain to charm and delight. They will tell us about the history of the ancient lyre and demonstrate their modern handmade instruments in a programme of short pieces. The lyre is a chamber instrument which lends itself to quiet listening as the sound is described as both beautiful and therapeutic. We would love to share with you this rare opportunity to enjoy a unique musical experience. Tickets are £3 on the door. We start after 8pm when the business part of our meeting is over. We hope to see you there.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI

Friday, 23 March 2018

Quiz Night In The Village Hall

A great evening with 11 tables and lots of fun. Alverston Green were the winners and the Loose WI sadly the wooden spoon winners.

The contestants start to arrive and settle themselves in.

Joyce selling raffle tickets.

And the raffle prizes.

Each table of the eleven table was allocated a name of a plant.

The food platters waiting to be served to each of the tables.

The scorers Mary and Hilary

And the quiz prizes. Wine for the winners & wooden spoons for the losers.

The creative category. Tables were provided with aluminium foil and newspaper. The intention was for each group to make an outfit for one of its team members. The hilarious results can be seen below...

Jane reading one of the props!

The scores are totalled.

Wine for the winners (Alverston Green).

And wooden spoons for the losers (Loose WI). 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Leeds W.I. Pamper Evening

The Leeds W.I. pamper evening on the 8th March, attended by eight Hollingbourne W.I. ladies. We all had our feet pampered and two ladies had facials as well. We had to take a washing up bowl and towel along with us. A lovely evening ended with sandwiches and cake. (Of course as it is the WI there has to be cake!).

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

WI News February 2018

Our January meeting saw us welcoming our first 'Inspiring Woman' of the year when Philippa Joyner of Hollingbourne spoke to us about how she started writing her children's books –‘The Anouka Chronicles’. The protagonists are based on her own children and the story-line evolves as she travels on her daily commute to London. She must be one of the few commuters actually to welcome a delay! She read extracts from her book and a kaleidoscope of observations of her fellow travellers, which might well form the basis of another book. It was a privilege to meet such a charming real-life author.

Four of us enjoyed a larger than life performance of 'Cilla' at the Dartford Theatre — bringing back memories of a recent trip to Liverpool. 

The Lunch Club started the year at the Sugar Loaves’ in January. 

The ‘Sugar Loaves’ was also the venue for our darts matches against both Allington and Loose WIs, although, while enjoying the blazing log fire and a sausage and chips supper, we could not appreciate two defeats in a row and being knocked out of the Federation tournament. Mary, Penny and Janice produced some game-winning doubles to save our honour. 

We thought the Wizard of Hozz was the best-ever panto with a wide range of colourful characters and we just loved the songs.

The sun shone brilliantly for the Pancake Race on Thursday, 8th February. The Playgroup and Hollingbourne School were feisty competitors, running with such energy. The school's VIPs - a team of year 6 pupils - acted as race judges, winners' escorts, pan returners and generally good eggs. The races would not have run so smoothly without them! 

Our next meeting on Tuesday, 20th March, feature the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust. We all know about the Trust's imaginative work which has created tranquil, accessible green spaces around Hollingbourne. Their vision has given us an opportunity to enjoy a unique environment which has been recognised nationally as an exceptional amenity. Ben Williams and Shaun Cardwell will remind us what the Trust does and the plans for the future. They promise a 'practical touchy-feely element of some sort during the presentation' - difficult to resist on a spring evening. Tickets are £3 on the door. We start after 8pm when the business part of our meeting is over. We hope to see you there.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

WI News January 2018

It seems like only yesterday that we were enjoying our Christmas Party in December. The tables were decorated with Penny Smith's classy centrepieces. Thomas, a young magician, entertained us on arrival with intriguing card tricks performed so close up that we should have been able to spot the sleights of hand! Our members cooked the delicious hot supper of chicken casserole, fish pie and steak-and-kidney puddings and further excelled themselves when it came to desserts. Five Gentlemen washer-uppers were conjured up and seemed to spend a lot of time laughing over their task! We enjoyed Christmas Readings, singing together in rounds and, by accident, one carol to the tune of another'. The Secret Santa produced some creative gifts, which we have eaten or sprayed or written in. Mickey the Magician did not really saw off Mary's head, but we had a good scare in the process — his act was very funny.

We were pleased to be invited to read a lesson at All Saints Carol Service and we enjoyed more caroling at the Sugar Loaves. 

We are seriously busy now rehearsing for the West Kent Federation Centenary Show, which takes place on 28th April at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Sidcup. I am proud to tell you that Hollingbourne WI has been invited to open the show and perform another dance number. Both pieces were choreographed by Mary Henderson and Jane Orgill involving feather dusters, tabards, then glamorous silk scarves and sparkly flowers — all this on a circular stage…

Our speaker on Tuesday, 20th February, will be Louisa Coomber, who will be talking about KIMS Hospital, the story of its founding and its ethos. There will be a presentation of an interactive tour of KIMS hospital. This will show the audience all areas of the hospital, how they work and what services are provided. The talk will be kept open and interactive to allow the audience to ask as many questions as they would like.

Tickets are £3 on the door. We start after 8pm when the business part of our meeting is over. We hope to see you there.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI

Saturday, 30 December 2017

WI News December 2017

Our final speaker of the year at the November meeting delighted members and visitors alike. Simon Ginnaw’s superb presentation ‘A year in the life of Mote Park' combined beautiful photographs with a soundtrack of birdsong of the Park's resident birds.

He told us about the history of the Park and its buildings, including long tunnels which open up in the estates beyond its borders. Simon's knowledge and love of Mote Park were so well communicated to us in this brilliant talk - making us realise what a gem we have on our own doorstep.

As members of Hollingbourne WI we are entitled to join workshops and themed days organized by our West Kent Federation; which is why we could enjoy a Home Economics Day at Sevenoaks, featuring a very sophisticated Floral Art demonstration, and 'Sloe Seduction' which used the humble sloe combined with chocolate and gin to make delicious treats.

We visited Bearsted WI Hall to enjoy a Christmas Cookery Demonstration (with samples) and we sang carols at All Saints Church, Bearsted, where Jenny Cox read a John Betjeman poem.

Another early celebration of Christmas was enjoyed at The Great Danes 'Mamma Mid party. Our varied interpretations of Abba outfits got us into the mood to enjoy the singing and dancing. There was a Christmas dinner, shopping and more dancing. Our thanks to Sue Woodhouse who organized for twenty of us to have a great time together.

Not such good news on the Darts tournament. We lost to The Farleighs 2 0 and then to Yalding by the same score. The consolation was that we did spend some time with some old friends and we enjoyed two wonderful suppers.

We hope that you all enjoyed the results of the leaflet drop, jointly completed with the Meadows Trust, and that you will support our local businesses and charities.

Six of us got together for our annual Christmas wreath-making morning, using local greenery and all looking very different. As I write we are in full preparation for our Christmas Party followed by a long lie down.

The Pancake race is on Thursday 8th February 2018 - see announcement.

Our first speaker of the year truly lives up to the WI motto 'Inspiring Women’. Philippa Joyner is a working mum of two who commutes from Hollingbourne to her place of work in Mayfair. She uses her journey time to write books for children, basing the protagonists loosely on her own family. 

In her illustrated talk, THE ANOUKA CHRONICLES - A CONTEMPORARY NARNIA, Philippa will tell us how she became a published author and she will also read from her books. Being read to is one of life's pleasures and we are looking forward to our first treat of the year.

Tickets are £3 on the door. We start after 8pm when the business part of our meeting is over. We hope to see you there.

Report by Val Williams
Secretary Hollingbourne WI