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March 2017

President, Elaine Barker, welcomed all members and a number of visitors to the March meeting.


Pam Ruff knits for an organisation that provides families of “Angel Babies” with sets of tiny clothes for their funerals and said she would be very grateful for any unwanted balls of wool.


Five members attended the excellent BFWI Investigation and Discovery day on 7th March held in Aylesbury and Pam Epps gave a resume of the four extremely interesting and varied talks. 


Items are now being collected by Mary Collins for the Car Boot Sale on 8th April.


If there are any more interesting recipes members have discovered, there is still time to let Vanessa have a copy before the CookBook is printed for sale at the Village Fete on 13th May.


The Beechwood Group Spring meeting is at 7.45 for 8pm on 27th April in Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards Parish Hall. 


The date for Jayne and Derek’s walk has had to be postponed to 21st April and Gillian will be organising a walk around College Lake on 19th May, details of both walks to be given at the next meeting.


Joyce Guthrie has kindly offered to hold an afternoon tea on 26th May, cost £2.50, with a raffle and bring and buy.  Donations of cakes were requested.


The BFWI have planned a trip to the Chelsea Physic Garden on 19th or 31st May at a cost of £25.  The visit to Rycote Manor, in aid of The Thames Valley Air Ambulance, is on 7th June and the cost of £30 includes coffee and lunch.  


The annual Evening Summer Ramble will be on 5th July around Hyde Heath finishing with supper in St Andrew’s Church and the Summer “Indoor” Barbeque will be on 10th August.


Richard Smith then gave a very enthusiastic and informative talk and slide show on Heathrow and How it Works.  It really is a wonder with all the potential problems that can and do arise that any plane arrives and takes off on time!


Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport and Richard rose through the ranks to a senior position in Airfield Operations during his 39 years with the British Airports Authority.  


The airport operates at 98% capacity on 2 runways, at present, with 1,300 aircraft movements, 200,000 passengers a day and 73 million passengers a year arriving at four terminals.  He did not have one day in his many years of work that everything went according to plan!


The next meeting will be at 8pm on 13th April when Josie Jeffrey will be talking about “Confessions of an Errant Allotmenteer”.  The competition is “An Interesting Fruit or Vegetable”.


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February 2017

On a frosty evening a warm welcome was given to all members and a guest, by President, Elaine Barker.


Felicity Beynon gave information on a suggested visit in June to Ryecote Manor, gardens and chapel near Thame, which is being opened to raise funds for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.


A certificate and a very grateful thank you letter had been received from Bucks MIND acknowledging receipt of the £515 raised for last year’s charity.  Also a letter of thanks had been from the Hyde Heath Toddler Group for the £10 donation.


The chosen charity for this year is the Pepper Foundation and Joyce Guthrie has kindly offered to hold a fund raising garden tea party towards the end of May.  There will also be a Charity Summer Ramble and Supper around Hyde Heath on 5th July.  Further suggestions for fund raising events would be appreciated.


Ballinger WI have sent an invitation for two members to attend their Fiftieth Celebrations on 14th March.


Three volunteers were requested to make up a team to represent Hyde Heath for the BFWI Quiz on 23rd March at Prestwood.  Jayne and Derek Faversham will begin the monthly walks again on 24th March 


On 8th April Mary Collins, Doreen White and Janet Manson have very kindly agreed to take a pitch at the Car Boot Sale again and will be collecting items towards the end of March.


The Spring Beechwood Group is being hosted by Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards on 27th April when the Orpheus Male Voice Choir will be performing.


Four members will be attending the Annual Council Meeting which is being held at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury on 4th May when several speakers, including Gyles Brandreth, will be appearing.


A box of Dole Resealable Pineapple Fridge packs had been received by the Secretary for distribution to members with a request that “as Women of Influence” we would give our opinions and ideas for a survey.


Mrs Janet Dineen gave a fascinating talk and slide show on various Easter and Lent customs, food and folklore.  There was a copy of a document dating from the 1390’s listing the restrictions of food and activities during Lent.  


On Collop Monday the last thin slices of meat were eaten and dairy produce was used up in the making of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, which are still eaten today.  In North Bucks the Olney pancake race, which originated in 1445, is still held.  Queen Elizabeth I decreed in 1592 that spiced buns could only be made by bakers for burials, Christmas and the Friday before Easter.  Hot Cross Buns and Easter eggs are the tradition in Britain today.


Pam Ruff won the Easter Egg competition. The next meeting will be at 8pm on 9th March when Richard Smith will talk about “Heathrow & How it Works”.  The competition will be a Model Aeroplane.


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January 2017

The first snow and ice of the winter greeted those that ventured out on 12th January and there was a long list of apologies for absence, including that of the Speaker who lived in High Wycombe.


However, Felicity Beynon, standing in for President, Elaine Barker, gave a very warm welcome and New Year greetings to all those present. 


A great feed back on the Christmas party had been received, particularly the food and dancing and it was agreed by members to ask Morreen, the caterer, to return next December.


Felicity then presented fellow member, Julia Thornton, who represents Buckinghamshire MIND (Chesham) with a cheque for £515 raised during 2016.  Julia gave a resume of all the work that was being carried out by the Charity, particularly in relation to youth mental health.


Members unanimously agreed that, in memory of former member Val Bevan, our charity for 2017 should be The Pepper Foundation. Val was a volunteer who gave great support to this Foundation, which provides palliative care for local children and young people with life-threatening and life-limited illnesses..


Vanessa Culmer held a very enjoyable coffee morning last November which raised £125.70.  Also thanks were given to those who provided cakes for the Preschool and Toddler coffee morning.  With deductions and a donation to the Group, £59 profit was made.


Mary Rose introduced the six shortlisted Resolutions proposed for the 2017 NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June.  Each member voted for the Resolution which she supported the most.  Based on members’ selections nationally, in due course we will be advised of a shorter list of Resolutions to be taken forward to the Annual Meeting.


After last year’s successful indoor barbeque in the village hall due to the possibility of inclement weather, it was agreed that the same venue would be used for the event on 10th August 2017.


The Spring Beechwood meeting will be at St Leonards on 12th April and the Autumn meeting is likely to be on 19th Oc


tober in Great Missenden.


Jayne and Derek Faversham will be starting the monthly walks on 24th March around The Black Horse, Chesham Vale.


Avril Sherratt will be the delegate at the BFWI Annual Council Meeting on 4th May at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury when one of the speakers will be Gyles Brandreth.  Members are also invited to attend as Observers with tickets costing £13.


A team of three members will be needed for the next BFWI Quiz on 23rd March and under Margaret Dunn’s leadership, a team will supply teas and cakes at the Village Fete on 13th May.


In the absence of a speaker, everyone enjoyed a delicious tea and an elongated chat!  Margaret Ritter won the competition for A Puppet.


The next meeting will be at 8pm on 9th February when Janet Dineen will talk about “Happy Easter”.  The competition will be “An Egg”.




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