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Our new President, Jayne Faversham, wished everyone a Happy New Year and gave a very warm welcome to everyone including new member, Jean Donocik. She particularly thanked Margaret Dunn for sending each member a birthday card throughout the year


It was agreed by all present that the Christmas party in December was a great success, with a delicious meal provided by Anne Tenant and really enjoyable entertainment given by Bucks Voices Choir.


A thank you letter had been received from Amanda Martin of Scannappeal who very much appreciated the cheque for £880. Jayne suggested and it was agreed that this year’s charity would be the Parkinson’s UK Amersham & High Wycombe Group in memory of member, Janet Newman, who sadly died from the illness on 7th November last year.


A reminder was given to members who provided teas each month that they are entitled to £4 to help cover costs and should claim this from Treasurer, Avril.


The team for the Inter-County Quiz to be held on 28th March will be Anne Underwood, Christine Richfield Andrews and Jean Donocik.


The six Resolutions were presented to the members and voted upon. These will go forward to the NFWI Annual Meeting in June.


Anne Lloyd Jones and Christine will be the Delegate and Observer attending the BFWI Council Meeting in Aylesbury on 1st May when the speakers will include Naturalist Simon King, Steve Irons, Bucks Resilience Officer and His Honour Judge Francis Sheridan.


Monthly walks with a pub lunch are hoping to be started in the Spring and any ideas and voluntary organisers would be appreciated. £1 each is given towards the charity.


Pam Ruff had brought in a jigsaw from each of the last three Challenges if anyone would like to borrow them.


Ruth Dunkin, daughter of member, Felicity Beynon, gave a very informative and interesting presentation on the work of the Air Ambulance in general and Thames Valley in particular, for whom she has worked for the past 3½ years.

London’s Air Ambulance is celebrating 30 years while Thames Valley has been operating for 20 years. Their slogan is “We give you the best chance when the worst happens”.


It is funded entirely by donations and operates from 7am until 2am 365 days a year. The service has 39 aircraft, and has treated 25,000 of the most critically ill or seriously injured patients in their time of need.


The helicopters are based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and have a pilot, a doctor and one or two paramedics on board each one. They are able to treat the patients on site with the latest equipment as if they were in A&E. The helicopter is now supported by fast response vehicles.


The next meeting is at 8pm on 14th February when Sandra Hurst will speak about “Tibet – The Forbidden Land”. Visitors are very welcome.


Gillian O'Flynn
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Vice President, Elaine Barker, stood in for President, Jayne Faversham. Best wishes for a speedy recovery were sent to her husband. A special welcome was given to a new guest and also our speaker, Sandra Hurst.


The Beechwood Group Spring meeting is being held on 3 April, 7.15 for 7.30pm in Ballinger. Tickets are £4 and the speaker will be Simon Michael, Barrister and best-selling author. His book “My Life in Crime” will be available to purchase on the night.


The Hyde Heath Fete is on 11 May and Margaret Dunn announced that there will be a new format this year, but would be grateful for volunteers to help with teas and provision of cakes to be sold as usual in the cricket pavilion. The Flower Festival will also be held in St Andrew’s Church and a volunteer arranger was asked for.


Joyce Guthrie has very kindly offered her home and garden again for afternoon tea on 6th June to raise funds for this year’s charity, Parkinson’s UK (Amersham & High Wycombe Group). If anyone would like to host a coffee morning in the next couple of months, we would be pleased to hear from you.


Barbara Aris is hoping to organise a walk in London and Jayne suggested a Lunch Get Together in a local pub. A contribution of £1 each goes towards the charity.


Bill Newman sent a lovely letter to the WI to ask if any friends of his late wife, Jan Newman, would like to contribute to a tribute page on the web.


Work Aid still need bottle tops for washers and card board from cereal boxes or similar for use as labels. Old stamps are being sent to Marie Curie.


Eve brought in some old photographs from 1965 showing a WI play that she performed in and asked older members if they could recognise anyone.

Sandra Hurst then gave a talk and slide show of a wonderful, and strenuous, month long trip she made eight years ago with two friends to “The Forbidden Land of Tibet”. We were given fascinating details of the country’s long history, geology, religions, buildings, food and people and learnt many new details about the country.


Tibet was invaded on a number of occasions by India, Russia and Great Britain, which led to the Tibetans refusing to allow anyone into the country for many years. It was quite difficult for Sandra to get visas and she and her friends had to travel there by a very circuitous route to get there.


It is one of the least populated countries in the world and also has the largest and highest plateau, which is permanently covered with permafrost. Yak tribes live a very poor, harsh life in contrast to the enormous elaborate palaces built for the Dalai Lamas. The present Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India for many years.


China is now investing a lot of money and labour to build roads and a tourist centre near the foot of Everest. Shockingly, the height of Everest is reducing quite considerable every day due to climate warming.


Next month’s meeting will be at 8pm on 14 March when Ken Brazier will talk about “Cycling the Pilgrimage Routes to Santiago de Compostela.



Gillian O'Flynn
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President, Jayne Faversham, gave a warm welcome to everyone and in particular to our speaker, Ken Brazier and his Wife, who gave a fascinating talk and slide show on his cycling pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela.


He had made a number of trips with friends taking different routes and over several years had raised an amazing £78,000 for the charity Mercy Ships. This is an international faith-based charity that operates the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to some of the world’s poorest countries.


Mercy Ships have around 400 volunteers at any one time who comprise doctors and nurses, cooks, teachers, receptionists, mechanics, IT specialists, engineers and cleaners. They are soon to have a second ship coming into service.


Forthcoming events include the Beechwood Group Spring meeting to be held on 3rd April, 7.15 for 7.30m, at Ballinger.


Julia Thornton and Ruth Coulton are holding a charity fund raising coffee morning at Julia’s house on 25th April from 10am–12pm in aid of Parkinson’s UK (Amersham & High Wycombe group). Cakes, raffle prizes and bring & buy items will be very welcome.


Joyce Guthrie has again generously offered the use of her beautiful house and garden for afternoon tea on 6th June. Tickets will be £3.


The third charity fund raising event on 17th July will be the Summer Evening Ramble and Supper, which will be in St Andrew’s Church. All family, friends and neighbours are very welcome to these three events.


Good luck wishes were given to our BFWI Quiz team of Jean Donocik, Christine Richfield-Andrews and Anne Underwood which takes place on 28th March.


A group of members are meeting for lunch at the Red Lion, Great Kingshill on 29th March as there are no walks planned at present.


Pam Epps gave a resume of the very interesting and informative Science & Discovery day held at the Gateway Centre in Aylesbury held on 5th March, which five members attended.


Margaret Dunn requested more volunteers to help with the teas and cakes on 11th May at the village fete, which will be in a different format this year,. Di Coombes and Sylvia Childs kindly offered to do an arrangement on behalf of the WI for the St Andrew’s Church Flower Festival which is held on the same day.


The next meeting will be at 8pm on 11th April when Andrew Waite will speak about an “Introduction to Gemstones”.

Gillian O'Flynn
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