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August September
There were no meetings prior to August due to the Covid pandemic

Jayne Faversham, President, was delighted to ring the bell to start the first meeting of the Hyde Heath Evening WI since March 2020, due to the lockdown restrictions of the pandemic Covid-19, and gave a warm welcome to all members present! 


As this was the first meeting for such a long time, it had been decided to have a relaxing evening of drinks and nibbles to give everyone the opportunity to have a chat after enjoying a fun “chocolate” quiz with a chocolate prize and free raffle and prizes too! 


Any donations will be given to our 2020 charity, Lindengate, which it was agreed would be continued for 2021 and it is hoped to arrange a visit, postponed from last year.


We now have our own first aid kit, with antibacterial/virus cleansers, which the committee used to thoroughly cleanse the hall and kitchen before the evening meeting started.


Five members really enjoyed their visit to the Waddesdon Centenary Plus One Garden Party on 10th August.


The BFWI together with Amersham Town Council are presenting one of the Summer Concerts, with Miles Nottage playing Jazz, in the beautiful Memorial Gardens in Old Amersham between 2.30-4.30 on 22nd August.  This again was postponed from last year.  Liquid refreshments will be provided by the Council and homemade cakes by the Amersham Angels WI.


The parade of Banners, which could not take place last year due to the restrictions, will now take place on 16th September when Jayne, Mary Collins and Elaine Barker will share carrying the banner.  Spectators are welcome to watch from Aylesbury Market Square.


The Autumn Beechwood Group Meeting will be at Missenden Abbey at 7.30pm on 29th September.  The cost will be £5 to include coffee/tea and biscuits. The speaker, Will Phillips, will talk about “the Liberty Family”. 


The Jigsaw Challenge will take place in Aylesbury at 7.30pm on 19th October. 


Margaret Ritter has kindly investigated holding the Christmas meal on 9th December in the village pub this year and a subsidy of £10 each from our Institute’s funds will be given.


Since the Group Convener, Lucy Coppin, sadly passed away, no-one has come forward to take her role, so each WI takes responsibility for its own venue’s group meeting.  Hyde Heath will host the Spring meeting on 27th April 2022.  It is hoped the speaker will be from the Amersham museum.


The next NFWI Annual Meeting will be on 11th June 2022 in Liverpool.


Jayne expressed thanks to Irene Meredew and Ruth Coulton for cancelling and re-booking all the speakers during the lockdown period, many of whom have been rebooked for the forthcoming year.


Volunteers were requested to organise refreshments, of tea/coffee and biscuits only at future meetings, for the rest of the year.


The Buckinghamshire News (the Green Letter) is now available digitally and members should register to receive this online directly from the BFWI as the paper copies are being phased out.  Mary Rose should be informed when members have signed up.


Jayne gave her thanks to the Committee for their work during the Covid restrictions, and especially Avril Sherratt and Mary Rose, particularly during her elongated stay in hospital and recouperation time.


Next Month’s meeting will be at 8pm on 9th September when Sheila Keatinge will speak about “Iceland”.

Gillian O'Flynn
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In the absence of Jayne, President, who was on holiday, Elaine Barker, Vice President, welcomed everyone to the September meeting, including a new member, Lindsay Duggan and to the evening’s speaker, Sheila Keatinge.


Elaine thanked Margaret Dunn for the table flowers, and Margaret together with Pam Ruff for providing refreshments.


We were then treated to a talk and slide show of a wonderful and fascinating holiday cruising around and visiting Iceland which Sheila Keatinge took in 2016.


Janet Manson reported on the BFWI  Centenary + 1 Garden Party held at Waddesdon Manor on 10 August which was very much enjoyed by 5 members in lovely warm weather..  There were a number of stalls and a Scarecrow competition with ingenious entries and a chance to have a walk around the gardens.


The BFWI Parade of Banners is being held on 16 September when Jayne, Elaine and Mary Collins will share parading our Banner around Aylesbury Market Square.


The Beechwood Group Autumn Meeting will be at 8pm on 30 September at Missenden Abbey when the speaker, Will Phillips, will talk about The Liberty Family.  The cost of £5 will include light refreshments.


Margaret Ritter is kindly organising the details of our Christmas meal which will be at The Plough in Hyde Heath in the evening of 9 December.


The Monthly Board Games Group will be starting next month. Interested members should contact Elaine for further details.


Please tell a committee member if you would be interested in organising a monthly walk.  Walkers donate £1 each towards our Charity for 2020-21, Lindengate, which supports health and well-being through nature and horticulture in their beautiful gardens near Wendover next to the Garden Centre.  There is a Collection box at each meeting on our Welcome Table for any loose change.


Gillian O’Flynn gave details and information about the Chalfont & District Flower Club which meets at 2pm on the 4th Monday of each month at The British Legion Hall, Woodside Road, Amersham (opposite the Fire Station).  The Club would love to welcome new members to just sit back and relax to watch NAFAS demonstrators create the most wonderful flower arrangements, which are then the prizes in the monthly raffle.  It is a friendly group with a chance for a chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit afterwards.


The next meeting will be in the Village Hall at 8pm on 14 October when David Coulton will speak about “Gordon Bennett”.  All visitors are welcome.


Gillian O'Flynn
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Gillian O'Flynn
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