Happy New Year!! I’m never sure when it’s too late to use this greeting. As it is the first WI article of the year I’m sure I’ll get away with it.
Elsenham WI had a great year in 2015. We have a fabulous banner made by five of our members under the careful guidance of Anne Player. We asked our members what Elsenham WI meant to them and the panels on the banner represent what they told us plus a few delightful additions making it very appropriate to Elsenham. We ended our year with a fabulous Christmas Party and a visit from a very special guest - not Father Christmas but the wonderful John Segar who told us about the highs and lows of poppy selling. The party continued with hat making, quizzes, impromptu sing-songs and a sumptuous festive feast.
2016 promises to be just as good - our new programme for this year includes pottery workshops, playing the washboard, hearing from inspirational women and men and our 95th birthday party! All this and more for just £37.50 a year. Our membership almost doubled in 2015 and we now have around 50 members. If you would like to come along as a visitor your first visit is free and subsequent visits are £5.
As our membership increases so do the numbers coming along to our Natter Nights. This is our craft evening where we bring anything we are making, ask advice, learn new crafts – all from our members. This has become so popular we now hold these evenings in The Crown. It is open to non-members so if you would like to learn to crochet or need advice on quilting, please come along – you will be guaranteed a warm welcome.
We have a number of projects to keep us busy. Our poppies raised £2,800 for the local Poppy Appeal and we are already making more for next year. Our ‘Made With Love’ blanket project has resulted in the first delivery of baby blankets to Addenbrooks Hospital and will continue throughout the year. There is a really exciting project just starting – think Christmas markets and you will be close!!
Ladies Who Lunch continues this month – Thursday 11 February is our next outing to The Brasserie in Stansted.
What else this month? Our February meeting looks promising! Who remembers playing card and board games as a child – well this is your chance to relive your childhood. Buckaroo, Scrabble, Old Maid, Frustration, Jenga, Kerplunk - and of course Twister! Our Vintage Games Night is set to be fun either as a competitor or as a spectator. There will be a prize for the winner of the Games League.
For further information about our programme and coming along to any of our events our contact details are at the back of the magazine. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Elsenham WI – There’s a lot going on!