Proposed Resolutions for 2018/19

  1. Improving Plant Biosecurity in UK
  2. Trees – Improving the Natural Landscape
  3. Pelvic Floor Education
  4. Suffering in Silence; end the taboo around menstrual health
  5. A Call Against the Decline in Local Bus Services
  6. Don’t fear the smear

2 of the above have gone through to be presented to the NFWI Annual Meeting:

5 A Call again the Decline in Local Bus Services

5 Don’t fear the Smear

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Hidcote Garden visit on 4th July

Three members visited Hidcote  gardens last Thursday 4 th July.  It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine but not too hot.
The gardens were crammed with colour, not least with these incredible delphiniums,  and the whole place looked amazing.  All in all a most enjoyable day! 
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Village Fete 2019

On the hottest day of the year so far the village held its annual fete, this time at Moreton House.

Our Branch had a stall – produce and plants – we also had some alternatives to the use of plastics. Eastlyn made some wax wraps and Helen some soap bags.

We also sold some delicious cakes and quite a lot of plants. There are still some plants outside my house so if you missed any do pick them up.

Altogether the stall made £252.90 and increase on last year. So well done all who manned the stall and those who supported us too.

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Broughton Poggs & Filkins Gardens

Finally a dryish day for a garden visit. 5 members made their way to these 12 Open Gardens. The day was warm but overcast, just right for viewing gardens.

We met at the Mill – a lovely garden with the stream running through it. Then made our way through most of the gardens, missing out on the Allotments.

We then worked along the street viewing gardens, passing the pub – The Three Alls! Jean and Anne returned to the village hall for tea, pausing to buy plants, while the others finished off the last gardens.

It started to drizzle as we made our way homewards – a very good day.

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Brightwell Open Gardens 9th June 2019

There were about 14 gardens in total open on Sunday 9th – we were very lucky with the weather – after the rain on Friday the sun came out and the rain held off till 5pm to hurry the last few home!

The WI provided teas at Coombe House (in Jen’s absence!)

Helen and Tom “doing the honours”
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Visit to NGS Open Garden at The Grange, Islip

Again the weather was not kind to us but the garden was lovely. Created in an old quarry there were various levels – Tennis court at the top and a trickle of water into a lovely pond below.

Plants for sale at very reasonable prices tempted us all to indulge. Tea and cake was very welcome as it was not very warm!

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Garden visit to Meadow Cottage, Christmas Common

On a rather grey Bank Holidy Monday 6 WI members ventured to the ridge above Watlington to visit the bluebells.

We were greeted with a substantial plant sale in which some of us indulged! Then walking in front of a wonderful barn we reached the bluebell wood – it was wonderful.

Moving round the tennis court we found a path up and over a mound leading to the beautifully kept vegetable patch.

All rounded off with tea and a lovely cake. Pity it was chilly but well worth a visit.

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Garden Visit to Lime Close, Drayton

On Sunday 14th April a group of WI members visited this lovely garden. There were spring bulbs to see and blossom on the various fruit trees.

The old walled garden promised to be lovely with roses later in the year, however the newly planted donkey paddock was a bright fresh green – paths mown in meandering through recetnly planted trees and shrubs. The topiary horse looked very appropriate!

Tea and cakes supplied by the local scouts were delicious, despite a chill wind a good afternoon out!

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