Joyeux Noel

On Wednesday  6th December five of us went to Basildon Park to see Joyeux Noel – the whole house was decorated.  A large tree in the hall and several other rooms. As the blinds were down it all felt very festive. We managed to get a quick cup of tea and cake before it all closed at 4 o’clock.

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World Kindness Day

Successful coffee morning at Root One – a lot of chat and coffee !
Might repeat it regularly.

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Early years of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell WI

Copy of “Notes on the early years of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell WI” 

Anne Brooker has typed up some notes found in History Group archives re early years of this WI (1922 -on) which make very interesting reading. Click on the following link:

Notes on the early years of B-c-S WI

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Mottisfont Visit

We had a lovely day out to National Trust house Mottisfont Priory last week, thanks to some lovely autumn sunshine. The Kaffe Fasset exhibition in the house was wonderfully colourful and the gardens still had a hint of autumn glory.
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5k Fun Run

Some of our members took part in this year’s Fun Run organised by the Community Association. It was a glorious day – sunshine with a refreshing breeze. Sadly Helen had a fall “Pity about my little fall which rather spoilt it for me”. The rest of us walked the circuit in just under 50 minutes, and went home with a medal and a goody-bag.

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A Wondering Jew

The last minute cancellation of our speaker meant we had to find a replacement at short notice – and John Fieldsend turned out to be quite a find!  His talk was entitled ‘Kinder Transport’ but it was much more a personal journey, both fascinating and emotive. He came here as a boy of 7 in 1939 on one of the Kinder trains along with 900 child Jewish refugees. We sat riveted as he took us from his upbringing in Dresden, Germany, to their flight to Czechoslovakia and then, having to say goodbye to his parents and the train journey to start a new life here in Britain. He was fostered and brought up in Sheffield, went to university to study electrical engineering and later took a degree in theology to become a vicar. Quite a life ! There is more to read in his book – ‘A Wondering Jew’, copies of which he sold to several of us.

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South Stoke Open Gardens

South Stoke Open Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

There were 11 gardens open in aid of charity.  Some B-c-S WI members went by car and others cycled! The day was hot and the gardens mixed. There were some that were lovely but others not so much. However as expected the tea and cake supplied by the WI came up trumps.

A good day was had by all I feel – only downside for me was cycling home – luckily not as hot or quite as hilly as way out!

Annie B

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