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!
A group of members and partners enjoyed a guided tour of the Bodleian Library. We were all given audio packs so that the guide’s commentary did not disturb the readers.
The University’s first purpose built library was begun in approximately 1320 in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. By 1488, the room was superseded by the library known as Duke Humfrey’s, which constitutes the oldest part of the Bodleian.
Thomas Bodley, after he retired as a diplomat to Queen Elizabeth 1st, used his wife’s money to refurbish the library and managed to persuade many others to donate their collections of books and manuscripts.
A very interesting tour and much to be recommended, we finished with a coffee in the new library where we had been directed to a small exhibition about translation.
This is OFWI’s centenary year so the annual meeting took place at the Kassam Stadium.
Helen, as President, Annie and Anna all attended and Helen marched in the Banner Parade with our banner.
In the morning Emma Bridgewater gave a short talk about how she got started. Looking for a present for her mother she could not find a nice pair cups to signify her wish to sit down with her mum for a chat. So she followed up a contact in Stoke on Trent and the rest is history.
The afternoon speaker, Helen Sharman, was very inspiring with slides of her time in space. Proving that we can all do things if we want to enough and are willing to work hard.
We could also bring back a prize for Marion Symes from the OFWI centenary raffle!
2 members of the knitting group travelled by train, 4 hours knitting and chatting with others of like mind and fingers, to the annual yarn festival. We both had classes on colour then had a wonderful couple of days wandering round amongst the stalls.
A large marquee was set aside with large round tables and chairs for chatting, knitting and meeting online friends.
We managed to fit in a walk up to the castle and a visit to a cheese shop, where we sampled some wonderful scottish cheeses.
We returned separately via the other coast – wonderful views but the journey was long!
The business part of our Annual meeting went smoothly. The two members of the committee who are standing down – Margaret Smith and Jennie Pozzonni were presented with plants by Helen, their contributions and good humour will be missed by those staying on.
We now have two new members – Karen Sibun and Jan Stockdale, somehow we are going to have to distinguish between the Jan’s!
We then had fun with the “what’s in the sock” game. Played by each table – there was a winning table that guessed all of them.