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Womens Institute of Teynham and Lynsted

Summer 2016 Update

In June we held a celebration tea for the Queens birthday and we had our own special Queen attending, Doreen Parrish, 3 days older than the Queen . Our President, Marlene Disney duly crowned Doreen “Queen for The Day” and she was also presented with a bouquet of flowers. Her crown was made by talented member Janet Fleming . Many thanks to Barbara Read for arranging the celebration food and to Joan Wigg for the special cake.

Cherry Day in the orchard at Lynsted, was once again a very enjoyable time for families with special events for the children and a display of Maypole Dancing by the village school. The cherries were tasty and many people enjoyed picking their own. Our stall for afternoon teas went well and helped to raise funds both for the project and ourselves.

Our next meeting is 5th October with a guest speaker on, “Up Stairs & Downstairs” memoires of Downton.

We meet the 1st Wednesday of the month 2pm at the Community Hall, Station Road. Teynham - Further details please contact Secretary, Mrs. Scott Tel. 01795 522428

November Update

Our October meeting entertainment was a belly dancer,who informed us of the history of the dance and that each Middle Eastern country has its own dance together with its beautiful costumes with intricate embroidery and bead work. The western idea of the costume and dance is entirely a Hollywood production, and tourism of course.
November was our AGM and the election of committee and officers. The President remains as Mrs. Disney, Secretary Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Maylam as Finance.
The committee remains the same as last year with the addition of Mrs. Edwards.
Halloween in the Orchard went very well this year with more people and children attending the event and we did sell out of cakes. The witches, wizards, skeletons and zombies were abroad, pumpkins were beautifully carved and the bonfire fantastic. Many thanks to the Orchard Committee for their hard work in making this a great event.
We are now looking forward to our Christmas festivities on December 2nd and our lunch on the 9th December at The Dover Castle Inn.
Our next meeting is the 6th January 2016 2pm at Teynham Community Hall.
For further details please contact Secretary Mrs.Scott tel. 01795 522428.
We wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year

September update

Our September meeting was well attended and our speaker was from “Barnardo’s” who gave a short history on its founder Dr. Thomas Barnardo, and then outlined the work the charity carries out both here and abroad. They are entirety supported by donations and legacies. The number of young people they help is tremendous and will be even greater due to the refugee crisis. The emphasis now is to place children and teenagers with caring foster parents, in a local environment.

The art class sessions we ran during the summer with artist Paula Trower were popular and members are looking forward to another session next summer. Cherry Day in the Orchard was a great success and our thanks go to Dot Pitts and Joyce Cheeseman for all their hard work. Thanks also to the Orchard Project organisers.

The month of September brings to conclusion the celebrations for the 100 year Centenary of the W.I. Our final part is the lunch on 16th September with our guest Mayor of Swale Anita Walker and the unveiling of our quilted wall hanging. The year has been very busy for all groups and the Queen attending the AGM in London, coinciding with her long reign of 63 years was a grand finale

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month 2pm at The Community Hall, Station Road Teynham. For further information please contact the secretary Mrs. Scott , Tel. 522428.

This being the Centenary year for the National Women’s Institute, June was a very busy month. Marlene Disney attended the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, though the day was very windy and most of the ladies spent time clutching their beautiful hats, they all enjoyed the experience.

Our AGM at the Royal Albert Hall was another special occasion, with the Queen, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex attending. As usual on big occasions, technology and the problems of cutting cakes did not go without a hitch, but the royal ladies joined in the laughter and took it in their stride.

July we visited Finchcocks Musical Museum at Goudhurst, with a tour of the house and demonstrations of the various musical instruments. The visit included short pieces played by pianist Jean Phillips.

The August meeting will be a garden party hosted by Dot Pitts.
September will see us back at our general meeting at the Community Hall. Our own special celebration of the Centenary will take place on 16th September a lunch held at the Dover Castle Inn with the Mayor Councillor Anita Walker attending.

It was with sadness we learned of the death of Berta Cockcroft a member of the W.I. since 1970. Berta at 95 years was the same age as our W.I. and always at our birthday celebrations she was called upon to cut the cake, a quiet, private lady she will be missed by us all.

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month 2pm at The Community Hall, Station Road Teynham. For further information please contact the secretary Mrs. Scott , Tel. 01795 522428.

Rose Ingram

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