Newsletters and Monthly Meeting reports 

January 2020 meeting 

2020 started off with a fun filled evening in January – you can always rely on a Beetle Drive to bring out the competitive edge among Comberbach WI members.  Our members threw the dice with gusto and there were some very interesting variations of beetles, partially and fully drawn!  The winner – Ellen Buckhurst was given a very creative bowl of a variety of cacti.   

The guest speaker at the February meeting was Ruth Thomson who delivered a very enlightening talk about the role of women in the War.  She detailed the various organisations in which women played a key part in the war effort with actual stories about the women who made such a difference.  Women were key contributors within all the war organisations - WAFS, The RAF Balloon Brigade, WRENs, Factory workers, the SOE, Land Army and the  Auxiliary Territorial Service, which the Queen joined as a young Princess.  Stories about individual contributions – such as Mary Ellis – whose job was to deliver Spitfires, and on her 100th birthday once again piloted a Spitfire!.  There was generally a degree of resistance from men to women joining the war effort – especially in the Aviation, however women more than proved their worth and capability over the duration of the war.   Some 7.5 million women contributed to the war effort, which was ground breaking. It seems that once the war was over the majority of them returned to their pre war occupations – or returned to their housewife roles.  Their efforts were finally recognised in 2005 by the unveiling by the Queen, of the Monument to the Women of World War II.

 

Plans are underway for the Comberbach WI 70th Birthday on April 24th and a full programme is planned for the year.   The March meeting will welcome Philip Powell speaking on Art from and Alternative angle and the April guest speaker is George Pilkington – with the intriguing subject – Even the Birds and Bees do it! Do come along to join our welcoming members on the first Monday of the month at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. 

2020 started off with a fun filled evening in January – you can always rely on a Beetle Drive to bring out the competitive edge among Comberbach WI members.  Our members threw the dice with gusto and there were some very interesting variations of beetles, partially and fully drawn!  The winner – Ellen Buckhurst was given a very creative bowl of a variety of cacti.   

The guest speaker at the February meeting was Ruth Thomson who delivered a very enlightening talk about the role of women in the War.  She detailed the various organisations in which women played a key part in the war effort with actual stories about the women who made such a difference.  Women were key contributors within all the war organisations - WAFS, The RAF Balloon Brigade, WRENs, Factory workers, the SOE, Land Army and the  Auxiliary Territorial Service, which the Queen joined as a young Princess.  Stories about individual contributions – such as Mary Ellis – whose job was to deliver Spitfires, and on her 100th birthday once again piloted a Spitfire!.  There was generally a degree of resistance from men to women joining the war effort – especially in the Aviation, however women more than proved their worth and capability over the duration of the war.   Some 7.5 million women contributed to the war effort, which was ground breaking. It seems that once the war was over the majority of them returned to their pre war occupations – or returned to their housewife roles.  Their efforts were finally recognised in 2005 by the unveiling by the Queen, of the Monument to the Women of World War II.

 

Plans are underway for the Comberbach WI 70th Birthday on April 24th and a full programme is planned for the year.   The March meeting will welcome Philip Powell speaking on Art from and Alternative angle and the April guest speaker is George Pilkington – with the intriguing subject – Even the Birds and Bees do it! Do come along to join our welcoming members on the first Monday of the month at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. 

 

Report of the meeting December 2nd 2019

Attendance 41 members

 

The business of the meeting reported on past events – Trip to John Lewis, Rememberance Sunday and the Parish Council Open Day. 

Forthcoming events included – Christmas meal on the 13th December, and the Centenary Concert in Feb 2020.  Also the darts match 17th march at Winnington Hall, as well as the Spring meeting 10th March at Winsford – theme – Spring Flowers. The County quiz is scheduled for the 17th February.  

Subs are £43 and are now due – please pay by cheque or bank transfer asap. 

Ideas were sought for 70th Birthday party in 2020.  – Please let the committee members know if you have any ideas!  Also volunteers were encouraged to come forward to help with events and other functions of the WI. 

 

Reports were submitted by the Walking and Craft group. 

 

We had a great Christmas meeting. Fun and games, laughter, mince pies and mulled wine - whilst being entertained by 'The Robinsons.' The duet delivered beautiful renditions from musicals - ranging from Cabaret, Pal Joey, Show Boat to Les Misérables to name a few. They got everyone reminiscing and toe tapping - and ended the evening with Christmas carols. A great start to the new President and committee.

 

 

June Monthy Meeting 2019

A sweepstake was held to kick start the fundraising for next years 70th birthday celebrations of Comberbach WI.  Other events are in the planning stage.

Details were shared re the Cheshire Show entries and contributors. The WI group will have a produce stall at the Comberbach Fete 29th June, theme this year is the Greatest Showman, helpers are encouraged to ‘dress up’.

A garden party will be held on the 1st August, tickets £5.  Contributions and helpers are required. Knitters are required to make poppys for the Remembrance  Day Service.  Patterns available.  Reports were shared by the Rambling Group, Craft group, Book club and the Walking Netball team.  Future trips to Llandudno and Tutbury Castle were announced. 

 

The King and I

A fascinating talk was given by Norma Walmsley, who started off her presentation by playing a recording of "Shall we Dance?" from "The King and I" with sub titles, so everyone could sing along… It set the scene for an interesting insight into life in the  royal palace. Norma was the Governess for the Brunei Royal family for 10 years looking after their 12 children. 

 

Photos were shown of the palace, built on a specially constructed hill, as the King has to be higher than everyone else. The opulence was staggering. 

 

Under Norma's tutelage, the children flourished and the King was delighted. We were given a pictorial tour of the palace, but didn't see all the 1,700 rooms - just a selection, with plenty of gold in evidence.

 

Norma required a classroom at the palace and was invited to choose one. She was then given a generous budget to buy materials and books traveling to Singapore in the King's private jet to go shopping! The interior of the 'plane was as lavish as that of the palace.

A stranger gift was a large box, which she was keen to open, but she found it to be full of toilet rolls!! (Perhaps the King thought they were a luxury back in England...)  Norma's mother has also received a gift...she had been in the WI and had baked a traditional Bara Brith Welsh cake to gift to the King. He was so impressed; he gave Norma an envelope to pass on to her mother. Her mother assumed it was a letter of thanks and was astonished to find £1,000 inside. The talk and slideshow concluded with pictures of the children, who had all gone on to study at University and gained degrees - Norma's work was done.

 

The next meeting is Monday 1st July at 7.30.  Speaker Hazel Griffiths, Motion of the Ocean.

There will be a Bring and Buy Sale – to help raise funds for the Big party.  All members and guests welcomed. 

 

 5th August Monthly meeting 2019

This was a members meeting attended by some 48 members.  The structure of the meeting was informal, with members having brought a wonderfull array of food waiting ti be enjoyed by all.  

 

The business of the meeting was kept very short.  But a minutes silence was observed in respect of the recent very sudden and sad loss of valued fellow member Pat Kingston.  RIP. She will be greately missed by the Comberbach WI friends.