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Former Hampshire police officer Jackie Dimmock entertained us with amusing stories from her time on the force, accompanied by a beautiful quilt!
Pamela Hart from P D Originals entertained us with the deceptively complicated art of book folding. As it was near Valentine's Day we made a heart, and the finished results look great!
Tony Howe, a Blue Badge guide from Windsor, described the fascinating details behind King John and the history of the Magna Carta.
During the lockdown, we were able to hold our meeting via video conferencing. Marion Dante described her life in a convent.
Adam Scott-Goulding, a London Tour Guide, led us on a virtual walk around Piccadilly, showing us wonderful pictures of the buildings and telling us amusing anecdotes of the characters who shaped the area.
Kelvin from Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance described the work of the charity and how they have adapted their services to improve the outcome for patients.
We heard from Jenny Nockolds about her trip to Northern Thailand where she spent a month living with a family and helping a village look after several herds of elephants.
Tamsin Westhorpe, a freelance writer and curator and gardener of Stockton Bury Gardens, Herefordshire, gave us a fascinating talk about her time as editor of English Garden magazine. She described what made a good front cover, and amazed us with the sheer amount of preparation work that goes into each edition.
Karen Crooks, founder of local business Sunflowerstitches, which is based in Ash, took us step-by-step through the process of making a paper globe. A lovely tutor leading us in a fun activity!
1st October 2020 - Tom Way, Wildlife Photographer
Tom entertained us with some of his superb photographs on the theme of Wildlife on Your Doorstep. He described the lengths he goes to when capturing stunning images of British wildlife - standing for days in freezing water waiting for a water vole to immerge from its hole, or crawling through long grass in pursuit of young foxes. My personal favourite was placing peanuts under piles of autumn leaves to entice a woodpecker!
Local florist Julie Hare, from Daisy Chain Florist in Sandhurst, took us step by step through creating this stunning arrangement for a Christmas table centrepiece.
Following the demonstration we covered the business of the Annual Meeting - all the reports had been sent out by email and members voted online.
9th December 2020 - Light-hearted Quiz
Just for a change, we held a light-hearted quiz for our December meeting. Due to the restrictions, it was held over Zoom, with members taking part in their households. We realised how hard it was not to be part of a large team when answering questions!
WI member Clare Wong spoke to us about her job as a community nurse, looking after children with tracheostomies and on ventilators. Clare described the different positions she has held which led her to this current role, and about the issues that the children and their families face. It was a fascinating to learn about the different types of equipment each child requires and we could only begin to imagine how hard it must be for the parents.
We were entertained once again by Adam Scott-Goulding from London Walks, who took us on a virtual tour of Rock & Roll London. Fascinating stories, great photos and some live music thrown in - something for everyone!