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Meeting Reports

Our regular monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at Quedgeley Village Hall, Bristol Road, Quedgeley, Gloucester.

After our monthly meetings we submit a report for publication in the next issue of Quedgeley News. One of our members, Christine Bentley, is our News Reporter. To give you a flavour of our meetings we have included copies of some of this year's reports.

March 2018

by Quedgeley WI - March 20th, 2018

There were so many members at our March meeting that we had to put out extra chairs which was due to the attendance of another new member and two visitors and we look forward to having to put out more chairs in the future! It was a sombre start to the meeting when we heard of the recent death of one of our members, Hilda Fleet and those attending her funeral will all be wearing bright clothes as requested. On a happier note a birthday bouquet was presented to Joy, another of our members. Our skittles team is being formed ready for the GFWI Skittles competition, we are still being asked to donate handbags and contents for vulnerable women and the homeless and a request was made for anyone who would like to make bonding squares. These are knitted or crocheted and the same size and colour and are given to mothers and premature babies in hospital and are regularly swapped between them to create the bond between mother and baby. We have our regular coffee morning at The Roastery and a floral demonstration to look forward to as well as the Group meeting, a quiz and an outing later in the year.

Our speaker was Reverend Henderson with his amusing talk with slides entitled Fortitude and Fancy of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, the first two wives of Henry VIII. We learned that Henry’s mother was 12 when she gave birth to him, Henry didn’t write Greensleeves and also about the wedding night Blessing of the Bridal Bed! There were many fascinating facts to keep us interested and we all know a lot more about Henry VIII and his divorced and beheaded wives.

If anyone would like to come along to the next meeting they can listen to a talk on the Birds of the Forest of Dean by Barrie Mills and perhaps they will enjoy what they hear and decide to join our friendly WI. Further details of when and where we meet can be found on our website www.quedgeleywi.co.uk or facebook.com/quedgeleywi

February 2018

by Quedgeley WI - February 17th, 2018

There was a lovely smell of cooking at our February meeting which could only mean one thing – our 93rd Birthday Supper! Quedgeley WI was formed way back in 1925 but that was several years after the very first Women’s Institute which was started in Canada in 1897. The first WI in Great Britain was in Anglesey in 1915 and since then the organisation has grown to over 6,000 WIs. Women join to meet new friends, learn new skills and make a difference on matters that are important to them. Important to us was our Birthday Supper and the lovely food that had been cooked by some of our members but first we sang Jerusalem followed by the usual business. We welcomed three new members who had joined last month, we will be forming a skittles team and entering the Gloucestershire Federation Skittles Competition, we still meet for a chat at our local coffee shop and will be attending a floral demonstration in March. Several times a year we have competitions at our meetings and prizes were presented to the winners and runners up for the highest numbers of points. Finally, we were able to enjoy a choice of meat and vegetable casseroles with crusty bread followed by the always scrumptious puddings! It will be back to normal in March when we will be hearing from Reverend Henderson with his talk entitled “Fortitude and Fancy of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn” which is sure to be very interesting. We can’t guarantee tasty food at every meeting but we can certainly quarantee a warm welcome to anyone who would like to come along, either as a guest or as a new member. We meet at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month at Quedgeley Village Hall and further details can be found on our website www.quedgeleywi.co.uk or www.facebook.com/quedgeleywi