News & Events

Contents

September - Centenary Celebration
August - Tea Party
July - Trip to Lavender Fields
June Meeting
June - Centenary Plaque
January Meeting
September Meeting
Mapledurham Visit Pictures
May Meeting Pictures
June Meeting

September - Centenary Celebration

Burghfield WI ended its centenary year on a high note.

What an end to the centenary celebrations this year! "The first 100 years" exhibition held in September at Burghfield Village Hall was a huge success. The car park was once again yarn bombed, which again was very popular with village residents asking if we could keep the fence wrapped permanently.

The Hall was beautifully laid out with displays that showed off historical meeting books and memorabilia, competitions of yesteryear, community involvement and a large presentation of WI crafts, amongst other detailed displays. The refreshments went down well, especially the home made cakes.

The exhibition was well attended with many positive comments that included:

During our centenary year we donated a community bench in the recreation ground; placed a plaque on our original meeting house, and one in the village hall; held our centenary meeting in June which was attended by the author Julie Summers; and held a very successful exhibition in September. We now look forward to inspiring women for the next 100 years.

Jennie Abbott-Hauxwell

August - Tea Party

We are well into our Centenary year and what a year it has been so far, and we're still celebrating! Our Tea Party was held in the wonderful setting of the Long Gallery at Englefield House. All our ladies dressed in party frocks, the tables were dressed in white linen and tiered cake stands. There was an atmosphere of excitement and jovial banter whilst we were serenaded by a pianist in the background; it was a grand and wonderful affair.



We were entertained by Margaret Church who humorously took us through the last century outlining some of the campaigns and achievement of the WI, in particular those of WI Burghfield. As Margaret ventured through the century some of our ladies gave us a fashion show from each decade.



We ended up with our own Calendar Girls.

Altogether a wonderful afternoon.




July - Trip to Lavender Fields

Despite the rain, some of our members ventured out to Alton to visit The Lavender Fields, in July. It was well worth the visit to see – smell – touch - the rows of lavender; truly magnificent! Our Guide (who is also the speaker at our meeting in September) gave us a potted history of the farm, which has been owned through three generations of his family. We then went to see the lavender fields where he told us of the different varieties of lavender – we were amazed at how many there are. None of us minded the rain as it seemed to enhance the experience.

We returned to the marquee where we were treated to a cream tea of freshly home baked scones, huge bowls of clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam and copious amounts of freshly brewed tea. There is a small gift shop on the farm where there is a variety of souvenirs and keepsakes on offer. We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

June Meeting

The meeting in June was a special meeting for Burghfield WI as this month we celebrated our 100th Birthday. Our Speaker this month was the author Julie Summers. Julie spoke to us of how woman played a part in the second world war and how the changes in fashion occurred. She also spoke to us of how the war affected her own family at this time and how the WI played such a huge part in supporting women. Julie spoke to us of her research in writing the book Jambusters and how the TV Series Home Fires was created.

June - Centenary Placque

Photos from the unveiling of the Burghfield WI Centenary plaque at the location of the first meeting.

January Meeting

This month sees Burghfield WI start the start of its centenary year. Members where welcomed by Jean Sheppard and were entertained by a recap of our history throughout the years from Jenny Moss.

Simon Williams came to talk to us to see if it was fun to be fooled. Simon explained the process of how many simple tricks that con men and street entertainers use are not always what they seem. The images show our oldest member, Betty, helping Simon with his demonstration. Simon is a great entertaining speaker and has been to see us many times. Visitors always welcome, for more information please feel free to contact us.

September Meeting

Speaker Nigel Glover-Wright 'Wildlife of the African game reserves'

Nigel gave us a talk with his photo collection from his trips to the Serengeti. Nigel has such a vast collection of photos of truly stunning animals in their natural habitat and has learnt a lot about the wildlife in Africa.

Mapledurham Visit Pictures

May Meeting Pictures

June Meeting

Speaker: Marie Noelle-Witty - How the French eat.

Marie Noelle gave us a long introduction of the French approach to food and it's love affair with food. France has recently passed a law that shops cannot produce food waste and the food must be given to charities, as the French hate food waste. Marie Noelle spoke to us about the traditional French breakfast, lunch and dinner and how they hold their food traditions high. It was a very interesting and enlightening talk. If you would like any further details then please contact our Secretary.

Please feel free to pop along to one of our meetings or contact the secretary Sue Richards. We meet every second Tuesday of the month.

Craft Group

We have a craft group where members complete craft work together as well as a ladies that dine and a ladies that lunch club. Some upcoming outings we have are a visit to Mapledurham Mill and a baking evening at Warings Bakery.

Please feel free to pop along to one of our meetings or contact the secretary Sue Richards. We meet every second Tuesday of the month.