Harlow Women's Institute

Member of the Federation of Essex Women's Institutes
Charity Registration Number 228992

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The Strawberry Tea

Some thirty members and guests enjoyed the annual Strawberry Tea on 18 July.  As well as strawberries, cream and scones, a glass of Pimms was on offer for anyone who wished (with lemonade for those who didn't).  A picture quiz rounded off the afternoon.

The guests were representatives from the Harlow Chocolate Run which was the organisation chosen to be the recipient of the proceeds from the Charity Coffee Morning in May. We have received a very kind letter of thanks from them and a photograph, shown below.

"Our sincere thanks to all the lovely ladies of the Women’s Institute (Harlow) who recently invited us along to their Summer Strawberry Tea to present us with such a generous donation raised at their Annual Charity Coffee Morning which we also attended.. you are very special, thank you!"

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Whatever happened to June?

Somehow, June managed to escape me.  I forgot to take photographs of the entries to the competition (which was for a trinket box) thus missing the opportunity for some very varied and attractive pictures.  Then I forgot the report ........... 

June was a busy month with the Summer Lunch and the second drop-in Coffee Morning, and July is shaping up to be busy too.  As well as today's meeting, there is the Strawberry Tea on the 18th, and another drop-in Coffee Morning on Saturday 21st. 

The speaker at today's meeting was Jackie Marshall Ward who had brought a friend along to share the presentation entitled "My Granny had one of those".  This took the form of a quiz involving all the members working in teams of six or seven.  Twelve objects were passed around for the teams to examine and discuss, after which they had to write a brief description of each one, with its purpose, its likely period of origin, and anything else they could find to say about it.  The objects were extremely varied, ranging from a button stick to Victorian cylindrical rulers, and from a pouncet box to a left-handed moustache cup.  Some members were very good, displaying unexpected knowledge in rather specialised fields!  This was a thoroughly entertaining and informative afternoon. 

The competition was for an item from Granny's day, and attracted a good number of entries. 


The eventual winner was this collection of old
kitchen gadgetry


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Still busy May

The 2018 Charity Coffee Morning was held on Saturday 12 May.  This year, the chosen charity was the Harlow Chocolate Run.

 A steady stream of people came in during the two hours of the Coffee Morning.  Stalls were well-stocked with gifts and handicrafts, cakes, books & games, bric-à-brac and plants.  There was the opportunity to guess the name of the soft toy, and the chance to buy raffle tickets.  Many of the raffle prizes had been generously supplied by local traders and we are very grateful to them.


Anna Bignell and Jo Busson came along from the Chocolate Run to explain how that organisation worked to help homeless people experience some social contact. 
The lucky winner of the "Name the Soft Toy" competition


Busy May

Wednesday the 9th was our AGM.  Members were treated to a full report of the past year (actually, the past nine months) and an explanation of the accounts.  Whilst the WI reported a surplus for the period, the Hall unfortunately made a loss due to the massive water leak which occurred in May 2017.  However, both accounts remain in a healthy condition.

In her report, the President Christine Dellow thanked all members and the committee for their support and hard work.  She mentioned Lilian Pedrick who had recently died, and who had been a long-serving member and tireless worker.

Voting took place for the 2018 committee, which turned out to look very like the 2017 committee.  Only one member, Betty Brittin, had decided not to stand again.  She was warmly thanked for her support. 

Voting also took place for the Resolution which will be debated at the NFWI Annual Meeting in Cardiff in June.  We were fortunate that our Link Delegate, Jill Ludlow, from Roydon Village WI was present for this and she helped explain the pros and cons of the Mental Health Matters Resolution. 

During a busy afternoon, we had a short talk from Mhairi of the Citizens Advice Bureau.  It was fascinating and very informative to hear of the vast amount of work undertaken by both paid and volunteer members of CAB staff.  Harlow has one of the largest CAB offices. 

Rather bravely, we had a competition for a home-made hat.  Judging by the small number of entries, members found this a challenge too far!