Harlow Women's Institute

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

Thursday 10 January 2019

January Jumble

There will be a Coffee Morning & Jumble Sale

on Saturday 19 January 2019

from 10 am until noon.

Why not come along and see if you can bag some bargains  

Our Coffee Mornings with Sales Tables are held

on the third Saturday of every month

The January Meeting

There was a good turnout for the first meeting of the year, despite seasonal ailments and cold weather.  The main talking point was how warm and welcoming the hall now is!

After the usual business of the meeting, we settled down to listen to David Webb talking about his time as a Hi-de-Hi Yellow Coat.  In their early careers, he and his twin brother Tony had formed a singing duo, and performed with some success.  However, by a lucky chance they were selected to play the twin brother Yellow Coats in the long-running and very popular Hi-De-Hi.  David recounted many incidents from his years in the show, which had his audience hooting with recognition and appreciative laughter.  He also had other show-biz stories to tell, which went down well.  The entire cast of the show became well-known and were recognised wherever they went.

David's talk gave us a happy and relaxed start to 2019.  Before he left, he judged the competition which was for a holiday souvenir.  It was won (again!) by Jean Mallett.

David Webb holding the winning entry

The Missing Pictures

These pictures are from the Christmas Lunch December 2018

Filled shoeboxes ready for
The Christmas Child

Entries in the November

Ah .... January!

There appears to be a black hole between October 2018 and January 2019 with no reports or photographs.  This is misleading; we were very busy during the second half of October and throughout November with the Group Meeting, our Autumn Bazaar, the November meeting and the Christmas lunch.  However, at that point, we had to call a halt as our ongoing building work got to a critical point and our December meeting and all the classes which take place in our Hall had to be cancelled.

Although not yet completed, the building alterations are in abeyance for the moment whilst the finances build up again.  To date, we have a magnificent accessible toilet for people in wheelchairs or who need more space and support than the average loo provides.  We also have a warm hall!  Gas central heating has been installed, the main entrance from the vestibule into the hall has been altered, and the kitchen and committee room have changed places.  All this has been made possible courtesy of the ECC Community Initiatives Fund.  There is still more to do under this funding, but we also have to find funding for the 'extras' such as decorating, and installing kitchen equipment.  Most of the groups and classes who use the hall have returned from their Christmas break, and are managing with only basic kitchen facilities, and we are grateful for this.  We hope that all work will be completed by May/June of this year, when we shall also be celebrating our 100th birthday.