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The busy month of March!!!
When Faith Powell entertained us at our Christmas meeting 2017 she told us that she would be appearing in a musical in March 2018, 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'. So as we had enjoyed her time with us so much we thought it was a good chance to support local amateur dramatic groups (Staines). 14 members went along on a grey snowy afternoon ready to be entertained, and we certainly were. We were impressed by the high standard of singing and dancing, accompanied by an excellent orchestra.

Also in March we held our Spring Fair. We welcomed visitors to our Coffee Shop with hot cross buns or cakes and many of the stalls included and Easter theme with chocolate eggs and gifts. We are so grateful for the generous support from our members and local businesses which make the fair such a success.

The Surrey Federation Spring meeting at Dorking Halls is also held in March and 5 members attended. Speakers included a topical update on pollinating insects as Surrey WI's will be submitting a 3D representation of a pollinator to be displayed at RHS Wisley in June, a timely talk on the effect of plastic in the environment and oceans which made us think more about the current excessive use of plastic and the disposal of supermarket packaging. Also Dickie Arbiter spoke of his time as Press Secretary to the Queen.


The Runnymede Group of WI's annual meeting was hosted by us. Seventy ladies from seven different WI's were entertained by Chris Beaumont whose interest in astronomy was inspired by Sir Patrick Moore. Chris was fortunate to meet Sir Patrick who was an entirely self taught musician and subsequently became interested in Sir Patrick's compositions for the xylophone, some of which he performed for us with great skill. During the afternoon we heard about some of Sir Patrick's interests other than astronomy and some amusing anecdotes about an extraordinary and eccentric man.


 June -

Wisley  - Pollinator Evening

All the Surrey WI's were invited to create a pollinator for an event at RHS Wisley. Linda and Joy set to and produced 'Ringo' our beetle. It looked amazing set out in the Pineatum along side many other exhibits. The evening was a great success with people bringing picnics or having food from the barbeque. We were also entertained by various bands, one of them being Blazing Sadlers who we have booked for our Birthday party next year.

 December 2018

Our Christmas Fair held on December 1st at Ottershaw Village Hall was well attended and visitors were able to enjoy a new 'bag' tombola where the lucky winners were able to choose a prize hidden in a beautifully decorated gift bag. As usual we had stalls selling home baking, Christmas gifts and crafts. Presents for pets and items for wildlife. Our Coffee Shop was open all morning and a great place to enjoy coffee or tea and cakes and sausage rolls, all made by the members.

For our Christmas lunch we went by coach to The Stanmore Hotel, Ashford. The food was delicious and we all had a great afternoon chatting with friends.


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