Today we visited All Saints Church, Thorney Hill. Thank you Ingrid Tomkins for opening the church for us and for giving us an interesting talk about how it was built by Lord and Lady Manners as a memorial to their daughter Mary Christine who died in 1904 and their son, Lieutenant John Manners who lost his life at the Battle of Mons, 1914. We had the opportunity to study the beautiful mural, the theme of which is Te Deum, completed by the Arts and Crafts artist Phoebe Traquair in 1922.
Whilst a picture speaks a thousand words it doesn’t quite capture the atmosphere and excitement of Bransgore Evening WI members getting together after 19 months. Of course, we had been together in small groups enjoying walking, book clubs, quilting, tasting wine but this was all together different. There was a buzz! Everything had been carefully planned by the committee taking into account santizers, ventilation and space. The hall looked inviting with flowers, delicious platters of cheese and friendly smiles. We welcomed new members, celebrated birthdays, made our guests feel included and thanked Hazel for her contribution to BEWI. We also thought about members who couldn’t attend in September and look forward to seeing them in October.
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With our first full meeting in September, the committee have been very busy deciding how to celebrate the event whilst keeping everyone safe and having fun! Tuesday was a whirlwind of activity with flowers being cut and arranged for all the tables; cheese and delicious nuts, dried fruit and grapes were arranged on platters and, of course, the wine chilled. At 6pm all the committee worked together at the Village Hall to ensure we were ready for members and guests.
In reality it was Tea for Twenty!
BEWI members sat beneath chandeliers, surrounded by flowers, an array of vintage crockery and objet d’art in the delightful Potting Shed for afternoon tea. Everything was a feast for the eyes including the huge scones filled with cream and strawberries plus tiers of freshly baked cakes. Smiles, laughter and lots of chatter completed this perfect afternoon.
Ann Hayden reports that the BEWI Camera Club explored the wonders of Gill’s prairie garden when she welcomed everyone to see her delightful and many unusual plants. A great time was had taking pictures galore and attempting to get a pictures of the many bees enjoying the garden, not such an easy thing to do! Afterwards Gill gave us coffee and we sat enjoying the peace and seclusion. Our thanks to Gill for sharing her lovely garden.
ice cream and tea and coffee.
You may have a vision of the WI – it’s all jam and Jerusalem? Well may be not and you could come along to find out for yourself. Yesterday’s Coffee and Cake ( homemade by the Carpenters Arms) was an example of fun and friendship. 30 of us welcomed a couple of potential new members and we chatted happily for an hour or so. Yes it was a bit noisy but listening to the laughter and seeing so many smiles is a great way to start the week. If you want to find out more about Bransgore Evening WI click on the Join Us tab and send a message – we would be pleased to hear from you.
We may not have been dancing along and singing ‘ole, ole, ole, ole,’ (remember the song?) but we did enjoy our walk on one of the hottest days this year. Temperatures had soared in July, triggering the first-ever Met Office Amber extreme heat warning after temperatures rose past 31C in parts of southern England but we were prepared. Our walk started earlier, we wore appropriate clothing, carried water to drink, walked in the shade when we could and walked at a slightly slower pace. Our journey was inspired by Christine’s lockdown walk from her home and took several of us along new, unexplored paths. The countryside was beautiful under perfect blue skies. Our exploring ended at Christine’s house with a delicious lunch under the shade of a large umbrella. Just perfect!