Pakenham WI News - February 2010

Pakenham WI

Thursday February 11th 2010 - Life of The Deputy Director of the Votes Office
The President welcomed thirty five members and one guest to February's meeting. After a very full business section we settled down to listen to Jo Pitt tell of her working life in the Palace of Westminster. Her working day routine covers an area of 16 acres rushing from various departments with the paper work needed for the M.P's questions and answers in the house of commons. A very fulfilling but exhausting job with the addition of a long commute from this area, one has to admire Jo's stamina.!!!
Jo very kindly judged this months competition of a political verse. I was first with my poem Vote for a Woman, Marion Sargent second and Helen Ayres third.
Members very kindly tested Marion's new ginger bread recipe along side some excellent fruit cakes and it was unanimously declared suitable for its impending journey to the states.

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Thursday March 11th 2010 - The Art and Design of Topiary
By popular request Steve Manning, our resident topiary expert, will be telling us how he makes and designs the fabulous elephants and other exotic creatures living opposite the Water Mill.

Saturday March 20th 2010 - SPIVS AND SPAMS
Again by popular demand a true 1940's experience. Pakenham village hall will go back in time for one night only to the war years. The supper of the highest war time standard from spam fritters to rabbit casserole, to homemade bangers and mash in fact there will be 8 main course choices followed by bread and butter pudding, jelly and blancmange, apple crumble and many more war time culinary favourites. After dinner we will treat you to excellent entertainment and dancing to Glenn Miller music.
Tickets are £10 each and can be bought from myself or Pakenham post office.
JOIN US FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFE TIME or for those who remember the war years a chance to reminisce.

Tea Time in Texas - 17th April 2010
The team who catered for our American visitors at Newe House last May leave for Texas on April 14th to prepare then serve tea on April 17th. This is a massive and very exciting undertaking for a rural W.I. We have been supported by very well known names as Waitrose, Yorkshire Tea and K.L.M. but we greatly appreciate the help from local firms such as Butterworth and Sons, Marriages the flour company Tiptree Jams, and All Things Cake from Cromer. We plan to take some British delicacies in our luggage, the flour is being shipped ahead of us and the bread will accompany us on the flight from Norwich. We will spend a week in the states returning to the U.K. on April 22nd.
The team are Rosemary Wright, Carole Hurrell, Janet Osborne, Marion Sargent, Bridget Porteous, Carol Cordell, Miriam Dunn, Pat Addington and myself. This will be an amazing adventure but most importantly great fun for the girls at both ends of event. Nine British housewives let loose in America WOW.!!!

Summer Fete
This year's summer fete will be held on Saturday 31st July 2010 on the playing fields. Anyone interested in taking part please contact myself or Max Bacon.

Fashion Show
This years show will be on September 17th 2010 to coincide with London Fashion Week and will be staged at New Green Centre at Thurston.

Mary S Kirby
Pakenham W.I.