Pakenham WI News - April 2017

Pakenham WI

March 18th 2017 – Pakenham Village Spring Clean
A huge thank to everyone who gave up their precious free time to make such an excellent job of spring - cleaning our beautiful village.

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April 13th 2017 – Holloway Prison
A large audience of members and guests filled the village hall to hear Kathy Allen describe her days as a baby walking volunteer in the notorious Holloway women's prison. Although the prison is now closed it was fascinating to hear Kathy's recollections of her weekly visits to give the inmates babies a sample of life outside the walls, and acquaint them with the noise and experiences of the real world.

Members were saddened to hear of Irene Jones's illness in South Africa. Irene a past member, was the long time companion of the lovely Mary Scarfe and became a much loved and respected figure in our community. Due to a series of strokes Irene is now totally alone in a South African nursing home unable to speak, move or recognise anyone. We all signed a card to send with our love in the hope that deep down she will know we are thinking of her.

The tea team were Teresa and Kate, great job girls, thank you.

April 26th 2017 – A visit to Hillcrest Garden Centre
All things spring gardening here we come.

May 11th 2017 – Annual AGM and Resolution Meeting
Our only business meeting of the year has come round very quickly again. We are required to elect a committee and president for the coming year. Behind every successful WI is a hard working committee, who devote their time ensuring that members enjoy an institute full of good speakers, interesting events, outings and excellent companionship and fun. The resolutions for discussion this year are Alleviating Loneliness or Plastic Soup (keeping micro plastic beads out of our oceans).

May 24th 2017 – Guided Walk Round Lackford Lakes.
We are reunited with the delightful Will Cranston from The Suffolk Wildlife Trust who has kindly invited us on an evening walk to hear the nightingales.

Mary S Kirby