WI reports a Busy Programme

Almost alone amongst the many local organisations, the Women’s Institute regularly submits reports of its activities to the local newspaper. The following account appeared in the Essex Chronicle on September 2.

There was a good attendance at the September meeting despite ten members being on holiday. The president, Mrs Hess opened the meeting and said she had received acknowledgement and thanks from the Rheumatism and Arthritis Association for the cheque for £74.18 which, plus donations, was the amount made from the annual garden party at Mrs Basham’s home. The president also thanked Mrs Goudge for the excellent ploughman’s lunch she and helpers gave in August. Thanks were due to Mrs Scott and helpers for the afternoon tea and entertainment of the housebound. Mrs Burton organised a very enjoyable outing to St Albans and an interesting visit to the organ museum. A tasty tea was provided by the St Michael’s Womens Institute of St Albans. On our behalf, Mrs Burton is organising another trip in October to see the autumn tints and Harlow shopping centre.

The afternoon speaker was Mr V Leach whose career in experimental horticulture made him responsible for his Company’s Chelsea Flower Show exhibits. He spoke on ‘The care of House Plants’ and said they needed light, temperature, atmospheric moisture and water; the last being the most important. Mrs Madder-Smith gave the vote of thanks. The competition – ‘Three Garden Flowers’, was won by Mrs Pryor and second place was taken by Mrs Burton.