Village news from Helen Price – 16/11/17
Published 13 November 2017
Kings Bromley WI Meeting November 2017
This month’s meeting saw the ladies of the WI learn all about meditation and relaxation.
Our speaker, Bernadette Woodward is a holistic therapist with over 20 years experience in
these fields as well as crystal and colour therapy and is also a reiki master teacher. We were
told a little about the history of mindfulness which is very much in vogue now and was first
documented by the Egyptians.
We looked at how our stressful lives in the 21 st century can have a huge impact on mental
health and our physical wellbeing. Our ancestors would have slept more hours and had
more time to reflect on their day, spending time sitting and thinking without worrying or
feeling rushed. Bernadette helped us to use our senses to bring some relaxation elements
into every day activities, using our sense of smell, hearing and taste.
We then enjoyed purchasing from the Bring and Buy stalls and would like to thank the ladies
for the lovely items of jewellery, handbags, plants, scarves and other accessories. Carol won
the raffle prize.
Our next meeting is the American supper, so can members please bring a dish for the buffet;
we have the Yoxall Strummers to entertain us on 7 th December.
Gardening Guild meeting, Monday 20th
The speaker at the next meeting, 7.45 pm in the Village Hall, will be David Tideswell talking
on “Seasonal Garden Birds”. The Christmas Dinner will be held at The Boars Head, Sudbury,
on Monday 27th November.
Whist Drive, Tuesday 21st
Come along and join the whist drive at the village hall, alternate Tuesday afternoons
throughout the winter, 1.30 for a prompt 2.00 pm start.
41 members attended the AGM on November 1 st . Anne Ashcroft, retiring President/Chair,
began her report by reflecting on the sad loss of 6 of our members during the past 12
months. After reviewing the year’s programme, Anne thanked all committee members, past
and present, for their help and support over the last 3 years. A vote of thanks to Anne was
proposed and she was presented with a gift from members in appreciation of all she has
done for the Wednesday Club.
Members were then entertained to a Christmas Miscellany from our guest speaker Audrey
Hall. The miscellany covered all aspects of Christmas – nativity plays, carols, food, drink and
gifts – in the form of anecdotes, songs, poems, letters and even recipes. Items ranged from
the humorous: – the young boy who argued vehemently with the vicar that the baby born at
Christmas was not Jesus but Wayne! He’d heard about him – sung about him – “A Wayne in
a manger.”!! To the poignant: – the letter from an officer of the 1 st Division North
Staffordshire Regiment written from the trenches on Christmas Eve 1914. The letter
described an unofficial truce during which the guns on both sides were silent, greetings
exchanged, hands shaken and carols sung. All this in the knowledge that in a few short hours
the guns and the killing would begin again.
Next Meeting: December 13 th Christmas Lunch at the Royal Oak (12.30. for 1.00.)
NB. A committee meeting held at the end of the afternoon confirmed Lin Allen as our new
President/Chair. Congratulations Lin!!