The first meeting of Bookhams WI was held in June last year and I am pleased to report that since then we have welcomed 23 new members. After 55 years switching from Bookhams Evening WI to an afternoon meeting was a hard decision to make but it has turned out to have been the right one, and we hope that our WI will continue to grow from strength to strength.
Everyone enjoyed the speaker at our March meeting when Jonathan Jones told us about the 'Role of the Town Crier' which he has performed for the last ten years in Farnham. The 95th Annual Council Meeting held in the Dorking Halls on 13th March was well attended. The final speaker in the morning session was Simon Topman whose entertaining talk was entitled 'The History of Whistles'. The first ones were manufactured in the jewellery district of Birmingham back in 1870 where they still are but today these 'Acme' whistles are exported to 190 countries. At the end of this meeting it was sad to say farewell to Elizabeth Fisher our dedicated Surrey Federation Chairman for the last three years. We will all miss her cheerful disposition - and variety of hats.
Looking to the future we have speakers on 'Knole and the Sackvilles', 'Ethiopia' and for our birthday meeting next October 'The Treasures and the Tower'. We would be delighted if you would join us on the first Wednesday in the month at the Old Barn Hall, Bookham at 2.30pm and have a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a chat before you go home.
If you would like further details come and meet the team at our stall on Village Day or contact our President Ann Barnard (01372) 453103 or Sheila Russell on (01372) 451576.