The Annual General Meeting of Greetham WI was held after the usual monthly meeting on Monday November 10th in the Community Centre. Twenty three mem- bers and one guest were present and five members sent their apologies. Before the AGM, members were told about plans for the Christmas Dinner, Carol Concert and the popular Soup and Sweets lunch, to be held on February 18th. Carol Fairbairn gave a report on the recent Horseshoe Group meeting in Whissendine and Lorraine Pearce told us about her recent visit to Denman College as the recipient of our An- nual Bursary. She was sporting evidence of her newly learned flower making skills, in the form of a large poppy. President, Helen McGarrigle, spoke about the Rutland Water Centenary Walk and the recent cinema trip to see Effie Gray at Melton cine- ma. As Helen has recently celebrated a “special” posy she was presented with a card and a posy. This part of the meeting concluded with refreshments by Carol Fairbairn, Peggie Butcher, Lorraine Pearce and Pat Evans.
The Business part of the evening then followed. Most of the committee are willing to
stand again. One vacancy remained, so Lorraine Pearce volunteered. The new
committee therefore will be;
Helen McGarrigle President
Estelle Allen Treasurer
Carol Fairbairn, Gill Hodson, Lorraine Pearce Judith Roberts and Peggie Butcher. Reports were given by the President, Secretary and Treasurer and Carol Fairbairn outlined the planned programme for next year.
Under Any Other Business, discussion took place about the Denman Bursary, The WI County Quiz, Horseshoe Group funds and Federation Activities..
Hazel Hinch thanked the committee for the efforts in making a 2014 successful year. The meeting concluded at 10 pm.
The next meeting will be our Christmas Meal, with entertainment by the Greetham Hand Bell Ringers.
We are delighted to announce that with lottery money from Awards For All, we have been able to purchase staging for the Community Centre. The suppliers were Unistage of Blackburn, who delivered the staging to us on the 27th October.
The staging is extremely versatile and can be used for anything from a Big Band performance to a Cat Walk for fashion shows.
We had a great Halloween Night for the children on the 31st. The hall was deco- rated with ghosts and skeletons and Jacob did a super disco with flashing lights. There was a craft table for the children to make their own ghosts etc. and they enjoyed a supper of hot dogs, cakes and a special punch. All the children dressed up and some of the adult too - a great night.
A week later we had the Firework Party. With the generosity of local sponsors we enjoyed a superb firework display. Luckily the rain held off so everyone was able to be outside to enjoy them. Supper was available in the form of Hot Dogs, Soup and Jacket Potatoes and toffee apples were also on sale. Donation buck- ets were being passed round and with the sale of the food we raised over £500.00 which will go towards future family events and the refurbishing of the Club Room.
Thank you to everyone who helped with these two events.
The first Community Centre event in December is Andy and Ruth's Christmas lunch on the 7th December. This is to raise funds for the Community Centre. If you haven't already booked your tickets, please ring Ruth/Andy on 01572 812868. Don't dilly dally otherwise you may miss out.
AND then on the 20th December we have the Children's Christmas Party (see separate advert). Please bring your children/grandchildren along for games, soft play and again Jacob with his disco. A party tea will be served and then, hopeful- ly, Santa will appear. There is no cost involved, just a present (about £4.00) for your own child (please label clearly) to put in Santa's sack. If you wish to reserve a place please ring Maureen on 01572 813061. I have quite few names already so don't miss out.
Greetham Engineering SocietyLast month (October 2014) we had an excellent trip to the Shutleworth Air Museum and evening flying display. The aircraft - mainly dating back to the First World War are in mint condition and we were treated to a superb display. The finale was a modern stunt plane doing aerobatics at close quarters with a quarter scale model doing a synchronised display along side. How anyone can operate a radio controlled model with such precision is totally beyond me!
The Engineering Society is open to all - including non engineers. I find it worth while as I go on visits that I would not otherwise think of and see interesting things.
There is no charge to join and we meet once a month for a brief meeting at The Plough to plan visits.
Happy Memories of Greetham WI
On the afternoon of 10th April Greetham WI hosted a very unusual meeting. Present members, Peggie Butcher, Wynn Dixon, Irene Elson, Hazel Hinch, Pat Kenworthy, Diana Miller, Carol Fairbairn and Gill Hodson, were joined by past members, Anne Beacroft, Mary Easson, Marigold Lammin, Joan Rayson, Glynnis Sellars, Pam Sharpe and Yvonne Smith, for an afternoon of tea and chat.
We sorted through boxes, looked at old photos and newspaper cuttings and happily reminisced about different events - from pancake races to jubilee celebrations, outings to skittle competitions.
We were particularly delighted to have with us Hazel, Joan and Pam as they helped found Greetham WI more than forty years ago. We even found the minutes of the very first meeting!
We continue to be a friendly and active group, meeting on the second Monday of every month at 7.45 pm - the same day and time as was chosen back in 1972.
New members are always very welcome to join us.
Greetham and the Great War
Did you know 11 Greetham men died as sa result of the First World War? Lots more happened too, and we are gathering some fascinating stories about them and many others for our new book, which we intend to launch on the afternoon of Sunday 7thSeptember 2014 as part of our ‘Greetham’s Great War Heroes’ Village History Walk. We hope a good crowd will join us for the walk – more details to follow in forthcoming newsletters and on the Greetham in Rutland website.
Meanwhile, we would really like it if we could get 5 more stories from people who live in Greetham now. You don’t have to have lived here for ages or have had any connections with the village previously – in fact you might have just moved in! We have stories from England, Ireland and Scotland – a Welsh one would be nice! We want a story about your ancestor – male or female – and their experience of the 1914-18 war, plus a period photo of them and any precious memento of the time. We will then scan and photo you and your artefacts, write up the story, check it back with you, and it will appear in the book. We must have the stories by 30th April 2014 to be able to meet our deadlines. We have access to some good research sources so we might also be able to find some more detailed information about your ancestor for you.
Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us direct: David Bland on 01572-812608 or Paul Bland on 01572-812925. Or drop by to either 22 or22A Main Street to have a chat with us.
David Bland and Paul Bland