Wednesday evening’s monthly meeting

  • For June’s social, can monies please be brought to Wednesday’s meeting. This will be a fab trip aboard the ‘Vagabond II’ from Foxton to Smeeton Westerby – approx. 2 hr 20mins. Friday 9th June at 7.00pm (PEOPLE MUST GET THERE BY 6.45PM AT THE LATEST). £10 pp (£5 child). Bring a picnic if you’d like! Please see Evanda for any queries
  • Bring a pen and any shaped biscuit cutters with you for the craft session, too.

Fun social evening!

Tonight’s meeting began with ‘speed dating’.  Members had several opportunities to have  several ‘speedy’ chats to other members that they may not have met before, hopefully setting up the opportunity to get to know each other better at future meetings.

This set the basis for some lively discussions over cheese and wine to discuss the pros and cons of this year’s national resolutions: loneliness and plastic soup in our oceans.

Floral theme raffle stall and bags/scarves sale

President, Vicky Watts, introducing this year’s resolutions

Meeting tonight

There’s loads happening tonight!

Tonight is Resolutions Night, when members get their chance to have a say on the proposed lobbying issues by the National Federation of WIs.  This year, the two to choose from are ‘Alleviating loneliness’ and, secondly, ‘Plastic soup: keeping microplastic fibres out of our oceans’.  More details on pages 20-21 of the April issue of WI Life.

Cheese and wine evening tonight

We’ll be making this into a fun evening, too, helped along with cheese and wine for all members.  Bring a bottle of your favourite tipple and a couple of glasses, too, to share with other members.  Tea and coffee available at the start of the evening (but no refreshments).

  • Raffle – a floral garden theme
  • Sale of nearly new bags and scarves (MHWI fund raiser)
  • Planning to go on the boat trip in June or Paintpottle – have cash or cheque with you.

See you there!


A right Royal tale

Immaculately dressed in his butler attire, William French, former royal butler, regaled MHWI members with tales from his career with the royal family to current times.  He began with explaining how he came to sign up for the Royal Navy at the tender age of 15 1/2, originally training as a chef but rapidly deciding he wanted to become a steward.  Once trained, William served on land until the Falklands War beckoned.  As a 17 1/2 year old he sailed on HMS Battleaxe to the Falklands where he was a gunner, but also was one of the first people to go on board HMS Gallahad as a first aider.  Helping the injured was only one of the war incidents that rapidly led him to coping with sights that most of us hope never to see.

After William returned to the UK, he had the chance to work on the Royal Yacht Britannia.  He grasped this opportunity and was able to serve many members of the royal family on trips around the world.  Photos helped us to envisage rooms inside the yacht.  William gave us humorous snippets of encounters with the royal family.

Following marriage, William left the Navy, moving on to work as a butler to many distinguished or famous people, including a lord, touring with the original cast of Calendar Girls and butlering for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.  The latter led to a story about ‘chicken fillets’ and an evening dress!

You can see more of William on Channel 5 this May, when he will on board well known yachts again, talking viewers through daily life as a butler.  He is also on the One Show.

This evening’s meeting

It’s beauty night!  Three local beauty businesses will be giving you a chance to try and buy their products tonight: Tropic Beauty, Beauty Defined and Celestial Health.

A couple of other things to remember:

  • Unwanted bags and scarves in nearly new condition for our April fundraising sale: have a quick check in your cupboards and bring these along.
  • Annual fee (£39) – these must be paid by the end of this month, so if you haven’t paid, bring along some cash or your chequebook.  Alternatively, go on line and pay by bank credit.
  • Book your place on the skittles evening this Friday, the 24th at the Railway Arms, Kibworth, 7 pm.  Food £6, optional.
  • Al fresco night at Wistow, Wednesday 26 July – reserve your place now (or by Tuesday 28 February very latest) – £19.95.  See Social Programme for full details.