Houghton W.I. News February 2014

The mantle of scribe for the WI has fallen to me, but we would all like to thank Jeanne Featherstone for her many years of contributions to the Parish Magazine.

The January talk was given by Christina Reid, a Winchester City Green Badge Guide. She spoke about the life and times of the romantic poet, John Keats, and particularly his stay in Winchester. His walks from the Cathedral to St Cross inspired him to write his ode “To Autumn”. Christina illustrated her talk with beautiful photos of the scenery through which Keats would have passed, plus a rare insight into the development of water meadows which surround the area. I will certainly revisit the poem with a new insight and hopefully some of us will take the guided walk when the weather improves!

In January nine of our group went to the Salberg Theatre in Salisbury to see London’s Calling, a really entertaining and talented musical show greatly enjoyed by everyone.

Our annual dinner will be at Blue Hayes, Shootash on Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm. If you haven’t booked your place, do please contact Julie Moldon.

It is lovely to see some new faces at our meetings and we would extend a welcome to anyone who would feel that they would like to come along. We start our meetings with a lusty rendition of Jerusalem which gets us ready for our chosen speaker. The evening ends with time for us all to chat and enjoy the delicious food prepared for us.

A reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday 17 February in the village hall, when our speaker will be Gina Ireland who will be telling us of her experiences as a Prison Officer: Both Sides of the Wall.

Sue Marshall