Houghton WI News February 2015

Over 50 WI members and guests had a hugely enjoyable evening at our December Christmas event in the Village Hall.

WI News Feb 2015We were entertained by a magician, Ian Kirk, who went from table to table performing infuriatingly insolvable magic tricks, while we all enjoyed an American Supper. We are most grateful to all those who so generously donated gifts, crafts, raffle prizes and provided such delicious food. On January 18 we took part in the WI Centenary Baton Relay at West Tytherley. The baton arrived by horse and rider from Upper Clatford and met by a large cheering crowd. Houghton is the oldest institute within the Test Valley Group and were selected to pass on the Baton to the Sotonettes, as the newest WI in the Ham Group, on the next leg of its tour around the country. Pam White, as the longest serving Houghton member, had the honour of performing the handover. We were fortified with bacon and sausage sandwiches afterwards in Tytherley village hall.

Undaunted by a cold evening in January, we met in the village hall to listen to a very interesting talk by Liz Baron. Liz and her husband retraced the train journey her grandfather had made a 100 years ago from Barry to his new job in Shanghai. Through his diaries and photographs links could be made to the same landmarks today. The comfort and safety of the Trans Siberian Railway now is in stark contrast to the rather primitive conditions a hundred years ago. Our next meeting will be on February 16th. The speaker will be Emma Wightman talking on “An Osteopath in the Slums of Kenya”. This will be an open meeting so visitors will be most welcome. The Annual Dinner will be on Friday 20th February at Keats Restaurant. Any members who haven’t booked please contact our secretary, Julie Harwood.

Sue Marshall