Dear Pat and Sandon WI friends,


Greetings to you all from wintry southern parts. We’re still in the thrall of frequent rain which adds intensity to the chill.  Frosts would be more welcome if there could be some calm sunny days to follow. 


Our birthday meeting although overcast, remained dry, with no wind, which is always a bonus on our windy plain.

There is a virulent, probably flu virus making the rounds locally, which meant about a quarter of our membership was unable to be there.  We had many visitors from other Institutes thankfully, which helped to swell the ranks. 

The afternoon tea looked very nice and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves while tucking in.  Another great birthday cake was made by Norma, in recent times the top of the cake has been decorated with cherries and almonds, this time it was iced for the occasion.   Sadly, Norma was one of the casualties and we really missed her.


Your beautiful birthday card with signatures and many greetings was the centrepiece on the top table, it drew appreciative murmurs when Maadi (now Secretary)  opened the envelope.  Pat has sent a number of photos including two champion entries, Marjorie’s tomato chutney, and Dorothy’s parchment card, congratulations ladies. I mounted these on our board alongside on our special Centenary tea towel, so our visitors were able to enjoy all of those too.  We also had the pages from WI Life magazine featuring the Royal ladies visit to Nat. A.M.   With your inspirational April Show photos of handcraft, cooking and floral,  we hope members are encouraged to enter their entries next month for our Spring Show.


During the afternoon we were entertained by a group of  8 people, ‘For Folk’s Sake’, who play traditional Scottish/Irish traditional music, and sing too. Their versatility with many instruments, which they interchange for most items, is most interesting.  One member played the Irish harp and drum, with a good voice for harmony.  There were tin whistles, mandolins, a violin and flute. Also a concertina.


As a result of the success of the presentation of costumes from R.N.Z. Ballet last year, there is to be Part 2 this year.  It is sure to be an encouragemen to attend the annual Ballentynes Fashion Show. Meanwhile the mid-year luncheon arranged by Federation will take place later this month.


This seems to be all the news for the month,  so I’ll close for now.  You must be feeling much more secure this month – in the event of rain there won’t be spoiled plans when you are safely under cover. We wish you a most successful day on Thursday.


Best wishes from your friends of Milson WI,

& Pauline