Dear Pat and our Friends of Sandon WI,


It’s been several weeks since I last wrote, the dates falling as they did at the beginning of July did not allow time for either Pat or me to make contact.  But we’re both into the mode again. 


The first item I must mention is the large envelope I received from Pat on your behalf, on the occasion of Milson’s birthday, with very interesting contents.  The stamp set is really quite unique, and our ladies were appreciative of Muriel’s kind gift of the most attractive Isle of Man stamps featuring the WI members, what a colourful photo of some in their pretty clothing, with bright umbrellas.  Also the separate set featuring the Queen.  Thank you Muriel.  Thanks too for your Institute photos, with one of Eileen Bartrup holding her Community Award Cup.  Congratulations Eileen from all of our members, it is lovely that your work is recognised in this way.  Our birthday card too is lovely, members said ‘so feminine, just so nice when you’re 84.’  Thanks Pat.


We had a laid back kind of day,  cold, but nicely warm inside.  Norma made and decorated a special cake for us and there were many tasty offerings from members.  Our entertainer was Liz Davies who has visited previously, brought her guitar and sang in her special style, always enjoyable.  We had two new members join, Marilyn Powdrill, from Yorkshire, whom I mentioned in my last letter, and my long time friend Margaret was well enough on the day to at last become a Milson member.  Margaret has been a member previously but in other towns, and her membership had lapsed, so it’s really nice to have her as one again.


There is to be a meeting in October to refreshpresidents’ and treasurers’ minds and coordinate their modus operandi to make sure all is done correctly as regards the Charities Services (not Commission as previously stated).  The positive thing out of all this work is the ability to total up all contributions to charity, of whatever kind, throughout the country, also costs, and time spent.


There is a new medical centre nearly ready to be opened, quite near the suburb where I live, and I’m pleased my family pharmacist in town will have a second pharmacy there; it is a huge building, no doubt to house many associated professional services in the one place.  A request from National this year, to be our 95th Project,  has asked Institutes to raise funds to provide seating at places where there is a need, and the Manawatu Federation has chosen this new building as the spot where our outdoor bench seat should go.  We haven’t achieved the total needed yet, nearly $1700, plus commemorative plaque, but the seat is ordered, so we will all have to work at it for some time. 


Bev, as Milson’s effort, or part of,  has planned a ‘sausage sizzle’ outside a huge hardware store on the 20th August,  quite a leap of faith as I doubt many, or any of us have been involved in such an undertaking before.  I’m sure Bev has though, so we’ll take instructions and have to be quick smart about it.


I had wanted to tell you about Manawatu’s prize winning scrapbook which was on display at the mid-year luncheon,  but I am out of room now so will leave it for now.


Wishing you a beautiful day for your garden meeting, with all our best wishes,


From all of your Milson friends,

& Pauline