Martinstown WI group took part in WI's health awareness week. For our Wednesday meeting we started off with a refreshing demonstration by Julie Lines on flower arranging. She did a marvelous floral displays and we raffled them off later. Celia then took over with some warm up exercises to get us all ready for a game of chair based netball with a twist! What a hoot that was, fun and laughter for everyone. For our tea ladies the healthy eating instead of the usual biscuits was delicious with fruit kebabs, popcorn and veggie dips.
I think we are all geared up now for our WI birthday celebrity walk from the village on Thursday 21st June.
Thursday 17.05.18 Martinstown W.I. boarded the 9am coach ( with the Valley Club) to The Hinton Ampner N.T Estate in Hampshire and The Watercress Steam Train. The house itself was closed due to electrical repairs, fortunately we had a warm sunny day, so being outside was a favourable option.
We were herded into the main entrance to hear about the history of the house and it's alterations , making it into the Neo Georgian style house and gardens of today. Then we were taken on a guided tour around the gardens by the Head N.T Gardner, taking in beautiful sights and smells. At Midday we all ventured off to the restaurant to join the queue for light refreshments, then to sit outside in the sunny courtyard to savour the delights. Some of us visited the garden and gift shop, and the " thornless rose " was a popular purchase.
Next back onto the coach to travel to Alresford, to catch the steam train,along the Watercress Line to Alton. The journey took 35 minutes, passing glorious views of the Hampshire countryside. Once at Alton we wandered around the station at leisure, visiting the shop and buying drinks and icecreams. When the time came we reboarded the train back to Alresford.
As the train guide was preparing the train to leave , we realised we were missing Sally. Group panic set in, " Stop the train, we are missing Sally ! " Lesley shouted to the guard. Then Sally appeared from the end of the carriageway, arms full of "Watercress Beer ", as she had been busy in the buffet car totally oblivious to the panic, phew !!! Then a leisurely stroll back to the coach, where we spotted " our little Margaret H "nearly getting on the wrong coach, (with a group of foreign travellers...) " oops ....bless her x". It was definitely an enjoyable fun day to remember.
W.I Next meeting; 13/06/18 at 6.45pm.
"Healthy Living Month" Celia & Lesley to run fun chair based exercises, ( please wear suitable comfortable clothing). Heather & Barbara to provide the healthy snacks for the interval.
Heather Bonser ( W.I Press Officer).
10 adventurous ladies headed out to the unknown of Holme garden. Lovely garden centre with ponds and and a garden to walk around as well as the lovely cafe and actual garden centre bit. Lunch on the way home was at the red lion pub.
Here is a picture from WI and Valley Club outing. “Waiting for the train on the Watercress Line at Alresford Station”.
Following on from the successful alpacas visit to Martinstown W.I, a visit to the "Alpaca Adventure" near Shaftesbury was on the cards. So, Thursday 12.04.18 five W.I ladies ( Lesley, Ann, Gill, Angela & Heather) set off early to go "Alpaca Walking".
The owner Wendy Williams introduced us to our individual boy alpaca, and gave us instruction on how to handle and walk them. We followed Wendy through the fields, guiding our individual alpaca on their walk.
We would suddenly be stopped as the alpacas would come to a halt to scratch or eat grass. At the end we were allowed to stroke and cuddle our alpaca, it was like stroking & cuddling a thick woolly carpet. Then back to the yard, to have fun watching the young alpacas in their stable...one was so cute it looked like a panda, with it's black and white fur.
After the walk we went off to the Half Moon pub for lunch, then the drive back to Martinstown. Aww...what a wonderful day to remember ...lots of cute moments to remember.
Next W.I meeting Wednesday 9.05.18 @ 6.45,pm...talk from Women's Refuge.
Heather Bonser. (W.I Press Officer).
Thursday 15th March, five members went on a trip to Athelhampton House for a science lecture on plastic soup. Very informative lecture and brought to light many things we had not realised. A very good lunch followed and then the five returned to Martinstown.