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The Gaddesden Society Woman's Institute

Women's Institute

Way back in those miserable dark days of February our meeting was brightened by ‘The House of Colour’ featuring Rachel Kaplinski who demonstrated that appropriate use of colour is beneficial as well as terribly tasteful. March, and we heard from Virginia Burges who shared her gut problems with us along with her successful journey to an obesity free and healthy life via a good gut bacterial balance. Honestly!


April was ‘The Sweeney’ versus ‘The Regional Crime Squad’, a bit of insider’s info from retired Thames Valley Detective Nigel Eagling, who reminisced with us his experiences with the RCS in the ever ongoing fight against serious crime. Also during this first quarter there were outings to see Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella’, a tour of The Royal Albert Hall and to stately homes, gardens and museums, plus book group and cross stitch group resumed during April.


The big thing though, is of course our famous Tea Party With Frills which took place in April. WI cake makers pulled out all the stops as usual and the village hall was decorated with WI-related bunting, tables laid, sandwiches made and scones jammed & creamed (in that order). Come 3.00pm, tea brewed, kitchen slaves efficiently marshalled by Virginia; sales tables, Wendy’s plants and tombola all primed and waitresses poised, ready to go, the first tea party aficionados streamed in, led as usual by our friends from Potten End WI and until 5.00pm we were inundated by fugitives from the appalling weather and the usual tea party suspects. A tiring but most successful afternoon. Good old us.


We anticipated the AGM, committee changes and ‘Secrets of a Store Detective’, with Josie Jeffrey for the May meeting.

Josie Jeffrey

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