Annual Report 2016/2017  
Jill Attenborough secretary Rydal WI

New Members –This
year we welcomed,  Joan Almond, Barbara
Stothard, Maggie Lees, Dorothy Dixon and Merial Steele- we hope they are
enjoying getting to know us all and finding out about WI.  We now have 34 members with several potential
members we hope will join in the New Year.

We have written our New Housekeeping
Rules- Minding the
step, avoiding trips over bags and sticks, fire exits and toilets and the
useful reminder that the Tea Urn is HOT!!!!

The Committee meets each month on the 1st
Tuesday in the month, at a member’s house, (One who has parking, a big table
and enough chairs.)We discuss new ideas, our speaker’s, paper work from London
and Kendal and so much more. It is very relaxed and informal and is over in
under 2 hours. We have new lanyards which we wear for meetings. Livy is our
Speaker Organiser, Joan sorts out Rummikub, Christine orders theatre tickets,
Kath organises croquet.  Everyone helps
with whatever is needed.

Our Meetings –

Last November we held out AGM, planned our party and
played our favourite game of Rummikub.

December was our Christmas Party, lots of fun
with Military Whist, A big Thank you to Fiona for the keeping us in order.

January was just a catch up for everyone,
committee met first and members joined us to play Rummikub and chat, and we
voted on the Resolutions.

February Francis Edwards- Cross Stitch. Francis
spoke about his life-long interest in cross stitching.  He showed the group samples of his intricate
work both framed and unframed using a variety of materials.


In March
Richard Attenborough gave his power point presentation about the history of
Sunny Bank  Cottage and the life of
Stockghyll Valley. The family have been researching through the Armitt Library,
County Record Offices, the Census returns and local history books about the
cottage his Mum and Dad were lucky to buy in 1962.


In April,  Richard Johnson gave a detailed talk about
3 recent changes to tax , probate, paying for care. He works for the Co-op Estate
Planning and was offering to help anyone who needed a private consultation.


Our May
speaker  was Usma Ahmed, our local Optician. She  gave us a fascinating power point
presentation about our eye structure and health. Usma has bought an amazing OCT
machine ( Optical Coherence Tomography ). She explained that we could go to her
not just for glasses but for a full eye check. The Bay NHS is working with Usma
to save us the journey and the early detection of serious illnesses will save
money and our health will be maintained.

June was our popular Games evening at
Ambleside Cricket club.

July was our “Members Evening”, Pat B.
spoke about the Cinque Ports and Christine talked about her hobby of Scuba
diving, and the amazing equipment she had made and bought and Ros gave us her
report on the AGM in Liverpool. A very relaxed and enjoyable evening.

September –Jo Daley gave us a talk/workshop
called “Side by Side”, she is a volunteer for the Alzheimer Society. Dementia
Friends is their campaign to show how in simple ways we
can help change the perception of living with dementia.

For  October  our speaker was Steve Swithin who was the
road manager for many years of Mike Harding, very funny stories.



Our Special Events and activities

90th Birthday Lunch for
Kath and Nancy. – a
very special afternoon for everyone as we met at the Regent Hotel to surprise
our 2 members (They knew something was planned but did not know where.)

The Theatre trip in August was  “Handbagged “, an amazing play with 2 Queens
and 2 Margaret Thatchers- we all loved it.

Lots of us
went to watch the new Sandi Toksvick,
play in March – at the Keswick Theatre- mixed feelings about this play.

In November 2016 at Christmas Lights Switch on Day-
stall  we raised   £221.51     
with £50 being given as our donation to the Christmas Lights. –

Over the year Sylvia and Peter have
hosted 3 Film shows
, Brief Encounter , The Big Country and Oklahoma with a cream tea. A big thank you
to both of them.

In August our “Out and about day” ,-a train around the coast was very
successful as we managed to pick the nicest day of the summer. Stunning views.
A good plan. Thanks to Sylvia

Throughout the year we held lots of
afternoons of Rummikub , Thanks to Marylou, Pat B. and Kath,

Monday afternoons of playing croquet or Rummikub if wet, thanks to Kath
and Gwen.

Sewing afternoons thanks to Janet   

2 afternoons of covering shoeboxes
for the Hawkshead Brownies.  Many thanks to Kath for cutting
paper and storing all the boxes. Pat L. and Fiona have been busy knitting hats
and next week these will be delivered to Hawkshead for the Brownies to fill.

For the £10 challenge last year
(Kendal Office Funds)
we devised and sold a Quiz –Notable Women, we made a profit of  £264 
half going to the Kendal Office, Many thanks to our Sponsors, The
Salutation, Hayes Garden World and Zeffs cinema. – we enjoyed learning about so
many fascinating women.

Janet, Ros and Livy have been
collating all our
photos into albums and I have been paying around with our new Facebook Page.

At the Group Meeting this year we were entertained by the
Grasmere Glee Singers, a quiz and supper. Livy and Dorothy ran the raffle for

Council and Half Yearly Council
meetings were
enjoyed and delegates Peggy and I reported back. Kath was presented with her 40
year Certificate.

We attended the Quiz at The Gilpin , The  International Women’s Day
, and Ivan Day’s  talk at the Villa,  All very stimulating,

Two members attended  Christmas parties at Bowness,  Troutbeck, Windermere and these were enjoyed
by our members.

Lots of us
attended the Carol Service at Kendal
and the Sound of Music Singalong at the Brewery was a hoot,
and Nancy and Joan enjoyed the Ice Show
in Blackpool.  Pat B. and Livy
attended the Grasmere Garden Party
and won the quiz.


We have
several members who enjoy the friendship and challenge of Windermere and Troutbeck Rummikub afternoons, thanks to Joan W. for
organising this for us. Also 8 of us took up the invitation  to Troutbeck WI and Pandora’s Handbagg, a singing Quartet who sang to us and encouraged
us to sing in rounds.

The AGM in Liverpool was attended by our treasurer Ros
Fuller, she reported back. Following this we had discussions on tackling
loneliness in our town.

The ACWW , Pennies for Friendship – Ollie collected   £64 
of our spare change.

Our new
outing in October was Lunch at Kendal
College-a winter lunch , we took the bus and enjoyed meeting the young
students and eating delicious food.

As I said
above we have welcomed several new members to our group and have 2/3 more
potential members, but several members have had operations, and suffered bouts
of ill health.

Our members
continue to help at Oxfam, The Armitt Museum, Ambleside Christmas Lights,
Evergreen, a new venture of Fair Share Lunches, The Rotary Clubs, Ambleside
Sports, Ambleside Players and much more. There is always something going on in

A big change
for us will be the Retirement of Ros Fuller and her husband Mark from their
shop in Church Street- great for them but it means we won’t be able to say, “Drop
your money in at the shop.” And I can’t pop in and get cheques for our outings.
Many thanks to Ros and her staff for their help over the years.

As you have
read we have had another busy year of friendship and fun, interesting trips and
talks. But what do we have planned for next year ???

-  A Flower Festival in Late May, an outing to
Carlisle to march with our Women of Cumbria Banner. (Another project we are
involved with, linked to all the Museums of Cumbria.)    Producing a photo calendar of our year.       Any more special birthdays? 

2017    Jill Attenborough (Hon sec)

Update- On Monday 20thNovember
–Barbara and Kath took our covered shoe boxes and knitting from Fiona, Pat
Lester and family to Hawkshead, to Judith Meyers and her team for the Brownie shoe
box appeal. On the 23rd , 8 members are off to the Troutbeck Rumikub
and we end the month with Rummikub at Pat B.’s house.


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