Overstrand Evening WI
Each year, member, Nancy writes a poem covering our WI year. Normally, Nancy reads this at our Christmas lunch, but alas no festivities were allowed in 2020. This has not stopped Nancy from putting pen to paper and once again writing, although on a different theme for 2020, her annual poem, which has been published in Norfolk WI News' February magazine. We have devoted a page to Nancy's latest poem, which can be read by clicking here.
June 2021 Meeting Report
Those remaining members, anticipating a careful step on the road to normality, had a treat in store.
The speaker was our own well liked and respected president, Caz Lewis. With chairs well spaced and windows and doors flung open, Covid compliant, we listened intently as Caz outlined her life story which was as candid as it was fascinating. Many personal and poignant details were exposed as the talk progressed.
Born on Christmas Day 1944 in Leicester, Caz was the 7th of 8 children, all of whom were loved and well cared for. In wartime England, this must have been hard. Sometime later Caz was told that the dad, who had cared for her, was not her biological father, as she had been the result of a brief encounter between her mum and an American stationed in England to help the war effort. He soon left to return home. Caz’s dad though not her biological one, did the real fatherly caring. Having served his country in India and Burma, he sadly died aged 63. The gap was a yawning one. However Caz’s mum - more distant - lived to reach the age of 97. As our president said a little ruefully, she was never a soulmate, though this didn’t stop Caz looking after her for many years.
After being divorced, Caz met and married Roy and just before Christmas this year, they will celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary. By then though, they will have moved far from here, to be nearer to their three daughters and their families; lovely for them, but sad for us. They will go with our gratitude and good wishes for their new life.
Following a tea break and a delectable strawberry gateau freshly made by Caz, an accomplished cook, the business part of the meeting was brief.
The A.G.M Zoom style was mentioned. Though the speakers were good it was too lengthy. We were advised of some changes at Federation level and Val Bond appealed for plant donations to bolster her Village Fair Stall ( Sunday 1st August 2021 ). Happily our link with Concorde WI in New Zealand has been re- established.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 21st July at 2.30pm in Overstrand Village Hall. New members are welcome.
May 2021 Meeting Report
Report covering the May meeting, held in a member's garden.
The weather was very kind, so refreshments helped the small amount of business to be dealt with speedily.
This years resolution, "A call to awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer”, was discussed and our vote has been forwarded to be included in the National meeting in June.
Our secretary reminded us of the probable speakers for the next few months, providing that the proposed lockdown restrictions are lifted on June 21st. With the presence of the Indian variant, nothing should be taken for granted.
All present thought it was a tentative step in a more positive direction at last.
We hope so and look forward to the 16th June meeting at our new time of 2.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, when our president is scheduled to give a talk entitled “Secrets and Lies”. An enticing topic.
New members are welcome to our meetings.