Yearly Archives: 2012

Christmas Party 2012

We had a fantastic dinner at the Rock Raynes Park, organised beautifully by Julia Whiting.

November 2012

86 members attended on Monday for Wimbledon WI’s Annual Meeting.

As usual we collected gifts for one of our charities:


There was a clear majority vote for Carers Support Merton, and this will be our Charity for next year.
Members can give individual support to any of the other charities nominated, and these can be put forward for consideration next year.

Our New Committee

Janice Beale, Sally Alger, Fiona Gerdes Hansen, Eileen Smith, Dulcie Edwards, Diana Ovens, Gillian Kitcherside and Daphne Monk remain and are joined by Linda Close and Agnes Fox. Joanna Cardwell will remain responsible for Communications and the website.

Agnes Fox was voted for and elected President by the members in accordance with the NFWI regulations for the election of a president. Other officers are decided by the new committee.

December 2012

74 Members and 1 guest attended the Christmas Meeting on Monday where we were treated to mulled wine and mince pies, and some seasonal music as well as engaging our collective brains to solve some quizzes. Thank you to all concerned with organising this.

Also thank you to Ann Dolphin for taking on the job of Secretary, we wish her well.

Thank you all for your generosity in donating items for the Food Bank. They were delighted with our contribution and will be contacting us to let us know the final total.
Please remember that a collection will take place at each meeting, and all items will be gratefully received. After the Christmas collection the items needed are tins of meat, stew, corned beef etc. Obviously the basics are always welcome.

The results of the Resolution Ballot were as follows.

Remember that subs are due in January for everyone except members who have joined since October this year.
Full members £33.00.
Dual members £14.80.

Trips and Events

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at Wimbledon, Wednesday, 24th April 2013
Would all members sign up for Sleeping Beauty please bring payment of £25.50 to January meeting.

Kiss Me Kate, 6th February 2013
Tickets for Kiss Me Kate now reserved. Would all members signed up for this show please contact Frieda Willis urgently to arrange payment.

September 2012

74 members and 7 guests were thoroughly entertained by award winning author, Robert Goddard, recounting how he became a writer of best selling crime mystery thrillers. Many of you bought his books to keep you occupied now the nights are drawing in. Enjoy!

Robert Goddard’s publishers gave 10%, or £50 donation to our WI.

A letter has been received from Faith in Action, to thank us for the money received as a result of our fund raising efforts. It is available on the notice board if you wish to see it.

Robert Goddard kindly drew two names from the bag for the Denman College Bursaries.

The winners are Sheena Peckham and Louise Greenwood, who both receive £250 towards the cost of any course at Denman College that they choose to attend.

Big Walk/Little Splash

Thank you to everyone who has filled out a form for this. We now have almost 70% of members involved. It would be wonderful if we could get all members included since we will be judged not only on whether we have completed the mileage but also on how many members have participated.


July 2012

78 members and 3 guests attended on last Monday at our craft based evening, and thank you to our members who demonstrated the art of lace, and card making. We also had beading, and Boots no 7 consultants who gave make up and skin care advice, and provided us with ‘goody bags’, containing samples. Social and committee members provided cakes for sale.

Cliff Rich and Tracey Leighton from Contact the Elderly also came along to talk about how they support local older people who live on their own and who are often socially isolated. Their idea is a very simple but effective one. A group of volunteer drivers use their cars to collect the same local older people on the same Sunday of every month and together they visit a local volunteer host for tea and an informal social afternoon. The group visits a different host each month and arrive at the host’s home around 3.00 pm and leave again around 5.00pm. This monthly outing with friends is something the older people they support look forward to with great pleasure and for many the outings are a lifeline.

The charity is currently planning to launch a new group in the borough of Merton and is therefore looking for volunteers and older guests to join the group.  They were extremely grateful that quite a few members signed up to volunteer, and if anyone else is interested in volunteering as a host twice a year, a driver for the group once a month, or a reserve driver to drive when needed then they would love to hear from you.

Olympic Pennants

June 2012

94 members and 10 guests were present on Monday evening to hear Baroness Hollins enlighten us about her role in the House of Lords, and give us an insight into the checks and balances of legislation. She was then kind enough to answer a number of questions from members.


Our congratulations go to Wimbledon WI member Rosey Hickson, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Rosey received this for Services to the Community in Merton.

Wall Hanging

Completed embroidery panels were displayed for the Wimbledon contribution to Surrey Federation Wall Hanging, and members asked to vote for the one they would like to submit. The one chosen was designed and produced by Dulcie Edwards. Thank you to all the other members who submitted their work, these will be used to produce a Wimbledon WI banner or tablecloth.


Our Raffle raised £300 for our charity Faith in Action, and all who contributed vouchers and gifts will be informed and thanked. Thank you all for your generosity in buying tickets, and if you didn’t win this time, there is always next year!


April 2012

83 members and 3 guests enjoyed our evening with The Greensleeves Morris Men last night!
We learned a little about the history of Morris Dancing, were given a demonstration and then had the opportunity to have a go. Photographs were taken, and there may be something published in the local paper.

Surrey Federation Annual Council Meeting

Lesley attended the Surrey Federation Annual Council Meeting, and the Chair’s Report, and the Financial Statement are both available on the notice board. Unfortunately, no one from Wimbledon won a bursary for Denman College, but we will be awarding our own, later in the year.

The Resolution that members have chosen to go forward to the AGM is as follows:
“The NFWI calls on the Government to increase investment in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales to ensure services are adequately resourced and are able to deliver a high standard of care.”

Delegates will vote on whether the NFWI should pursue this as a campaign, and at the next meeting you will be asked to vote on whether Wimbledon WI supports this. Your decision will then be forwarded to the Delegate to vote on our behalf. More information can be found in the April issue of WI Life.

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Wine Club visit to the Loire Valley April 2012

The Tour Map

March 2012

82 members and 3 guests were interested to hear Patsy Seddon tell us about how she started in the Fashion business in 1979 and developed it into her own vision which she named Phase 8. She eventually sold up, and subsequently started a business called Shircket. Now living in Salisbury, she has decided to retire, and members benefited by being able to purchase her stock at a discount. She has donated £100 to our funds, being 10% of sales.

Patsy was initially nervous about addressing so many women, but said afterwards you were all so supportive she ended up thoroughly enjoying the experience!

Big Walk/Little Splash

– Bluebell Walk – Eileen will organise a ‘Bluebell Walk’ at Hatchlands, near Guildford towards the end of April, when the bluebells are at their best. This will be the first walk for ‘Big Walk Little Splash’

– A weekend walk will take place on Wimbledon Common and a swimming session will be organised at one of the local pools.

Details of both these events to follow.

Denman Raffle

Lesley will take your envelopes for the Denman Raffle to the Annual Meeting, and if you are lucky in the draw Surrey will contact you directly.


We were allowed only 6 tickets for the AGM at the Albert Hall, and these have now been allocated to members by a draw. Lucky winners are: Tess Corrigan, Janet Jones, Sally Alger, Eileen Smith, Gill Wilde and Val Barnes

Save The Children Walk

The Save the Children Annual Walk will soon be here. Let’s hope the weather is as good as we are enjoying this month.

FRIDAY 18th MAY 2012 – Meet at 9.15am Wimbledon Common, Windmill Car Park for a prompt 9.30am start. The walk will finish around midday.

After the walk please join Rosey and Sally at 131 Durham Road where Sally will be hosting a picnic.

All welcome, friends, family, animals and children. All donations to Save the Children, a suggested £10 participation would be appreciated. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. It would be helpful to know if you or your friends are joining us. Many thanks for your support,


Join Central London Golf Centre’s very popular Ladies Golf Academy. Examples of the different type of courses we provide are as follows:

For just £55 you can do the LADIES SILVER ACADEMY LESSON DATES for 2012

Girls Silver Academy group lessons are based on the following:-

Maximum 4 Girls per coach

Video tuition

Four weekly 1 hour lessons

Beginner and improver classes available

Advanced coaching, developing your game and skills

The ideal way to improve and lower your handicap

Excellent forum to meet with others of the same ability

Excludes range balls

If interested please contact:

Gary Ley

Ladies & Senior Academy Golf Coach

Central London Golf Centre

Burntwood Lane


SW17 0AT

Tel 0208 871 2468

Mobile 07770 790 771

Fax 0208 874 7447

Web site


Splash Media – tv programme

Splash Media, an independent television production company are working on a new series called ‘Cooks to Market’ forSky1 and thought it might be of interest to the members of our group.

They’re looking for competitive cooking couples (friends/partners/colleagues/relatives) who have a recipe or food product that they believe has the potential to be turned into a profitable business. They will give the couples the chance to meet with industry experts, and potentially get their recipe or product on the market. It can be anything from homemade brownies, to soups and pasta dishes. If they think it can sell then they’re interested.

They’re not necessarily looking for people with professional experience, but also for passionate home cooks who might sell their products small scale to friends/family or at local markets/events, or people who simply cook in their home for loved ones but have dreams of taking it further. They’re particularly interested in hearing from people in and around the London area.

If you’d like to discuss further please contact:

Claire McMahon

Splash Media Ltd.

One Bedford Avenue, London, WC1B 3AU

Direct Line: 020 7255 5404!/cookstomarket

Reminder – May Meeting Plant Sale

Don’t forget to start growing your plants for the May meeting