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South Tonbridge   1 December 2016

Committee Welcome

Hi ladies,

We had a fantastic meeting with Angela Cosgrove last month trying a variety of different gins (such a hardship!) and a great way to round off our last formal meeting of the year. Our next meeting is our Christmas Party at the Old Fire Station which looks set to be a fantastic evening full of food, drink, singing and party games (see below for further details).

Also one last chance to plug the District Carol Concert, the team have been working extremely hard and the choir led by member Jane Byde are sounding fabulous. If you haven't already got your tickets please do come along on the day with friends and family, we would love to see as many friendly STWI faces as possible.

If you still want to be a member of STWI in January don't forget to renew your membership asap! Our treasurer Lesley Mason has outlined all the ways to renew in the newsletter below.

Finally in case we don't see you all at the Christmas party, on behalf of all of the committee I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Assistant Secretary
District Carol Concert
4 December, 14:00
St. Saviour's Church

Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge TN10 3BJ
The concert will be based on a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service with each WI in the District having a reading and nominating a carol. We have two readers because Golden Green WI are without a reader. The STWI readers will be Jenni Hewett and Sheila O'Mahony. We have organised a WI choir especially for the event and we have volunteers from lots of our other district WIs too. 
Tickets are now open to friends and family too and tickets are £3.50 including programme and refreshments.

Tickets will be available at the door, all are welcome - bring your family and friends!

Members Meeting: Christmas Party!

Tuesday, 13 December
19:30 - 21:30 
Old Fire Station

Get ready to party! We are so excited to have our next meeting at the Old Fire Station! This isn't a regular meeting, we won't have a speaker, just a good old christmas party. There will be a few bits of updates and news to discuss first, but then we'll play a few games, have a few drinks and something to eat.

We will be raffling off a certificate to attend a class at Denman College, so make sure you're there to be in the draw!

Please bring a plate of food to share if you can!

Previous Meeting Minutes

Renew Your Membership for 2017!

It's that time of year again! If you would like to continue your membership with us, please let us know and pay your 2017 fee of £39 as soon as possible. We would love to be able to offer any available spaces to others if possible, so we need to know our numbers soon!

How to renew

There are several ways, so do whatever is easiet for you! For all you MUST include your name!

1. Put cash or cheque (made to South Tonbridge WI) through treasurer Lesley's door at 5 Burns Crescent
2. Bring cash or cheque (made to South Tonbridge WI) to the December members' meeting on Dec. 13
3. Bank transfer - you MUST make the reference your first initial and surname, otherwise we will have no way to know who has paid and we can't count the payment.
     Sort Code: 20-88-13
     Account: 53322521

  Lesley Mason, Treasurer

Crochet Scarf Workshop: 11 December

Forsyth Hall
Sunday, 11 December


It is safe to say that I'm not particularly gifted on the handicraft front! However, I'm always up for giving it another go and when I saw this scarf on a blog recently I thought I'd rope in my lovely pal (and STWI Secretary!) Laura to help me make it. It is apparently just one simple stitch repeated. What I like about it is it looks COOL because, honestly, often 'easy' stuff can look a bit rubbish! Anyway, I thought there might be some of our members who'd be up for a morning of basic 'guided' crocheting and so we've booked The Forsyth Hall for Sunday 11th December 10.30 - 12.30. It'll be nice to have tea and mince pies and some Christmas tunes to jolly us along as well. Please bring a couple of quid to contribute towards the hall hire. They'll be a sign up sheet at the next meeting and no limit on numbers. Experienced crochet-ers also very welcome to help us all along. We won't finish the scarf in the time but you'll be able to bring it along to our next meeting if you've gotten stuck or want to ask a question.

You will need to bring with you:
500g of super chunky yarn 
10mm crochet hook
A large wool needle

If you've seen a 'crafty' thing you'd like to have a bash at but don't know how to, let us know and we'll see if we can organise someone to show us all how and book a room to do it in!

Becky Lamb, President

Handicrafts Workshop: 31 January

Would you like to try out cross stitch, or are your skills rusty and in need of a refresh?  The handicrafts group are running a cross stitch workshop on Tuesday 31st January to make a pretty valentine’s heart.  There will be two patterns to choose from - one which is straightforward and one a little more challenging - and by the end of the workshop you will have a lovely item to take home with you.  The cost is £5 to cover the cost of materials.

Please email Doina at to sign up. There is a Facebook event page set up where we will share information about the workshop but please do email to confirm your place. Please note that the workshop is limited to 12 places. 

Fay Carradine
Handicrafts Group Member

West Kent Federation Annual Council Meeting

23 March 2017
Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall

Every year our federation holds an annual meeting where you will hear an update from other WI's in the federation, Denman bursaries will be drawn, a report on the accounts and short update from the President of the federation. There will also be 2 speakers and a musical performance. This year, the speakers include:

  • Sarah Rogers, The Legacy of Riverhill, owner of Riverhill
  • Dr Helen Sharman, OBE, first British person in space in 1991
We have 7 allotted tickets (you get 1 for every 12 members in your WI) which are £10 each. If you would like to attend, please let us know by 31 December.

Thank you to Fay Carradine and Louise Parry Gathercole for answering the call for volunteer stewards on the day! 

Find out more about the meeting here.

  Laura Olley, Secretary

NFWI Annual Meeting

7 June 2017
Echo Arena, Liverpool

The NFWI will host its Annual Meeting at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Through a linking system (which you can read about here), we are required to send 1 delegate (travel and accommodation will be paid for each WI) to the meeting to cast our vote on the 2017 resolutions. We have the option to send a 2nd non-voting delegate however the STWI will need to pay their way, £136 and they will need to share a hotel room with the other delegate. 

2017 Resolutions
In your latest issue of WI Life, there is an article listing all of the proposed resolutions for the National Federation. 

  1. Alleviating loneliness
  2. FGM: More awareness for more action
  3. Equal access for all who need specialised maternal mental health services
  4. Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women and children in refugee camps
  5. Supporting women's refuges
  6. Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans
Read more about each resolution here.

At our next meeting, you will have the opportunity to cast your vote for one of the above resolutions. Which ever gets the most votes, we will cast our vote for at the annual meeting. The delegate we send will cast our vote and report back to us and the 3 WI's we are linked with on what happened at the meeting. 

If you won't be at the December meeting, please email us to let us know which resolution you would like to vote for and we will make sure your vote is counted!

If you would like to be our delegate, please let us know by 16 December as if we cannot supply one, we must allow the linked WI's to supply one by 6 January. 

  Laura Olley, Secretary

Ringpull Collection Continues

Thank you to everyone who has been collecting ring pulls . I know members are collecting at work and from family and friends. I am collecting at work and keep finding little piles in my drawer at work . Keep collecting . . 

Helen Wadey, Committee Member

Subgroup Update

Book Group 
We met at Wetherspoons to discuss Bel Canto. The book was based on the Peruvian Hostage crisis at the Japanese Embassy/ambassador's house, Lima, in 1996. There was a Red Cross official involved in the negotiations, it lasted 126 days There are several other similarities. Only 20 years ago but not memorable to us. Wikipedia indicates no UK people involved. The end was nearly like the book (not the wedding!!!).
Judy Adam, Member

The next book choice is And the Mountains Echoed by Kalhed Hosseini. 
We will meet on Monday, 30 January at Wetherspoons. Everyone is welcome, so start reading! Make sure Doris has your email on the list to keep up to date -  

Walking Group
Saturday, 10 December, 11:00
Bring your dog an enjoy a 2 mile walk through Haysden Park to the Plough in Leigh for some lunch. Please contact Thushara at for more information.

Supper Club
Six of us went to the Kaab Gao in November and really enjoyed it! Food was lovely and the company better! With Christmas parties and family commitments, we will not meet in December.


 Ruth Davies
Subgroup Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Check the calendar for full details and the list of Federation Events
  • District Carol Concert, St. Saviour's, 4 Dec., 14:00
  • STWI Walking Group: Haysden to the Plough for lunch, 10 December, 11:00
  • Crochet Scarf Workshop, Forsyth Hall, 11 Dec. 10:30-13:00
  • STWI Members Meeting, Christmas Party, The Old Fire Station, 13 Dec., 19:30-21:30
  • STWI Book Club, Wetherspoons, 30 January, 19:30
  • Handicrafts Cross Stitch Workshop, 31 January
Member Profile: Clare Jenner

Age: 49
Where are you originally from?
How do you spend your days?
Working at PTA UK, dog wrangling, teenage boy waker, frustrated rock star's wife (he's a frustrated rock star i'm not a frustrated wife!)
What is your favourite thing about living in Tonbridge? Walking out with my dog and fellow WI friends Donna and Laura and their dogs. Love that London and the seaside are within easy distance.
What unique skill or area of knowledge can you share with our members? Ghost hunter extraordinaire!
What is your theme tune? Groove is in the heart by Deelite

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