Pett WI August News

Pett WI News from Belinda Wood, President

What a great speaker for our final (we hope) Zoom meeting in June.  Kirsty Murphy spoke about her career in the RAF, including her time as the first female pilot for the Red Arrows as well as her latest work with The Blades. Filled with enthusiasm, motivation, inspiration and modesty – especially in respect to the MBE award by HM The Queen that very week – here is just flavour of the feedback we received from our members after the meeting.   “Brilliant speaker. What a way to end our Zooms. Kirsty is such a beautiful personality!”

“An inspiration to us all.”

“An amazing lady! Great speaker…an enjoyable evening.”

“What a way to finish the Pett WI zoom gatherings! A record attendance too. Kirsty is a truly lovely and inspirational lady with a twinkle in her eye. Incredible career. Amazing stories with gems of anecdotes! Brilliant evening. Am still buzzing!”

“Thanks for organising such an inspiring and entertaining speaker.”

“I am speechless she is such an inspiration and such a modest young woman!! A great speaker!”

“WOW!!! Just wow! She was so inspirational and what an amazing speaker! The Red Arrows’ stuff actually made me really emotional, I’m so happy to be lucky enough to be part of such a great group, thank you!”

And to quote the Red Arrows’ motto “Éclat from start to finish!”

The wet early summer weather meant that when members went to pick the cherries from the tree we rented in honour of past president Muriel Turner the useful yield was down by a good 60%!  However we still had a very enjoyable couple of hours together.  As the event coincided with American Independence Day fresh blueberry muffins were on hand to help sustain the pickers who managed to get a decent harvest nonetheless.  The cherries will form the basis of different produce to be shared at a forthcoming social event for all members.

We continue to support Rye Foodbank, and our current project to help the MacDonald Ward with their Courtyard Makeover Appeal continues too. Please do visit the MacDonald Ward Facebook page or their Just Giving page at if you are interested in finding out more.

If you’d like to join our group please make contact with our secretary Amanda at or look out for us on our Facebook page.