Pett WI News from Belinda Wood, President – July 2022 Update

What a wonderful event our Jubilee Party was!  80 guests enjoyed an afternoon tea with prosecco, sandwiches, homemade scones and jam, and a huge array of tempting cakes!  We were entertained by local singer Sammy Lou who soon encouraged guests to singalong and also get on the dance floor.  We were particularly proud to have been featured on the main national ITV news that evening!

We would like to thank Heringtons Solicitors for their kind support as well as Concepts of Rye, Tic Tocory and Johnsons Fruiterers. This event could not have happened without the fabulous organisation of Pett WI committee members Amanda Leeson, Tracy Hedley, Jane Murray and Trish Walker and to so many of our members (and families) who helped by making scones/cakes/jam, organising flowers, helping in the kitchen, lending china, making bunting, buying/selling raffle tickets and so much more! Special thanks to Pam Burgess and Lin Jessop for picking and arranging garden flowers which helped make the tables look so pretty.  Also to Philippa Strickland for much cooking of jam, making of bunting and helping in the kitchen, Clare Walker for helping with the raffle and Sharon Sellens for leading us in Jerusalem and for helping with so many things on the day!

Back in May members enjoyed a varied, lively, interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining meeting which covered items that included the current campaign to ”See the Signs”  to raise awareness of the subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to help ensure that more women are diagnosed earlier as well as an explanation of an upcoming resolution women and girls with ASD & ADHD – under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported.   Our main speaker was the charismatic Chantal Palmer from Charles Palmer Vineyards who gave an entertaining talk about life at the vineyard and the processes involved in making wine as well as telling us more about The Cellar Door which encompasses their wine tasting room. Members are looking forward to a social event at the Cellar Door in August.

Other events in May included a visit by members of Pett WICAID (Pett WI Community Aid) team to the MacDonald Ward of the Conquest Hospital where they were welcomed by ward matron Mark Chamberlain. The main aim of the visit was to present a cheque for £2,327.71 which represents funds raised via our recent Spring Fair and community donations including a fabulous £500 from Kit and Janet Mclean in respect of the gate takings at their popular Elm Tree boot fair events.  Mark showed us around the courtyard garden which is the centrepoint for our fundraising as we assist with the renovation of the garden.  Mark thanked Pett WI for their continuing support of not just this project but other initiatives over the years. The MacDonald Ward is one of 21 courtyard gardens at the Conquest Hospital which due to funding constraints has seen the once immaculate courtyards become in serious need of renovation. The hope for the MacDonald ward courtyard is to restore it to its original purpose to provide a tranquil and beautiful space for patients and visitors to enjoy.

Pictured from left to right – Mark Chamberlain, Hilary Dymott (WICAID Coordinator), Sally Watson and Wendy Burgess.

Pictured from left to right – Mark Chamberlain, Hilary Dymott (WICAID Coordinator), Sally Watson and Wendy Burgess.

Members of the theatre club also enjoyed the Battle Theatrical Society’s production of The Calendar Girls the Musical.

As always it’s all going on at Pett WI!

Belinda Wood

(President, Pett WI)