Pett Women’s Institute – May 2021 Update

WI visit to see Cherry Tree dedicated to past president Muriel Turner

Sadly the frosty, windy spring meant that our rented cherry tree was showing some slight damage when six of us visited it for the first time at Cooks Farm cherry orchard back in late April.  Pett WI have rented the tree in honour of past president, the late Muriel Turner.  It was so lovely though to get out and be with members again after such a long time.  We still hope to have a good harvest and look forward to organising events when we can turn the produce into something we can all enjoy at a special event in the future.

Back in April our speaker was Mig Kimpton who has spent over thirty years working in theatre as a producer at places such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Old Vic Theatre.  Mig also has a lifelong passion and career with flowers: he has won many awards, including twelve prestigious medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Moving away from theatre in 2014, he is now concentrating on his floral life based in Deal Kent. He is currently horticultural advisor and Flower Show Creative Manager for Aztec Flower Shows, that includes the annual Blenheim Palace Flower Show and National Flower Show at Hylands House, Chelmsford.  We’re very much hoping to entice him to be a guest judge at a future Pett Flower Show!  Mig’s talk to us was entitled Creatively Conscious during which he put together a fabulous – and easy to replicate – spring flower arrangement.

We have had so many fantastic speakers presenting to us and we look forward to more this year but from July we hope to be meeting in person again!  Before then our June speaker is worth publicising now just as a reminder to members – to be held on Wednesday 16th June at 7.30pm – Kirsty Murphy, comes highly recommended by WIs and other organisations. Kirsty will talk about her experiences as the RAF’s first ever female Red Arrows pilot.   She  now works for the UK Space Station and also flies for The Blades in her “spare” time!

We have expanded our WI community appeal to include support to the Conquest Hospital’s MacDonald Ward in respect of their current Courtyard Makeover appeal.  More information about this next month but if you have or have had close links to this ward and would be interested in donating or supporting them you can find out more on their Facebook page, links for which you can find on our own page or email me via and I can send you details.

We continue to collect and deliver donations to Rye Foodbank but now on a fortnightly basis.  Alternatively, financial donations can either be made by cheque (made payable to Pett WI) and sent to Jane Sweaney at “Oakhurst”, Pett Road, Pett, TN35 4HG or made directly into the Pett WI Bank Account – Lloyds Bank – Sort Code: 30-98-97 – Account No: 70587368 – with the reference for both as “Food Bank” please.

Belinda Wood – President