Milverton, Somerset
Women's Institute

Milverton WI December update

Due to the coronavirus restrictions it is still not possible to hold WI monthly meetings. However, prior to Lockdown 2, the Committee was able to meet – six members, socially distanced!

One of our members, Erica Tucker, has been a member of the Milverton WI since she moved here in 1947! We wished to mark this amazing statistic and loyalty to the WI. Due to the restrictions we were unable to applaud her during a WI meeting, but we were able to see her through the window of her house and present her with a card and small gift in recognition of this milestone. She will be an Honorary Member from now on.

October marked the anniversary of the founding of the WI in Milverton in 1933 –usually celebrated with a cake (what else ?!), but sadly not this year.

After meetings between John Kelly at Milverton Cricket Club and the Committee. It has been agreed that the WI will, in future, hold their monthly meetings at the Recreation Ground. Many grateful thanks to John for his help in organising this. We have pencilled in a date for January 2021 in the hope that restrictions will have eased by then.

To enable members to keep in touch we have instigated a monthly newsletter, including quizzes, recipes and gardening hints. We also hope to organise a ‘taster’ meeting to which non-members are cordially invited, soon after we are through the pandemic, to ‘advertise’ the benefits and enjoyment of becoming a member of the WI. Further details will be available as soon as we are able to arrange this.

We have carried on the seasonal WI tradition of filling as many shoe boxes as possible with small gifts, practical and otherwise. These have all been beautifully wrapped in festive paper and will be circulated to Somerset YMCAs and Somerset Homeless charities before Christmas. Thank you to Edwina for masterminding the filling (and wrapping!) of a record number of boxes this year.

We hope that everyone will be able to have a happy Christmas; it will be very difficult for so many people this year but we hope and pray for a brighter, healthier 2021.

Thank you to all who work tirelessly to keep Milverton as normal and as safe as possible. Stay safe and well.

Happy Christmas and a very happy New Year.