March madness for Old Buckenham WIIt isn’t only hares that have a frenzy of activity in March, Old Buckenham WI have too. Activities ranged from providing refreshments for two Village Hall fund-raising events, scrabble evenings, darts competitions, a Craft Day, Village Hall quiz, a monthly meeting and a Spring Fair.
The WI pulled out all their creativity by organising a second Craft Day in the Village Hall for sixty WI members from around the county [see post on Wednesday 14 March]. The tutored crafts included embroidery, patchwork, box-making, beading and pewter work. The students were provided with refreshments and a lunch by a team of cooks in the kitchen. The event was much enjoyed by all those who attended.
The same week, Old Buckenham WI entered three teams into the Village Hall quiz and the A team were declared champions [see post on Tuesday 20 March]. The team were awarded a silver cup and an Easter egg each.
The speaker at this month’s meeting was Sister Pamela with her talk on being a nun in the 21st century. The All Hallows convent was started over one hundred and fifty years ago in Norwich and continues today with premises in Ditchingham. Initially the sisters took care of the poor and destitute. They founded a hospital near Bungay, which now provides respite care. They opened and ran an orphanage and school, now closed. Today the order runs retreats, helps the homeless back into work and is involved with the Julian shrine in Norwich. Sister Pamela spoke of their website and keeping up with the times whilst still providing spiritual guidance for those seeking it.
The WI finished the month on Saturday 31 March with a Spring Fair held in the local Church Rooms [see post on Sunday 1 April]. A homemade, traditional afternoon tea was included in the entrance fee. Visitors then had a chance to enter the raffle, try their luck at the tombola stall or quiz or just have a mardle over their tea.
Hectic? Yes. Rewarding? Of course. Tiring? Naturally. March has been a challenging month but well worth it.