A year in the life of Milton WI

miltonwi032018 was such an amazing year for Milton WI – our centenary, so how can we top it? Well we will all have a jolly good try. We moved into 2019 with great enthusiasm and here are some of the events we are looking forward to later this year.

We have excellent speakers for our monthly meetings covering Sir Ernest Shackleton, Wildlife Photography, Art of Aromatherapy, Wychcraft Singers, Christmas Cookery, History of Nursery Rhymes and much more. Our meetings are the mainstay of our WI and we always follow the speaker slot with delicious homemade refreshments and a good chat.

Nine of us went to the County Annual Council Meeting in March where we were kept up-to-date with all WI matters. We enjoyed two excellent speakers, Emma Bridgwater the pottery guru and Helen Sharman the first British astronaut. Resolutions always play an important part of WI life. We are currently campaigning for better bus services in rural areas and period poverty. Many of our campaigns have been and still are a vital part of life in the 21st century. In 1954 the WI started the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. We have also historically campaigned for school meals, equal pay and more recently ‘plastic soup.’ We campaign for things we feel strongly about. Women really do make a difference.

Denman is our marvellous teaching college with state-of-the-art cookery school in Marcham. This is the national college and we are so lucky it is in Oxfordshire. Courses here cover a huge array of topics such as photography, history, cookery, painting and so much more. Milton awarded bursaries for three-day courses at Denman at our AGM this year.

Milton fete is a very important part of our year which we thoroughly enjoy. We man the refreshment marquee and cake stall after spending many hours donning aprons and furiously baking. Over the years we have served tea standing in several inches of mud in wellies and another year melting in the heat.

We hold regular craft afternoons and have covered embroidery, knitting, smocking and crochet. We also hold ‘Back to Basics’ workshops and have covered jam and chutney making, how to make various types of pastry and flower arranging. It may come as a surprise, but we weren’t all born with this knowledge.

On June 20th we are holding a Magic Summer Lunch in the village hall. Delicious food, a glass of wine or two, entertainment and good company are on display so it’s an event we are really looking forward to. All profits will be divided between two local charities.

We always welcome visitors to our meetings, please contact me, Linda Dixon on 830411 for more information.

June-July 2019