Overstrand Evening WI


So here we all are, once again

For this, our Christmas meal

And as for me, I hope ‘twill be

A jolly festive deal.

For starters, it’s a female ‘do -

No men to call the shots –

So chat – drink and be merry

Praps down a few more tots!

We’re just All Girls Together here

It’s W.I. – thus fair

The only males (if any -)

Are waiters to our chair

To service all of our desires.

Like food – and yes – more wine

So ladies of our W.I. enjoy this pause divine

Before the Christmas frenzy starts

To get itself in gear

You’re here – they’re there – enjoy your meal

And lots of festive cheer.


In January our year kicked off

As we’d agreed before

To greet New Year with Fish and Chips

And plan what was in store

For future meetings we would have

Throughout the coming year –

A planning evening policy, to which we’d now adhere


In February, we heard Richard Leeds,

A local tower of strength

Who spoke of Cromer Lifeboats

And had gone to some length

To illustrate his talk with slides


And other information.

We all felt glad of plucky men

Who man the Lifeboat Station,

Who put their own lives much at risk -

Put other people first

Who are in peril, out at sea

Return with pride – and thirst.


In March, another well-known chap

Who’s also local too,

Tim Bennett, ex-headmaster here

Gave many fact – all true

About an author – Gervaise Phinn,

Not know to me, I fear

Who was a school inspector

Who ranged both far and near.

The talk was entertaining

Far better than T.V.

We learned a lot and laughed a lot

Before we had our tea.


Next, April brought us Keri Lowe

Whose talk – Fibre and Earth

Enlightened as it entertained –

So learning, spiced with mirth.


Up next, was Resolutions

Which always comes each May –

These were discussed, then voted on

Before we went away.


We met again – this time in June

Too soon, the year’s half done.

Some walked, some talked, some hulled and chopped

Our strawberries.  What fun!!

June also brought our outing.

Once found, we sailed from Horning

Aboard a Paddle Steamer.

But first, were given warning

Of how not to conduct ourselves –

Some headed for its bar.

Not me though – I went up on deck

Far better view by far,

To feel the wind blow through my hair

And witness, as it passed,

A watery, wonderful, wild world

Which glided gently past.

On land once more, now safe ashore

We found a nearby pub

Which Anne had sensibly checked out,

And yielded top-notch grub.


July brought someone quite high-powered,

Linked to the British Legion –

Lyn Hatch who had the mammoth task

Of planning this regions

Own vital Poppy Day Appeal – a complex, worthy task

Which raises funds to help all those

Who didn’t wait to ask, but signed up, willing to give all

For King and country too, not knowing what it would involve

Displaying courage true.

We heard of how these funds are used

Part 1 of, Just Another W.I. Year 2019, by Nancy

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