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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