Drive It Day – 25th April 2010
WI members were asked to provide refreshments for a Drive, one Sunday in April. Organised by the British Historic Vehicles Association, Essex Chapter it was to be part of its annual Drive-It Day celebrations. Funds raised from the event were to go to Headway, a charity for people with brain injuries. Vintage and Classic cars aimed to cover part of the route of the old A12 between Brentwood and Dedham. Along the way they would pass through many villages which have now been bypassed.
Vehicles ranged from Vintage Austins from the early 1900’s to Classic cars of the 1950’s and 1960’s such as Morris Minors and Minis. Many drivers and their passengers also dressed appropriately according to the age of their vehicle.
The plan was that the cars would leave Brentwood in groups of about ten starting at 9.00am. They would then arrive at Deal of Kelvedon, in Station Road in time for refreshments before continuing on to Dedham. However, with the parking at Dedham not available until later they all stayed at Kelvedon until about midday.
Our WI ladies rose to the challenge and continued to serve refreshments non-stop for about three hours. During this time over 150 drivers and passengers were served, plus a host of local sightseers as well. Several trips had to be made to the local shop, in order to keep the supply of milk topped up and of course there was a continuous stream of washing up to be done. Overall it was a lovely day with funds raised for both WI and Headway.
Our August meeting was in the form of a day trip to Beth Chatto's Garden at Elmstead Market. It was Wednesday 11th August when thirteen members boarded the Colchester bound bus at Kelvedon. After a cup of coffee and a change of buses in Colchester they eventually arrived at the gardens. Three other members had travelled by car and they all had lunch in the tea-room.
It was a warm and pleasant day, just right for strolling around a garden. The Gravel Garden was thought to be particularily lovely. It is drought resistant and has not been artificially water since its creation in the winter of 1991/2. The gardens were originally formed from an overgrown wasteland site between two farms in 1960.
After a good look around the nursery our members made their way back to Kelvedon.
What talents we uncovered at our Autumn Show on Wednesday 13th October 2010.
Over one hundred and forty items were entered in twenty-two classes. The categories were:- Fruit and Vegetables, Flowers and Flower arrangements, Handicrafts, Cookery, Paintings and Photography.
The handicraft section, which was very popular, consisted of:- a mouse made from a teasel head, a greetings card, a stitched item and a knitted item. Stitched and knitted entries ranged from tiny doll's house size articles to large patchwork quilts.
All the apple cakes were made using the same recipe yet how different they all look. Congratulations to Ellen for baking the best one. The judge commented that it was a really nice cake.
The winner with the most points was Fiona who was presented with the Linda Wood Trophy. Janet received the Sandra Rogers Cup for Best in Show with her Flower Arrangement in a Wine Glass.
Many thanks to Mary and Ellen who staged all the items so attractively. First, second and third prizewinners were all awarded certificates.
After the excitement of the show we held our Annual General Meeting and welcomed our new president and committee.
Christmas Tree Festival
Our entry for the 2010 Christmas Tree Festival was 'Frosty the Snowman.'
December Meeting - A Medieval Evening
Members arrived with their splendid Medieval hats to find tables decorated with candles and greenery. Mulled wine and various "Medieval delicacies" were on offer as well as the usual festive sausage rolls and mince pies.
After a wonderful performance by the Kelvedon Players gifts were exchanged. Members had great fun passing presents to the left and then to the right as the Medieval story of the Wright family unfolded.