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Eighteen members met at the United Reform Church on Thursday 3rd March 2011.  We had arrived, with great trepidation, to take part in a voice workshop led by singing teacher Angela Dennis.  We needn't have worried as Angela immediately put us at ease. 

After some stretching and breathing exercises, which relaxed us, we started to use our voices.  Although we did not have any musical accompaniment  with Angela's patient instruction we were soon singing away and thoroughly enjoying ourselves.  Split into three groups of different voices, we managed to sing some rounds, ending by singing Let it be.
Our two hours was over all too quickly - we felt that we would have liked to carry on for longer.  It was a wonderful way to spend a chilly March afternoon and we hope to invite Angela back for some more sessions.



WI outing to Dunwich & Westleton Wild Flower Festival
Friday 29th July 2011

Our coach left Kelvedon on a rather cool, grey morning and we pulled into the car park at Dunwich beach at exactly midday.  As soon as the coach had come to a halt, the owner of the beach café leapt aboard and having reeled off the day's menu, took our orders for fish and chips.  We filed into the café and found our seats.  The whole lunch service was operated like a military campaign and we were very soon tucking into our freshly fried delicious fish and chips.

Unfortunately it wasn't a day to linger on the beach, but after lunch we had an opportunity to visit the Dunwich Museum which told the story of how this important medieval port had been swallowed up by the sea in the early Middle Ages.  There was also an art exhibition in the village.

We then drove to Westleton Church.  The reason for the visit to the Flower Festival at the Church followed on from a visit to the Broderers 'Guild in Norwich Cathedral last autumn where a group of us had seen a new altar frontal being stitched for Westleton Church, which was due to be finished in time for the annual Wild Flower Festival.  St Peter's, Westleton is a simple 15th Century church with a plain white interior.  This stark setting was a wonderful background for the beautiful wild flower arrangements, with themes linked to passages from the Psalms.  Unfortunately we were disappointed to see that the altar frontal was not in place - although the embroidery had been completed, the frontal was still in Norwich awaiting final finishing touches.

A great day out, with a promise to visit Westleton Wild Flower Festival another year when the altar frontal will finally be in place.



The August Garden Meeting 2011

The garden was lovely, the evening bright.
When the W I ladies arrived that night.
Plied with drinks, they wandered around
Admiring the display of art work they'd found.
As soon as the ladies had taken a seat,
Out came the fish 'n' chips, Oh, what a treat.
Fresh fruit salad was next to be had.
Then came a game making everyone glad.
Tea, coffee, the raffle, then clearing away.
What an enjoyable end to the day.

by Daphne Mead.



Outing to Dedham

On Wednesday 31st August 2011twelve members travelled by bus from Kelvedon to Dedham.  The weather was very overcast but after a reviving cup of coffee we walked to Flatford Mill where we had lunch.  After spending a most enjoyable day in the pretty village enjoying some of Constable's art we returned home in time for tea.



Outing to Buckingham Palace

Ten members enjoyed a superb visit to Buckingham Palace on 8th September 2011.

With the help of audio guides, we were taken through the nineteen richly-decorated State Rooms, with their sumptuous furnishings and works of art.  The tour included a viewing of the Royal Fabergé Collection, a delightful exhibition of small artefacts crafted in precious and semi-precious metals and stones, and, the highlight, Princess Catherine's wonderful wedding dress and accessories, a replica of her bouquet, and the wedding cake.

The tour ended with a walk through the Palace gardens and the inevitable gift shop.



Legal London Trip

An early start on Monday 17th October 2011saw our party of 36, which included members, husbands and friends, climb aboard our coach to begin our Legal London trip.

Eager anticipation was rewarded at our first stop the Knights Templers Tavern for coffee.  This highly decorative former bank was just the beginning of our tour which then took in the grounds of Inner and Middle Temple, two of the Inns of Court, which were formed in the 14th century.

Our three course lunch was in the magnificent Elizabethan dining hall in Middle Temple.  The hall contains a treasure trove of furniture and paintings reflective of its sumptuous surroundings and extensive history, which included the first production of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' in 1602.

We all overindulged on the food during lunch which was superb and wondered how we would manage the afternoon activities.  Our guide however kept us busy with his knowledge and hidden gems of this area of London.
We ended our tour by visiting the Royal Courts of Justice with its gothic and imposing architecture which is often featured in the news. Although the press and cameras were waiting outside the court for the outcome of the Dale Farm appeal our visit was not recorded nationally.  It will however be remembered by all concerned as a splendid if exhausting day.



Christmas Tree Festival

St Mary's Church was filled with Christmas trees once again from 2nd to 4th December 2011.  The theme for our tree was presents.  Members made and decorated little boxes and filled mini jam jars with small gifts.

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