RECORD OF OUR MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 21st MARCH 2017
Our theme for the evening was Have Time Will Travel and four members volunteered to share their very different holiday experiences.
First we heard from one of our members who had won a bursary to go to Denman College about her experience there. She gave a very comprehensive and enthusiastic talk covering every aspect of her stay and the course on altering clothes with May Martin, one of the original judges on the Great British Sewing Bee. Her stay at Denman reflected and supported the WI ethos; a safe haven for members to meet and learn new skills. She had such a great experience she has already booked to go again, this time to do silk painting.
This was followed by another member giving us a talk, with photographs, about her trip to Canada on her own, which included a cruise to Alaska. With her dry sense of humour, she amused us all about certain aspects of her holiday which had a very full itinerary, all specially arranged to her own specification. Despite being on her own, she met lots of friendly travellers and obviously had a tremendous time taking in the huge variety of places she visited.
We then heard from a seasoned narrowboat owner about the time she and husband took their boat to Sweden. There were photographs of the boat being loaded onto the ferry at Tilbury and then being off loaded in Sweden!
Their trip took them through the canals and huge lakes to a meeting up of other visiting boats which were a great attraction in Sweden as they don’t have narrowboats, they were enthusiastically welcomed wherever they went!
And to close the evening we heard about a member's recent holiday to Cuba with pictures of colourful American cars, the architecture and street scenes depicting the life in Havana and on the coast. We were reminded that Cuba as a communist country, people receive health care, education and employment and this was reflected in the older generation’s obvious contentment with their lives. In contrast, she felt, that perhaps the younger generation, with access to modern technology, wouldn’t be so contented in the future. A return trip would to Cuba and its sunny way of life would certainly be wonderful.