Presidents Post – November 2019

Dear All

Tango, Dance, Pair, Passion

Well here we are nearly at our last meeting of the year. This is when we have our Christmas Meeting (27th November) as we don’t meet in December (unless of course you’d like to meet on Christmas Day this year?).This year we are celebrating ‘Strictly Style. We’d love you to come with a ‘Strictly Sparkle’ – be it a ‘posh frock or just sparkly earrings – feel free to sparkle! We will be learning a few Strictly moves in the evening, so dust off your dancing shoes!

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Also, on this night we hope to hand over to Jen Lomas representing Frimley Park’s children’s ward – F1 at least 50 Parents Packs. Packs of toiletries designed to make parents unexpected stays in F1 a little easier.If you would still like to donate either by cash donation, we are happy to take on 27th or before by Bank transfer. Please advise Wendy ( if you are sending money by BACS.If you have completed packs please bring them on the evening, if you have single items – I am happy if you drop them off to myself. If you email me  or text me (number at bottom of email), we can then arrange a drop off (or collection time).

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We will also be signing the Christmas cards that we are all (hopefully!) bringing along. We have WI-Flyers stickers to add to the cards so that the recipients know about you and where you are sending from. We will then be delivering to local Residential and Care Homes and Day centres. If you have anywhere that you feel might benefit from a delivery of cards please let us know on the night.Delivering these cards is part of the WI’s Alleviating Loneliness campaign.


There will be some mulled wine and mince pies to get the Christmas season off with a swing!


Our Fish and Chip Bingo Evening has been a popular choice.The date is booked – 31st January 2020 at North Farnborough Infant School. Final details to follow.Bring your own drinks and glasses and bingo dabbers!Please can we ask you to bring a deposit of £5 on 27th November (non- refundable I’m afraid). This can be cash / cheque or by BACS.If you cannot make our November meeting but would still like to join us – please email me


You will soon be receiving an email from Wendy our Treasurer asking for next years subscription. The cost for 2020 is £43 ( just a £1 increase on last year).We hope you will join us for another year and consider the WI good value. Please complete your Gift Aid form (should you or your husband/partner pay tax). This enables us to claim back gift aid on £21.50 of your subscription. We look forward to joining us again. Your new 2020 programme should be available at the meeting. (Of course, this may be subject to change).


Please don’t forget to put the date of Monday 9th December in your calendars. The WI-Flyers are hosting the Hart Carol Service at our own St Peter’s Church in Farnborough. The service starts at 7pm and the service will be led by Matthew Swires-Hennessey from St Peter’s.There will be refreshments in the Parish Centre after the service. As part of The WI-Flyers -we would love to see you there.If I don’t manage to see you on 27th November – Happy Christmas and a Happy new Year (first time I’ve written that this year!). Looking forward to seeing you in 2020

Kind regards


Rachel Neudegg