Thurnham WI: August and September Meetings

We won’t be having a meeting in July, so our next meetings will be on 25th August ( Members’ Night with Mystery Competition) and 22nd September (Papercraft / card making with Margaret Wadey). We usually meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in Thurnham Institute. New members and visitors welcome!

Our singing of “Jerusalem” at our June meeting took Sister Jayne Horswill back to her childhood days, when as an evacuee, she had accompanied her mother to WI meetings. Sister Jayne’s talk to us was on much more recent times – on the 12- year period following her retirement , which she spent in an Ursuline Convent in Cameroon. She explained that while women in the Cameroon’s cities could be found in positions of authority: in business, in the law, in education or in healthcare for example, life for women in rural areas was very different. One sister from the community had spent a year living alongside rural women to find out what life was like for them and what they really wanted. And what these women really wanted was a better prospect for their children. Since that time the Ursuline sisters have organised a crèche and primary schooling for more than 600 girls. She explained that many people grow their own food, so food is not in short supply, but cash, and therefore access to healthcare and education, is. Sister Jayne had many tales to tell, and photos to show from her time there and made us think how people are the same, and have the same concerns, the world over, even though our daily lives may be very different.

In May we enjoyed the “Seven Ages of Woman” according to Muriel Sanderson of Fulwood. She led us through Childhood Crises to Teenage Traumas, when we were “too old to say anything cute, but too young to say anything sensible”, and she took us via Middle Age, “when your knees buckle but your belt won’t” to The Three B’s of breathlessness, bunions and bifocals. All of us recognised at least something as Muriel swept through the stages of life in poetry and prose – and it was usually something to make us smile.