KINGSTON WI: Because of the bonfire celebrations in Lewes, our November meeting was changed from November 5 to November 12. We were asked to study the scrap books for past years to identify events, places and people involved before they were put in The Keep Archives, Brighton. The treasurer’s report indicated that we had a healthy sum to go into next year and we have 58 members. Valerie Simmons reported that one member was to have a knee operation; another was being well cared for locally and would appreciate visitors; Hazel who had been ill was recovering and another member, Pat, who had eye problems, was making progress. We were asked to add our names to the list for supplying food and help for the Christmas Party on December 11 from 6.30pm.

Barcombe Church is having a carol service on December 17. There is a planned visit backstage at Glyndbourne, on January 11, 12, or 13, at 10.30am costing £13. The Links for Hope charity shoe boxes for refugees managed to send 19 boxes filled with donated items for children and adults. A flower festival is planned for the third Sunday of September 2016, the theme is Harvest interpreted in any way you choose; more details to follow.

Kingston WI activities begin the Book Club on November 26, Pilates from 2pm to 3pm every Tuesday at the parish hall; Craft Club from 2pm to 4pm at the pavilion each Friday and the Choir is at 4pm to 5pm at Peggy’s house each Friday.

A Quiz Night on November 21, will be held in the Parish Hall, in aid of church funds; bring cutlery and crockery; food provided for £10. The 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held in Brighton in June 2016; it is Kingston’s turn to send a delegate representing four local institutes. A vote was taken to decide the format of our meetings, the winning option starts with refreshments of wine/tea/coffee then the business part then another short break before the speaker. A bursary covering the cost of a course at Denman College will be drawn from the hat at the Christmas Party. The financial statement for 2015, was followed by the budget planned for 2016, both from the treasurer, Carol Taplin. The secretary, Sue Wylde, read her annual report followed by the president’s address from Beverley Wakeford Brown. We plan to follow the success of the Village Tea in August 2015 which raised over £500, with a Christmas Market in November 2016, more details in the following months. Lynne Tunley, who is leaving the committee, was presented with flowers for her service. Lastly there was a vote to elect the president from the committee members and Beverley Wakeford Brown was re-elected for 2016. (Helen Dudley).

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