KINGSTON WI: Meeting November 1, at Kingston Parish Hall. Annual Business Meeting. The meeting began with a short social time where refreshments were served then the business meeting began. There were several apologies, some due to illness. The treasurer, Carol Taplin, gave the figures of our bank accounts, which is good. However, she told us that we ought to be fundraising next year to keep ourselves solvent. The preserves left over from a previous fundraising event are now for sale at a reduced price.

Kingston Activities. November 21 Walk. Meet at the end of the street at 9.30am for walk around Southease and Rodmell. Contact Barbara Martin. Tap is on the second and fourth Thursday each month at the Parish Hall. Pilates is also at the Parish Hall every Tuesday, 2pm to 3pm. Craft Club is at Kinston Pavilion, every Friday 2pm to 4pm.

Mary Cattermole told us of the members who had been unwell and the two who had cataract operations. She had visited them with good wishes and cards. Penny Crawley told of the need for tiny hats for premature babies, she has patterns so members can knit them for the Brighton Baby Unit. The programme for 2019 has now been completed and is ready for printing. Members were told of the preparations for our Christmas Party on Friday December 7, 6.30pm for 7pm at the Parish Hall, an event always well attended and where members supply food or funds, for the enjoyment of all. There was a reminder that our centenary is in 2020 and we were asked to think how this can be celebrated. Vicki Scott read her annual president’s report and Sue Wylde, as Secretary, also read her report of the past year. There was a short break before the president announced that the current committee members: Vicki Scott, Sue Wylde, Penny Crawley, Carol Taplin, Helen Dudley, Mary Cattermole and Penny Walker are willing to stand for another year and then we were pleased to hear that our current president was willing to stand for a third year, which was approved by all.

The meeting finished with discussions about fundraising and possible ways of celebrating our centenary, with members giving their views. At about 9.30pm the meeting finally ended with the prospect of ending the year with our wonderful Christmas Party in December. (Helen Dudley).