PLEASE READ THIS: A few days ago Neighbour Helen was on the phone to her daughter, who loves crafts and upcycling like I do. Suddenly her daughter shouted, ‘Oh my God! Hang on a minute.’ When she came back to the phone, she explained what had happened. She’d refurbished an old table, giving it a new top and covering it with patterned plastic. Then she’d placed a glass vase of flowers in the centre. It was outside, under a wooden pergola. Despite the cold wind lately, the sun has been red hot. Smoke was rising from under the vase and the lot was ready to burst into flames. The sun had set the table on fire by shining through the vase. If everyone had been out for the day, the house would have caught fire.

FOURWAYS WI: The WI held their meeting on June 1 at the Luxfords Centre. Business and minutes were read and approved. We were then entertained by Anna Astin, It’s your Duty to be Beautiful, her talk was based during WW2 and the role of women and how they should be healthy outside and inside whilst taking on manual work which previously had been the job for the men. One and half million women had to step up, eighty thousand joined the land army and another million joined the WVS. Also women were still expected to look good using whatever they could, gravy browning to draw seams on the backs of their legs to look like stockings, beetroot juice to colour their lips and a good percentage had perms to keep their hair looking coiffured, also 80 percent of women smoked. Just think how lucky we are today. Our meeting ended with refreshments. Results of the competition, Decorated Spectacles, was: 1, Carole Marchant; 2, Maureen Risbridger. We will not be meeting in July as we have a group outing to Pashley Manor to celebrate our 100th Anniversary and we do not hold a meeting in August therefore our next meeting will be September 7 at the Luxford Centre at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

TEA PARTY: Blooming Great Tea Party at Uckfield Leisure Centre tomorrow, Saturday, 9am to noon and 4pm to 6pm. Local artist Janet Orpwood’s tea party painting in the form of a greetings card which, uniquely, can be converted for use as a book mark will be available to purchase. There’s an opportunity to enjoy tea or coffee and delicious cakes while supporting Marie Curie, the leading charity providing care to people in their own homes or in one of the charity’s nine hospices. 2,000 Marie Curie nurses work in the community to provide free end of life care. And while Marie Curie is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS, seven out of 10 people cared for by Marie Curie Nurses get their wish to die in their own homes.

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