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This page was named to reflect a revised remit to allow a wider coverage of village events.

On the 20th October 2009, we first published the current weekly "Filby News" bulletin on this page. That bulletin and all the subsequent bulletins remain accessible from the Village Voice Echoes page. However, since the most recent bulletin of Tuesday 20th October 2015 no further bulletins or communications have been received.

Village Voice will still reward regular visits as it is possible to include comments, reports and observations sent to the Webmaster using the email address shown below. This is also an opportunity for us to see and record your photographs covering Filby, its people, events and activities both past and present. Contributions are always welcome. It is intended that suitable material will become part of the Filby Collection.

In January 2010 we started publishing, month by month, the Victorian equivalent of Village Voice starting with January 1890. To see what our forebears considered worthy of record one hundred and twenty years ago. Why not go to the Voices from the Past page?

To publicise your Filby related event please email webmaster@filbyvillage.org.uk. You can also use this email address to make contact with the event organizers or if you require further information on items below your message will be passed on.

Filby News

Sue & Lesley's Jumble Sales

Sue and Lesley's most recent Jumble Sale, held on Saturday 8th September in Fleggburgh Village Hall, raised £760 for The Trinity Broads Project.
Many thanks to all who helped on the day, donated jumble, supported the sale and who otherwise helped in any way.

The Trinity Broads are a very special place for wildlife and people. The site is a water supply owned by Essex & Suffolk Water and managed for wildlife and people by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Funds are being raised to improve access, including disabled access.


Filby Computer Club

Filby Computer Club is now taking its short Christmas break. We will meet again on Tuesday 8th January 2019. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you next year.

The Computer Club meets each Tuesday morning at 10a.m. in the Clubroom. New members are always welcome.
It will only cost you £3.00, refreshments included, for two hours of help, advice and friendly company.
Visit our web page at: www.filbyvillage.org.uk/fcc.html
You can join this lively group by emailing me via the address at the bottom of this page or just turn up next Tuesday morning.
Come along, make new friends and learn new skills.

The Filby Computer Club Forum

We now have our online forum available to members to seek help and discuss issues between sessions.
To visit the forum please go to:
Filby Computer Club Forum

The Filby Collection

We continue to develop the Filby Collection recording Filby's events and people for future generations to look back upon. Anyone with photos, memories or documents to share of any person, family, event or activity in Filby, please contact webmaster@filbyvillage.org.uk or phone Keith or Lesley on 01493 369536. Please help us to record history and become part of the Filby Collection. We will arrange to copy and speedily return all originals.

Bee Keepers

If there are Bee Keepers in the area who are interested in having bee hives at our community orchard please contact Keith Johnson on 01493 369536.

The Great War Centenary 1914/18--2014/18

To commemorate Filby's involvement in the 1st World War and subsequent conflicts, The Filby Collection is remembering the residents of Filby who took part in this conflict and also the 2nd World War. If you have any information, memorabilia, photographs etc we would be very interested to hear from you. The collection will be kept for future generations. We also include Thrigby and Mautby parishes. For further information phone Lesley or Keith on 01493 369536.

Need More Information?

If you need further information on anything happening in Filby go to www.filbyvillage.org.uk/home.html and follow the links.


Church News

From 17th July 2016 we will be publishing Church News here. It is supplied by John Hart

Filby Church, Services

Forthcoming Event

Friday 30th November 2018

7.30 pm Great Yarmouth Brass Band Christmas Concert at Filby Church.
Tickets are £10.00 includes a glass of wine/juice and a good buffet.
Tickets are available on the door or from:
Sue Smith tel: 369291 and Vivien Moore tel: 733386

Friday 9th November 2018

Broadlands Theatre Group in partnership with Filby Church staged a performance to "Remember 100 year end of World War One" on Friday November 9th in Filby Church.
There was also a photographic display of Filby and Thrigby Veterans and their families.
The performance raised £1178.00 after expenses. £402 has been donated to the Royal British Legion and £776 for church funds. Many thanks to all who supported the event, to those who took part and to those who helped in any way.

Monday 24th December 2018

11.30 pm Midnight Mass - All welcome.

Sunday 23rd December 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week. There will, however, be at
10.30 am Holy Communion at Fleggburgh – All Welcome

Sunday 16th December 2018

10.30 am Holy Communion – All Welcome.

Sunday 9th December 2018

10.30 am Holy Communion – All Welcome.

Sunday 2nd December 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week
10.30 am There will, however, be a Joint Parish Advent Service at Stokesby – All Welcome.

Sunday 25th November 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week
10.30 am There will, however, be a Joint Sunday Holy Communion at Fleggburgh – All Welcome.

Sunday 18th November 2018

10.30 am Holy Communion – All Welcome.

Sunday 11th November 2018

10.30 am Service of Remembrance – All Welcome.

Sunday 4th November 2018

2.00 pm All Souls Service – All Welcome.

Sunday 28th October 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week.
10.30 am Joint Sunday Holy Communion at Fleggburgh – All Welcome.

Sunday 21st October 2018

10.30 am Holy Communion – All Welcome.

Sunday 14th October 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week.
There will be 10.30am Holy Communion at Fleggburgh – All Welcome.

Sunday 7th October 2018

10.30 am Sunday Morning Worship – All Welcome.

Sunday 30th September 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week.
There will be a 10.30am Holy Communion service at Fleggburgh Church - all welcome.

Sunday 23rd September 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week.
There will be 10.30am Holy Communion joint with, and at, Fleggburgh. - All Welcome

Sunday 16th September 2018

10.30 am Holy Communion – All Welcome.

Sunday 9th September 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week.
9.00am Holy Communion at Runham.
3.00pm Benefice Harvest Festival at Mautby.
All Welcome

Sunday 2nd September 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week.
10.30 Benefice Holy Communion at Mautby – All Welcome.

Sunday 26th August 2018

There will be no service at Filby this week*

10.30 am Joint Sunday Holy Communion at
Fleggburgh – All Welcome.

Sunday 19th August 2018

10.30 am Holy Communion – All Welcome.

Sunday 12th August 2018

There will be no Sunday morning service at Filby this week.
There will, however, be a Filby Association Service at 2.00pm – All Welcome.’

Sunday 5th August 2018

10.30 am Sunday Morning Worship – All Welcome.


Filby & District Women's Institute News

Previous reports, from 2009 to date can be accessed by going to the Filby and District W. I. page.

FILBY & DISTRICT WI

9th December 2018

Filby members enjoyed a lovely Christmas Meal last week at Acle Bridge Restaurant and wish to thank May for organising everything.
Several members went to an Auditions Day at Thompson Village Hall recently where 5 very different speakers spoke about their subjects. An excellent lunch was put on by members of Thompson WI.
Next Filby meeting is our party in the Village Hall on 20th December at 2.00pm. Please bring food items to be passed on to the local Food Banks.

18th November 2018

President Jan Howard welcomed members and guest, Kim Reynolds WI Adviser, to the Annual Meeting in the Village Hall.
A lunch of fish and chips was enjoyed by everyone before getting down to business. After the singing of Jerusalem, Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed with no matters arising.
Some resolutions over the years were on display celebrating 100 years since the first one was discussed. Since 1918 the WI has passed over 400 resolutions.
We are to collect items for local food banks in December. Vivien, Elaine Ellis, June and Lyn will be attending the Centenary Thanksgiving Service in Norwich Cathedral on 12th April. Two of them will parade our beautiful embroidered tablecloth.
Lottery Bonus Ball Draw was won by Jan.
Birthday cards were given to Lyn and Joan Mann. Cards had been sent to Judith, Doreen and Angela Beeston.
Official business - The Treasurer gave everyone a copy of the Financial Statement explaining items on it. This was passed and seconded by Joan Mann.
The Committee's Report was given by the Secretary.
Jan then gave her report thanking everyone who had supported her in the year. Members were asked if they had any suggestions about how the WI should be run. There were no comments.
Vote of thanks to Jan and the Committee was given by Amanda.
Vivien read out the speakers booked for next year.
Jan then announced she was retiring from being President and coming off the Committee. She has been on the Committee since December 2000 and was elected President in November 2001.
Kate presented her with a WI Silver Brooch and flowers on behalf of the members. Thanking her for her hard work over the years. Jan thanked everyone.
Kim Reynolds then took charge of the voting for a new President. Kate Foster was voted for and she accepted the position.
Jan handed over the President's badge and wished Kate all the best in her new roll.

5th November 2018

Filby WI next meeting 15th November in the Village Hall. Meet 12.30pm for 1.00pm fish and chips lunch before the Annual Meeting. At this meeting balance of £16 to be paid for Christmas Lunch on 6th December. Also payment of £3 for next year's WI Norfolk Magazine (formerly Gazette).

22nd October 2018

On 18th October 33 members, including new member Penny Woollard and 2 guests, met in the Village Hall. President Jan Howard chaired the meeting and after the singing of Jerusalem she welcomed everyone.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
The speaker was Mr Robert Easton from Easton's Coaches. This was a very interesting talk Mr Easton explaining how the firm started and up to the present day. He showed us pictures of coaches past and present and answered several questions afterwards.
Vote of thanks was given by June. After refreshments correspondence was read out. Invitations had been received from Rollesby WI for their Marie Curie fund raising evening and from Ormesby WI for their December meeting.
A donation of £20 has been given to the British Legion for a Poppy Wreath to be laid at the Remembrance Day Service by Vivien Moore on our behalf.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Allison.
Birthday cards were for Elaine Ellis, Cindy and Linda.

9th October 2018

Next meeting 18th October 2.00pm Filby Village Hall. The speaker is Robert Easton from Easton's Coaches.
Members please bring £2.50 this month towards subsidised cost of fish and chips at November meeting. Christmas Lunch at Acle Bridge Restaurant on 6th December. £5.00 deposit now to book your place. Balance of £16 due in November. If you require a copy of Norfolk WI News next year the cost is £3 payable in October. Thank you.

30th September 2018

On 20th September members and 1 guest met in the Village Hall.
President Jan Howard chaired the meeting and after the singing of Jerusalem she welcomed everyone to our first Craft Afternoon.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
Business - Members were informed that next year's subscription would be £42.00
The Federation Annual Meeting next year is at the Theatre Royal, Norwich on 21st March with guest speaker Pam Ayres. Cost of tickets £15 to be collected at the October meeting. We will be having fish and chips at our Annual Meeting in November subsidised cost of £2.50 to be collected at the October meeting. Christmas Lunch is on 6th December at Acle Bridge Restaurant, Deposit of £5 to be collected at the October meeting. Balance of £16 due in November.
Members were asked to wait till 1.45pm before looking at goods on the Bring and Buy stall to enable Sue and Allison to set up.
After refreshments we had an afternoon with a difference with members taking part in learning different crafts. Jan demonstrated making a pretty material rosette, Kate showed how to paint a lovely flower, Pat did neck and hand massage and Vivien painted bright finger nails. We had invited Sarah Hurren and friend from 'Sticky Prints' to show us how she made jewellery. Vote of thanks was given by Betty to everyone who had made such an enjoyable afternoon.
Lottery Bonus Ball competition winner was Valerie Brock. Birthday cards were for Jan, Julia, Amanda, Kathy and Angie Harwood.

4th September 2018

Next meeting 20th September 2.00pm Filby Village Hall. This is a Craft Afternoon with demonstrations by members. Please bring scissors if you put your name down on Jan's list. For members who were not at the last meeting and will be coming this month, please 'phone Valerie 01493 720014 for details.

26th August 2018

After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members, the speaker and guest Joe Stirling to the August meeting.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed with no matters arising.
Jan introduced Mrs Phyllida Scrivens, a brilliant speaker, who spoke about and showed pictures of Joe Stirling, his parents and where he was born. The title of the talk was 'Escaping Hitler - A Jewish Boy's quest for freedom and his future' - the true story of a Kinder Transport Boy whose destiny was to become the Sheriff of Norwich in 1975. This was a sad and fascinating story and it was a pleasure to have Joe with us and he answered lots of member's questions.
Thanks to the speaker was given by Helen Scott.
Correspondence was read out after refreshments. Members were asked to put their names down against crafts they were interested in doing at the next meeting.
Lottery Bonus Ball draw was won by Stella.
Birthday cards were for Kate, Heather, Caroline and Kathleen.

22nd August 2018

Thank you to everyone who came, helped and made biscuits for our Hotters Footwear Evening on the 22nd. The evening was a great success with 5 members of the staff from Hotter's shop in Norwich coming straight from work to, first of all, tell us the history of the firm with pictures and, after refreshments, model their latest shoes and boots. Giving descriptions on all of them - ladies and gentlemens. One very happy person won a voucher for a free pair of shoes in the big raffle.

29th July 2018

The July meeting was held on a very hot afternoon. After the singing of Jerusalem Kate Foster welcomed members, new member Virginia Bryan and Link Delegate Barbara Tennant. Minutes were taken as read with no matters arising. The speaker Fay Jones gave a very interesting talk with slides about 'The wonderful world of stinging nettles'. She had brought along a drink made from nettles and other examples of things made from nettle leaves and stalks. Thanks to the speaker was given by Gill.
After refreshments correspondence was read out. Lots of things going on around the area. However, Filby WI's next event is an evening in Filby Village Hall on 22nd August at 7.00pm when representatives from Hotters Footwear will be coming to tell us about the history of Hotters Footwear. There will be a footwear show with the latest styles and a free pair of shows can be won in the big raffle. Tickets available to everyone are £2 which includes tea and home made biscuits. Contact Valerie on 01493 720014 or Vivien on 01493 733386.
The donations received at the 'Alleviating Loneliness' afternoon are to be split between local Age Concern and Open Christmas lunch.
Harnser Group meeting booked in October is cancelled.
Link Delegate Barbara Tennant gave her report on the recent A.M. in Cardiff. The resolution 'Mental Health Matters' had been passed with 98% votes in favour. After discussions about the resolution the main speakers were Dame Stella Rimmington first female boss of MI5 and broadcaster Huw Edwards.
Barbara was thanked for her report by Kate.
Birthday cards were for Sue Smith, Betty, Glenys and Shirley.

8th July 2018

Filby WI next meet in the village hall at 2.00pm on 19th July. Speaker Mrs Fay Jones 'The wonderful world of stinging nettles'.
Barbara Tennant will be giving her delegate's report on the A.M.

27th June 2018

On a warm, sunny June afternoon President Jan Howard welcomed members, guests from local W.Is and WI Adviser Kim Reynolds, all present were dressed in summer outfits and hats, to Filby WI's Strawberry Tea. We were celebrating the 65th Anniversary of HM The Queen's Coronation. Flowers and flags were on each table and a rolling DVD, compiled by Derek Nicker, was shown on the big screen with pictures of the Queen and events in her reign.
Sadly the death of former member Daphne Newton was announced. She had been a member from 2007 to 2014 and on the Committee from 2010 to 2013.
May Wanless was thanked for organising the outing to the Flint Vineyard which had been very good. Members who supported and made cakes for the Great Get Together Alleviating Loneliness afternoon were also thanked. Money raised will be split between Age Concern and Open Christmas Lunch. Our next event is an evening with Hotters Footwear in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on 22nd August. Cost £2 each.
An invitation from South Walsham WI was accepted. Names were taken for AFM at Neatishead in October.
NFWI Certificates of Appreciation were given to Ann Chapman 45 years, Stella Cotton 29 years and Valerie Brock 25 years members of Filby WI. Lottery Bonus Ball Winner - Mo Robertson. Birthday cards for Sue Dawes and Vivienne Barker.
Last month's Minutes were taken as read. However, the Secretary read out an excerpt from the Minutes dated 18th June 1953, as follows: 'On behalf of all members Mrs Wymer thanked Mrs Bean for organising the outing to London, also how lucky we were on seeing the Queen and Duke on one of their Coronation drives.
Before the Strawberry Tea everyone stood for a toast to the Queen. After tea several members shared their memories of Coronation Day. A short quiz took place of events that took place in 1953.
Linda Palmer thanked everyone who had helped to make a lovely afternoon. June Pratt thanked Sue Smith and Allison

11th June 2018

Womens Institute Campaign to Alleviate Loneliness and bring communities together. Supported by Filby and District WI. June 16th Filby Village Hall between 2 and 4.00pm. Drop in for a chat with complimentary tea/coffee/soft drinks/homemade cakes. Donations welcome to support the Open Christmas event for those in need and the vulnerable.

21st May 2018

Vice President Allison Barson welcomed members, Mr Charles Lewis and guest Barbara Tennant to the monthly meeting in the Village Hall on 17th May. The meeting opened with the singing of Jerusalem. Minutes of the previous meeting were read approved and signed. No matters arising.
Speaker Charles Lewis gave an illustrated talk about Tulip Mania in Holland in the 17th century with its bust and boom economy. Thanks were given by Caroline for his thorough knowledge on such an interesting topic.
An invitation was accepted to help at Filby School's Garden Party on 29th June.
Two teams will be representing us at Catfield WI's quiz.
We will be having an Open Afternoon in Filby Village Hall on Saturday 16th June between 2 and 4 with free tea and cakes to support the Alleviating Loneliness Campaign. Everyone welcome.
Our flower bed on the Pound has been re-set with new plants. One of which is called 'Royal Wedding'. Help needed with the weeding, etc.
Members were reminded to read Page 14 in the WI Life magazine for information regarding the new General Data Protection Regulations and were assured that any personal information they have given is only used to enable them to become members.
Resolution 'Mental Health Matters' was presented by Barbara Tennant. Members found this interesting and some shared their experiences. The resolution was passed.
The next outing is to Flint Vineyards on 7th June with coach leaving Reynolds at 9.15am and picking up at Filby at 9.30am.
Birthday cards were for Stella and May.

06th May 2018

Next meeting 17th May 2.00pm in the Village Hall. Please pay Kate £4 towards cost of food which we are having in June. Also if you have booked to go to the Flint Vineyard on 6th June please pay May £27 for members and £40 for guests.

09th April 2018

Harnser Group Meeting

Ann Johnson welcomed members and guests to the recent meeting. She introduced singer Dale Bullimore who sang a very varied programme much enjoyed by everyone. He was thanked by a member from Rollesby WI on behalf of us all. Ann thanked Rollesby WI, Ormesby WI and Filby WI for organising the evening.

Filby and District WI

Reminder that the next meeting is for members only to celebrate our 84th birthday on 19th April starting at 12.30pm. Please let Valerie know if you have to cancel. Also make sure you have your name down if you want to go on the outing to Flint Vineyards on 7th June.

24th March 2018

Harnser Group Musical Evening, Filby Village Hall, Wednesday 4th April at 7.00pm (not 2.00pm as printed in the Parish News).
Singer Dale Bullimore with a Michael Buble tribute and other lovely songs.
Harnser members £2, guests £2.50 pay on the door. Free refreshments. A big raffle.

19th March 2018

The monthly meeting was held in the Village Hall on 15th March. After the singing of Jerusalem Vice President Allison Barson welcomed members and new members Angie Harwood, Molly and Kathleen Briggs and Shirley Cornwell. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
Speaker was Mrs Margaret Sims 'The pleasures of wearing hats'. A lovely time with everyone being fitted with a hat to suit them and the colours they were wearing. Several questions were asked and answered. Vote of thanks was given by Angie Pacey.
May was thanked for organising the outing to Ambitions Restaurant which everyone enjoyed.
The resolution to be discussed at the Annual Meeting is 'Mental Health Matters'.
Harnser meeting is on Wednesday 4th April at 7.00pm in Filby Village Hall with entertainment by singer Dale Bullimore with a Michael Buble tribute and other lovely sings. Harnser members £2 and guests £2.50 payable on the door.
Next outing is to Flint Vineyard. Coach is free for members, 2 hour tour round Vineyard £10 and lunch afterwards at the Vineyard £17 with glass of wine of your choice. Guests to pay £13 extra towards cost of coach. This is on 7th June.
Lottery bonus ball winner Gill Hammond.
Birthday cards for Tricia Gillett and Gill Hammond.

19th February 2018

The monthly meeting was held in the Village Hall on 15th February. After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members,new members Jill Draycott, Pat Sleet, Heather Briggs and Joan Frear, also 3 guests.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
Speaker Kim Lister from The Hamlet Trust in Norwich spoke about, and showed pictures of, the work done there for disabled children with ages ranging from babies to young adults. She talked about the many activities that were available. Several questions were asked by members and answered by Kim.
Vote of thanks was given by Sue Smith.
Business - Margaret Collingwood has stepped down as our WI Adviser and her place taken by Kim Reynolds.
Filby members voted the following resolutions last month. Mental Health matters 1st, Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK 2nd, Positive body image in a digital age 3rd and Stop female genital mutilation 4th.
The lunch at the April meeting will start at 12.30. Bring own drink. £2 subsidised cost to be paid at the March meeting.
Matthews Project have said they will no longer be collecting plastic bottle tops to sell for their funds. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in this project over the years.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner - Jill Draycott.
Birthday cards - Ann, Allison, Vivien, June, Valerie Andrews, Margaret Easen and Helen.

23rd January 2018

After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members, new members Glynis and Joan and 5 guests to the 1st meeting of 2018. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
The speaker was Paige from The Dog's Trust along with her dog Pippa. Paige gave a very interesting screen presentation of the work done by the Trust. She thanked us for the donations of dog food and blankets which members had brought in.
Vote of thanks was given by Cindy Capon.
Invitation to Rollesby WIs party was accepted. 3 members are going to the Fitness, Food and Fun day at New Costessey. Several members are going to the FAM in Norwich. 2 members accepted the invitation to join Caister WI on their visit to Woodbridge and Ipswich. Donations are being sent to Filby In Bloom, Filby Playing Field Fund and the Parish News. Lyn Ridpath told members what the latest project was for money collected for the Associated Countries Women of the World.
Our next outing is an evening meal at Ambitions Restaurant on 8th March. Please bring £20 to the next meeting to book a place. Birthday cards were for Elaine Henwood, Angie Pacey and Mo Robertson.

8th January 2018

First meeting of the New Year is 18th January in Filby Village Hall at 2.00pm. Speaker is a representative from The Dogs' Trust. Please bring donations of dog food and old towels which we can pass on to the Trust.
Yearly subs of £41 are due at this meeting.
Also bring completed Resolution Forms which appeared in last month's WI Life magazine. We are still collecting items for the local Food Banks.

18th December 2017

The monthly meeting was held in the Village Hall on 14th December. After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members and 2 guests. Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read with no matters arising.
Members were thanked for bringing items for the local food banks. Items are always required and, as our speaker next month is from The Dog's Trust, food for dogs will also be welcome to pass on.
Some members recently served refreshments to the parents and siblings of children at Filby Primary School after the Carol Concert, Nativity Play and Cake Sale.
The speaker was Florist Rachael Barnard who did beautiful Christmas decorations passing on helpful tips. Her lovely presentations were put in the big raffle.
Vote of thanks was given by Linda Palmer.
Lottery Bonus Ball Winner was Joan Mann.
Birthday Cards were for Margaret Coe and Valerie Brock.
Refreshments with Christmas Cake, Mincepies, Shortbread and Stollen were enjoyed.
Jan wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

20th November 2017

The Annual Meeting was held in the Village Hall on 16th November. After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members and 2 guests. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Speaker was Mrs Cindy Brooks the former Federation Secretary. Her subject being Dual Citizen - My Journey.
She gave a very interesting talk about where she was born in New Jersey, USA and her early life there, leaving to come to University in this country and meeting her future husband, who came from Norwich. She never went back to live in the States and in 2015 decided to become a dual citizen. A long and complicated task taking many hours of study which cost her over £1300. She handed round copies of an A4 sheet of questions (one of many sheets) which she had to answer in her application. We found the questions quite difficult, even with multiple choice answers. Fortunately Cindy had got them all right first time. She answered several member's questions after her talk.
Vote of thanks was given by Vivien Moore.
Invitation from Ormesby WI for their Christmas Meeting was accepted.
The new cooker has been installed at Filby School to be used by the Cookery Club. This was purchased with money donated by us and a lovely big thank you card from the children was read out.
Members had brought in a terrific amount of items for the Food Banks and we hope to do the same next month.
More lovely knitted jumpers for the babies in Malawi were also brought in.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Kathy Whitcomb.
Birthday cards were for Lyn, Angela Beeston, Doreen, Judith and Chris.
Fund raising cakes were made by Lyn, Allison and Kate.
Official business - Financial statement was read out by the Treasurer Lyn Ridpath who is stepping down from the job and Committee after 10 years.
Jan thanked her for all her hard work and presented her with a voucher and plant from all of us.
Committee report was read by Valerie Brock.
The President thanked everyone for their help over the past year.
Vote of thanks to the President and Committee on behalf of the members was given by Elaine Ellis.
President and Secretary remain the same for next year.
We are pleased to welcome 2 new Committee members to join us - Elaine Ellis and Gill Hammond.

6th November 2017

Next meeting 16th November 2.00pm in Filby Village Hall. This is the Annual Meeting. Payment of £20 due for Christmas Lunch on 19th December at Filby Bridge Restaurant.

23rd October 2017

The monthly meeting was held in the Village Hall on 19th October. After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members, new member Valerie Andrews and guest Glynis Harwood.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read approved and signed.
Speaker Mrs Roz Thomas brought along several examples of different jewellery explaining how to look after the different stones. She advised everyone to take photographs of their jewellery in case of loss or theft. There was a very good questions and answer session after her talk.
Vote of thanks was given by Caroline Nicker.
After refreshments and lovely cakes brought along by Cindy to celebrate her birthday. Correspondence was read out.
Amongst the letters was one from Adrian Thompson telling us that a mural is proposed on the back wall in the Village Hall. Members were asked for ideas for the artist to portray the WI.
Business - May was thanked for organising the lunch at Friends Bistro which was enjoyed by everyone.
Members had brought a big amount of second hand, good quality towels for the Leeway Womens Refuge in Norwich. Several not so good towels were also handed in to be passed on to The Dog's Trust. Starting next month we will be collecting items for local Food banks to be distributed for Christmas.
Lottery Bonus Ball Winner was Valerie Brock.
Birthday cards were for Elaine Ellis, Janet, Linda and Cindy.
Autumn Federation Meeting 20th October.
Several members attended the A. F. M. Everyone was thanked for the fantastic amount of towels for the Leeway Womens Refuge. A representative from there spoke about the charity which provides specialist domestic abuse advice and support. The second speaker was Louise Chapman 'The lady mole catcher' who spoke about and showed film of her time in and on Australian TV. She was not catching moles she was involved in much bigger things like snakes and crocodiles.

9th October 2017

Next meeting 19th October Filby Village Hall 2.00pm. Reminder to pay £20 if you wish to go to Filby Bridge Restaurant 19th December for Christmas Lunch. Also pay £3.00 for next year's Norfolk Gazette. If you have any unwanted good quality towels please bring them to pass on to Leeway Women's Refuge. Any old towels not wanted we can pass on to The Dog's Trust.

24th September 2017

After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members and 3 guests to the September meeting in Filby Village Hall. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
Speaker for the afternoon was Jean Clarke - Laughter Yoga. It was a fun afternoon of joining in and much laughter. Vote of thanks was given by Elaine Ellis.
After refreshments, with birthday cake supplied by Jan and scones made by Sue to raise funds, business took place.
Next year it is proposed that 3 different members a month make a cake each which will be cut up and sold for funds. Members were asked if they had any ideas for fund raising next year. They were also asked if they would like to put their name forward to come on the Committee next year. Members were reminded to bring good quality second hand towels next month to be handed over to the Leeway Women's Refuge in Norwich.
Harnser Group Meeting is on 25th October 7.00pm in Filby Village Hall. Cost £1.50 for members and £2 for guests. Entertainment by a trio of young lady singers with a mixture of songs.
Outings - Lunch at Friends Bistro, Deneside, Gt. Yarmouth on 3rd October 12.45 for 1.00pm. Pay on day.
Christmas Lunch at Filby Bridge Restaurant 19th December 2017 cost £20.00 payable at October meeting.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Margaret Easen.
Birthday cards were for Jan, Amanda, Julia and Susan.

20th August 2017

President Jan Howard welcomed members to the monthly meeting in the Village Hall.
Speaker David McDermott gave a very interesting talk with slides of the life and books of Agatha Christie.
Vote of thanks was given by Sue Dawes.
Refreshments with pieces of lovely cake made by Kate were sold for funds.
The judges from Britain in Bloom gave our flower bed on the Pound a special mention on judging day.
Webb Ivory Catalogue have gone out of business and as we got commission last year from goods members bought from the catalogue, new ideas must be found for fund raising. Margaret Coe had recently had a swim and lunch party at her home for 12 members and money raised on the day had been given to our funds. Margaret was thanked by Jan for this donation.
Members had recently met at the Heritage Site and had a lovely couple of hours sitting in the flower garden. Keith Johnson came and spoke about how the Community Orchard started and took us round the site, which new members found very interesting. Kate told us briefly about a recipe book being considered and asked members to bring their favourite recipes between now and end of March. More details to be given next month.
Birthday card was for Kate Foster.

23rd July 2017

On 20th July President Jan Howard welcomed 28 members, including 2 new members Mo Robertson and Margaret Easen, guests Margaret Collingwood, Gail Armstrong and Keith Johnson to Filby WI's Strawberry Tea in the Village Hall.
After Keith took a Group photograph outside a small amount of business took place. Lyn Ridpath was thanked for obtaining tickets for the WI's Garden Party at Mannington Hall. May Wanlass was thanked for booking the coach. A lovely hot afternoon was enjoyed in beautiful surroundings.
Members then ate locally grown strawberries, Norfolk cream, home made jams and plain and fruit scones made by Sue Smith and Vivien Moore. Along with a refreshing summer drink and ending up with cups of tea.
Sue had lots of vegetables, jams and pickles supplied by members for sale on the bring and buy stall.
Lottery Bonus Ball 'dip' was won by Gill Hammond. Several raffle prizes were also won.
Birthday cards were for Sue Smith. Betty Burchall and Shirley Thornton.
Vote of thanks for the afternoon on behalf of the members was given by June Pratt.
Margaret Collingwood gave vote of thanks on behalf of the guests.
Next outing is a visit to The Heritage Site, Thrigby Road on 4th August at 200pm to look round flower garden and community orchard.
Bring a hair and drink.

9th July 2017

Mannington Hall visit 18th July. Meet Reynold's Garage 12.15, Filby P.O. 12.30. Bring a garden chair.
Monthly meeting Filby Village Hall 20th July 2.00pm Strawberry Tea. Bring a garden chair if you want to sit outside. Please ring Valerie 720014 if you have to cancel.

9th June 2017

Gt. Get Together in the Village Hall between 2 and 4pm on Saturday 17th June. Tea, coffee and juice for the children with cake. WIs all round the country are organising events in memory of MP Jo Cox who was murdered on the 16th June last year.
There is no charge but donations will go to local charity Nelson's Journey which supports children who have lost parents or siblings.

23rd May 2017

President Jan Howard welcomed members to the May meeting in the Village Hall.
A fish and chip lunch was enjoyed before the business.
Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read with no matters arising.
In the absence of WI Adviser Margaret Collingwood, Kate Foster gave details of the 2 resolutions to be discussed at the Annual meeting. Kate is to be our Link Delegate. «Alleviating Loneliness» was passed as was «Plastic Soup - keep micro plastic fibres out of the oceans».
Vote of thanks was given by Margaret Coe.
Names were taken for the ACM in Acle. An invitation from Hemsby WI was accepted. Two members are going to the Craft Day at Bacton. 28 members are going to the WI Garden Party at Mannington Hall.
Every member was given a list of subjects to choose which they are interested in to give ideas for speakers next year.
We are organising a Great Get Together in the Village Hall on 17th June 2 - 4 free refreshments and cake. It is a year since MP Jo Cox was murdered and it is the wish of the Prime Minister that this anniversary represented an opportunity to move forward and bring this country together. Donations if wished are for local charity Nelson's Journey helping children who have lost a parent or sibling.
Lottery Bonus Ball winners were May and June.
Birthday cards were for Stella, May and Margaret Riseborough.

9th May 2017

Reminder next meeting 18th May starts at 1.00pm with fish and chip lunch, followed by Resolution Meeting.
Please bring money for WI Garden Party 18th July £8.00 plus coach money to this meeting. New price for coach. For members £5.00. For guests £13.00.

19th April 2017

President Jan Howard welcomed members and guests from local WIs to the 83rd Birthday Party of Filby and District WI on 20th April.
Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read.
Invitation was accepted from Acle Evening WI for their birthday party. Other correspondence was available to read laid out on a table.
Names were taken for the outing to the WI Garden Party at Mannington Hall on 18th July. Coach to be booked.
A delicious 2 course lunch bought in from Buttonwick Bakery at Stokesby was enjoyed by all.
Entertainment was records from the hits of the late 1950's and 1960's played by Steve Burns (Dr. Vinyl from Let's Talk magazine and Radio Norfolk). Everyone joined in singing and the music brought back lots of memories to some.
Vote of thanks was given by Jan.
Last month's Lottery Bonus Ball was a rollover.
Raffle was drawn with lots of prizes to be won.
Birthday cards were for Janice Green and Diane Smith.
Acle Evening WI gave a vote of thanks to Filby WI from the guests.

19th March 2017

President Jan Howard welcomed members and new members Susan Harris and Gill Hamond to the March meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed with no matters arising.
Speaker Mrs Beverley Cooper told us about 'The man I married'. She had had a very interesting married life. With stories told with humour and sadness. Lots of memorabilia from Mr Cooper's life were available to see.
Vote of thanks was given by Allison.
An invitation from Winterton WI for their party was accepted.
Members were asked who would be interested in going to the WI Garden Party at Mannington Hall on 18th July if we booked a coach.
The treasurer explained to members how the yearly subscription is split between ourselves, Fed. Office and National.
Several members will be going to the AM at Norwich on 28th March. Names were taken for Auditions Day at Fed. Office in May.
The Harnser Group meeting is an open meeting  on 12th April 7.30pm Filby Village Hall. The speaker is from Peter Beales Roses. Members from Filby, Rollesby and Gt. Ormesby WI's £1.50. Others £2.
Lottery bonus ball was a rollover.
Birthday cards were for Gill and Tricia.

7th March 2017

Next meeting 16th March 2.00pm Village Hall. The speaker is Mrs. Beverley Cooper - This man I married.
At this meeting please pay May £6.00 towards April 20th Birthday Party food and drink. Note new time 1.15pm for 1.30pm.
Also pay £3.50 for fish and chips which we are having before the 18th May meeting. Note new time 1.00pm.
Harnser Group Meeting in Village Hall at 7.00pm on 12th April. Speaker from Peter Beales Roses. Everyone welcome. Cost £1.50 for members of Filby, Rollesby and Ormesby St. Margaret WIs. Guests £2.00.

19th February 2017

The monthly meeting was held in the Village Hall on 16th February when Vice President Lyn Ridpath welcomed members and 2 guests.
The speaker Mrs Kay Jefford gave an interesting talk with photographs of 'Women's experience of life in the 20th century'. Vote of thanks was given by Tricia Gillett.
Details of a walk round Blickling Hall on 27th April in aid of ACWW were read out also information about High Tea at Fed. House followed by a Jig Saw Race on 15th May.
May Wanlass was thanked for organising the outing to 'Ambitions' Restaurant where a 5 course meal incorporated with a Wine Tasting evening was interesting and much enjoyed.
Members were asked to bring £6 next month to pay towards our Birthday Party in April.
Final total of commission from our Webb Ivory orders in December was £76.27. Members were thanked for their orders.
There were 2 resolutions which had the same number of votes last month. They were 'Alleviating loneliness' and Plastic Soup - Keep microplastic fibres out of the ocean. The ones chosen to be debated at the AM will be notified soon.
Members were thanked for their contributions to the Trading Stall which in future will be opened at 1.45pm to enable helpers to set up. Any 50/50 items will be welcome.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Linda Palmer.
Birthday cards were for Vivien, June, Helen and Allison. Rita was given a gift to celebrate her birthday last month and Ann Chapman was given flowers for her birthday which was the day of the meeting.

19th January 2017

President Jan Howard welcomed members, new members Kathy Whitcomb and Cindy Capon and 2 guests to the January meeting in the Village Hall.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
May was thanked for organising the visit to the Hippodrome which had been enjoyed by everyone.
The speaker was Mr Mike Taylor and his talk was entitled 'Don't panic - Norfolk Home Guard'. He gave an interesting talk showing slides on the big screen. He had also brought several pieces of memorabilia to show. After his talk he answered member's questions. Vote of thanks was given by Betty.
After refreshments and cake, made by Diane, correspondence was read out.
Invitation from Rollesby WI for their party was accepted.
Tickets have been applied for Colchester Tiptree Museum and Cream Tea, Author Julie Summers Literary Lunch, WI Fair in London and FAM in Norwich.
Donations have been sent to Parish News, Filby In Bloom and Filby Village Hall funds.
Next outing is 5 course evening meal at 'Ambitions' Restaurant on 9th Feb.
Birthday cards were for Rita, Elaine Henwood and Angie.

9th January 2017

First meeting of 2017 in the Village Hall at 2.00pm on 19th January.
Subs of £39 for the year due at this meeting.
A 5 course evening meal has been organised for 9th February at Ambitions at Gt. Yarmouth College. Cost £21 per head partners welcome. Please pay at the January meeting.
Completed Resolution slips needed from WI Life Magazine.

Valerie Brock - Secretary Filby WI
Phone 01493 720014


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