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From the 20th of August 2015 meetings are being held in the Filby Village Hall, Main Road at 2.00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise stated.

New members are always welcomed

From 2009 to 2015 meetings were held in the Clubroom, Main Road.

For more information please contact:
Valerie Brock - Secretary Filby WI
Phone 01493 720014

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Filby WI members September 2014

For details of officers, meetings, subscriptions etc. go to: Additional information

For our current programme please visit: The 2018 programme of meetings and events

Details of our past programmes can be found at:


Filby & District Women's Institute News

From the 15th November 2009 this page has carried the Secretary's monthly report on the institute's activities.

Earlier reports can be found on:

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 Barson for an excellent Trading Stall.

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.

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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 hertime 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 Feb 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.

19th December 2016

The monthly meeting was held in the Village Hall on 15th December. After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members, 3 guests and speaker Mrs Nana Lay.
Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read. No matters arising.
Federation Office are requesting vintage recipes over the last 100 years (without infringing copyright). Norfolk Federation are celebrating 100 years in 2019.
If anyone has an item they would like to sell on a 50/50 basis anytime during the year. Please put a price on it and give it to Sue Smith for the bring and buy stall.
Members had donated £57.00 instead of exchanging Christmas cards between everyone. Members agreed to make this up to £100 from funds. The money is to be given to the After School Cookery Club at Filby Primary School to put towards a new cooker.
May Wanlass is in charge of outings and has booked tickets for the Circus on 29th December and an evening meal at 'Ambitions' on 9th February. The cost is £21.00 for the meal payable at the meeting on 19th January 2017.
Our speaker Mrs Nana Lay spoke about her Danish Christmas's at the same time as demonstrating Christmas decorations which we all had a go at making. She had made some delicious Danish cookies for us.
Vote of thanks was given by Angela Pacey.
After tea, mincepies, stollen and shortbread was enjoyed. A big raffle took place.
This was the last WI meeting of member Pam Pritchett who is moving out of the district. Jan Howard wished her well from all of us.
The meeting ended with Jan reading out a poem all about friends and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

6th December 2016

Next Meeting

January 19th 2017 2.00pm Filby Village Hall.
Speakers 'Don't panic' - Norfolk Home Guard. Mr Taylor and Miss Hogarth

1st December 2016

The Annual Meeting was held on 1st December. After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed WI Adviser Margaret Collingwood, members, 2 guests and Helen Farman who had brought Fairtrade items to sell. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed. No matters arising.
May was thanked for organising the visit to 'Ambitions' Restaurant.
Harnser Group meeting recently had been very good with Christine Adams talking about, and showing, slides of her 'Incredible Journey'.
Instead of exchanging Christmas Cards we are collecting for Filby Primary School to enable them to replace the cooker for the After School Cookery Club where member Sue Smith helps the children.
More sets of jumpers and hats were handed in for the babies in Malawi.
May took names for the trip to the Hippodrome's Christmas Show on 29th December.
Lottery bonus ball winner last month was Cindy.
December birthdays are Valerie and Margaret Coe.
Official business - The treasurer gave out copies of the Financial Statement and explained items on it. Although we are in a healthy position, fund raising must always be in our minds. The Committee's Annual Report was read by Valerie. Jan gave her President's report thanking everyone who had helped her during the year. Members were given the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the running of the WI and any ideas they may have. Vote of thanks to President and Committee was given by Stella on behalf of the members. Vivien Moore read out the speakers booked for next year. Ideas always welcome.
Margaret Collingwood then took over the official business, Introducing the Committee, who remain the same with the addition of Allison Barson. Members were given voting slips to vote for next year's President. Jan Howard was elected President for next year. Jan thanked everyone and gave a gift to Margaret Collingwood.
Before our Afternoon Tea Jan presented Pam Pritchett with a card and photo album made up with all her Filby WI memories compiled by Lyn Ridpath and Jan Howard. Pam has been a member for several years, having been Treasurer and President during some of that time. She is moving back to her home town and will be missed by us all. Pam said how much joining the WI had helped her when first retiring here and all the friends she has made over the years.
Our tea was bought in from Elaine's Tea Room in Martham and consisted of delicious sandwiches, savouries and a lovely birthday cake made specially for Chris Martin's birthday in November. A perfect end to a busy afternoon.
Next meeting 15th December 2.00pm Village Hall - A Danish Christmas - decoration demonstration. Bring a small pair of scissors with you.

22nd November 2016

Next meeting 1st December 2.00pm Village Hall. This is our Annual Meeting. After the business a free Afternoon Tea will be available. However,if you cancel after 28th November there will be a £3 charge to you for food which had been ordered.
Helen Farman will be bringing Fairtrade items to buy as well as our own Bring and Buy Stall. Resolutions to be discussed at the National Annual Meeting next year are in this month's WI Life Magazine. Please bring completed selection form to this meeting.

24th October 2016

The monthly meeting was held in the Village Hall on 20th October. President Jan Howard chaired the meeting and welcomed members, new member Vivienne Barker and 2 guests. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed with no matters arising.
Jan was our speaker and gave us the 2nd part of the history of the 'Titantic'. A very absorbing story with many comments from members. Vote of thanks was given by Vivien Moore.
Before refreshments a presentation of flowers and a gift voucher was given to Molly Dorrington who is 90 on 29th October. Molly has been a member for many years and was President from 1987 - 1991. Molly read out a poem and shared a beautiful cake with members.
In our correspondence we had received a letter and photograph from H.M. The Queen sent from Balmoral to thank us for the 90th Birthday Card and poem composed by Jan Howard.
Invitations had been accepted from Gt. Ormesby WI and Nightingales WI.
The white ribbon had been written on by Jan and sent to Federation Office for the 'No to violence campaign' being run at the moment. The launch being on 25th November at The Forum in Norwich.
Members had enjoyed a look round and had coffee recently at Moulton Nurseries.
List of forthcoming events was given to every member.
The quiz had been a great success on 1st October and everyone who supported and helped were thanked. Including Quiz Master Stan Ridpath.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Margaret Coe.
Birthday cards were for Elaine Ellis, Janet and Linda. Chris Martin is celebrating her birthday in November and was given a card and gift voucher. Janet and Michael Laxon celebrate their Golden Wedding in October and Janet was given a card and gift voucher.
Next outing is to 'Ambitions' on 24th November for lunch.

11th October 2016

17th October meet 10.30am at Moulton Nurseries for look round and coffee.
20th October monthly meeting in Filby Village Hall at 2pm. Speaker Jan Howard "Titanic Part 2".
24th November meal at Amibitions Restaurant, 12 noon for 12.30pm. Balance of £10 due at October meeting.

3rd October 2016

Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed our Quiz Night on Saturday 1st October. Also thanks to Quiz Master Stan Ridpath and to all the Fruit Pie makers and helpers on the night.

19th September 2016

President Jan Howard welcomed members to the meeting on 15th September in the Village Hall.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed. No matters arising.
Speaker was Charlotte Philcox 'The wonder of woollies'. Looking at the most unusual and often very funny front covers of vintage knitting patterns from 1940 to 1970. Fashions, make up, hairdos, poses and famous people. She also brought examples of vintage knitted items.
Vote of thanks was given by Margaret Coe.
Business - members were told that next year's subscriptions would be £39.00 for the year with our WI keeping £19.00, Federation keeping  £8.80 and National £11.20.
Harnser Group meeting is on 26th October at Bracecamp Hall, Ormesby at 2.00p.m. The speaker is Christine Adams 'My incredible journey'. Cost for members £2.00, guests £2.50.
Outings - 17th October meet at Moulton Nurseries 10.30a.m. for coffee and look round.
24th November Christmas Lunch at 'Ambitions'.
Visit to Christmas Show at the Hippodrome in Yarmouth is to be arranged.
Lottery Bonus Ball Winner was Sue Smith.
Birthday cards were for Jan, Doreen Thompson, Julia and Amanda.

05th September 2016

Next meeting is on 15th September in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. Speaker is Charlotte Philcox 'The Wonder of Woollies' (Not Woolworths). Please bring £5 deposit for Christmas Lunch at 'Ambitions'. As mentioned at the last meeting we are making a donation of Sanitary Protection Products to be taken to the AM in Scratby on 20th September for passing onto the homeless Women in Refuges. Items required. Also if you have any good quality handbags, no longer used, which could be sold for Federation funds please bring them along.

22nd August 2016

President Jan Howard welcomed members and 3 guests to the August meeting in the Village Hall. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and signed.
Speakers were Mr Mike Cole and Mr Jim Carter talking about 'Crimestoppers'. 'Crimestoppers' a unique crime detection scheme was first launched in Gt. Yarmouth on 24th June 1983 by Peter Ware, Editor of Yarmouth Mercury, in association with, the then, Det. Ch. Inspector Michael Cole and Jim Carter who was the Manager of Woolworths Gt. Yarmouth. The talk was very interesting and there was lots of discussion between the speakers and the members. Everyone was given copies of correspondence and newspaper cuttings of 'Crimestoppers'. Official history claims 'Crimestoppers' began in 1988 established by Lord Ashcroft in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police. but that isnt so.
Vote of thanks was given by Sue Smith.
After refreshments correspondence was read out and details were given of the speakers at the Autumn Meeting in Scratby which some members will be attending.
Margaret Coe was thanked for hosting the swim and lunch at her home recently which was very good.
Members enjoyed the visit to the Museum of the Broads.
Unfortunately the Dabble Day had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers.
In view of the very sympathetic reaction to Norfolk's resolution about providing sanitary protection products for homeless women. Members were asked to donate items and bring them to the next meeting to be taken to the Autumn Meeting. These will be distributed to the Salvation Army and refuges.
Birthday cards were for Kate, Caroline and Liz.
Members were asked to bring £5 deposit to the next meeting for Christmas Lunch at Ambitions Restaurant.

4th August 2016

DABBLE DAY

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1st August 2016

QUIZ NIGHT

Come and enjoy a fun evening to test your general knowledge, Saturday 1st October. Village Hall, Main Road, Filby. Prompt 7.00pm start. Teams of up to 6, family and friends welcome. £10.00 per person to include fish and chips followed by sweet, tea or coffee. Please make cheques out to Filby WI with team name and forward by 8th September to Mrs Sue Smith, Chapel Lea, Main Road, Filby. NR29 3AA. phone 01493 369291.

DABBLE DAY

Come and join us on Friday 16th September in the Village Hall, Main Road, Filby from 10.30 to 4.00pm.Open to non members. £10.00 per person to include Ploughmans lunch and refreshments. Dabble in painting, making an item using a sewing machine, weaving with 2 members of the Norfolk Weaving Guild, jewellery, making cards with dried and pressed flowers, knitted flowers and plant propagation. Contact Mrs Lyn Ridpath on 01493 377787 by 10th August.

25th July 2016

On a very hot day President Jan Howard welcomed members and guest Keith Johnson to the beautiful gardens of member Kate Foster's home. We enjoyed an abundance of strawberries and cream and delicious scones made by Sue and Vivien with cream and home made jams.
Jams and pickles made by members were available to buy along with an assortment of plants.
The big raffle was for Kate's chosen charity 'Musical Keys'. Lottery Bonus Ball competition was won by Pam Pritchett.
Birthday cards were for Pam, Sue, Betty and Shirley.
Vote of thanks to members who helped make the afternoon so nice was given by Valerie Brock.
Jan Howard presented a voucher to Kate with all our thanks.
Jan also gave a voucher to Keith Johnson to thank him for all the hard work taking and printing our photographs. Copies of the photos taken at our last birthday were on show and available to order.
Dabble Day - Would you like to join us on our Dabble Day on Friday 16th September in the Village Hall, Filby 10.30 to 4.00pm. Open to non-members. Cost £10.00 to include drinks and Ploughmans Lunch. Dabble in Painting, making an item using a sewing machine, weaving with 2 members of the Norfolk Weaving Guild, jewellery, making cards with dried and pressed flowers, plant propagation and knitted flowers. Phone Lyn Ridpath 01493 377787 by 10th August.

20th June 2016

Filby WI had their June meeting in the Village Hall. After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
Speaker for the afternoon was Ian Russell MBE who, with the help of slides, talked about how he and a friend started Wroxham Barns and how it has grown into the popular place it is today. He answered several questions from members. Vote of thanks was given by Pam Pritchet.
After refreshments our Link Delegate, Filby member Kate Foster, gave her report on the Annual Meeting held in Brighton. It had been a very successful meeting with both resolutions being passed. Dementia care in hospital by 79.5% of the votes and Avoid food waste, relieve food poverty by 82.7%. Both will become WI campaigns. Kate also spoke about Denman College, we had sent a donation towards their appeal, but Denman must become solvent. They have commissioned a survey to inform their actions.
All members had been given a copy of Forthcoming events and changes to the programme.
The treasurer gave her report. Lottery Bonus Ball was a rollover. Birthday card was given to Sue Dawes.
Invitations had been received from Ormesby Nightingales, Neighbours Group and Hemsby and Sth Walsham WIs.
Date for Theatre Royal, Norwich visit to see 'The Witches of Eastwick' is 3rd Feb at 2.30pm cost £16.30.
Museum of the Broads visit 19th July meet there 1.15pm.

19th May 2016

After the singing of Jerusalem, President Jan Howard welcomed members to the May meeting in the Village Hall.
She introduced the speaker, Colin Smith, who gave a very interesting talk after which he answered member's questions.
Vote of thanks was given by Stella Cotton.
Following refreshments the business took place. The November AGM has been changed to 1st December. This means there will be 2 meetings in December. There was a request for unwanted Bras to be used for a Federation Competition 'Hanging Braskets'. These are to be filled with compost and planted. Hopefully to make a colourful display at our Garden Party.
Kate Foster presented the 2 resolutions for discussion. 'Avoid food waste, address food poverty'. This was passed. 'Appropriate care in hospital for people with dementia' was voted against with several abstentions.
The next outing is to Museum of the Broads at Stalham on 19th July.
Names were taken for the Autumn Meeting at Scratby on 20th September.
Birthday cards were for Stella, Margaret and May.

9th May 2016

Next meeting 19th May at 2.00pm in the Village Hall. Another interesting talk by Colin Smith. This is also the resolutions meeting when we will discuss the 2 resolutions 'Avoid food waste, address food poverty' and 'Appropriate care in hospital for people with dementia'.

21st April 2016

President Jan Howard welcomed members and guests from local WIs to Filby Village Hall on 21st April. We were celebrating the 82nd birthday of Filby WI and the 90th birthday of HM The Queen. The hall and tables were decorated with flags and happy birthday bunting. A table was laid out with lots of pictures from magazines and newspapers of the Queen and her family.
A rolling DVD of pictures of the Queen as a baby and up to date, compiled by Derek Nicker, was shown on the big screen before and after the speaker.
The speaker was Mrs E Scott who dressed up as a Kitchen Maid working at Blickling Hall in 1937. She was very good telling us about the life of a Kitchen Maid and about the family she served. Afterwards, with the help of her husband, Mrs Scott showed slides and talked about the gardens at the Hall and the events they have at the Hall.
Vote of thanks was given by Jan.
A small amount of business was dealt with. The Harnser Group meeting had been very interesting with Kathleen Dennett telling us about Costumes for the Stage and bringing examples with her she had made.
Fund raising: forthcoming events at Filby WI are Dabble Day on 16th September cost £10 including Ploughmans Lunch and a Quiz evening with Fish and Chips and a sweet £10 each. Tables of up to 6 people.
Before the Afternoon Tea, Jan proposed a Toast to the Queen.
A lovely selection of sandwiches, cheese scones, plain scones and jam and assorted small cakes with tea or coffee were enjoyed.
There was a table quiz with a royal theme for everyone to take part in.
A big raffle was drawn. Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Chris Martin.
Birthday cards were for Janice and Diane.
Jan thanked everyone for their help in making the afternoon a success.
The afternoon ended with everyone singing Happy Birthday and God Save The Queen.

12th April 2016

Harnser Group Meeting, Bracecamp Hall, Ormesby. 2.00pm 20th April. Speaker Kathleen Dennett 'Costumes from the Stage'. Members £2.00, guests £2.50.
21st April Filby Village Hall. Members only. Celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday and Filby WI's 82nd birthday. Meet 1.30pm for 2.00pm. Speaker Mrs E Scott, 'Living History of Blickling Hall' followed by Afternoon Tea and Quiz.

20th March 2016

After the singing of Jerusalem Vice President Lyn Ridpath welcomed members to the March meeting.
Minutes were read, approved and signed of last meeting. Matters arising nil.
May Wanless was thanked for organising the visit to Ambitions Restaurant. An excellent meal was enjoyed by all.
Speaker for the afternoon was Robert Ferguson talking about and showing slides of 'Conservation in Africa'. A very topical subject as Prince William had been at a Conference this week talking about the same thing. Our speaker was very interesting and answered several questions after his talk. Vote of thanks was given by Molly Dorrington.
Following refreshments correspondence was read out. Invitations had been accepted from Winterton and Caister WIs for their parties. Invitation from Rollesby to join them in a visit to Caister Lifeboat Station and a Coffee evening to raise funds for 'Horsey Seals'. A coffee morning to raise funds for the new Ormesby Evening WI was mentioned. 2 people are going to walk round Blicking Hall on 28th April to raise funds for ACWW. Catfield WI are having an Open meeting on 6th April. The speaker will be Mrs Norton from Norton Dairies talking about her farm. Our Harnser Group meeting is at 2.00pm on 20th April at the Bracecamp Hall, Ormesby. A change of speaker now Kathleen Dennett talking about and showing Costumes from the Stage. Entry £2 for members of the Group and £2.50 for guests. Please support this afternoon.
The treasurer told members how their yearly subscription is split between ourselves, London office and Federation Office.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Elaine Henwood.
Birthday card was given to Tricia Gillett.

1st March 2016

President Jan Howard welcomed members and one visitor to the February meeting in the Village Hall.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
Speaker for the afternoon was Helen Farman talking about Fairtrade and 21st Century Slavery. Her talk was very thought provoking. Kate Foster gave the vote of thanks and said if we all went over to one product from Fairtrade we would help. Helen had items for sale.
The business took place after tea and cakes provided by Diane Smith which raised extra funds. Members were asked if they had cake stands which could be borrowed for our Afternoon Tea. Bring to next meeting.
Catfield WI have invited us to an Open Meeting on 6th April when the speaker will be Mrs Norton from Norton Dairies. Kate asked for helpers to do the WI Flower Bed on the Pound with her. Lyn Ridpath showed the Thank You Certificate from Mary's Meals. We had sent 32 filled Back Packs for the project. On show were the beautifully knitted Matinee Jackets made by members and Filby Craft Club for the Family Partnership Project. Members were asked to give ideas for outings to May.
Lottery Bonus Ball Winner was Angela Beeston.
Birthday cards or posies were for Vivien, June, Ann, Allison and Helen.
Next outing is to Ambitions on 11th March.
The meeting ended with Jan reading out a poem.

8th February 2016

Next meeting 18th February 2.00pm in the Village Hall. Please note we have been informed that the electricity will be off that day. Please come with extra clothing and bring your own drink.
Change of speaker - now Helen Farman talking about 'Fairtrade and 21st century slavery'.
Money required for payment of meal at 'Ambitions' 11th March if not already paid.
All tickets have been received for the Annual Meeting in Norwich. Please pay Lyn £10 for your ticket.

24th January 2016

Vice President Lyn Ridpath welcomed members and new members Shirley Thornton and Allison Barson to the January meeting in Filby Hall. The meeting started with the singing of Jerusalem.
Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read. May Wanlass was thanked for organising the visit to Gunton Hall Holiday Park before Christmas and for getting the tickets for the forthcoming 'Sunset Boulevard' at the Theatre Royal.
Speaker was Jonathon Smith talking about and showing slides of 'Gory tales of wicked walks round Gt. Yarmouth'.
Vote of thanks was given by Betty Burchell.
Invitation from Rollesby for their party in March was accepted. The John Grooms 'Noah's Ark' project will be on display in the Forum between 1st Feb and 5th March. We have been asked to knit matinee jackets for new babies of young Mums being cared for by the Family Partnership. We did this in 2013 along with other local WIs and it was a great success.
A donation has been given to the Parish News towards their expenses. Also donation towards retirement gift for Cindy Brooks the Fed. Secretary. £82.55 commission was raised through orders in the Webb Ivory Catalogue. Vivien Moore was thanked for doing all the necessary work.
Jan, Vivien, June and Elaine have passed their Food Hygiene Certificates.
Kate Foster gave very informative information about the 8 resolutions after she went to a meeting at Mattishall recently. The one with most votes was 'Avoid food waste-address food poverty'. Our vote will be passed to Fed. for them to collate all the Norfolk votes to send to National for discussion at the AM in June.
Birthday posy was for Elaine Henwood and cards had been sent to Angie and Rita.
Outings - 11th March a 3 course lunch at 'Ambitions' Restaurant at the Gt. Yarmouth college.

4th January 2016

Happy New Year to all. In 2013 Filby, other local WIs and Filby Craft Club were asked to knit matinee jackets for babies born to new young Mums being looked after by the Family Partnership Scheme. Such a wonderful collection of jackets was made that we have been asked if we would like to do the same thing again now for new babies expected. Please let Valerie Brock, Secretary Filby WI, on 01493 720014 know if your WI would like to join in again. Thank you.
Reminder to Filby WI members please choose your Resolution out of the latest WI Life Magazine and bring your completed form to the meeting on 21st January at 2.00pm in the new Village Hall. Subs are also due for 2016. Speaker is Jonathan Smith 'Gory Tales on a Wicked Walk'. Vote of thanks Betty. Teas - Pam, Stella and Elaine Ellis


75th Birthday

On the 8th April 2009, to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Filby and District W.I., a red standard rose bush was planted in our flower bed on The Pound by President Jan Howard.

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The occasion is commemorated by a plaque placed in the bed by Filby in Bloom.

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President Jan Howard with Sasha Lake and the plaque.

48 red geraniums were also planted in the bed.


90th Birthday of the Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes

On the 17th June 2009 a group of members met at All Saint's Church, Filby to hear a peal of bells, rung by Geoff Pritchard, to celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes on this date in 1919.

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Geoff Pritchard rings the bells.

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Filby Community Orchard

At 2.15 p.m. on the 7th May 2009 members met at the Unitarian Heritage Site, Thrigby Road to visit the orchard and see the progress of the trees adopted by the members.


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