Happy Birthday to Us

This time yesterday we were bopping the night away to the sultry sounds of the fabulous Seatones as we celebrated 30 years of Hartburn Village WI !

We were delighted to welcome back some of our founder members along with guests from Hartburn Afternoon WI, Hartburn Townswomen’s Guild, St Peter’s Church, and our local councillor Mrs Lynn Hall. Also joining us was Sue Simpson, Chairman of the Teesside Federation of WIs and local blogger Kate of Afternoon Tees, and we had had many, many messages of good wishes from local organisations, Denman College, WIs and Federations across the country and other friends of HVWI.

After whizzing through our usual business, we started our party with lucky seats. Some of our ladies found attached to the underneath of their seats, vouchers to take home our table posies and also pairs of cinema tickets kindly donated by our friends at ARC.  This got us all into the party mood and we warmly welcomed The Seatones who performed a fabulous set of hits spanning the decades. Our girls were soon singing along to Glenn Miller classics as well as other wartime classics and 50’s classics through to classic hits from the Shirelles and Louis Armstrong.

Sadly the singing was over all too soon but then it was time for  supper, and in keeping with the date of our party we tucked into hot dogs and veggie sausage rolls as well as dessert platters featuring American classics such as key lime shooters. New York cheesecake, Boston cream pie, blueberry muffins and a plethora of mini doughnuts, all washed down with a glass of fizz. Piece de resistance was the amazing cake made and decorated by Judith, our Treasurer; it was almost too good to cut, but tasted as good as it looked !!

We closed our party with our usual free birthday raffle. In addition to the bottle of wine, box of chocs and a lap quilt made by our President, Caroline, we were grateful for the support of local florist Flowerhouse for their donation of £30 vouchers; Flowerhouse were our key partner in our very successful Lonely Bouquet Day event and we hope to work with them again soon. Our members were overcome by the generosity of our friends at ARC when it was revealed that they had donated £140 tickets for forthcoming acclaimed live National Theatre/RSC broadcasts of Angels in America, Titus Andronicus, Yerma and An Evening with John le Carre as well as almost £800 of cinema tickets.  We intend to use some of these to set up a monthly Cinema Club in the Autumn, more opportunities for our ladies to enjoy an evening in each other’s company !

We were also celebrating our first ever feature in WI Life magazine ! Everyone agreed that it had certainly been a night to remember; here’s to the next 30 years !!



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