Minutes and Reports 2017

Report from Burstall WI

Burstall WI is on a roll – six new members have joined this year so far, which probably makes the membership the highest it has ever been in the institutes ninety six year history. We are delighted to welcome three ex Sproughton members as sadly their village WI closed several years ago.

More members mean more opportunities to try different things and last month was the first meeting of the newly formed Craft Group. Nine ladies got together to make ‘fiddle mats ‘ - these are small lap rugs decorated with a selection of objects and textures designed to keep dementia patients entertained. Many were made by WI’s throughout Suffolk East for display at last year’s Suffolk Show, after the show they were given to residential homes and have proved so popular there has been a plea for more. The mats made by the Burstall ladies will be given to the home in Hadleigh where one of our longest serving member was looked after.

At the March monthly meeting we will be joined by Sarah Nicholl who commissions craft to be sold on behalf of the St Elizabeth Hospice and it is hoped that the group will be able to make some suitable items for her to sell.

Another project is the Book Club which will meet for the first time this month . The book chosen for discussion is The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop, a fascinating story of two families caught up in the Cypriot civil war of the 1970s. Cyprus’s modern history is complex so there will be plenty to chat about.

The February speaker seemed to be enjoyed by everybody too, he spoke about the restoration of Felixstowe’s famous convalescent home, The Bartlet. The home was designed to an extremely high standard by Munro Cautley, a well known local architect, around a Martello tower with fifteen foot deep walls which has made the restoration extremely complex. In addition the building has a Grade II* listing so the new apartments have been created using of pods to keep the integrity of the building intact.

After such a good start to the year members are looking forward to this month’s speaker, Karl Smith whose subject is the Suffolk Murders. Six members will be attending the Suffolk East Federation Annual Meeting which will be chaired by Burstall member Jane Sago and at the end of April Burstall will be hosting a special get together of local institutes to be entertained by the Harbour Lights Trio.

For more information about Burstall WI contact Ann at annfday@gmail.com