Alfriston

W.I. NEWS: Wendy Day Reports: Despite having no monthly meeting in August members had a busy month. Members of the Bexhill Day Centre were entertained for afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and strawberries and cream which was much appreciated. Even though the usual cake stall for the Alfriston Festival was moved into the Church due to rain it still attracted a good crowd. Earlier in the month several members visited the Newhaven Lifeboat Station for a very interesting and enlightening tour of the lifeboat leaving the visitors with even more appreciation of the brave endeavours of the volunteers who man the service. 
The speaker at the September meeting was Bill McNaught who talked about Buffalo Bill and Queen Victoria, two people who would not perhaps seem to have much in common. Queen Victoria it transpired was a fan of Buffalo Bill and members were told of his many shows in UK and were even shown a rare archive film. There were also many insights into Queen Victoria’s long life. 
The centenary of the W.I. took place on September 16 and to celebrate the President baked a delicious cake which members enjoyed with their tea instead of the usual biscuit. The next meeting will be on October 22 at the Old Chapel Centre when Andy Thomas will talk about Lewes Bonfire Night. This promises to be an entertaining afternoon and visitors are welcome (a small donation would be appreciated).

WOMEN’S HOUR: Those of us lucky enough to be at home listening to the radio, last Friday morning might have been pleasantly surprised to hear our very own Alfristonian, Cate Olson, talking to the writer Jacqueline Wilson on Women’s Hour. Ms Wilson was the guest editor covering an item on independent bookshops. When Much Ado Books sponsored a visit by Jacqueline Wilson to Dean’s Place there were queues of young people to attend and since then Ms Wilson has made several return visits to Much Ado.

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