Hastings Ore Women’s Institute

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OUR last meeting, on November 12, was our AGM. Before the formal proceedings we enjoyed an entertaining talk from Peter Pyemont on Christmas customs, including a bit of early carol singing.

Much fortified, we started off by electing our committee for next year. Jan Kelly, our irrepressible president was re-elected and agreed to continue her good work.

In addition, Jean Hatter, Shirley Lawes, Jacky Scales, Gill Smith, Marian Smith and Jen Tunmore will continue, joined by newcomer Stephanie Gaunt. We thanked three departing committee members for their contributions - Yvonne Everitt, Doreen Fisher and Una Kane.

We heard that our membership has increased from 30 to 63 over the past year, leading to a consequent improvement in group funds - although the need for fundraising is still as acute.

We have had a very successful year, with an increasing range of groups and activities. For next year, in addition to the current book groups, craft groups and the walking group, we will be adding a range of others, including eating out, swimming, discussion and gardening.

Our final meeting of 2013 meeting in December will be a Christmas social evening, with food, drink and a Secret Santa.

For any enquiries about the group or our activities, please see our website, www.hastingsorewi.co.uk/index.aspx, or telephone Jean Hatter on 01424 439427.