‘Wot, no cake?’ The ladies could scarcely believe their eyes. What was the committee thinking of? It transpired that their thoughts had run to delicate nibbles and glasses of wine, so everyone smiled and voted it a most convivial gathering.

But first, the Annual Meeting. These, perforce, revolve around the reports of the year’s events so, after the by-laws had been read, our secretary, Carole Pullen, reviewed the social activities: the BBQ; the relay of the last night of the Proms, a joyous village occasion organised by Pat Field; the August coffee morning hosted by Ann Farr; and other events involving the social committee. Sue Moon was welcomed onto the committee and thanks registered to all members.

Angela Tomes, our president, recalled the speakers who had enlightened and entertained us in 2015 and thanked our speakers’ secretary who had arranged their visits. Liz Johnson, our treasurer, detailed our financial standing, including fundraising at the village fête and the expenses we have to cover. In this regard she thanked our auditor.

Sadly, in the last few months we have lost two members: Bunty Redmond and Jan Horsnell. We miss them and their names will be inscribed in the WI’s memorial book.

Following the announcements of future items, Jackie and Angela displayed the amazing toys and decorations they had made during the summer and then revealed the ingredients which they had brought to enable us to create our own handmade Christmas and birthday cards. Very soon, cries of ‘Who’s got the glue?’ could be heard and, over a glass of wine, we declared ourselves proud of our handiwork.

December 9 will see the Christmas Dinner at the Snitterfield Arms and December 12 will be welcomed as the Village Review, so the year will end on a happy note.

Advance notice of our January 13 meeting: Jean Dronsfield’s daughter, Jan Roberts, will be coming to tell us about the Mercy Ships of West Africa. We have an exciting programme in store for 2016, so we hope to see you there.