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WI Meeting December 2021

Windows opened, tables well spaced, and lateral flow tests taken, everyone as safe as possible: the WI could party! Sadly, the threat of Covid had depleted our numbers as some felt they did not wish to take the risk but we still had Jerusalem, and enjoyed the readings and carols.

With Sam Wilson (Shelley’s grandson) on the piano we sang our way through some old favourites, including “Once in Royal David’s City”, and “Good King Wenceslas”. And, between the carols we had WI members (and some partners) reading from Pepys, from a Land Girl of WWII and an Australian in the trenches from WWI, as well as poems from AA Milne and Ursula Fanthorpe. The former’s “King John’s Christmas” - yes he did get his Indian rubber ball, and the latter’s “What the Donkey Saw” - everything, “Cat in the Manger” - who is always forgotten, and “Dear True Love” - on the disadvantage of receiving twelve days of presents in a small house.

Oh, and there was food and drink. A sumptuous selection of finger food and a warming glass (or two) of mulled wine for the cockles of the heart. A Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from Fairwarp WI!

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