Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Tea & Tents 2016

I have just come back from an amazing weekend in 
Sherwood Forest camping with another 500+ WI Members from across the country. 

I went with my WI twin and she made a detour to take me to see the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. It is enormous! With a girth of 33 ft and an estimated age of 1500 years.

We set up camp and went off to meet old and new friends.
 The weather was glorious and Saturday breakfast time we sat out taking in the warmth. Sadie is our Institute mascot and had enjoyed herself last year. So was eager to come again.

 People assume that we are a group of old ladies that just make Jam and sing Jerusalem. This cannot be further from the truth.
Ages go from 18 to 80+ and our weekend activities catered for all
from Axe Throwing to Flower Crowns, from Poetry to Henna painting, from Star Gazing to Zumba. Everyone could be as active or relaxed a they wished.

 My Institute twin won the Bunting Competition and received a lovely sewing bundle for her prize. I won a bottle of Elderflower Cordial in the big raffle. Over 1300 tickets were sold and all the money raised was being divided equally between Rape Crisis England & Wales, RICE: the Research for Care of Older People and our own Denman College.
The Yarm Bombing this year was a 1940's Allotment. There were some stunning things made and put together produced a fabulous sight. After T&T's it was swept away to be reassembled in several places raing money for charity.

All in all it was a fabulous weekend.
Now for a pile of dirty washing and a good nights sleep.

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