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WI Report

29 September 2004

This was our Annual Group Meeting, when Kineton, The Pillertons, Ratley and ourselves all met at the Village Hall.

After singing Jerusalem, our guests and visitors were welcomed. The Annual Reports from the different groups were read, then the entertainment, The Oxford Classic Jazz, gave us over an hour of good music from the 1920s and 1930s. There was much toe-tapping and clapping going on, and it was obvious that everyone was enjoying themselves. One of the Jazz Group played a steel guitar which I found had a lovely haunting sound. Nick Gill, the leader, played the piano with zest.

After the Jazz Group was finished to rousing applause and shouts of encore, Ratley gave a vote of thanks and then refreshments were served.  A decorated headband from the 1920s-30s was the competition this year, and Nick Gill was the Judge. Jackie Batchelor won the Rosemary Cup with a headband sporting ostrich feathers, and Mrs Kath Silman won the prize for being in character, wearing a stunning 1920s style Charleston dress.

The Pillertons group drew the raffle, and after Kineton had given a vote of thanks to Tysoe, our President closed the meeting with the singing of God Save the Queen. A very enjoyable evening.

October 6th

After the business of the meeting was finished, Mr R Gray from Compton Verney gave an interesting and informative slide show and talk about the house and gardens. Apparently, Adams drew the plans for the house, although he did not actually build it. This was left to a local builder.

I should think that most people know that the gardens were laid out by "Capability" Brown and they are a classic example of his work, with dreamy landscapes and stunning views.

After the War, when the house was left in a very dilapidated state, the house and grounds were bought by the present owner, who set about a restoration project to house his collection of art and artefacts. This he has achieved with great success.

Mr Gray obviously loved his job as he spoke with enthusiasm about the different projects that were under way and how the house and grounds were being used to draw in both childrens groups and adults.

Jackie Batchelor gave the vote of thanks, then refreshments were served, provided by Mrs S Bains and R Brown. The meeting was closed at 9.30pm.

J Batchelor 

W I Calendar Dates

November 3rd - AGM Night - Village Hall - 7.30pm

December 1st - Christmas Entertainment Village Hall - 7.30pm

Don't forget Keep Fit on Thursday mornings at 10,30am in the Village Hall. All Welcome.

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