October has been a sad month, remembering that a year ago that our Treasurer Viv, who started HTWI, died on the 3rd, and Joan, our President died on the 5th.
This year, on 1st October, we had the very sad news that Sandra Johnson had died of cancer. Sandra, who had an OBE, had been a very funny, active, loved, loyal Secretary of Hayes Town for 13 years.
She was always busy organising parties, many coach outings and often in later years after counting everyone on board, would have to dash back home to look after her elderly parents.
Upon their death four years ago, Sandra had moved to Devon to be nearer her brother and family.
Sandra was an active member of the Middlesex Federation Board of Trustees for about ten years, serving on both Fundraising and Speech & Drama committees, and she organised the catering at many Federation events.
She was a great organiser and team player, always encouraging and enthusiastic to make events fun for members. She is remembered fondly by many in the MFWI family.
Another WI member, Linda Garthwaite, many years with Uxbridge and latterly with Hayes Town also died at the end of September. To start our Thursday meeting, a lighting of a candle a minute’s silence to remember our lovely friends .
In happier news, we welcomed another two new members, now ten in all since reopening in August, and our meeting went on with much hilarity, with five games of bingo and winners taking away chocolate and lottery tickets: they could be millionaires yet!