We had originally booked tea and a tour of The Beck Theatre in Hayes for April 2020 then along came the covid lockdown… all change to 2021, and we booked Jack & the Beanstalk with Anne Hegarty of The Chase.
30 members immersed ourselves in Pantoland, we hissed, booed, clapped and sang. The cast was brilliant ad-libbing; there was so much laughter!
HTWI was given a ‘shout out’ as being on ‘the king’s wedding guest list’ prompting a big cheer and waving from us all. Everyone said it was the best panto they’d seen. It certainly lifted their spirits, and we definitely need that!
After my posting about the panto on my Facebook I got a ‘like’ from Anne Hegarty herself. Oh yes I did!
I also received a message from Beck Theatre to say how lovely it was see smiling, happy faces in their theatre again; and it made them smile wishing us all Happy Christmas.
Please support your local theatre in these difficult times.
December 16th was party time at HTWI, with plenty of dancing, lots of Christmas cheer and sparkle, with entertainment by Anne Nightingale, looking very festive in her red cloak.
We invited Alan and Bill, partners of the late long-serving members Viv Beckett and Joan Kimber, as the WI had been a big part of their lives too, and they duly did the honours and cut the Christmas cake.
It certainly means a lot to our committee to later receive an email from a new member thanking us and letting us know we know how to put on a party!
For everyone’s effort this year and to all our WI’s hard-working committee members, it is so good to get lovely positive feedback!
Wishing all MFWI members a happy, healthy 2022.