In the same week as our meeting, Staunton on Arrow WI hosted the harvest supper for the village. The menu was lasagne with salad and bread, plus a variety of delicious puddings. Around 60 people in the end were able to attend for a very amusing evening, which concluded with a very professional entertainment from 13 of our local children. Everyone had a good time and we were all impressed with the local young talent on display. Many thanks to all of our WI cooks who prepared the wonderful lasagne and puds, and all those who helped to get the hall ready in the afternoon, and clear away afterwards.
On Wednesday 16 October, Wendy Steadman from Marden came to Staunton on Arrow to show us how we could "Sew a Map". We had 4 extra visitors to the meeting too. We were all intrigued by what we were going to do. Wendy showed us some of her first attempts at sewing a map of her local area, and then ways in which she could give her map an aged look by staining with tea and burning edges with a tea light. Wendy had prepared an outline of our local area around Staunton from the Ordnance Survey map, and we got to work embroidering the roads, river and green areas with our threads. Needless to say, we did not finish so we all took our maps home for homework and hope to display them all at our Christmas party in December
Ken Reeve came to talk to us about his experiences of being an evacuee in World War II. He was evacuated from London to a village near Bedford. Unlike many other children, he was evacuated from a childrens' home and so did not have the trauma of leaving family behind. Also unlike many others, he did not return to London after a few months but stayed in the village for the duration of the war. He lived with two sisters in the village and has very fond memories of them and his time there. He was sorry to return to London at the end of the war as he had to return to another childrens' home where he had a very difficult adolescence.