Many Guilds started the New Year with a planning meeting – deciding activities for the months ahead. Annual Meetings were also held in the first couple of months of the year.
Guilds spent indoor meetings sharing favourite pieces of music, poems, and readings, with one Guild discussing the poems of John Betjeman and his connections with North London and, focusing upon the large number of poems about Churches, Church-life and bells. They also listened to a recording of some of his less well known poems read by actor Lance Pierson. Another Guild had a comparative tasting session ending with a sing song. One Guild had a helpful workshop with their computers learning how to set up a group e-mail.
Talks included one from a PCSO on personal and home security, and a talk about 'Funny Men' [comedians] with films and slides. Lindy from Haven House Hospice gave an interesting talk on their work and this raised a total of £80. “Bygones” by Jeff Nichols had one Guild guessing the use of 30 objects from the past. The best score was 16.
The birthday of a member was celebrated in style with champagne and a birthday cake, while another 80 year old celebrated at their Guild meeting and two other 80 year olds celebrated their birthdays with lunch at a local hostelry. Other Guilds went out for a celebratory New Year’s lunch or dinner and a Chinese meal cooked by a member (the best they’d ever had!) to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
One member shared her memories of singing in the Church choir and thereby following a family tradition. She spoke about the "voice for life scheme”.
A visit to “Oliver” at Willots Theatre was enjoyed by one Guild.
Some meetings were held in members’ houses so as to include less able members. House meetings included a games afternoon, a journey through four decades looking at wedding photographs that dated from the 1950's to the 1980's. Collecting used stamps for the North London Hospice occupied one Guild as did games with chocolate prizes!
An annual Quiz afternoon held by one Guild was supported by other Guilds and this and other fundraising resulted in £390 being sent to ‘Teenage Cancer’ charity.
Thinking Day was celebrated in a variety of ways – with an international bring and share lunch and attending the Division Thinking Day where all the girls enjoyed ‘going round the world’ and doing activities. One Guild made cakes using recipes from Sweden and Scotland, which was followed with an international quiz.
Two members are now in residential homes and Guilds visit them keeping them in touch with all the Trefoil Guild news.
With the weather improving Guilds’ outdoor visits included a guided tour of the refurbished church associated with William Wilberforce in Mill Hill. Many Guilds visited the stunning bluebells in the woodland of a camp site owned by two Divisions in the County. Two Guilds visited Myddelton House and its beautiful garden full of spring shrubs, flowering trees and tulips. The RAF Museum was the attraction or one Guild who were overawed by all the planes there.
The County’s own New Year bring and share lunch with quizzes and games was enjoyed by all. Our Annual Meeting was held in the delightful setting of our Northern Heights campsite. The guest speaker gave an amusing and informative talk on Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. A County Trefoil Guild visit to Milton Keynes Museum was well supported and members enjoyed ‘wandering through history’ and playing the Victorian musical instruments there. The County continues to support the “Knit for Peace” charity.