Willow Tree Guild hosted a very successful afternoon tea and quiz afternoon on Thinking Day which was attended by about 60 members from other guilds in the county. Eileen Carter, Chairman of Centenary, was presented with her Bronze Voyager Award, the first in the county.
Following a demonstration of a defibrillator by a member of the St John’s Ambulance to Willow Tree Guild last year, it was proposed at a Trefoil county meeting, that part of a legacy left to the Willow Tree Centre by Gill Hodgson (an ex county Trefoil Chairman) could be used to buy a defibrillator for the centre. We are pleased to report that this was agreed by the committee responsible for the legacy and the defibrillator is being installed. This is especially fitting as Gill died of a sudden heart attack.
Talks to various guilds have included the history of canned foods and visits from representatives of our two local hospices, St Luke’s and Michael Sobell. Magistrates from Uxbridge Court came to Willow Tree and gave a very informative talk about the workings of the court. The owners of Randall’s, the last independent department store in Uxbridge, now sadly closed, came to Centenary guild and talked about the history of this family run store dating back to 1901. John Randall was also recently the local MP. Ruislip Northwood enjoyed hearing from Isobel Sheard a Ruislip guide who they had help to sponsor for her international trip to Africa last year.
Centenary and Willow Tree had yoga evenings, a few muscles were stretched that hadn’t been stretched for a while!
Visits have included Selbourne Nature Reserve and St Alban’s Abbey.
Acorn Guild held a very successful sleepover at Willow Tree where they enjoyed a lot of craft activities including making pompoms for knitted hats which they send to charity. They hope to complete their Bronze awards soon.
Activities have included Easter Crafts, quizzes and puzzles. Centenary held a different Bingo evening where the prizes were re-wrapped unwanted presents, some of which were very strange!