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W.I. Meetings – May 217

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Bloxham WI First meeting of 2017 & AGM The first meeting of 2017 brought the ladies of the WI together for an evening with Bruce Duncan, author of ‘The Loan Soldier’: Adventures of a Military Man Abroad.

As you can probably gather from the Title of his book, Mr Duncan came to talk to us about his most memorable Times serving in the British Army most of which included his training and advising of foreign armies in six nations. We were captivated by the tales of excitement, honour and of course, the inevitable heart-­breaking times a serviceman accepts he may have to go through, throughout his military career.

Mr Duncan spoke of his family, who accompanied him on his postings and all the experiences they shared, in places such as Brunei, Sudan, Nigeria, Oman, Kuwait and Jordan.

We were shown some heart-­‐warming photos of the Duncan family in some of the above locations, either sharing food or taking part in activities with the locals. I could have listened to Mr Duncan talking about his experiences, all evening long.

Grumbling about day to day life pales into insignificance, when you hear what this family have been through. The strength of humankind knows no bounds.

I would highly recommend looking for Mr Duncan’s book on Amazon, it’s a must-­‐ read!


The AGM was held during our March meeting. The committee and Bloxham WI President stood down, with all member of the committee volunteering to continue throughout the next year. Sue Myburgh was unanimously voted in to remain as President for 2017.

The serious side of the AGM evening was followed by a fun yet frantic few rounds of Beetle Drive. Everyone’s competitive side came out and sound of dice ragling around cups filled the room, along with lots of screeching, chagering and the random shouting of “BEETLE!” Prizes were given to the winners, with mum and I narrowly avoiding the booby prize for the worst score!

The WI held a quiz at the beginning of March to raise funds for SERV (Bikes for Blood) and Bloxham Village Museum, which are our two chosen charities for the year.

At this time, we are not sure exactly how much was raised; however, it was in the region of £300. A fantastic evening was had by all under the watchful eye of quizmaster Luisa Jones!

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