After a week of difficult decisions and a lot of last minute organisations, it was agreed we should go ahead with the Charity Spring Fashion Show organised by the Chinthurst Group of WI’s consisting of Ockford Godalming, Shalford, Bramley and Grafham & Smithbrook groups on Saturday 14th March.
After ‘Hello Lovely’ withdrew from the show due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus not to mention a reduction in fashions available from Italy and China, it was first thought we would have to postpone/cancel. Needless to say that the networking powers of the WI set about to find a solution and within less than 24 hours M&Co, Godalming had agreed to take over and supply the fashions for our models. This led to a flurry of activity as the models were swiftly sent to try on and decide on their outfits before Saturday.
So, it was with much relief (not to mention a constant supply of handsoap and antibacterial hand gel) that the doors were opened at the Wilfred Noyce Centre at 2.30pm to approximately 120 ladies all keen for an afternoon of fun, fantastic fashion, jazz entertainment provided by the Godalming Jazz Choir and a very impressive afternoon tea. And indeed they were not disappointed. All 8 models appeared in a casual Spring outfit followed by a smarter one suitable for a wedding or garden party all at very reasonable prices. Afterwards it was time to sit back and relax and listen to the 5 part harmony of the Jazz Choir led by Phoebe Gaydon from ‘A Touch of Musicality’. Afternoon tea was elegantly served on tiered cake stands with a range of home-made sweet and savoury options to accompany tea or coffee. There was also a luxury raffle with 12 hampers containing a range of super prizes as well as vouchers for massage, style consultations, Secretts Farm Shop and music/singing lessons. Professional photographer George Galiatsos, of Galio Photography was on hand to capture the event in glorious photographic styles, as you can see from above.
The event was organised to raise awareness of the many pleasures in being a WI member with all profits going to support local charities – The Meath Epilepsy Charity, Jigsaw Trust and the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2020.