A forensic Scene for the Sarratt WI

Sarratt WI met in Chipperfield Village Hall for a change as unfortunately the Sarratt Hall had been previously booked with two new visitors joining us.

We sang Jerusalem as usual to start off the meeting followed by various notices and announcements.

WI Dates for diaries:

  • 8th May the WI have been asked to provide teas for the Sarratt VE Day Celebrations
  • 6th June please support our coffee morning in aid of The Herts and Essex Air Ambulance. A representative will be there to give a short talk.  Pam Turner has once again kindly allowed us the use of her lovely garden at Sarratt House on The Green just by The Boot.  Let’s hope for sunshine.
  • 27th June Sarratt Village Day, the WI will be in force on The Green selling our crafts, marmalade, plants and more.

The WI Walk:

We enjoyed a lovely walk last month round the fields and woodland of Belsize, Chipperfield and Flaunden starting and finishing at The Plough in Belsize,  We now have a short walk lasting about 45 minutes and a longer walk of about 2 hours.  We managed to get a lovely day in between rainy days.

Forensic Science:

Our speaker was Anne Webb, she gave a captivating talk on Forensic Science.  Early forensics started in the thirteenth century; of course huge leaps have been made since then.  Finger prints have been used since 1905, surprisingly until it is known to whom the finger prints belong, they are called finger marks.  The most modern method since the 1980’s is DNA and we heard some interesting stories on how murders were caught using DNA.

Dead men and women tell tales, however John Haigh, commonly known as The Acid Bath Murderer believed  there could not be a murder conviction without a body, he did not give a thought  to the forensic scientist who deduced that as the victim was probably a very large lady she would have gall stones which would not melt in acid, they were found and John Haigh paid the ultimate price.
Anne had us all enthralled by her knowledge and stories.

Fancy joining us? 

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month in Sarratt Village Hall from 2.15 – 4.15.
Enjoy a talk followed by tea and home-made cakes.

We also have a walk on the fourth Wednesday of the month finishing at a pub for lunch.

Our next meeting is on 8 th April with speaker Carol Hardy who will be telling us about The History of Waddesdon and Rothchild’s Women, in preparation for our trip to Waddesdon Manor in July.

If you would like to find out more about the WI please phone Leone Ashby on 07894 421748.