Coffee Morning: This raised a brilliant £165 which will be sent to the Hospital League of Friends at Kidderminster Hospital. Bring & Buy raised £43 ( the surplus goods will be sent to the Hospital Shop), The Raffle raised £34 and ticket sales brought in £84. Patsy thanked everyone who had helped, and Anne for hosting the event.
Last month’s speaker, Robin Hill, had been a great success. His unusual talk using 3 WI members to take the parts of 3 Land Army Girls added to the talk. Patsy thanked Lesley, Faye and Katie for taking part and adding to the experience.
Patchwork classes 7 Members are taking six classes in Patchwork with Brenda Banner. A charge of £30 for the course is being made to cover the cost of hiring the room and paying Brenda for her time. There is one place available if anyone else wants to join.
Skittles: Ann reported the team have won 4 out of 5 matches, losing the 5th by a very small amount. Their last match against Mitton WI was won by a clear 100 points. The team now wait to hear if they are through to the next round. Ann was thanked for organising all the matches.
Theatre trip - Seven members will attend Malvern theatre for the showing of ‘ Save the last Dance’ on 20th April with a pre- theatre lunch, booked at the theatre restaurant for 1pm. Orders for the meal will be taken at the next meeting.
Carried forward from last month to March meeting
WI Holiday 2017 to Battlefields of France
WI Life Card re planting trees -. Patsy suggested that we plant a tree in the area of the Village Hall to commemorate our 90th Birthday. Margaret suggested a red oak tree. Patsy will enquire wart permissions are needed to go ahead.
Schedule for Annual meeting competition . patsy read out the classes and asked members to think about which they might enter.
Summer Soiree 25th June Hartlebury Castle –by ‘ Vox in Frox’ £18
Good Food Show at NEC 16th June tickets £30
Plum Lines Project at Croome Court -2 poetry workshops will be held free of charge at WI House.
Resolution Selection Results
‘ Avoid Food waste & address food poverty’, ‘ Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia’ are the chosen resolutions this year. Jacki & Anne will attend the resolutions meeting on April 18th in the afternoon.
90th Birthday Celebrations
Patsy told members that we will be having a lunch brought in to the hall and a guest speaker who ws Chief Petty Officer on the Royal Yacht Britannia, on 2nd November.
HM The Queen 90th birthday celebrations will be held on Sunday 12th June at Astley Village Hall. Members and their families will be invited to join in a Street party in the grounds. .
Trip to Needle Museum This has been arranged for Tuesday 19 April meeting at the museum for 1.30pm for an hour long tour followed by tea, coffee and cake, and free time to look around.
A visit to Ralph Court Gardens has been arranged for Thursday 26th May by coach to arrive around 12.30. Members can then purchase refreshments or lunch as they wish and tour the gardens in their own time The cost will be £13
Summer Outing Patsy proposed that we take a trip to Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschildes, at the end of June or beginning of July. It was agreed by members that the coach will be provided by the WI and entrance is free to National Trust members, non members £13. Several options were put forward for refreshments the most popular being to have a WI Tea with Ashenden WI. Patsy will co-ordinate this once a date has been settled.
Patsy then introduced our speaker for the evening Jo Roach , Historian from Abberley Hall. Jo gave an amazing talk on the history of Abberley Lodge, later to become Abberley Hall. The changes of hands of the Hall and the alterations were amazing and we now hope to arrange a visit for those who have not yet been to the Hall. Pat gale gave the vote of thanks.
Who am I? Jacki explained that as part of the May Meeting we require as many members as possible to write a little bit about their lives that other members may not know and these to be placed in sealed envelopes and then handed around to those present at the meeting and when opened and reads those present are to guess who has written the note, hoping for a few unusual events to come to light.
Walks Ann and Lesley have arranged for the cancelled Hartlebury walk to take place on Monday 21st March meeting at the Wilden Car Park at 1.30pm. Members will be asked to register their phone numbers if they intend to attend so they can be contacted if weather intervenes once again.
Patsy then announced that the National WI Raffle Tickets had arrived and members took books of tickets to sell. She than went on to say that she had asked Chris Steadman and Pauline Hadwell to make a Birthday card for H M The Queen to celebrate her 90th Birthday.
The results have been stunning and a photocopy of the card was passed round for members to admire. Patsy thanked them for all their hard work, the card will be posted nearer to the date (21st April).
The card inside the last edition of WI Life written by Michael Morgergo inspired Patsy to see if members would like to plant a tree to commemorate the 90th WI Birthday. It was agreed if a suitable place could be found and permissions obtained a Red Oak Tree would be purchased and planted.
was an unusual clock.
Some of our members bought in some beautiful pieces of creative work to show us all they are so beautiful.