Areley Kings W.I.
Meeting Monday 9 January 2017
The meeting opened at 7.00pm with the singing of Jerusalem
Deputy Vice President, Katie Reid took the chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
The programme cards for 2017 were issued to members. The cards had been created by Katie and were colourful and attractively designed.
1. WFWI Spring meeting, Monday 24 April at the Artrix theatre, Bromsgrove, 7pm £7.50. Speaker the Polar explorer, Dave Fletcher.
2. County trip to Chatsworth Flower Show, 10 June, 1 night, 2 days £129.
3. County Quiz, Monday 3 April, 2 venues, The Arc, Alvechurch and Hanley Swan Village Hall, 7pm, £16 per team of 4.
4. Email from Marks and Spencer re their recycling policy of out of date, but still useable food. They are working with local charities to ensure as little waste as possible.
There was a reminder to pay subs. The ‘One Christmas Card only’ raised £42.50, which will be sent to St Richard’s Hospice.
A loss of £120 was incurred at the 90th Birthday celebrations
1. The Areley Kings W.I Annual Lunch at the Mercure Hotel, Bewdley. Monday 16th January, 12.30 for 1.00pm. There will be Secret Santa gifts up to £5. And a raffle and the Denman Bursary Draw will be drawn.
2. A coffee morning at , home of Patsy Anderson, on Thursday 9th February at 10.30am, tickets £3. In aid of the Denman Appeal
Katie introduced the speaker, Paul Hudson, from the Hive Outreach Team. ‘Stories from the Archives’.
Although a little nervous at first, Mr Hudson soon warmed to his subject and was a pleasant and enthusiastic speaker.
Records at the Hive go back for 900 years, including many official records from the County Courts and quarter sessions, JP’s reports, Church Records, Parish Records and Trade Directories. Their most famous item is Shakespeare’s marriage bond.
They have over 80,000 photographs, aerial photos, newspapers, wills, and Ordnance Survey maps from 1880 onwards.
There are many deposits from organisations, churches etc., including memorabilia from Vesta Tilley. Everyone is welcome to research all this fascinating information.
Mollie Long gave a sincere vote of thanks. Eric Halsall, who attended with his wife Beryl, announced the upcoming meeting of Areley Kings History Group, of which he is the Chairman, and welcomed anyone who might wish to attend. Their next project is ‘The buildings and people of Areley Kings” and the setting up of a ‘History Walk’. There will also be some village notice boards.
After tea and refreshments, Katie set up a media presentation, which included some film from the National A.G.M Broadcast to our hall in June 2015, the Water Babes routine, our contribution to the entertainment at the Hall’s 10th Birthday and Katie’s own entry into the Elizabeth Bell competition.
This was greatly enjoyed by all of us.
Competition results: An old photo of Areley Kings.
1st Alison Hastie
2nd Margaret Cook
Pam Stubbs was thanked for the lovely plant she had brought for the top table, which went into the raffle.
Tea Hostesses, Alison Hastie and Shirley Hunt were thanked.
Margaret Shaddock announced the start of the next Art Classes, Thursday 19 February at the Masonic Hall at 10.00am.
Margaret Cook announced that the Kidderminster hospital shop in Lombard Street. Stourport will probably close soon. There is no actual date as yet. Margaret asked volunteers to turn up for their rota days unless she advises otherwise. The shop is no longer accepting donations.
The next meeting will be on Monday 13th February at 7.00pm, Speaker, Rob Hemming “The Trouble with Trivia”.
Competition, the number of words from “Trouble with Trivia”
Katie closed the meeting at 9.30pm.