Areley Kings W.I.
Meeting Monday 13 March 2017
The meeting began with Jerusalem
President, Cyndy Firth welcomed everyone to the meeting.
1. Everyone had enjoyed the talk from Bob Hemming. He was an avid quizzer and had entered many quizzes on the radio and TV, including Mastermind twice and getting to the semi-finals.
2. Cyndy announced that £1,200 had been raised for St Richard’s Hospice from the donations at Jacqui Clark’s funeral.
3. First Aider Training – The local branches of St John’s Ambulance having closed, we are unable to organise any training. A list to go round the members for them to add their emergency contact numbers. Margaret Cook said someone came to the cricket club to demonstrate first aid. She will investigate.
4. Several ‘Bucket List’ requests were read out:
i. Visit to Lovells Vineyard has been arranged for 27th July, 16 members showed interest and Faye will check costs of a small coach.
ii. Back to Back Houses, Birmingham, Katie investigating.
iii. Stourbridge Glass Museum.
iv. Charlcote House.
v. Bluebell walk and lunch, 16 members interested.
vi. Sir Roy Strong’s garden in Herefordshire – 25 members interested. Patsy investigating.
vii. Witley Court, tour of underground. Faye investigating but there is a steep spiral staircase to negotiate!
5. It was announced that sadly, Katie’s entry into the Mary Bell competition, of a media presentation, was not successful. They said it showed good technological skills.
1 Denman Worcestershire Federation Weekend 16-18 March 2018
with list of courses available and application form.
2 Sing AKVH 24 June 17 10.30 – 3pm £12.50.
3 A way with watercolours Monday 15 May 10.30 – 4pm Stoke Prior Bromsgrove £23 members non members £25.
4 Bulb Scheme Autumn Catalogue with order form.
5 WFWI County Newsletter subscription 2017/18.
6 Lady Denman Cup Competition 2017. Inspired by the Climate Change Campaign For the Love of…
7 WFWI Creative Activities Competition at the WFWI Annual Council Meeting. Malvern Showground Tuesday 17 October 2017 (Coordinator required)
8 New Denman Course Brochure for 2017-2018 received.
9 WI Raffle Tickets 2017 will be available next month.
10 Our Treasurer, Lesley Smith has been elected to be Forest Group Treasurer and Joyce Williams of Far Forest WI was voted in as Forest Group Coordinator. The resolution re ‘Micro Beads’ has been added to the Agenda for the National AGM.
The President introduced the speaker, Di Brothwell. She was trained as a Home Economics teacher and has developed her skills with cake decorating over the years. She is well known locally. She brought some exquisite examples of sugarcraft flowers to show.
This evening she demonstrated making Easter novelties, using Cadbury cream eggs, she added coloured marzipan to make a lion, a frog and a pink elephant. They were all delightful.
Mary Arden Davies gave a very good vote of thanks.
Lovely refreshments were served by the tea hostesses, Lorrie Parfitt, Di Parkes and Pam Roberts.
Treasurer’s Report: -
Lesley reported we have 43 full members and 2 dual members.
A letter of thanks has been received from Marjorie Whiting, County Chairman, for the £210 we sent to the Denman College Appeal.
1. Forest Group Spring Group meeting, Friday 28th April 7.00pm at AKVH, hosted by Mitton WI.
2. Mollie’s curry lunch, Thursday 20th April 12.30pm at AKVH £10, 9 members offered to make desserts.
3. Katie will attend the ‘new speakers’ event on 1st June.
4. A proposed visit to see “Whistle Down the Wind” at the Swan, Worcester on Sat 5th August, £12 9 members interested.
Any Other Business
1. Patsy Anderson was presented with the Skittles trophy for highest scores this season.
2. Cyndy read out the schedule for the Home Economics and Craft competition at Malvern in October. The theme is A Festival of colour
Cyndy asked for a volunteer to coordinate our entries – hopefully someone will come forward. (At the end of the meeting Pam Eves asked for 2 copies of the programme, one for herself and one for Carla Walters as they may be interested).
Cyndy thanked Pam Eves for the lovely arrangement of daffodils which had graced the President’s table during the meeting. It was given to the raffle and of course was the first prize to be taken.
Members were reminded that next months speaker was our own Katie Reid on Jewellery making and the meetings would return to our normal start time of 7.30pm.
After voting was taken at February and March meetings regarding the singing of Jerusalem at every meeting, the majority were in favour of continuing to sing.
The meeting closed at 9.30pm.