Members enjoyed a very festive evening with Christmas Cake tasting, quizzes, games and carol singing. They also brought toiletries for the Women's Refuge in Cheadle.
Our speaker this evening, Ian Dudson CBE, gave an interesting and informative talk about his time in the family firm, Dudson Pottery. He also spoke of his duties as Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire.
The competition was for items made in Staffordshire, the variety shows how creative the county is.
The revived tradition of having decorated floats in the show galvanised many of our members to take part. A lot of hard work and fun was had by all, well done ladies!
On a lovely warm summer evening President Rose Barker welcomed members and visitors to this month’s meeting. Members were invited to stand for a minute’s silence in memory of Jane Mack who had died. Jane had been an active member of Denstone WI for many years and until recently was Group Coordinator for The Two Rivers WI Group, which included Alton WI and Wootton WI. She will be missed.
Jenny Richardson introduced the evening’s entertainment which was Members Talks on “My Lucky Escape with a Happy Ending”. This proved to be a most enjoyable, interesting and entertaining event with twelve speakers giving two-minute talks on a wide range of “lucky escapes”, which had members on the edge of their seats at times, gasping and ultimately laughing at the happy endings. Homemade scones, jam and cream were served as refreshments and the evening had a very “end of term” feeling, as we broke for the holidays.
Nine members of Denstone WI participated in the poppy sowing plus Sue Edmonds, who has been the prime mover behind the idea of making a splash of colour on this 100th WW1 anniversary.
Five plots were dug, seeds were spread then covered with a thin layer of compost and watered in.
Little green fencing has been erected around each plot to protect them from the council mowers.
Let's hope the seed grow!
Multi - tasking Denstone WI Members had a very busy evening at their April meeting. Mary Spencer presided and welcomed over forty members along to the evening.
On completion of the business meeting, the Annual meeting followed, with reports from the Treasurer, the Secretary and the retiring President, Mary Spencer. Mary was warmly thanked by Gill Brown for her three years in office and received a beautiful plant to remind her of her time at the helm of this very busy WI.
The evening was still young, and after the formal business, members had a chance to meet Janneke Gorzeman and her colleagues as they gave a short presentation on Nordic Walking and allowed members to try walking with the poles and ask questions. Janneke detailed the health benefits of this exercise and members had the opportunity to sign up for a taster session on Monday 23rd April at the JCB lake.
The final activity of the evening was a Cheese and Wine Social, which allowed members to relax and chat with friends and celebrate another successful year as part of a very busy WI.
Really successful morning yesterday - 27 pickers and three others involved in other ways. Good weather, cheerful company and a pristine village to boot!
Rose Barker is our current President