Ashton-under-Hill WI – January report

The president, Marjory Facer, welcomed members, including four new members to our first meeting of 2012.

She first introduced Mr John Dodge who, apart from being the chairman of the Ashton Open Gardens Committee, is a keen historian of the village.

He reported that he was looking for memorabilia relating to the Queen’s Coronation, Golden Jubilee or any material such as newscuttings, photos, cine films etc which might be of interest and could be placed in an exhibition to be staged in the church on June 3rd when the village celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the following weekend of the Open Gardens.

Members were urged to raid their attics and see what they can find. There seems to be a shortage of material, particularly for the Coronation.

Members were reminded of forthcoming events and outings, including a visit to London to see the Olympic site in March.

Marjory was pleased to announce that the WI Recipe Book had been selling very well and exceeded all expectations, selling over 200 copies and soon more to be printed. She said it was still intended to hold another “taster” event where members could bring samples of their favourite recipes of cakes, biscuits and breads.

Rosemary Halliday and members who had contributed were thanked for their help.

The rest of the evening was spent with a beetle drive and, after much hilarity, the winner announced was our president, Marjory.

The outing this month was a visit to the lovely Buckland Manor, near Broadway, where 12 members enjoyed a delicious tea in the most opulent surroundings.

The Manor House dates back as early as circa 600 AD. In the Doomsday Book, the Buckland Estate was reckoned to be worth £9! The house stayed in the keeping of Gloucester Abbey until 1536 when, after the Dissolution, the land passed into the
hands of the Gresham family.

After passing through various families, it was eventually converted into a country house hotel in 1981. A lovely afternoon out!

The walk this month was on January 17th on a very frosty morning. We visited Kemerton Lake after walking across the footpath from the village of Kemerton.

The lakes were originally old gravel pits and have been restored after many years to a lovely environment for wildlife, water fowl, etc. We were able to look more closely at the residents from the hides at the edge of the lake and promised ourselves another visit in the summer when more species will have arrived back from their winter holidays.

We then walked through the woods nearby where the Kemerton Estate are also creating the area to an environmentally friendly place for wildlife, flora and fauna.

Jenny Creese

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