Ashton-under-Hill WI – February report
The vice-president Christine Powell welcomed 31 members and 10 guests to the 71st birthday meeting.
The meeting began with the introduction of Gill O`Donoghue who holds special keep fit classes at No 8, Pershore, Evesham and Bredon. She explained the importance of regular physical exercise and how this can be included with dancing to music making it an enjoyable and fun experience.
She and some of her troupe (two from Ashton WI) entertained members with a lively performance from Chorus - a really lively and professional performance, much enjoyed by all.
The business then proceeded with a reminder for memorabilia for previous Ashton celebrations and events for the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee exhibition.
Reminders of outings which include a federation visit to London to see the Olympic site on March 19th, a trip to Birlingham to see
the snowdrops followed by lunch at the Swan Inn, and a visit to the Forge Needle Museum, Redditch.
Christine was pleased to announce the continued success of the new Ashton recipe book and more than 200 copies have been sold. Help and cakes were requested for the Ashton Open Gardens on June 9th-10th.
Instead of giving a bursary to one member this year towards a course at Denman College it was announced that a course on the use of the computer and linking and arranging digital photographs would be held. These are to be given by John Scotland, possibly in March.
After presentation of birthday posies, members were entertained with Panto Questiontime, a sketch by Sue Gordon, produced and directed by Marion Nelson. After much rehearsing and a great deal of laughter, several members took to the stage, complete with wigs and make-up to perform this funny sketch.
The audience entered into the spirit of the occasion and booed, laughed and applauded at the appropriate time. A vote of thanks was given by Joan Richmond, to Gill O`Donoghue, Marion, her husband Malcolm (lighting), and the cast for a wonderful evening.
Tea and delicious birthday cake followed which had been made by
Rosemary Halliday. This was cut by Gloria Singleton who has been a
WI member for 59 years.