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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Cleator WI

THE Cleator WI meeting took place on Tuesday, February 14, with many new faces in attendance.

The evening began with Jerusalem being sung and, in what proved to be a rather topsy turvy evening, events started with the speaker who was Avril Dawson from The Beacon in Whitehaven. The subject was Down Memory Lane.

Members were shown various objects from the past, such as old dress patterns, coins, comics, Rubik’s cube, hair perm kit, Babycham and much more. Needless to say many members recalled quite a few items. Ms Dawson also read out a list of things which happened in the news from 1950 until 1969. It was interesting to think how much had taken place during this time, such as man going into space and eventually walking on the moon, the four-minute mile being broken, capital punishment still in existence and then being abolished, the Mini car for sale at a mere £500, the first heart transplant and so on. Even England winning the World Cup!

So many miraculous events took place during those years it’s amazing to look back and think of the good things as well as the bad and to see how far we have come since then.

Ms Dawson then ended with a quiz. The ladies of the Cleator WI would like to say thank you to Ms Dawson for a truly informative talk and for giving such an entertaining time.

The president, Mrs Eileen Toner, thanked the speaker. Ms Toner then went on to mention various events, especially the Woolsack Campaign, to which there had been a huge response. The president then went through the County News.

Finally, the secretary sent around various lists for members to read and put their names forward if they were interested in attending, such as a pie, pea, pudding and poetry night to be hosted by Lamplugh WI, at their village hall, the Copeland Amateur Theatrical Society’s production of The Wizard of Oz, and films at The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema in Penrith.

The evening ended with tea and biscuits provided by the hostesses for the evening, Brenda Power and Annette Hill. First prize in the raffle went to Pat Wishart, second to visitor Michelle Denwood and third to Mary Gregg.

The competition was ‘a small antique’ and no WI members put themselves forward! However, first for one item brought in went to Eileen Toner and second to Imelda Gatherer.

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