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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Woodend WI

PRESIDENT Eleanor Graham welcomed members to our March meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. It was noted that Margaret Bold was runner up in the 2010 points competition.

Five members will attend Lamplugh WI’s Pie, Pea and Pudding evening on March 23. The group meeting will be on April 26 in Bigrigg Village Hall when Cleator WI will host. The competitions will be a coronation souvenir and a small animal ornament. Members will go to the autumn council meeting on March 31. Bigrigg Village Hall committee has agreed to the planting of a viburnum bodnantense “Dawn” to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Correspondence included notice of a visit organised by Whitehaven Flower Club to Highgrove House on June 19 to 20, and four members are invited to Moresby WI’s birthday party. The County News told us of the Diamond Jubilee Lunch at Greenhill Hotel on May 23. Christine Stubbings will co-ordinate the journal for the ‘Big Walk Little Swim’ challenge which we will begin with the Federation ‘Whitehaven through the Looking Glass’ walk on Sunday, April 15. We will attend the ‘More for Your Money With the WI’ on April 19, and the Diamond Jubilee Card competition was discussed. Eleanor introduced Chris Armstrong, a retired clerk of court; Noreen Arrowsmith, a probation service officer; and Vic Emmerson, an adult and youth magistrate. Together they explained the punishment of crime through imprisonment and community service. Using actual cases and the financial and reoffending statistics, the efficacy of each system was discussed. Community service costs less and has a lower reoffending rate. The number of women imprisoned is increasing, there are 17,000 children separated from their mothers. The talk provoked a lot of discussion among members. Christine Stubbings gave the vote of thanks.

Ann Rothery won the competition for a pasche egg, with Eleanor Graham runner up. During refreshments, members enjoyed a large raffle.

President Eleanor Graham welcomed members to our February meeting. A thank you card has been received from Elsie Hetherington, who is much better, after receiving apologies for absence, the minutes of the January meeting were signed.

The birthday dinner at Grove Court Hotel had been enjoyed by all. The Rose Bowl for most points was won by Barbara Reid, with Anne Rothery runner up. The lucky number was won by Jean Dickinson. After the meal, members took part in a quiz set by Christine Stubbings.

The coach for the summer outing in August has been booked, further details will be given when Levens Hall opens in April.

A board was circulated for the Pie, Pea and Pudding night at Lamplugh; final numbers will be taken at the next meeting. The spring group meeting will be on Thursday, April 26; the speaker will be Jilly Frazer who worked for Border TV.

The County News was read and we were informed of the spring council meeting on Saturday, March 31. There will be ‘More for Your Money from the WI’ workshops at Bigrigg Village Hall on April 19. An enquiry will be made about providing refreshments at Egremont Farmers’ Market.

Mrs Graham introduced Vera Lowry, who told us of the life of her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Lowry nee Cottam. Elizabeth was related to the Harrington family from Calder Farm, Calderbridge, and was born in 1913. Vera brought many photographs, and knitted and sewn items made by her mother-in-law. Leigh Cosgrove gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for ‘Something I have made’ was won by Leigh Cosgrove, with Lesley Rutherford runner up.

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