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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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The aroma of bread from all corners of the world

Grace welcomed 28 members to November meeting and the minutes and County News were read.

Tickets for Mrs Henderson Presents at the Lonsdale cinema are available.

Jo Rigg congratulated the committee for planning a wonderful diamond birthday party which was enjoyed by all.

Grace gave her report on the Autumn Council meeting.

The Railway Garden planters, diggers and weeders have had a group photo taken by John Sinton. The photo, with a write-up, will be sent to Home and Country and Friends of Settle to Carlisle publication, also to Nancy Pickthall who has started a scrap book of WI events.

Grace asked everyone to bring a friend and a small Christmas present to the next meeting, our Christmas Extravaganza evening.

Grace introduced our own famous cook and extraordinary baker, Gillian Harris. Gill had made a great variety of Christmas breads and printed out recipes for them. In a wonderful demonstration, with the help of her friend and neighbour Gill, she began by making a decorative Jewish Challah bread. She then made a Polish bread which included vodka, whisked eggs and icing sugar and a quick bread – her own recipe – including mincemeat and citrus zest. She finished with spiced Christmas bread.

She also showed us a fruit and nut American Monkey bread.While the bread was baking Gill took us on a trip round the world with Christmas breads she had made earlier – Portuguese and Spanish Bolo-Rei, German Dresdner Christollen, French Fougasse, Italian Panettone, Danish Julekage, Swedish Vorta Limpa, Bulgarian and Russian Kolach, Finnish Pulla, Greek Christopsomo, English Christmas Fruit Bread and, for special diets, gluten and wheat-free breads.

Grace thanked Gill for a splendid evening, superbly prepared and presented.

Breads were raffled and the first three out were Jo Rigg, Marie Judson and Betty Clemenston, but everyone went home with a sample.

Denton House was chosen for the Christmas lunch. Betty Clemenston won the competition for three cheese scones, with Grace Sinton second.

November was the pre-Christmas party. President Angela Gibson welcomed guests from Abbeytown, Bothel and Kirkland, Great Orton and members friends.

She expressed our sadness at the recent death of national president Barbara Gill.

After a beautiful buffet supper, two quizzes were distributed for the guests while the Rosley members cleared away and washed up. Then three poems were read by Angela Gibson, Frances Osborne and Jean Osborne (Sandwath). Jean Simpson organised a game.

The guests’ competition for a handkerchief was won by: 1, P Dockray (Abbeytown); 2, M Ferguson (Great Orton); 3, J Betts (Great Orton). Rosley’s competition for a table decoration was won by: 1, B Rothery; 2, K Brown, 3, L Low.

Raffle winners were K Brammeld (Rosley), K Brown (Rosley), J Bewick (Bothel and Kirkland), C Foxcroft (Bothel and Kirkland), E Bell (Rosley), F Garner (Abbeytown) and J Betts (Great Orton). On behalf of all the guests Betty Earl (Bothel and Kirkland) thanked Rosley for a lovely evening.

The federation carol service is tomorrow at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith. Rosley’s Christmas meal at Denton House is on Tuesday, December 13.

At the November meeting in Fir Ends School Linda Moth welcomed 22 members. Ann Jenkinson read the minutes and items from the County News were read and discussed. Nominations for the 2006 committee were taken.

It was agreed to have a buffet supper at the annual meeting in December and members are asked to bring a £3 gift.

Members agreed to send a donation to WI House for flowers in 2006. A committee meeting was arranged for December 6 at The Barn, Smithfield, at 7.30pm.

Judith Pattinson gave an interesting and informative talk about her year as Mayor of Carlisle, which included meeting royalty. Mary Thomlinson thanked her.

The competition for an evening bag was won by Marie Grieves and Margaret Harmison. Drawing winners are: Isabel Bendle and Frances Graham, Linda Moth.

Tea and biscuits were served by Scaleby Hill Group.

Mrs Hodgson welcomed members and asked for a minute’s silence in memory of Barbara Gill, national chairman, who had died suddenly.

The Marsh group meeting was enjoyed by everyone. Sadie Bell won the rose bowl for her gingerbread and we came third in the co-operative class for war memorabilia.

The new committee are as follows: president, Mrs Hodgson; vice-president and outings, Mrs Harrington; treasurer, Mrs Wharton; secretary/press, Mrs Mckenna; register, Mrs Bell; head hostess, Mrs Reay; programme secretary, Mrs Rayson; literature/bulbs/ raffle, Mrs Parkinson.

County News items were noted. The AGM is in Cardiff on June 7 and Mrs Hodgson will be our delegate. Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Roe, Mrs Parkinson and Mrs Rayson offered to help with an appeal from the hospice for home baking at their Xmas fair. The Christmas dinner is on December 15 at the Rose and Crown, Low Hesket. We will exchange gifts on the night.

Susan Forrester kindly came to talk to us about Cream of Cumbria. She makes butter from cream and sells her products at Farmers Markets in Cumbria and Lancashire. She demonstrated how to make butter with a small hand-operated chum and we tasted the end product on scones. Delicious! She was thanked by Mrs Stephenson.

The competition for an African animal was won by Mrs Rickerby with Sadie Bell second and the drawing was won by Mrs Rayson.

President Joyce Donaldson welcomed 14 members to the November meeting. Liz Drinkald read the minutes and Joyce Pape read items from the County News.

The speaker for the evening was Joan Chandler (Granny Alice) who demonstrated re-usable Christmas crackers. Granny Alice stitched the colourful crackers while entertaining everyone with amusing anecdotes. All the crackers were donated to the raffle. Joyce Donaldson gave a vote of thanks.

Six people won raffle prizes. The competition for a sewing box was won by Joyce Donaldson with Evelyn Scothern second.

In the absence of the president, Norah Todhunter welcomed 10 members to the November meeting.

The minutes of the AGM were read and items of the County News were noted. The menu for the Christmas Party at Kelsey Hotel was passed around.

Our speaker was Judith Pattinson, a past Mayor of Carlisle, who gave us a fascinating insight into her year in office. She brought with her a book of photos and a book of newspaper cuttings – a visual reminder of her many engagements. She also brought a replica of the chain of office. Norah thanked Judith for her amusing talk.

Joan Todhunter won the competition for a music box, Freda Mallinson won the drawing and Diane Benson the flower of the month.

President Mrs Cartner welcomed members to the November meeting. The minutes of the last meeting were read. The darts team, though not winners, had had an enjoyable evening at Linstock. Mrs Cartner thanked all who had helped to organise the group meeting at Great Orton. The County News was read and Mrs Hillman gave the programme for next year. Mrs Rosi is to organise a meal at the Drover’s Rest, Monkhill, in December. Choices for the meal in January were given, the venue will be chosen at the next meeting. The speaker for the evening was Delphine Collins who gave an amusing and interesting talk about her life on the buses. She had started out as a conductress and ended her career by driving a double-decker bus. She was thanked by Mrs Tonge.

The competition was won by Mrs Pattinson.

The president opened our November meeting, the minutes were read and business dealt with. Later we were entertained by Diana Stewart who took us through the history of pub names. It was a most interesting talk – many of the pubs were in and around Carlisle.

Secretary Angela Whitworth thanked Diana, who judged the competition for a beer mat. Winners were: 1, Hazel Allen; 2, Joan Mitchinson; 3, Jean Cleeves. The raffle was won by Dorothy Taylor.

The next meeting is our Christmas party on December 7 in Kingmoor School.

Members were concerned to learn of the suggested closure of Cockermouth, Alston and Brampton hospitals, and signed a petition to accompany a letter strongly objecting.

At the AGM, satisfactory reports were presented and president Margery Corrie thanked everyone for their regular attendance. Margery was unanimously returned as president, and the committee remains the same, with the welcome addition of Meriel Thorpe.

It was agreed to send a donation for flowers for WI House and next year’s programme was discussed.

Members were reminded to bring a wrapped Christmas gift to the December meeting, then everyone sat down to enjoy a meal prepared by the committee.

On the eve of Armistice Day, Jean Bell read a poem about remembrance, in which an old soldier “faded away” in his wheelchair while honouring his fallen comrades.

Mrs Bell had attended the Deanery meeting and gave her report. It was heartening to learn that 250 young people had taken part in the all-night “Ablaze” held in the Cathedral, and that Mothers’ Union flood victims in Carlisle had been treated to a luncheon in the country.

We met in the cosy home of Belle Wybergh, and she recalled wartime memories of a family friend, John Blain, who had been captured by the Germans while serving in France.

Our Christmas supper will take place at Jean Bell’s home on December 8, at the earlier time of 7pm.

The 83rd birthday was celebrated in style at Solway Lodge, Gretna. President Margaret Rutherford welcomed everyone and after a delicious meal the business meeting began. Minutes were read and approved. The County News was read and the president reminded us of the Federation Carol Service on December 3 at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith. Final arrangements were made for our annual whist drive in Lees Hill School tonight at 7.30pm. Members were asked to bring contributions for the raffle and cake stall.

Lees Hill WI is serving refreshments at the Lanercost Flower Festival on Sunday, December 18 and a rota was compiled. The raffle was drawn and everyone received a prize. Lottery winners were A Blair, J Potts, G Calvert, S Waugh, G Mitchinson and C Stewart. The December meeting is one week earlier on Wednesday, December 14. Members were asked to bring refreshments for our visitors.

After the business of the evening, guest speaker Margaret Hall demonstrated Making Christmas Crackers. She gave a potted history of the origins of Christmas crackers, of which she had many on display. Some, made over 20 years ago, are still being used and still looking good. After her demonstration a WI member volunteered, under her instruction, to make one. June Rollinson gave the vote of thanks for a very interesting and instructive evening.

The competition for a Christmas decoration was won by Pat Saunders. Both the quiz and the raffle were won by Martha Robinson.

Eileen Wilson announced that, out of all the entries nationwide, Jenny de Robeck of Sedbergham had won the Denman Cup for her poem. This is a huge honour for Cumbria. The President congratulated those who had entered the Dalston section of the Spoken Word Competition. Both the Thursby team and Margaret Jones as the individual entry had been placed first. Thursby was in joint third place with Woodend and district and Gosforth.

It was decided to postpone the knitting for the Children’s Society as so much else is going on just now. Members were asked to sign up for the Christmas meal at Casa Pedrosa.

The County News was read and subscriptions are now due for next year. A delegate is needed for the AGM at Cardiff on June 7 2006. Four members from six WIs are to be invited to next year’s birthday party. Members were reminded to bring a wrapped gift for the December meeting and to put forward ideas for next year’s programme.

Fiona Hodgson then spoke to us about Colour Analysis, which started some years ago in the USA and is now widespread in this country. It is based on skin and eye colouring and aims to choose the most flattering colours of clothes. Fiona gave a demonstration with Cath Gibson as her model. Members were each given a sample of moisturiser. Mary Gill gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for a beauty tip was won by Mary Gill with Eileen Wilson second. The flower was won by Eileen Wilson and Jean Bell was second. The raffle was won by Ann Noble.

Vice-President Elizabeth Dinwoodie welcomed members and visitors to our open night.

The minutes were read and members thanked for entries in the recent Federation Show. Canonbie came second in the handcraft section.

Tom Tokely then gave a talk entitled The Muses of a Joiner and Undertaker. Mr Tokely kept everyone entertained with stories, tales and verses from his career as a joiner and undertaker in Yetholm. He was thanked by Pam Forrester.

The competitions for a decorated wooden spoon was won by Joyce Hall with Doreen Millar second. The competition for a shell was won by Cissie Armstrong with Maureen Dinwoodie second. The visitors’ competition for a shell was won by Linda Murtough (Hermitage) with Nancy Graham (Nicholforest) second.

Tea was served and, after the raffle, Canonbie members were thanked for their hospitality.

The next meeting is on January 19 at 7pm.

Canonbie held its annual Whist Drive on November 25. Elizabeth Dinwoodie presented the prizes to: Ladies: 1, Margaret Muir; 2, Jean Coulthard; 3, Ella Philips; 4, Joan Nixon; 5, Mary Tweddle; first half- Elizabeth Kinstrey; second half, Betty Storey; Consolation, Sheila Elliot.

Gents: 1, Elizabeth Dinwoodie; 2, Gordon Jefferson; 3, Margaret Thompson; 4, Alastair McCleary; 5, May Mahone; first half, Margaret Nixon; second half, Jim Murray; consolation, Johnny Bell.

Many thanks to Jim Irving for running the evening.

Eleven members made it to the November annual meeting. President Linda Davidson asked secretary Carol Armstrong to read out the nominations for the new committee.

Carol then read the minutes before giving her seventh secretary’s report which reminded us all of the past busy 12 months.

In the absence of our treasurer, Pat Faulder, Barbara Murray presented a healthy financial report.

Linda gave her president’s report, thanking members for their support throughout the year. She thanked Carol for her excellent report. Linda was unanimously re-elected.

The Christmas dinner menu for Vallum House was handed around – members should be there before 7.30pm and bring a small wrapped gift. Two letters were read about adult education and the County News was read. Two members may attend the Federation Carol Service at Penrith on December 3.

Five members are going to see Mrs Henderson Presents at the Lonsdale Cinema and four concession seats are available for the production of Joseph on February 28.

Business halted when Susan’s husband arrived with home-made soup. Susan served this with crusty bread and it was followed with Mary’s cheesecakes and Marjory’s sherry trifle. Everything was delicious.

Amy Shaw won the raffle. Linda Tomlinson gave out McVittie’s Boaster biscuits. Carol confirmed that Rockcliffe WI will be joining us at our January meeting. Susan will make enquiries from suggested speakers.

Seventeen members attended our November meeting, including a very welcome new member, Gill Wicklow.

Our speaker Mr Maine gave a very comprehensive talk and showed slides on the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. We were shown pictures of parts of the garden, some of the laboratories and seed stores as well as individual photographs of plants and flowers.

The competition for a home-made buttonhole was won by Jennifer Imrie, with Cathy Moor second.

The secretary will be writing on behalf of members expressing our concern about the planned downgrading of some local hospitals, including Brampton.

Raffle winners were Christine Baty and Mary Young. Our social time was a nursery rhyme competition organised by Tricia Charlesworth and won by Cathy Moor with Christine Baty second.

Our Christmas dinner on December 14 at the Crossings Inn, Roweltown will be our next meeting followed by a shepherd’s pie supper in January.

Our joint presidents welcomed 13 members and one new member, Rita Graham, to the annual meeting. The minutes were read and the treasurer gave her report for 2004/5.

Our joint presidents, Olive Bell and Dawn Underwood agreed to stand for a further year with Winnie Brand as vice-president. Audrey Thompson and Rose Steele resigned as secretary and programme secretary respectively and their places were taken by Pat Byers and Anne Bairstow.

The concert by Dalston Accordion Orchestra on December 13 was discussed and members reminded to bring mince pies or tray-bakes. Arrangements for our Christmas party on December 12 were also discussed.

A pie and pea supper and bring and buy stall followed our meeting. Winners of the competition for a novelty salt and pepper were: 1, Olive Bell; 2, Rose Steele; 3, Winnie Brand. Drawing winners were Hilda Slee, Dawn Underwood and Isobel Nichol.

President Enid Bell welcomed 15 members to our 85th annual meeting.

There were no changes to the committee but a new member was co-opted. Enid Bell was unanimously re-elected president. Laura Jackson continues as treasurer and Pauline Hall as secretary.

Rural Wheels was once again brought to the attention of members. It was felt that the charge of 30p a mile was expensive and the 48-hour notice period impracticable if, for instance, a same-day appointments to see a doctor in Brampton was required.

As members were fully committed elsewhere, no one was able to volunteer to run the food co-ops and village hamper scheme in Low Row. The village lost its Post Office and village shop some years ago. Through a shared voluntary scheme and good neighbourliness, transport requirements for those in need were met.

The secretary has been asked to write to Nigel Woodcock, chief executive, Carlisle and District Primary Care, expressing concern at the possible downgrading of Brampton Memorial Hospital to day-care facilities.

It was noted that the federation’s 2006 annual meeting is to be on June 7 in Cardiff. Members are to thank Peter Haddon for auditing the accounts. Treasurer Laura Jackson, then gave her report.

The winner of the monthly competitions for the year was Pauline Hall with Carolyn Todd in second place. Flower of the Month Cup winner was Carolyn Todd. Eleanor Wallace and Pauline Hall came a joint second.

Secretary Pauline Hall then presented the committee’s annual report.

Enid Bell thanked the treasurer and secretary for their reports and for their sterling work. She also thanked committee members for their support during the year.

After a supper of shepherd’s pie and peas and pease pudding, followed by delicious desserts and cheese and fruit, members enjoyed a pleasant evening. Entertainment was organised by Mary Mitchinson with a quiz on British wild flowers, and Jeannie Murphy with a brain teaser. The monthly competition was won by Carolyn Todd and the Flower of the Month winners were: 1, Muriel Dodd; 2, Eleanor Wilson; 3, Carolyn Todd.

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