Astbury Ladies Fellowship.

In September, instead of the usual speaker, we had a willow weaving workshop when Alison Benson came to show us how to make a bird feeder. In her introductory talk she told us willow was grown extensively in Somerset. It has many uses, baskets – pigeon boxes during the war (now replaced with plastic) and even coffins. She took a small, square wooden base with seven holes punched around the edge. She planted a willow wand (4 feet long) into each hole and showed us how to interweave them. So, we took our bases and bundles of willow to separate tables and began. Crafty fingers soon got into the flow, others needed help – but determination and laughter got us through to all having a bird feeder. We filled them with birdseed and were all so ready for a cup of tea (thank yo uMargaret and Ina once more for making that).
It was Ina’s special birthday and we presented her with a double petalled orchid and our very best wishes. Secretary Janet couldn’t be there as she was with her sister who is ill. We gave Anita a ‘thinking of you’ card as her daughter is ill, and we send prayers and good wishes to everyone who feels below par.
Come and join us for the meeting on 16th October when Peter Durnall will show us wildlife slides – ‘Getting Close to Nature’. If you remember Peter gave us an excellent evening with slides on local birds.
Astbury Harvest pea and pie supper will take place on Friday 18thOctober at 7 pm in the Village Hall. Tickets are £15 and selling well so please contact Brenda Cook (telephone 01260 290194) if you would like to come. (NB – now that we have the new bar installed we may not take our own alcoholic drinks in.) Somerford Chapel will hold its Harvest service on 29th September at 2.30 pm. Also on the 29th at Astbury church there will be a special ‘Songs of Praise’ at 11 am – no 6.30 service that day, but Morning Prayer at 8.00.
There had been a Village Hall committee meeting and Mrs Goodwin gave a short report. The Hall now has wifi and is acquiring a defibrillator. There will be a training session on Saturday 19th October from 9 to 12 noon – anyone can drop in and have the experience of using it. The Hall is very busy with bookings and the new round tables look very well.
The Fellowship Coffee Morning will be held in the library from 9 to 12 noon on Saturday 2nd November. We are having a tombola, white elephant, cake stall and raffle. Help to make cakes is needed and if anyone could donate a raffle prize it will be appreciated.If you would like to bring any items to the meeting on 16th October I will see they get to the library. We look forward to seeing you at our meeting.

With best wishes, Carole Goodwin.