Astbury Ladies Fellowship.

The September Meeting began with various pieces of good news. Sheila Stuffins is now out of hospital and back at home. Anita Thompson with her partner from Jodrell Side had won the Jean Batchelor shield at the bowls Fun day – a for first Astbury – and our secretary Jan Hardie-Wooldridge is now a thrilled
grandma after the birth of baby granddaughter Millie.
We have received a donation from the May Day committee for which we are very grateful. It certainly was a sunny successful day with its new format.
I don’t know whether you managed to see the wedding dress
display: it was really splendiferous and Brenda Cook told us they had had many visitors, all appreciative, and taken just over £400. She had been let down by the people who had promised to come and make the bouquets just a few days before the event, but had managed to draft in help at the last minute – and it all looked well on the day. Bill Ball has taken individual pictures of the various dresses and could let you have a copy free of charge if you contact him 01260 279276.
Over the summer bank holidays, church teas took £405.94 and 166
people visited the church – a good effort and thanks to everyone who baked cakes and stewarded, and special thanks to Bill who shared his knowledge of the church with many people and unfailingly brought supplies.
Our speaker for the evening was David Griffiths who talked about the Griffiths Mill and British wool. He and his wife Karen, both with a legal background, had wanted to change life direction, and living in the Derbyshire countryside were very aware of sheep. Although now we hear largely of Australian Merino wool he reminded us that England had been a world leader in the wool trade long ago and we still have many different breeds of sheep which give us different kinds of wool.
Karen learned to spin and they produced wool from their own small flock and from bought in fleeces. He gradually built a small mill of his own and was soon spinning wool from the Hardwick – coarse and a little rough – to the soft wool of the blue-faced Leicester. On behalf of the wool board he told us to look out for the British wool logo – a shepherd’s crook through a union flag. He had staged a fashion show at the Three Counties shows in Malvern. Clever creative Karen had designed a woollen evening dress and a white fine wool wedding dress which looked like lace to be modelled there. There were gasps of amazement as he showed them to us. Jan Hardie-Woolridge thanked him for giving us such an inspirational evening.
Dates for your diary – Astbury Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, 14th October at 11 am and the Harvest Supper on Friday, 19th October in the village hall at 7 for 7.30 pm. Contact Brenda Cook or me if you would like to come. The Coffee Morning will be held in Congleton Library on Saturday, 20th October from 9.30 to 12 noon. Good bric-a-brac, small items for the tombola and cakes, fruit loaves and scones are needed – all of these be much appreciated.
You could bring non-perishables to the meeting on Wednesday, 17th October to go down. Faye is making organic cheese at the Fellowship Meeting. Janet says she will do some flower arrangements at the coffee morning: we look forward to seeing you there.

Carole Goodwin.