Astbury Women’s Institute.

Margaret Pearson opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. This was followed by a minute’s silence in memory of a close Astbury WI member, Mrs Glenys Whiston, who
sadly passed away two weeks ago very suddenly following an operation. Glenys was a fantastic friend and ran our monthly competitions. She was a good active WI member and always on your side. She consistently delivered the vote of thanks after speakers had presented their talks and will be sorely missed.
We all stood to sing Jerusalem and then the usual business was discussed. Apologies were received and thanks along with birthday buttonholes were handed out to Shelagh Steele, Pat Wiltshire, Gwen Williams and Kathleen Davenport.
The treasurer’s report was delivered by Lisa Spencer. Liz Edmunds, our secretary, went through recently received correspondence and details of tickets available given out. Lower Withington WI had invitations out for a Coffee & Cake Morning at the Village Hall on 25th May: tickets £2.50. Lower Withington WI had
invited two members for Wednesday 26th June at 7.30 pm for a Garden Meeting with a talk by Sue Maddox ‘In the Summertime’. The Royal Cheshire Show is coming up and anyone wanting to make lemon drizzles should speak to Liz Edmunds for the details as soon as possible.
Jules Brown, one of our new members, proposed to organize a new monthly book club, and those wishing to get together to review a specific book will meet either in the afternoons or early evening to review. This was well received and more details will be issued in due course.
Saturday 18th May is the Astbury May Day at Glebe Farm and helpers have been drafted in to run the stalls and rotas have been drawn up. There will be competitions as follows: traditional bake, scones, cupcakes, best brownie, a crispy cake animal and a flavoured gin.
Astbury WI hold their traditional Coffee Morning which will be 6th July in the Congleton Library. This is an annual event not to be missed and everyone is getting on with things and organizing the raffle prizes, bottlebola and white elephant stall. The momentum is gathering speed for this event so don’t miss it! The Knit & Natter group met on 8th May where the Myloma buddies have been knitted along with pandas for the police. The pandas are for giving to children in distressing
situations or if they are in the police cars etc so the group is knitting them as quickly as they can, and so far 14 have been finished.
Summer Luncheon at The Plough has been booked for 16th July – details to follow soon.
Our main topic for this meeting was to discuss our resolutions which we will be voting on at our AGM in Bournemouth this year. 5,000 or so members all travel down to the meeting to vote on what the WI want to focus on this coming year. The topics being debated are ‘Don’t Fear The Smear’ and ‘The Decline of Local Bus Services’. Members debated the pros and cons for both these topics and afterwards Astbury WI members cast their votes.
Everyone enjoyed the Fish & Chip Supper which was kindly collected by Kath Wainwright and Lisa Spencer from the local chippy at Hightown.
The raffle was held and the competition which was for a hand knitted or crocheted item was won by Elaine Hancock who knitted a beautiful blanket.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th June and we welcome old and new members along. For further information please call in or
ring Kate Burrow on 07393 792200.