Astbury Women’s Institute.

Margaret Pearson welcomed everyone, including a new member, to our May meeting. We opened the meeting by singing Jerusalem, followed by the usual formalities, apologies, thanks for the President’s Table Flowers (a beautiful geranium brought in by Norma Tweets) and birthday buttonholes made by Cath Cunliffe.
The minutes of the last meeting were taken as read and then Catherine Pedley went through the Treasurer’s Report. Correspondence, trips and outings were the next item. An invitation from Lower Withington WI had been received for A Cream Tea Garden Party on 26th May which is to be held outside in the garden if it is warm enough. Hanging baskets and bedding plants will also be on sale as will homemade cakes, preserves and a raffle; the cost is £3 which includes the Cream Tea at
Chapel Cottage, Salters Lane, Lower Withington.
A members only coaching session on learning how to play Croquet is
being launched on 20th July from 10 am – 4 pm, costing £5. Bring a
packed lunch.
WI Calendars and Diaries can be ordered and please get your orders in early to avoid disappointment. A few excellent trips have been arranged including a trip to Boundary Mill for Christmas Shopping on 21st November and already names are being put down to reserve seats on the coach.
On Wednesday 1st August there will be a trip to Stratford Upon Avon and on Saturday 8th September a day out to the Ludlow Food Festival, and again there are 15 names down already for this popular event!
A Roberts Bakery trip has been arranged for Wednesday 29th August
from 1 pm – 4 pm: there is a maximum of 20 people and 12 have
already booked. This promises to be an interesting tour of the Bakery so don’t miss out.
19th May Glebe Farm May Day Event cakes are being baked for the
Competition and the following are required: scones, a single tier
celebration cake, cup cakes & tray bakes. The cakes will be sold on afterwards.
July hosts our big Coffee Morning event held at Congleton Library on Saturday 21st July with stalls, raffles, bottlebola, and white elephant stall which promises some superb items. The collection has been started so anyone wanting to snap up a bargain will be assured of some great items to buy and a fun relaxing morning. £1 entry fee which includes coffee or tea and biscuits.
Our Main Meeting was devoted to the Vote on our Resolutions and this year the Resolution is Mental Health Matters . . . as much as
physical health. Members were asked to recognize the importance of
parity between mental health and physical health and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues and to lobby Government for better support for mental illness. All WIs get one vote after hearing the speakers’ presentations and vote either for or against. Events are encouraged to discuss the issues and allow members to consider how they wish their delegate to vote.
The Annual Meeting is being held on 6th June and Kate Burrow will represent Astbury, Smallwood & Mossley WIs.
Our competition this month was for a favourite recipe, with Jean
Batchelor from Smallwood judging the entries. Food for the evening
was provided by the Committee members and everyone tucked into a
lovely Quiche Lorraine, sausage rolls, cheese & biscuits, salad and sausages on sticks plus a superb cheese dip displayed in an Edam cheese decorated with Prawns. The raffle was then held, followed by God Save The Queen.
Everyone had a lovely evening and is already looking forward to the next meeting which is being held on Wednesday 6th June where the speaker will give us a talk on Local History and the competition is to bring as old kitchen item.
We welcome old and new members, so do please come along and meet
us – we would be delighted to see you there. Call Kate Burrow 07769 933887 for any further information.

Kate Burrow.