Astbury Women’s Institute.

The meeting opened with a warm welcome from Margaret Pearson our President to all members and also to Sally
Dyke who was visiting from Goostrey WI and is a WI Adviser. Kate Burrow was thanked for bringing flowers for the President’s table and Yvonne Walker read last month’s minutes. Catherine Pedley went through the Treasurer’s report and also said that numbers were growing and we now had 51 members.
Astbury Village Green bench was given a spring clean by Margaret Pearson and Catherine Pedley and it now looks better than ever. The tree and village green with its daffodil show has delighted visitors who drive through Astbury all through Spring and the bench now looks shiny and clean again in readiness for anyway wanting to stay and drink in the view of the church.
May Day at Glebe Farm will once again be taking place and Astbury WI will be helping. Members were asked to assist on the day making sandwiches and doing teas but also to bake cakes. Plenty of members have already signed up to being there on 20th May and it was decided to bake cup cakes , butterfly buns, lemon drizzles and cakes. This is an
important event which everyone wants to support. It was a great success last year and we hope it will be again in 2017.
Yvonne Walker went through outings planned and a trip to Media City will now be on 3rd June; there are only a few places remaining and 21 bookings already reserved. On 2nd August there will be a trip to Windermere and Afternoon Tea. A Christmas shopping trip was being organized to Meadowhall and the list was being circulated. A trip to
Chester Cathedral for the Carol Service on Wednesday 6th December is also planned which will be popular.
Dane Valley Group meetings of which Astbury WI is a part of also arranges meetings and next week on 2nd May ‘Sex and The Tudors’ will be held at Goostrey Village Hall. On Thursday 27th July a Luncheon at The Yellow Broom with entertainment and which was a huge success last year.
Our speaker this time was a big surprise it turned out that at the last minute our booked speaker was unable to attend and therefore the surprise talk was given called ‘Born on A Boat’, told by our President
Margaret Pearson. This was an extremely interesting life story and it wasn’t until nearly the end that the big reveal was in fact Margaret’s life story. Everyone was riveted in their seats listening to this very personal and moving story. A true story that Margaret brought to life before everyone. Truly memorable. Thank you.
Coffee and biscuits were served and then the Raffle was drawn and we ended the evening with God Save The Queen. Our next meeting is Wednesday 3rd May which will be a Cheese & Wine event and the competition will be to make 6 cheese straws.
We look forward to meeting and welcoming new and old members so if you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact Kate Burrow 07769 933887 (mobile).

Kate Burrow.