Astbury Women’s Institute.

Margaret Pearson our President welcomed all members to the June meeting, which opened with singing Jerusalem, accompanied on the piano by Margaret Hollinshead and then said a special thanks to the three people who took the Astbury WI bunting to Greengables Care Home in Congleton, Sheelagh, Catherine and Glenys. Taking the WI into a care home was a great idea and brought the WI to life for all and they enjoyed looking and holding the bunting and talking about it. Songs were also sung and a great atmosphere was created.
A new member Liz Edmonds also joined us for the evening and apologies were given. Birthday buttonholes were given out as usual and these went to Glenys Whiston, Lisa Spencer and Liz Brown.
Lisa Spencer, the Secretary, read out the correspondence and also went through the Dane Valley Group Report, including some interesting meetings coming up. CFWI meetings scheduled include a Mrs Beeton’s Talk on Saturday 23rd September at Tarvin Community Centre.
The Autumn Meeting in Winsford is a Talk with John McCarthy, the Journalist, – £12.00. A Walking weekend on 28th
September to the Lakes is being organized, and also a Darts Team!
Our Coffee Morning is being held in Congleton Library on Saturday 15th July from 9.30 to 11.30 am Cakes were required and quickly a list was drawn up with help and who wanted to bake cakes and organize the Bottlebola. This is an event not to be missed and last year it was one of the very best Coffee Mornings supported in a long time . Great fun was had organizing it and actually assisting on the day: there was a great buzz and atmosphere and everyone was included in helping this to become another success. Raffles and White Elephant Stalls will be
open on the day.
Our Speaker for the evening was Rev Canon Michael Burgess, the Vicar of Oughtrington, Lymm. He came to talk to us about his life and the circumstances at how he became a Vicar in the first place. It was a riveting story about how he was brought up and after moving to Plymouth when he was five went to the local church. When he was young
he used to set up an altar at home and used to play at being a vicar. He used to do services for his granny in her cottage, so from an early age he loved the church.
He went overseas and helped people and then worked as a curate learning the ropes. He has worked in quite a lot of areas from the North East to Truro and he has been vicar of Oughtrington for over 25 years. Michael was very entertaining and extremely funny and had everyone laughing at his antics on his travels.
Glenys Whiston gave the Vote of Thanks and said what an enjoyable and amusing talk it had been.
The competition was to bring a religious artefact and several members brought an array of objects including an 83 year old Christening gown which had been handed down through the family and looked beautiful.
A Sales Table was run by Kate Burrow and was extremely successful with members bringing all sorts of things such as freshly cut herbs from the garden, wine and books and all sorts of jewellery, plus tea sets and plates including a lovely fruit cake.
The Raffle was held and finally everyone said their goodbyes until the next meeting which will be at the Coffee Morning on 15th July followed by the main meeting 2nd August at Astbury Village Rooms and we look forward to seeing you at both the Coffee Morning and our next meeting which is ‘Sex Lives & the 9 to 5 – a Day in the life of a
Divorce Lawyer’.
God save the Queen was sung and everyone departed for home. For further information please visit us at Astbury Village Hall on 2nd August at 7.30 pm or contact Kate Burrow on 07769 933887.
We welcome new and old members – all are most welcome.

Kate Burrow.