Astbury Women’s Institute.

Margaret Pearson opened the July meeting and we sang Jerusalem accompanied by Margaret Hollinshead, and the
singing went through the roof and was probably heard in the rafters! It’s so good to be singing with the piano – everyone loves it !
Norma Tweats gave the Flowers for the President’s Table which were beautiful pink roses. Birthday Buttonholes for July and August were handed out to Sheelagh Steele, Pat Briggs, Margaret Hollinshead, Margaret McLeavy, Shirley Naden, Mary Booth and Shirley Scott one August Birthday Lady was Christine Brooks who also received hers on
the night.
Our speaker for our July Meeting was Denise Woodward who is a Divorce Lawyer and came to talk to us on ‘ Sex Lies and the 9 – 5’, and not ‘Sex Lies when you’re 95’! Everyone was in stitches right from the very start. Denise works for SAS Daniels at the Chester Branch. She took us through her life story about how she became a Divorce Lawyer and walked through her own family life and diary of events. She went through some facts about getting divorced . . .
there’s no age limit and she’s seen people who have been married for 40 years and aged 80 upwards go through divorcing.
Lawyers do care about their clients and really are acting as mediators these days. We talked about celebrity break-ups as they play their split in the eyes of everyone, being in the press and TV, but no one really knows what
goes on behind closed doors. Assets have to be divided and that’s when things start to get messy and couples argue.
In the past some people engaged private investigators to find out if their loved ones were cheating. We talked about cohabitees the so-called Common Law wife and the fact that they have no rights or the right to claim as they are not married. Pre-Nuptial Agreements were talked about but again are not legal in the UK – not yet anyway.
The best thing is to try and mediate and sort things out between divorcing couples especially when there are children involved. Second marriages were then brought up and the fairness of making Wills were changed and what you should do to safeguard your loved ones.
Denise gave a very interesting talk and got everyone asking questionsespecially about grandparents and what rights they have. It sparked off debates about custody of children and how the courts see things.
A new darts team has been formed and the following people will be playing darts in the WI County Darts Competition: Kate Burrow, Anita Thompson, Sandra Collins, Shirley Scott and Kath Wainwright. Entries will be divided into areas and within each area a knock-out competition will take place to decide which 12 Teams go forward to the finals evening at Lostock Social Club, Works Lane, Lostock Gralam, Northwich on Tuesday 13th March 2018. The first round will be played in October or November 2017.
The Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy Sale at Congleton Library proved to be a huge success. Cakes were baked along with Cup Cakes and Raffles and Bottlebola went with a swing. Everyone had a great time both helping and buying. Old friends turned up for a chat over a cuppa and cake and the atmosphere was electric. There were several stalls selling plants, cakes, books, CDs and a White Elephant stall too.
Our Next Meeting is on Wednesday 6th September and the Speaker will be Ruth Roberts from Mayflower Bloom on Flower Arranging.
May I remind members that they should bring a bunch of flowers and a suitable container. The Competition is a Flower Arrangement in a tea cup. There will also be a Bring and Buy Sales Table. We welcome all old and new members if anyone would like to attend, please come along to Astbury Village Hall at 7.30 pm on 6th September and we look forward to meeting you there. It promises to be a great evening where you can mix and mingle with new friends in a
convivial atmosphere. Alternatively you can contact Kate Burrow on 07769 988337.

Kate Burrow