Astbury Women’s Institute.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday the 5th of September- please see ‘Upcoming events’ for further details.

Margaret Pearson, our President, welcomed us all to the July meeting on a lovely evening and thanked everyone for coming. Apologies were given, followed by thanks to the following: Mary Booth for providing the table flowers for the President’s Table. Cath Cunliffe did the birthday buttonholes which were beautiful as usual and as we had two months of buttonholes to give out for July and August as there were quite a number of ladies with summer birthdays. Margaret Hollinshead was thanked as she
played the piano as we all sang Jerusalem. after which the meeting got in full swing.
The last month’s minutes were taken as read and Catherine Pedley
went through the Treasurer’s report giving a detailed account of funds coming in and out going through what we had collected from raffles and sales tables etc. Lisa Spencer our Secretary went through correspondence including various invitations from other WIs such as Macclesfield & District WI putting on a Fashion Show at New Life Church on 2nd October at 7 or 7.30 tickets £5.00, 24th September Cheshire Federation Scrabble Tournament and also a Dominoes Tournament on the same night to be held in Tarvin Community Centre.
13th October Cheshire Federation Craft & Art Sub Committee are
running a workshop for embroidery to learn the Bayeux stitch: all at New Life Church 10 – 4: all materials will be provided but bring your own packed lunch. On 29th July at Congleton United Reformed Church at Antrobus Street an Afternoon Tea has been organized between 2 and 4.
A report was given by Mrs Carole Goodwin who is on the Committee
for the Astbury Village Hall which has just been decorated with new stage curtains. The hanging baskets outside are absolutely stunning.
Kate Burrow updated all members on how her visit to the AGM in
Cardiff went. She was a chosen delegate to represent the three WIs in Congleton area (Smallwood, Mossley and Astbury) to attend the
Conference and vote on the resolution about ‘Mental health matters as much as physical health’ and the importance of the support for these issues the vote was carried by a 98% Majority. Over 6,000 WI
Members attended the meeting. Famous speakers also gave talks, such as Dame Stella Rimington, the first female Director General of MI5, and Huw Edwards the well-known journalist and BBC television presenter.
The main speaker of the evening was David Taylor who gave a superb
talk and showed a slide show of ‘Great British Summer’. He talked
about his farm of 52 acres and 60 to 70 cows. As a business he had had to diversify and then went into fruit which he did for about 15 years. After that he dug out a field and made it into a water and he put trout in it. The fishing got busy and he decided in 1994 to make another lake and now 30 years later there’s an abundance of wildlife. David showed us lots of slides showing the different birds he has photographed over the years which were absolutely stunning and included swans mating and building nests, tawny owls, kingfisher, bullfinch, jackdaw, greenfinch, linnet, field mice, buzzards, crows, moths too numerous to mention. What a superb collection. We were all mesmerised by such a fabulous display.
The raffle was held and the competition entries were judged. The next meeting will be held on 5th September and the speaker will be Julie Hargreaves ‘Police Dog Demo & Talk: The retired police Dog Fund’. The competition is to bring a photo of a much loved pet.
God Save the Queen was sung and the meeting was closed.
We welcome old and new members: do please come along. Our Coffee
Morning at Congleton Library will be held on Saturday 21st July and meet new friends. Alternatively call Kate Burrow 07769933887 for further information.