Astbury Women’s Institute.

Margaret Pearson welcomed everyone on such a beautiful evening and thanked them for coming. Margaret had tried the Bowling Club’s activities for the first time that day and really enjoyed it and had a lovely afternoon. Accompanied by Margaret Hollinshead we sang Jerusalem. Apologies were then given and seven
birthday buttonholes were given out to Marion, Margaret, Pat, Rhoda, Christine, Linda and Mary.
Yvonne went through the details for the upcoming August Outing which is to Moreton Park and then on to Erdigg on 7th August. The trip is being booked up again with massive demand for such a fabulous day out and Yvonne wondered whether she may need to book a larger Coach.
The July Coffee Morning was discussed and everyone was looking forward to it. This annual event was held at Congleton Library and a good day was had by all. The stalls were laden with homemade cakes and buns along with jams and jellies and chutneys. A Bottlebola stall created a lot of fun and many tried their hand at winning a bottle of their favourite tipple. The White Elephant stall also attracted plenty of interest and some fabulous bargains were to be had from handbags to
lamps and all sorts of interesting bric a brac. It was a good chance to meet up and have a good chat with friends over a cuppa and cakes whilst grabbing a bargain! The book stall also proved a hit. Everyone had a good time and this event will be run next year again in the summer.
Thanks were given to everyone who helped with the Cheshire Show: the exhibitors made a tremendous effort and it was lovely to be part of the Show. The WI Marquee was superbly decorated as usual.
The speaker on the evening was Christopher Wellavise who along with his wife gave a talk on ‘Bringing Nature To Our Gardens’, Christopher talked about how passionate he was about gardens and nature. He became interested in the 1960s as he loved being outdoors and started gardening at an early age. Having studied at Bath University in the 70s he came out with a degree in Horticulture. He met Linda in 1984 and then opened in Prestbury in 1991 a traditional nursery with herbs, plants and trees. He listened to what customers wanted and expanded with a Café later on.
He talked about Garden Centres opening and changes within the industry. Organic gardening was discussed and we talked about what we could do to try and not use chemicals and that wildlife should be part of what we do. Put birdfood out and cover for wildlife. Nature is part of gardening and he suggested planting buttercups and daisies and brought some plants we could buy to include into our gardens, such as lavender. We discussed fascinating ideas and how crucial the health of our soil is – so don’t destroy the soil. Refreshments were served and the raffle was drawn.
The meeting closed after the National Anthem was sung at 9.30 pm.

Kate Burrow.