Astbury Women’s Institute.

Margaret Pearson welcomed everyone to our September meeting on a grey and grizzly night. We sang Jerusalem accompanied by Margaret Hollinshead on the piano. Apologies were given, Birthday Buttonholes were handed out and Norma was thanked for bringing the flowers for the President’s Table.
The Treasurer’s report was given by Lisa Spencer, followed by the Dane Valley Group Report.
At the Quiz on 19th September at Lower Withington a team of 3 went along – Margaret Pearson, Elaine Hancock, Kath Wainwright, Christine Brooks, Gwen Williams and Yvonne Walker.
Our Coffee Morning was a huge success and many members turned out to both help and support the event. The Knit and Natter Group have knitted 75 Pandas for the Campaign Police for Pandas and are aiming to knit at least 100 and so they are not far off their target. The group meet monthly and also meet for a monthly luncheon at the Egerton Arms. The Book Club will also met at the Egerton Arms on 25th September at 7.30 pm and have been reviewing Rebecca. The next book to be reviewed is The Island by Victoria Hislop.
Our AGM will be on 6th November, followed by a Pie & Pea supper.
Yvonne Walker has said she will bake the Cake for the annual event. The next outing will be in November and will be Christmas Shopping in York.
Our October Speakers were from East Cheshire Hospice: Beth and Carly talked about what an incredible place the East Cheshire Hospice is and showed us a film. They went through the differences between a hospital and a hospice, and talked about the ‘Living Well Programme’ explaining how calming a place it is. What an amazing support the East Cheshire Hospice is but the money to make it all function comes from Fundraising. And the Volunteers are a huge asset . . . helping. There’s
a shop which also sells home made unique items which are donated. There is an Open Day on 4th October. Other events organized by the Hospice are ‘Tough Woofer’, a 5km run with your Dog (great for families) on 20th October and an Art Fair from 27th September until 3rd October at Macclesfield Town Hall, which will showcase local and regional artists. There’s plenty going on so please contact the East Cheshire Hospice for more information if you want to help or attend these events.
The Competition held was for ‘Flowers to make you Happy’. Our next Meeting is on Wednesday 2nd October and our speaker will be from Kinderton Hats.
Astbury WI welcomes old and new Members, so please come along to our meetings and see for yourself or contact Kate Burrow on 07393 792200 for more information.

Kate Burrow.