Astbury Women’s Institute

It gives me great pleasure to write our latest update, feeling that the gradual and cautious opening up of Astbury WI is at last underway. Our bowlers have met regularly on the green at Congleton Cricket Club for the past few Tuesday afternoons. The novice group are slowly growing in confidence (if not consistency) as
the weeks go by. We are receiving excellent tuition and encouragement from a gentleman called John, which has helped us to get the feel of the game and improve our (non-existent in my case) techniques.
Our walking group is growing and we have enjoyed a walk round Astbury Mere, Swettenham and Brereton Heath Country Park. Our walks are generally a gentle stroll followed by lunch for those who are happy to eat out somewhere local to the walk. We decided that the high temperatures of Freedom Day were not conducive to walking Biddulph Grange Country Park but met up for a light lunch at The Castle Inn as prearranged.
We held our first Committee Meeting actually on 19th July and plans are now underway for our Autumn activities. We really look forward to welcoming our members to our first meeting, a very informal affair at the Village Hall at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 4th August. All our existing members and any prospective members will be made most welcome.
We have been able to reduce our subscription by virtually half this year, so it would be an excellent time to join us. Subscriptions will be £22.40 from our August Meeting to April 2022.
We plan a second afternoon meeting on what is the WI’s 106th anniversary of the very first WI Meeting on Anglesey. Our group at Astbury will celebrate our 81st birthday this year. Our second Meeting will be on Thursday 16th September 2021 at 2.00 pm at Congleton Cricket Club, when we plan another informal meeting to get us back together as a group, with plenty of to chat and catch up with friends, (or make new ones). From the October Meeting (Wednesday 6th) we plan to revert to our usual evening Meetings with a speaker at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month at our usual venue, which is of course the Village Hall.
We plan to restart our fortnightly Knit and Natter group, at the café at Glebe Farm in August. We generally meet at 11.00 am on alternate Wednesdays to knit, crochet and natter over a coffee or a cool drink, with light refreshments to follow, for those who wish to stay. We welcome members and non-members, and anyone who would like to learn to knit or crochet is more than welcome. Our current project is to knit scarves for the Cheshire WI challenge. These will eventually be
donated to local charities or groups who support individuals or families in difficulty.
We look forward to once again helping at the Astbury May Day on Saturday 25th September and hope that after all the setbacks we shall be blessed with pleasant weather and that the children will be able to enjoy being centre stage at long last.
I was delighted to be able to attend the induction of Rev Anne-Marie Naylor, in a socially distanced service a few weeks ago. It was obvious that she is already (after a difficult year) feeling very much at home in Astbury.
I must say a huge thank you to those members who baked cakes or contributed in other ways, for National NHS Day on 5th June. We took cakes, a lovely knitted nurse complete with mask, and my poem to say thank you to Nurses and Carers who have worked so hard during this last year. It was quite an emotional occasion for all involved and made staff at both The War Memorial and Astbury Mere Care Home realise that their efforts were very much appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to contact either me, Margaret Pearson, or secretary Liz Edmunds, if you will be joining us on 4th August or 16th September (either as a member or interested visitor). We look forward to welcoming friends old and new. Phone Margaret on 07581 095418, or Liz on 07766 738004 or message through our Astbury WI Facebook page.

Margaret Pearson.

I must say a huge thank you to those members who baked cakes or
contributed in other ways, for National NHS Day on 5th June. We took
cakes, a lovely knitted nurse complete with mask, and my poem to say
thank you to Nurses and Carers who have worked so hard during this
last year. It was quite an emotional occasion for all involved and made
staff at both The War Memorial and Astbury Mere Care Home realise
that their efforts were very much appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to contact either me, Margaret Pearson, or
secretary Liz Edmunds, if you will be joining us on 4th August or 16th
September (either as a member or interested visitor). We look forward
to welcoming friends old and new. Phone Margaret on 07581 095418,
or Liz on 07766 738004 or message through our Astbury WI Facebook
page.
Margaret Pearson
Sartor’s Quiz (Answers on page 23)
1. In which district did the Israelites settle and live during
their years in Egypt? a. Memphis; b. Goshen; c. Thebes; d.
Karnak.
2. What was the name of the sister of Moses and Aaron? a.
Zipporah; b. Abigail; c. Miriam; d. Deborah.
3. In Exodus, what name was given to the portable
sanctuary made by the Israelites in the wilderness