Members and friends attended the annual Christmas meal on 2nd December at The White Lion, Whittington. Our President Shirley Willis reminded everyone of the past years events and thanked everyone for their help. She also thanked the committee members and Helen Williams for her work as treasurer for the past 4 years, she is stepping down now and handing over to Ann Sadler. The Competition Cup was won by Isobel Banham. The Exhibition Cup was won jointly by Ruth Dean and Isobel Banham. 10 members did attend the W.I. Group Carol service on 8th Dec. The evening ended with a quiz.
At our 1st meeting of the year on 6th January, Our President Shirley Willis welcomed everyone and wished us a Happy New Year. We sang Jerusalem. Gwyneth a visitor was welcomed.
The newsletter was read and discussed. Members were reminded that Denman Bursaries can be applied for. The voting forms for the AGM resolutions were to be handed in for posting to Shropshire Head Office. Shirley Willis will be our delegate at the AGM in June at the Albert Hall. Angela Ree asked for volunteers for the Oswestry Show Committee. She requested more recipes for our proposed book to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the W.I. We also discussed a possible venue for our August outing to Stonyford Cottage Garden & Nursery. Myfanwy will get more information on this. Our speaker for the evening was Mr David Martin, a Welfare Vet. He gave a slide show and a remarkably interesting talk of his work, covering such diverse subjects from welfare of animals with the RSPCA, to organised crime involving puppy farming. Also badger baiting. Occasional call outs to bizarre incidents, one included an escaped bull on a playing field near a school in the middle of the night! After his talk he was thanked by Alice Wilding. The competition of a slice of Christmas cake was won by Jean Lunt, Isobel Banham, Alice Wilding and Shirley Willis were jointly 2nd. The exhibition of a Christmas card showing an animal was won by Myfanwy Dulson, 2nd was Alice Wilding, 3rd was Morfydd James. The evening ended with bingo. Our next meeting will be on 3rd February at The Miners Institute and our speaker will be Suzette Smart on machine embroidery.