High Legh WI
The AGM was held in November. During the evening thanks were given to the President, committee members and the helpers who gave their time willingly. Members were pleased to learn that Jean Evans has agreed to continue as President in 2017. The Craft Group produced scarves; cushions; and other craft. Jams; cakes and many other items were also on sale. A substantial amount was raised towards the Denman College appeal. Janis Brind ensured we went home smiling, as she told us a seasonal joke, from our New Zealand friends.
Bluebell Cottage Gardens
Our October guest speaker was Sue Beesley from Bluebell Cottage Gardens in Dutton. The garden is situated in a quiet lane with links to paths along the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Weaver. Sue won the BBC Gardener of the Year in 2006. Shortly after taking over what were rather neglected gardens, she was thrown in at the deep end, when told she was due to open as part of the Yellow Book Gardens scheme. There was no getting out of it. Dates had been published in the Yellow Book and the Vice President told Sue she would have to do her best; explain the situation to visitors and give them tea and cake. Since then she has transformed the garden. It has grown in size and beauty, well worth a visit.
Members who attended the Cheshire Federation autumn meeting enjoyed the talk by guest Angela Rippon. She gave an enthusiastic presentation telling the audience how she had wanted to be a photo journalist but was head hunted into television. A fluent speaker, she regaled members with anecdotes, including her experience with Eric and Ernie. Now, aged 72, she is busier than ever.
Recent Outings & Theatre Visits
In October a visit to Bletchley Park was arranged with a visit to Kedleston Hall, a spectacular 18th Century mansion near Derby. Both were interesting venues and provided an enjoyable outing. In November members went to the Brindley Theatre to see the musical “Oliver”. It was performed by a Liverpool Drama Group and the children in the show were fantastic. All agreed it was an entertaining evening. Events organiser, Marilyn Ridler has further outings in the pipe line for next year.
The usual activities continue into the winter months. The ramblers walked around Lymm dam and along the canal, with a stop for lunch. The craft group get together in the church hall on the 4th Tues of the month. Members of the book club have been reading “The Beautiful Mystery” by Louise Penny; an intriguing tale set in a monastery. The darts players meet in “The Jolly Thresher” on a Monday. They are through to the next round of the WI Cheshire county competition.
The Christmas Party
There was one item left on the agenda as the end of the year approached – the Christmas party. The event was held at the Lymm Hotel and there was a lively atmosphere from the start as the room buzzed with chatter and Christmas cards were exchanged. Our own ‘in house’ entertainers have a reputation for providing a variation on a theme, and their unique performance of Swan Lake did not disappoint. This year we were treated to not one but two delights. Two sheep appeared on stage. They related the story of the Nativity as seen through their eyes. Unfortunately one of the sheep got over excited and was heard Baa-ing all the way home on the coach.