Our monthly meeting turned into an entertaining evening when David Cook came to visit. David teaches geography at a school in Disley. His talk entitled “Humour in Education” included anecdotes gathered at the chalk face from unsuspecting pupils. He included a few songs from his own youth which sparked an impromptu evening sing along in the village hall. Also in October John McCarthy, journalist and broadcaster was the guest speaker at the Cheshire Federation’s meeting in Winsford. Members who attended heard a riveting account of his 5 years as a hostage in Lebanon. He was snatched by Islamic Jihad in their hope of negotiating a prisoner exchange. John was Britain’s longest held hostage.
High Legh WI holds the AGM in November. President Jean Evans opened the meeting. The evening provides an opportunity to remember the good times enjoyed over the year. There were many outings to interesting places, theatre visits and an anniversary party. The guest speakers were interesting, inspirational and often very funny. Who could forget the antics of the Thelwall Morris men or the secrets of Dunham Massey. There was a good variety of enjoyable topics throughout the year.
President Jean Evans thanked the committee and all members who have given their time and expertise in organising events and worthwhile projects. The Craft group have worked hard producing quilts; special bonnets for babies on ventilators and many other items which have benefited those in need. Well planned walks and outings have been enjoyed. In October, 3 members of the walking group joined the Warrington walk for Dementia, they raised over £500 from donations. Janis Brind led the vote of thanks in appreciation of the President’s hard work and dedication throughout the year. Secretary, Tricia Jones, then announced that Jean Evans has agreed to continue as President in 2018 and the 11 members of the committee will also remain in post. This news was well received by the other members.
In December, some members travelled to Abbey Cwm Hir in Powys. It is a beautiful old building set in 12 acres of gardens. The 52 rooms were decked out with Christmas trees making it quite a festive occasion. This year, High Legh hosted the carol service for other local WI groups. It was held in St. John’s church on a very windy night. The threatened snow did not arrive; it was saving its appearance for the week of the Christmas party. On an icy evening we climbed aboard the community coach to be transported to the Cock at Budworth for a Christmas get together. It was a pleasant evening with in-house entertainment provided by the intrepid committee members. They entertained with their rendering of 12 days of Christmas; poems and yuletide jokes. The weather, though cold, added a seasonal touch to the evening.
And so we look forward to another year. The following talks have been arranged:-
January 9 Women of Manchester Jean Bailo
February 13 British Dialects Derek Paulson
March 13 My Life in Music Rae Owens, Chicago Teddy Bears
April 10 The Great British bake off and me Mitch Poole
The meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in High Legh Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Visitors and newcomers are always welcome.
Val Challis 754271