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Nov 27

Caynham Ashford WI November2016

The November meeting was our AGM which was very well attended. Chris welcomed all members and briefly explained the format of the evenings meeting. Gladys Haseler, who was a stalwart member of our Institute for many years sadly passed away in January 2015 but her delicious home made biscuits are still remembered and talked about. So to start the evening Linda Tilt did a ‘Mary Berry’ demonstration using Gladys’s recipe, she then put the biscuits in the oven to bake in readiness for our refreshments later on. It was a VERY professional demonstration and before long a tantalising smell began to circulate around the hall. Linda kindly printed out and distributed a copy of the recipe for each of us. We then carried on the evening with our usual meeting. The Kurling evening earlier in the month was thoroughly enjoyed and everybody was able to participate. The walking group’s few days away to Stratford was a great success, so much so that another trip has been planned for next year. The December walk is going to be a trip to Worcester; walking in the morning, lunch, and then a visit to the cathedral where they are holding a Christmas Tree Festival. The group meeting held at Clee Hill was very enjoyable and the two ladies providing the entertainment ‘A Pam Ayres Evening’ were excellent. Continuing the theme of the evening the competition was to write a poem in the style of Pam Ayres. Cath Corfield composed our entry entitled A Trip to Buckingham Palace. Cath read her poem to us all and full marks to her, it was so entertaining and obviously based on our own Institute’s visit to the Palace earlier in the year. Chris King also reminded us about the concert, Christingle service and Christmas Tree Festival being held at Caynham church on 26th/27th November. Next on the agenda was the AGM business. All the necessary reports were read, proposed and seconded. Our president Chris King thanked the committee individually, and our members, for their full support during the year. Jenny Daniel and Nancy Pike are standing down from the committee and Glynnis Steven has joined us. Jo Hall is our co-opted member. Chris was re elected by a majority vote and will remain president for 2017. Betty Meredith gave the vote of thanks. Jo having sold lots of tickets all evening, announced it was time for our raffle, we had so many donated prizes that I believe everybody went home a winner. Now was the moment we were all looking forward to, refreshments and …..the biscuits, they were absolutely delicious, possibly a few pre Christmas diets went a bit off track! Many thanks Linda. The December meeting will be our Christmas Lunch held at The Cliffe, Ludlow which we are all looking forward to. SMW