November 2018

Well what a celebration we had last Wednesday for our 95th Anniversary. Chris, our president, welcomed us all and said how lovely the hall looked as it was decorated with the bunting members had produced, 95 triangles each individually decorated with stitching, buttons, bows, lace appliqué and embroidery to make an impressive display, which had been sewn together and expertly hung around the hall by Wendy Griffiths and her husband – a real group effort. Because it was our AGM we started the evening by singing Jerusalem, our ‘musical director’ Linda Tilt doesn’t hang about when it comes to tempo! We then proceeded with the usual monthly business. A couple of our members attended the Speakers Auditions in Shrewsbury where prospective speakers have fifteen minutes to give a brief presentation on their given subject. It was reported that several sounded very favourable so we can look forward to some interesting guest speakers in the future. Unfortunately a couple of our members haven’t been too well of late but I know they always look forward to our Friendship Visitor, Sue Phipers, calling on them with a card, a plant, a smile and friendly chat to cheer them up. The walking group have organised a special Christmas walk up the Cardingmill Valley then lunch at The Chalet Pavilion. Here’s hoping for a dry and crisp day but I’m sure we will have a great time regardless. We then progressed to the AGM. The reports were read, approved and signed. 2018 has been Chris King’s last year in office so members had to nominate and vote for a new president. By a majority vote Glynnis Steven will be taking over as president for 2019. Jenny Daniel asked all past and present committee members and presidents to stand up; as the majority of members were standing Jenny then asked those still seated to seriously consider standing for office as the future of Caynham Ashford WI would welcome fresh blood and new ideas to keep moving forward. Dori Ericsson gave a heartfelt vote of thanks to President, committee and members for their hard work and thanked everybody for the many years of enjoyment, support and friendship she had received from Caynham Ashford WI. When our four invited guests had arrived we continued the evening with our Anniversary Celebrations. Everybody had brought a plate of food and Florence Auld, who, at 95, is our oldest member was the obvious choice to cut our beautiful celebration cake which had been made and beautifully decorated by Ann Tyler and Glynnis Steven. Florence told us in no uncertain terms that she would be the one to cut our centenary cake in five years time. We all thoroughly enjoyed the food, a glass/glasses of bubbly and a look through the archive scrapbooks which Jo Hall had kindly unearthed. It really was a most enjoyable evening. Cheers and Good Luck to Caynham Ashford WI Sandra Warner