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Lymm WI February and March By W Wasey At our February meeting Mr Keith Birkett gave us a very knowledgeable talk about Roberts Bakery, founded in 1887 and still going strong. In March Christine Taylor, a retired head teacher and GMR radio star, read and performed her rhymes, poems, jokes and anecdotes. The WI have two resolutions this year. Care for the Elderly and the fitting of Smoke Alarms in all buildings. The ACWW are involved in projects in Cambodia and Shri Lanka and hope to raise £6000. Holidays have been booked for Bognor Regis and a day trip to Morecombe. Updates were given by the gardening group, the rambling group and the literary group. New members are always welcome. We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in the village Hall, Pepper Street, Lymm.
10:28am Tuesday 26th March 2013
A TALK about ice cream did not feel appropriate for a wet cold March evening, but the speaker Claire Whitlow soon held our interest as she told us the story of her very successful dairy business. Tjhis award winning young lady showed us how she and her farmer husband took the milk from their own cows through pasteurisation and into delicious ice-cream. Her cow to carton business is still expanding and she is always on the lookout for ideas for new flavours. While we took part in an ice-cream based quiz set by Liz Wellbelove, Claire set up her stall and we were all invited to try the traditional vanilla and strawberry as well as raspberry meringue and easter egg. I think she will have to be prepared for many more visitors to Daresbury this summer. The competition for an ice-cream recipe was won by Jenny Morton’s brown bread and Gladys Taylor came second with her lemon meringue. The birthday lunch at La Boheme will be on April 11 at 12 noon and an evening meal followed by skittles will be on June 13 at 6pm. The president Liz Wellbelove announced that it had been decided to limit the membership. Members agreed that a small and friendly club was preferable. Visitors were always welcome and anyone wishing to join would be placed on a waiting list. The meeting ended with the usual tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits, together with much chat.
10:11am Tuesday 26th March 2013
DOROTHY Croston gave an interesting and informative talk to the members of Croft WI regarding the life-changing work undertaken by the charity “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People”. The problems faced by deaf people are many and complex including loneliness, isolation and insecurity, and life can be made even more difficult, due to the fact that their disability is invisible Dorothy explained how the charity trains hearing dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals, whilst at the same time giving companionship and relieving the stress, isolation and loneliness the condition often brings. Puppies are bred by the charity and the breeds include:- spaniels, poodles, labradors and some mixed breeds. Training takes around 18 months and costs £7,500 for each dog, in fact the full cost of a dog from breeding, training through life-long care can be around £45,000! Hearing dogs are easily recognised by their distinctive burgundy jackets which display the charity logo and lettering to indicate that they are working dogs. Established some 30 years ago, the charity generates income through fund raising, sponsorship, merchandising, legacies and corporate events and most of the staff work on a voluntary basis. Not being as well known as guide dogs, Dorothy’s talk generated many questions from the ladies, albeit they were a little disappointed that a four-legged worker was not in attendance! An enthusiastic vote of thanks was given by Jill Hallam and the meeting was brought to a close by Sue Birchall, who had ably chaired the meeting in the absence of the president. Diary dates are: Reading Group March 26; Luncheon Club at the Horseshoe Inn March 27; Theatre Visit “Cats” Opera House, Manchester April 11; Group meeting Burtonwood “Florence Nightingale” by History Makers, April 22; Brindley Theatre Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, May 22; Lavender Farm Visit York, July 2nd.
3:52pm Monday 25th March 2013
PRESIDENT Sylvia Brown welcomed members to the 54th birthday meeting of Newchurch WI. Before the meeting one of Culcheth's Guides told us of her proposed trip to Morocco this summer to help with community projects in a village in the Atlas Mountains. After that Sylvia thanked Lesley Lloyd for the lovely flower arrangement given for the president's table and the raffle. A bouquet was presented to Amy Williams to celebrate her 90th birthday and Beryl McGuire and Dorothy Fairhurst were chosen as tea hostesses. Then Jean Riley announced some coming events. On March 28 there will be a walk at Martin Mere and a trip to “The Ladykillers”.. On April 3 there is another theatre visit to “The Mousetrap” and Mosslands Group Meeting at the Parish Hall, with the Irlam Male Voice Choir. Two summer outings are proposed, to Derbyshire in June and to Powys Castle in August. Paddy Poulter then proposed a Book Corner at our meetings where favourite books might be lent and borrowed. The speaker, Jack Pendlebury, gave us a survey of “The Glitz List”, that is the 20 names appearing in a “Lancashire Life” survey of the 20 richest men in the North West. The Duke of Westminster is the richest by far and the last is an Asian founder of a chain of petrol stations with shops with a mere £80 million. The rest are mainly self-made businessmen or successful heirs to family firms like the Warburton family and the Lofthouse family (Bread and Fishermen's Friends). Paul McCartney is Number Nine. Some keep to a simple life-style while others live more grandly. Quite a few are tax exiles on the Isle of Man, often with a “younger partner”. Olive Lee thanked Jack for this glimpse into another world and he went on to judge the March competition ( A Sparkly Top). The winners were 1, Olive, 2, Ruth Briggs; 3, Barbara Delve. Tea and birthday cake and a quiz completed the evening. Newchurch's next meeting is on April10 at 7.30pm when the speaker's topic will be “A Trip to Antarctica”. Contact Jean Riley for details 762722.
11:50am Tuesday 12th March 2013
Lymm Jubilee WI recently had a tour of the BBC studios at Media City Salford. Our guides took us first to the BBC6 Music broadcast room, then on to the radio drama studio. Here we observed a door with door fittings used for sound effects, also we noticed they still use coconut shells for sounds of horse riding. We then walked through the CBBC costume dept to the Blue Peter studio dressed for comic relief. Then to the Breakfast studio where two members sat on the sofa and read from an autocue, one member gave the weather forecast. In this room also there were several Strictly costume on display. A super trip.
4:42pm Monday 4th March 2013
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