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10:15am Thursday 17th May 2012 in WI and Clubs
Newchurch WI May report resolutions evening PRESIDENT Sylvia Brown welcomed members on Wednesday, May 9 with a happy announcement – one of our members had remarried and received roses and a card with all our good wishes. Ann Langridge and Aileen Paterson were the evening's tea hostesses and Suzanne Crompton donated a beautiful white plant for the President's table and the raffle. secretary Jean Riley gave out a list of coming events; the monthly walk on May 31, the theatre trip on June 6, an outing to the Lake District on June 26 and our Jubilee garden party on July 18 at Sylvia's house in Croft. Mosslands Group have an outing planned for July 20. Paddy Poulter also told us about Culcheth Primary School's Jubilee Tea Party on June 1 when the children will entertain some residents from Holcroft Grange. Paddy hoped some members would help on the day.
Barbara Delve introduced the Resolution for the AGM of the NFWI – the need for the government to train more midwives and to maintain the employment of all who qualified. Newchurch gave its unanimous support to this resolution. After the vote our speaker Raymond Rush gave an interesting and often hilarious talk on ‘fairs, feasts and festivals’. Dressed in a linen smock and felt hat, Raymond told us of his country background and work in engineering and as a tenant farmer before taking us on a journey through Celtic Britain, ancient Rome, the middle ages and more recent times, describing how customs often survived changes in religion, but with new names. The human sacrifice he mentioned does seem to have died out! He also exhibited his stock of corn dollies which he sells to help his local church and after tea he judged the peg dolls in our competition. Ruth Briggs thanked him on our behalf. The competition was won by Olive Lee, with Paddy Poulter and Amy Williams coming second and third. After tea we had a quiz on book titles to finish the evening. Our next meeting is in Newchurch Parish Hall at 7.30pm on June 13 when we will hear ‘The Confessions of a Coach Driver’.