THE group marked its 48th birthday with a celebratory party in March and an enjoyable evening was had by all when Rose Catt,from the Vegetarian Society, gave a thought-provoking talk on her vegetarian lifestyle and provided some vegetarian recipes for members to try at home.

Kate Fitch stepped into the breach in April and gave an inspiring flower arranging tutorial as well as providing members with an update on the activities at the Walton Lea Project.

At the May meeting Kathy Williams gave a fascinating account of the history of Norton Priory from its inception to its current day educational activities.

In June members were treated to a cake, recipe and quiz night, with some inspiring recipes to try to recreate at home (the cake table was really something to behold).

In the July meeting Barbara Worrall led a keep fit session which the participants enjoyed (despite some doubts expressed beforehand by some of the members).

Our president Jill Smallman gave members an account of her trip to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party held in June to celebrate 100 years of the WI. She had a fantastic time.

The next meeting is on Monday September 28 at 7.30 pm at the Grappenhall Community Library on Victoria/Albert Road – visitors and new members are always welcome.

The speaker is Chris Smith and the topic is canals of the north west.