PRESIDENT Gill Fuller welcomed members to the May meeting at which there was one new member and one visitor.

A member celebrating a golden wedding received a golden wedding rose.

NFWI (National Federation of Women’s Institutes) raffle tickets were on sale.

Gill announced that planting of the village flower beds would take place on Sunday at 10am.

A Christmas shopping trip to Chester during the month of November was being planned.

The monthly ramble would be a five-mile walk around Romiley with a pub lunch to follow.

The group representative announced that a WI Centenary Day group afternoon tea would be held at Statham Lodge in September.

Plans are in hand for an institute float at this year’s Lymm May Queen entitled ‘Golden Jubilee’ celebrating 100 years of NFWI and Lymm Jubilee’s 50 years.

It was announced that a barbecue, organised by new members, would be held in July at The Spread Eagle in Lymm.

A newsletter was read from the institute’s link branch in Mole Valley.

After tea we were joined by a lovely dog called Rudy, wearing a crimson jacket, and his owner.

Our speaker for the evening was Terry Webb.

Terry gave a most interesting and moving talk about the work of the charity ‘Hearing Dogs for the Deaf ’.

He spoke of the monumental change it makes to a deaf person to have such a dog and gives them so much independence.

The next meeting will be held on June 3 at Lymm Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm when the speaker will be George Pilkington on the subject of ‘Feeding Wild Birds’.