ON what was the first warm summer’s evening for some time, president Gill Fuller welcomed members and one visitor to the June meeting.

She reported on the fabulous day experienced by those attending the Buckingham Palace garden party to celebrate 100 years of NFWI.

It had been hosted by the HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and HRH the Countess of Wessex.

She reminded members that the centenary annual meeting would be broadcast the following day.

Two members had taken part in the county bowls fun day.

The flower beds in the village had been planted by a group of members and Gill thanked them all for their efforts.

Gill asked members to start considering possible membership of next year’s committee.

She emphasised the need for new blood and encouraged members to come forward.

A local walk had been arranged for later in the month with lunch at the Bear’s Paw.

Tickets were on sale for the Egerton group centenary day afternoon tea in September.

After tea members were entertained by George Pilkington who spoke on the subject of feeding wild birds.

This caught the attention of the members as they all feed the wild bird population and they learned what were the correct foods to offer various breeds.

He approached it in a very lighthearted way and there was much humour and audience participation.