FOLLOWING the singing of Jerusalem the president Maralyn Barlow welcomed everyone to the meeting.

There was a visitor Linda Cram who is a former member.

The flowers on the president’s table were given to Catherine Wilkinson who recently celebrated her Ruby wedding anniversary.

The members were reminded about the outing to Chester Cathedral in November for the thanksgiving service for the 95th birthday of the Cheshire Federation.

There will also be an opportunity for some Christmas shopping in the afternoon.

It was also noted that Lymm WI will be celebrating 80 years in 2016 and that a celebration would be planned.

The rambling group was going on its annual walking holiday to the Lake District in mid October.

A Christmas tree festival is to be held at St Mary’s Church, Lymm on December 4 to 6 and Lymm WI will be decorating a tree for the occasion.

Members of the craft group were already busy making decorations for the tree.

Next month will be the annual meeting and nominations for the committee were invited. The president urged members to join the committee.

The Egerton group carol service will take place at St Mary’s Church on Monday, December 7 and Lymm WI will be arranging the programme.

Our speaker for the afternoon was Mr Alan Hayhurst and the talk was entitled The Manchester Martyrs. He described the events leading up to the murder of a police sergeant in 1867 by Irish Feinians, while trying to effect the escape of two prisoners.

Three of the perpetrators were apprehended and hanged.

The Feinians were the members of the early IRA and they were regarded as martyrs by Irish republicans.

The vote of thanks was given by Ruth Tipping and the competition, a picture of old Manchester, was won by Ann Davies.