Members were welcomed to this year’s AGM by our President, Betty Salthouse. There were several visitors, Susan Bennett, Laurel Shore Hannah Herod
and Jo Knight.
Members then sang “Jerusalem” accompanied by Julia Sainsbury on the piano.
The first order of business was members were reminded of the Fire Drill, pointing out the fire exits and where to meet if we have to evacuate
Tea Rota: Liz Hemingway and Melanie Gibbs.
The minutes from the last month’s meeting were agreed but with a minor alteration.
Federation: Members that attended to recent Group Meeting at Rangeworthy. They listened to an interesting talk as well as lovely refreshments.
The competition held on the evening was knitted Trauma Teddies. They were judged, 1st Chipping Sodbury Morning, 2nd Rangeworthy, and 3rd Hawkesbury & Horton. There were many other teddies that although they were not in the competition they were sent on.
Our Business: The 4 members that took part in the Marshfield Quiz came 4th
The meeting with Jonathan Ionidies last month was well received. He attended this month’s meeting to judge the competition set by him.
The winner from this was Louise Roberts.
It was announced, by Louise Roberts, that on November 13th it will be “National Kindness Day”. 2 names were put forward by the committee:
Keith Player, the school crossing patrol man and Angharad Baynham who supplies “pooh bags” at the Cricket Ground at her own expense.
Book Club: now reading “Reservoir 13” by Jon McGregor. Meet at Carol Blaken’s on November 13th at 8pm.
Names and money were taken for the Christmas meal on December 10th at “The Old Royal Ship at Luckington. Those who had not chosen must get
back to Carol by the end of November.
Christmas Walk: December 3rd meeting on the Plain at 10.30am. Lunch will be at Carol’s. A list went round for those walking and for
those just lunching.
British Legion Tea: A letter was read out from the Branch Secretary thanking those who helped to make it a good event.
Members were asked who would like to lay the Poppy Wreath at the Memorial on Sunday 11th November. Gill Truebody volunteered to represent the WI.
The ladies from the knitting group chose the “Carol” for the “tree lighting” Festival at St. Mary’s. It will be Angels from the Realms of Glory.
It will be placed on the Font. Setting up will be on Monday 17th December.
Arrangements for the December were announced. We would be setting up the hall from 3pm. The meeting is sampling Cheese, Chutneys and possibly
sausages, made from the Farm shop in the village. Betty would be organizing a food quiz.
AOB. It was announced that Coalpit Heath WI are holding a Carol Service on December12th at 7.30pm at St. Saviour’s Church.
Treasurer report: Julia Sainsbury gave her report, firstly giving her thanks to Gill Truebody, who had held her hand through the changeover.
Things have changed, in that WI House had changed how they want the accounts presented. So it was a big learning curve from both of them. They will
both be attending a meeting in the New Year to help. It was adopted by members. Peter Kirby, who audited these accounts, it was the last time he would do it for us.
When Betty finished she told members that she would be stepping down as President. Gill Truebody then took over the election of a new President.
Janet Porter name was proposed by Wendy Weaver and seconded by Liz Howard. Although Janet was not at the meeting she had said that if proposed she
would accept the position.
New Committee: All members were still staying on for another year with the addition of Wendy Weaver.
With this process over Gill then introduced our speaker for the evening, Patricia Bell with her helper Penny Lacy. This was a hands-on evening
doing some printing with paints, carving etc. to make a Christmas card. The vote of thanks was given by Melanie Gibbs.
Flower competition winner was Gill Truebody with a chrysanthemum.