Our next meeting is on April 12th when we will be entertained by a speaker from the Long Clawson Dairy,covering a brief history of the Dairy, product details of Blue and Blended cheeses (including tastings) before going on to demonstrate simple serving suggestions and recipe ideas which also include tastings with samples to try!
March meeting - Our March meeting saw the election of a new committee and President. Marjory Soar stepped down as President and Christine Salter has taken over the role - we all wish her well. We also celebrated our 'longest serving member- Sheila Johnson has been a member of East Bridgford W.I for 65 years! /photos-of-events---2016.html . There can't be many members in the County with such a record. Sheila is a very active member playing darts weekly and is always ready and willing to wash or dry our cups and saucers at meetings. She is looking forward to celebrating our Centenary in 2017.
Clean for the Queen.
On Saturday 5th March we will be meeting at 9.30 in the Village Car Park to join the local Scouts in a 'litter pick'. Followed by coffee and cakes at the Methodist Hall. Litter picks and bags will be provided so if you have an hour or so to spare please come along and support this community event.
Pat Clark gave members an informative and entertaining talk about the 2 years she had volunteered in a small town in Bangladesh.
Pat and her husband worked alongside teachers, university lecturers and government officials helping to introduce modern and interactive teaching methods.
Another volunteer, working in a hospital regularly had to check patients' beds at night as members of the patient's family were likely to sneak on to the ward to join them in bed!
Pat was persuaded to employ a "home help" to carry out domestic chores as this gave her more free time and provided employment for a local young woman.
The couple integrated into the community learning a few words in Bangla, and the abilty to shop in the local market, befriending one stall holder to ensure they always bought fresh produce.
Kurling In December
Our December meeting was a lot of fun! Kurling and a faith supper. Some of us had tried kurling before and many had not. It was good fun and everyone could 'have a go'. Many thanks to Wendy and Jane who not only organised the bowling but also organised us!
The faith supper was plentiful and varied - it's amazing that we had no mince pies or sausage rolls but lots of lovely fare.
At our November meeting members were both entertained as well as educated by Neville Cooper and Harry Heppingstall who performed various pieces of South American Dance music. We heard music ranging from a sedate Pavan to lively Sambas and Tangos. We heard the stories behind the music as we journeyed from Cuba, through Mexico and Brazil to Argentina. There was much 'toe tapping' and 'head nodding' throughout a most enjoyable evening.
Our September meeting was titled Ladies in Pigs- an incredible title- for 2 excellent speakers who both have connections with the Pig industry. Along with similar ladies throughout the country they got together to promote British Pork and Bacon. They go to agricultural shows, into schools and as with our meeting demonstrate pork dishes and give advice about British meat. They emphasised we should always look for the Red Tractor Mark on meat products to be sure the animal was born, raised, butchered and packed in Britain. The Union Flag on products might mean the meat was only packed in Britain. Our speakers Mary and Lizzie demonstrated a Moroccan pork dish, a Bacon, Mustard and Potato Salad and a sausage with a difference recipe. Members left with lots of new ideas, and having tasted all the food with full stomachs! Grateful thanks to the Ladies in Pigs.
We had an excellent visit to Flintham museum in July and a very tasty Summer dinner at the Royal Oak in early August.
Our June Meeting was entitled 'Both sides of the bench'
Our speaker, Alison Clark, gave us an amusing and informative talk about being a duty solicitor visiting police cells at any time of day or night and of being a magistrate. Alison presented us with real life speeding offence cases and we had to decide on the punishment to be given. Some members wanted to give sentences higher than those allowed by the sentencing guidelines whilst others wanted to be able to hear more about mitigating circumstances before giving out the punishment - this is not allowed! The moral of the evening is- Don't drive over the speed limit!
Our president, Marjory, spoke about her enjoyment of the Buckingham Palace Garden Party to celebrate the Centenary of the WI
Notts Fed Annual Meeting
April saw the County Annual Meeting held at the Concert Hall in Nottingham. Attending a meeting such as this reminds us that we belong to a huge National organisation and it was fitting that being the Centenary Year that the National Chair (Janice Langley) was one of the speakers. The County Chair (Jane Jefferson) presented Margaret Foss with flowers for serving over 35 years on the Cookery and Craft County Committee and for being a Denman Tutor for 20 years.
The speaker at our April meeting was Mrs Gill Wright. She spoke about the need to encourage bumblebees into our gardens. She asked us to consider planting a range of plants to help the bumblebee population. These included rosemary, heathers, honeysuckle, thyme, lavender and cornflowers . There are 25 different species of bumblebees in this country but only 1 species of honey bee.
Members celebrated Mrs Connie Stobbs' special birthday.
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