West Buckland WI

THE first meeting of the year saw a full house, lots of New Year greetings, smiling faces and visitors.

Business underway, voting slips were collected in for the National WI Resolutions, causes that the WI would like to bring to prominence in 2017.

The final resolution will be voted on at the AGM to be held in Liverpool on the June 7.

Lots of planned extra activities have been arranged including – art, craft, hand bell-ringing, indoor kurling, reading, singing, walking and lunch groups, ten-pin bowling, soup and pud, Denman, pantomime and Ashbury Manor trips.

It was emphasised to the visitors and potential new members that there is lots on offer but they can do as much or as little as they wish.

A last-minute speaker for the evening was Kevin Little with a talk around ‘Donkeys, Dolphins, Foxes and Fish – a Fishmonger’s Life’.

All were kept on the edges of their seats not knowing where his life stories would go to next.

Running an animal sanctuary in Buckland St Mary and a fishmongers in Smelly Alley in Reading there was no shortage of anecdotes, he even measured up for a new fish display counter with a smoked eel as he didn’t have a tape measure to hand.

Superb sandwiches followed, along with various cakes and refreshments.

The winner of the competition for a Keep Fit Tip was announced. It was won by Hilary Shove with her helpful suggestion to ‘Walk everyday and always take the stairs instead of the lift if you can.’

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, February 14, at 7pm at West Buckland Village Hall. As always, a warm welcome will be given to visitors and new members.