under 11 years: I Haidon;
11-16 years: R Carson;
17 years & over: L Chilman.
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The Open Day was an invitation to the village to join us in celebrating our 80th Anniversary and we were thrilled the village supported this event by entering into the competitions and by visiting us throughout the day.
We had several competitions of art, baking, craft and photography and had entries in all categories. Judging of the baking competition was by an independent judge and she had plenty of cakes to try! They all looked really inviting, particularly the fairy cakes and chocolate cakes.
The art, craft and photography competitions were voted for by the visiting villagers and there was plenty of competition; it was difficult to choose a favourite as they were all so good.
After judging and a well deserved cup of tea & scone, visitors could then browse through our WI displays, have a go at stone painting with Jo & Marilyn, knit & natter with Joan, listen to some wonderful handbell ringing with bell ringers led by Mary (and also have a go themselves), listen to a poem recital by Anne or watch a slide show "80 Years of EckingtonWI".
No speaker at our September meeting as we were beginning our 80th Birthday Celebrations. First we made some cake boxes (see below) ready for the October meeting when we have our birthday party and cake. Next we had a film show of Eckington WI through the last 80 years; we were able to remember members past & present and see what we have been upto over the years.
Then something a little different: FOCUS GROUPS! We formed several small groups of members and then discussed our WI: did we communicate well with our members; what speakers would we like?; what activities or outings? All ideas were welcomed and we will be assessing the feedback to report back to our members.
After a break for tea, it was business with reminders about our Open Day and our Birthday Meeting, then time for home.
Always keen to try something new, we accepted an invitation from Beckford Croquet Club to have a go at Golf Croquet. So last Thursday afternoon, 5 of us had a lovely afternoon playing croquet. Under the gentle guidance of their members, we soon learnt the basic techniques as well as the skullduggery involved in scuppering your opponents! Finishing off with a well deserved cup of tea and several slices of cake, it was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Our July meeting was a very topical one for a WI meeting; Paddy Hannigan was talking about ‘Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? The Suffragettes & Votes for Women’. After having several members demonstrate their enthusiasm for political agitation by throwing stones at windows (don’t panic – they were paper stones) and shouting slogans, we settled down to hear his lively talk on suffragettes. An entertaining and interesting talk that could easily have gone on all night ….
No photos of the stone throwing but below some examples of memorablia brought by Paddy.
In June we welcomed Michael and Elizabeth Amies to talk about their work in raising awareness for organ donation. It was very moving to hear about the decision they made following the death of their daughter who had joined the organ donation register in her teens and then channeling their grief into positive outcomes for many others. Michael became chair of the Organ Donation Committee for Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust, has presented to all 6th form pupils in Worcestershire and has been awarded a BEM in the New Year honours. A more visible result of their work is the memorial to all donor families in the car park at Worcester Royal Hospital.