Margaret Kirby, chairman of Clay Cross Townswomen’s Guild, welcomed 31 members to the AGM at the Baptist Church, Market Street.
The meeting began with a talk by Andrew Fellowes on the work of Clay Cross Food Bank. He explained how the food banks started and the vital work they do for people on low incomes who, through a variety of circumstances, find themselves with insufficient money to buy food. All the food distributed has been given to the food bank and Andrew gave out leaflets listing items needed to provide balanced, nutritious meals. He also explained how, and why, the number of food banks is increasing rapidly throughout the country.
After a number of questions about the work of the food bank, he was presented with a cheque for £100 from the guild’s annual charity fund.
The members then enjoyed a delicious pie and pea lunch, followed by the draw for raffle prizes with a distinctly Easter feel.
With appetites satisfied, the members then listened to the annual reports from the treasurer, Maureen Woodward, the secretary, Jean White and the chairman, Margeret Kirby. Other reports from the knit and natter group and the drama group were also given.
Eleanor Kaye was asked to talk about ‘What the Guild Means to Me’. This is her 50th year as a member and she said that accepting her husband’s proposal of marriage (on the seventh time of asking) and joining the guild were the two most life-changing events she has had. She joined the guild as a newcomer to the area and went on to make numerous friends and to gain the confidence to do things she’d once been too shy to try. These were too numerous to mention but included acting on the Royal Shakespeare theatre stage in Stratford upon Avon and taking part in a nationwide driving competition to win a gold Renault car. Sadly, she didn’t win but she did come ninth and gained the confidence to have motoring holidays the length and breadth of the land. She recommended that all members seize the opportunities and enjoy the friendship that the Townswomen’s Guild offers.
The next meeting of the guild is on Thursday, April 18, at 7pm and visitors are most welcome.