CLAY CROSS: WI members learn about orphan village in Africa

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Twenty-five members were present at the Clay Cross Townswomen’s Guild’s first meeting after the summer break.

The outing to Bridlington in August had been very enjoyable and plans were made for a visit to Kedleston Hall in October. Other plans included the drama group luncheon on November 27 and Christmas lunch at the Twin Oaks on December 13.

Members were also reminded about federation events, namely the memorial service for Jean Loebl on September 25, the autumn lunch on October 11, the Christmas fair on November 29 and the national carol service at Coventry on December 17. Members were urged to bring items for the sales table at the Christmas fair and also to make or buy a decoration for the Christmas tree to be displayed in the Central Methodist Church in Clay Cross during the week beginning December 16.

Mrs Priscilla Hills gave an emotional talk about the work of her brother in Malawi, central Africa. She showed a video of the orphan village he has set up through Aquaid Lifeline - no child is turned away. It was very moving to see the joy on the faces of these children as they were well looked after, fed and clothed, many of them were severely disabled but they tackled life with such joy and vigour and smiley faces.

The next meeting will take place at the Baptist Church, Market Street, Clay Cross on Thursday, October 17, at 1.30pm. New members always welcome.