Mrs Enid Hodson welcomed Woodthorpe WI to the March meeting and took apologies before the reading of the minutes and the financial statement.
At the spring council meeting this month the institute had received certificates from both DFWI and NFWI in recognition of the 75th anniversary of its inauguration, and Mrs Olive Owen as a long-standing member was proud to accept these at the Winding Wheel for the Institute.
Members were given details of the annual birthday lunch at the Hardwick Inn on March 20, and the group visit to Adam Henson’s farm in the Cotswolds in April.
Members will also be attending Whittington WI’s Spring Group function at St Barnabus in April.
Names were taken for team members and helpers for the annual county quiz in March. Staveley is one of the venues as in previous years. Unfortunately space limitations mean that supporters are unable to attend this popular function.
Points were read out from the Derbyshire Link produced by Derbyshire WI head office and provided by the Institute for each member. One event coming in May this year advertised as a ‘Strictly Come Dancing like you’ve never seen before’ has attracted four members who will apply.
The speaker for the evening was Mr David Bell who spoke on Derbyshire Myths and Legends. Mr Bell is a prolific author on many interesting subjects and has spoken to the group before, so needed no introduction. He was given a vote of thanks by Mrs Mary Davison.
The competition for a wooden ornament had attracted a good number of entrants and first was Mrs Ailwyn Fern, followed by Mrs Madge Coupe and Mrs Davison.
The night’s lucky ticket was held by Mrs Lois Newton.
The next meeting will be on April 15 and visitors are welcome to attend at 7pm in Staveley Methodist Church.