PILSLEY: WI welcomes speaker Adrian Farmer for talk on Belper River Gardens



President Lynda Hall welcomed members to the May meeting of Pilsley WI.

Members had enjoyed another busy month of varied activities. Jill Tunnicliffe reported on the Scarsdale business meeting which was attended by convener Jean Groom and WI adviser Diane McHarg. Jean Groom has kindly donated a book entitled ‘Whizzing Round Britain’ to each WI in the group. The book is a celebration of the WI movement. It is recommended that every member borrows and reads the book, making a donation to ACWW.

Hazel Spencer reported on another successful and fun-filled visit to the ten pin bowling alley. The ‘sausage sizzle’ at the president’s home had been appreciated by all who attended, thanks were expressed to John Hall for manning the barbecue.

Four walks since the previous meeting had all enjoyed good weather, members walked in Sherwood Forest, Hardwick Park, Maltby and Tissington.

Transport arrangements were made for forthcoming events – the DFWI event in Staveley ‘Strictly come Dancing’ and the group social to be hosted by Grassmoor. Jenny Thompson has organised a walk on June 1, to join the DFWI initiative of walking 1542 miles from Derbyshire to Romania to raise money for ACWW to help women there to become self sufficient.

Lynda Hall showed members some pennants she had made, DFWI have requested that every WI should make pennants for the centenary celebrations, Patterns were distributed.

The speaker for the evening was Adrian Farmer, who gave an illustrated talk on the history of Belper River Gardens from their beginnings in 1905, with many amusing and interesting anecdotes. The vote of thanks was given by Sheila Rayson.

Raffle prizes were won by Christine Foster, Janet Swain, Vera Wright, Jill Tunnicliffe and Betty Frost.

Refreshments were served by Pauline Wright, Margaret Bingham and Vera Wright.

Visitors are always welcome to join us on the second Tuesday of the month in St Mary’s Centre.