STAVELEY: Olive Owen, 90, donates celebration cake to Woodthorpe WI’s 75th anniversary



Woodthorpe WI met in February, when Mrs Enid Hodson welcomed members. The January meeting had unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the ongoing inclement weather and this had caused other event cancellations and programme interference.

The important news for the evening was that we as a WI celebrated our 75th anniversary this month. Mrs Olive Owen had donated a celebration cake made by Mrs Nancy Hawksworth, a previous county chairman with many connections to Staveley WI, and this was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all present. Mrs Owen had also just celebrated her own 90th birthday and had invited all her WI friends to join her at a birthday tea in the Methodist church at Staveley and she had written a note thanking all the attendees for all the cards and good wishes that she had received.

Members were reminded that payment was needed for attendance at the Winding Wheel on March 5, for the annual spring council. Mrs Aileen Copeland will attend as delegate. Mrs Owen will also attend to be able to receive our certificate noting our 75th anniversary as she is one of our very earliest members.

The group outing to Adam Henson’s farm has been booked and several members will be visiting in April.

The spring group meeting will be hosted by Whittington, on April 23, and a coach will take members wishing to go.

The annual birthday dinner had been rearranged for March 20, at the Hardwick Inn.

Volunteers for the team and for helpers were requested for the county quiz on March 28.

Mrs Ailwyn Fern had made 2 sample bunting pennants as requested by the County office as it was hoped that all the WI’s would be able to provide enough hand made bunting to decorate the office for the coming anniversary. This was thought to be an impracticable request so this may have to be relayed back to the originators.

The speaker for the evening was Mr Cliff Burden, who gave a highly amusing account of his life with a DIY expert. He was thanked by Mrs Dorothy Pope.

The lucky ticket was held by Mrs Lois Newton, and after tea and biscuits had been served with a reminder of the next meeting on March 18.