Following the AGM and monthly meeting, Sarah spoke to members about the work of SSAFA and her own earlier role in this charity. Very few members had been aware of how far-reaching this organisation is and the enormous amount of support given to serving personnel, veterans and their families. Sarah's undoubted talents as a speaker held everyone's attention as she explained the intricacies involved in providing this support. Throughout the duration of her talk there was that total silence, always evidence that an audience is totally absorbed and one was left feeling that here was a charity many of us would like to support in one way or another, in the future. Debbie Stokes gave the vote of thanks. During the supper that followed there was further discussion and comment on Sarah's talk.
Seven members went to lunch at The Lion at Leintwardine. The food was wonderful and we all had our fill! Luckily for us, the floods stayed away that day. Thanks to Becky for organising another successful outing.
Staunton on Arrow WI once again put on an excellent harvest supper for the village on Friday 18 October. Over 45 people attended and had a splendid 3 course meal prepared and served by WI members. There followed a quiz all about puddings and desserts with 3 prizes and a wooden spoon. Very grateful thanks to all who attended and all those who prepared food and helped on the evening. Great teamwork!
Airlie Hill runs the Pricklebums Hedgehog Rescue in Ludlow and gave us a very interesting run down on the all the work she does with hedgehogs including their medical treatment and rehabilitation back into the wild. She is extremely busy and receives between 300 and 400 hogs per year to rescue, 90% are returned to the wild. She has been a registered charity since 2018 but has worked with hogs since 2014. If you see a hedgehog out in daylight it probably needs some sort of help. They need to weigh at least 600g before the winter to be able to survive hibernation.
The WI ladies chose to visit The Clive Arms at Ludlow for their monthly lunch date on Wednesday 2nd October.
Upcycling jewellery - our speaker for the evening was Joanna Helme who demonstrated her skills at upcycling jewellery. She showed us examples of her own work which were much admired by members and may well have inspired the more dexterous and keen sighted amongst us to take up another craft.
The meeting followed a different format on this occasion. Members met at the village hall at 6.50 pm and shared transport to The Leen Farm. There they were conducted on a tour of the farm by Tony Norman. Among other things members learned about the operation of the milking sheds, the digester and the broiler house. The history of the farm was interesting, and everyone was impressed by what had been achieved over the years, the building of the walkways, the general layout and the effort that goes into making everything as environmentally friendly as possible. The talk lasted for almost two hours after which members returned to the village hall.
Ten WI members met up this month at The Oak in Wigmore on Friday 26th July. We had a fabulous lunch, it was a really nice atmosphere!
Our speaker this month was Jill Salmon who gave a fascinating talk on the cultures and costumes of China. She had brought with her a variety of costumes from some of the very remote areas of China which we were allowed to handle and even model. Members were very impressed by the intricate work involved in making the fabrics and the costumes. The talk was followed by refreshments and the usual exchange of news and views from Staunton on Arrow.
Seven members attended the Pimms & Puddings evening which was held in the beautiful garden of a Weobley WI member.